Board Members and Personnel
The G & A Mamidakis Foundation is governed by a five-member board which is chaired by Gina Mamidakis. Each of the board members embraces the Foundation’s principles and values, has the same love for culture, Greece and mankind, and is able to make a real contribution to the achievement of its objectives.
Gina Mamidaki, President
Gina Mamidakis, born in Athens, is the second daughter of George and Aristea Mamidakis. Graduated from Arsakeio High School and continued her studies in Political and Economic Science at the University of Athens, she got her Master’s degree at the University of Manchester in England. She has attended specialized hotel programs at Cornell University and completed the OPM Program at Harvard Business School. Gina Mamidakis has a strong presence in tourism affairs and is an active member of the Board of SETE (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises) and INSETE (Institute of Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises). Moreover, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Russian Chamber of Commerce, the E.E.D.E, of SEV International, the American-Hellenic Chamber, Professional Woman’s Forum and Business council of Greece-Latin America.
Marilena Mamidaki, Vice-president
Marilena Mamidakis, born in Athens is the first daughter of George and Aristea Mamidakis. She is the main shareholder and Managing Director of the “Marilena G. Mamidakis Group of Companies” which consists of the following enterprises: 1) The “Athinais” Cultural Center” The well known multi-functional venue in Athens, with meeting rooms for up to 2.500 persons in total, Art Galleries, Theatre, Music Hall and Café-Bar. 2) The “Mamidakis Catering” The company’s catering services though recently developed, already gained a substuncial part of the local market, operating with ISO9001:2008 and ISO 22000:205 procedures. It has functioned as one of the main caterers of the “Athens 2004”, and cooperates with significant Public Sectors, as well as many of the biggest companies of the private sector and individuals. 3) The “Athinais Tower Lofts project” Athinais Tower Lofts contains seventy unique residential loft units, affording uninterrupted views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus hills. Mrs Marilena Mamidakis has been awarded by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Graduates Association of the “Filekpedeftiki Etairia” for her involvement in charity acts. She is mother of two boys and one daughter.
Eleftheria Deko, Member
Eleftheria Deko, is a Lighting Designer and Assistant Professor at the Theatre Department of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has designed the lighting for numerous events, for which she has received many awards including the Woman Artist of the Year 2009 in Greece. She has also taught lighting designing in several institutions including New York University and the Hellenic Open University. In 2000 she has created the Eleftheria Deko & Associates, Architectural Lighting Consultants’ firm to combine her expertise in the entertainment field with that of the architecture world. A significant moment in her career has been her participation in the Olympic Games Athens 2004 as the Lighting Designer and Director for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. For the Opening she has been awarded an EMMY award in 2004-2005 in the category of Outstanding Lighting Direction.
Dr. Sotirios Bahtsetzis, Member
Dr. Sotirios Bahtsetzis is Professor of History of Art at the American College of Greece in Athens. He is a Fulbright Fellow at the Columbia University in New York and a Graduate of the Technical University in Berlin. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Institut Hyperwerk for Postindustrial Design Academy of Art and Design, FHNW in Basel and the IPP Museology of the Aristotle University/ University of Western Macedonia in Thessaloniki. Besides that, he is an author and curator. He has curated solo shows, group exhibitions and projects for museums, art centers, art schools and private collections, including Roaming Images at the 3. Thessaloniki Biennial (2011) and The School of Everything (2017) at the documenta 14. He contributes essays to several exhibition catalogues and art magazines, such as the New York-based E-flux Journal. He is a member of the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art), AICA (International Art Critics Association), the AAMC (Association of Art Museum Curators), the EEIT (Hellenic Society of Art Historians) among other professional bodies.