Associate Professor Dr. Despoina Anagnostopoulou teaches EU Law and Human Rights at the University of Macedonia and the Open University of Cyprus. She has been awarded the Jean Monnet Chair on “New Dimensions of EU Legal Studies” (2012-2015) and the UNESCO Chair of “Intercultural Policy for an Active Citizenship and Solidarity” since 2014. She has also been the Academic Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Research on Crucial Issues of European Integration” at the University of Macedonia (2015-2019). She has worked as research scholar and researcher on EU law at the Greek Centre of International and European Economic Law. She is the author and/or editor of over 70 publications. She is a Fellow of the European Law Institute, Vienna and speaks English, French and German.
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Ms Fotini Bellou is Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of International and European Studies at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki and chair holder of the UNESCO Chair “Women, Peace and Security: Building Capacity and Resilience through Education and Research”. She holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration (University of Athens), an MA in International Relations (University of Kent at Canterbury), and a Ph.D in War Studies (King’s College London). She also teaches in the Interdepartmental Joint MA progamme on ‘International Relations and Security’ with the Supreme Joint War College in Thessaloniki, she is visiting Instructor to the Multinational Training Centre for Peace Support Operations at Kilkis, Greece and is Special Advisor to the NRDC-GR in Thessaloniki on civil-mil cooperation and gender aspects.
Kalliopi Chainoglou is an Assistant Professor of International Law and International Institutions at the Department of International and European Studies (University of Macedonia), Visiting Fellow at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (University of East London) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sarajevo. She holds a PhD in International Law (King’s College London) and she has carried out postdoctoral researcher at the Hague Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations. Her research interests include international law, cultural heritage law, international protection of human rights, humanitarian law as well as international peace and security.
Nikos Gaitenidis is a graduate of the Department of International and European, Political and Economic Studies of the University of Macedonia. He completed postgraduate studies in European Law at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He received his doctorate degree in 2015 from the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Macedonia. He is an associate of the Centre of International and European Economic Law, responsible for the implementation of several research and institution building programs. He has taught courses at the University of Macedonia, Panteion University, the Democretus University and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests and publications focus on the protection of human rights in Europe, social and cultural rights, equality and anti-discrimination policies, and the rights of indigenous peoples and minorities.
Brokou Maria serves as a Researcher for the Jean Monnet EU VaDis at the Department of International and European Studies, at the University of Macedonia since January 2021. She has served as an Accredited Parliamentary Assistant at the European Parliament during the 2014-2019 legislature. She administered dossiers for Equality and Women’s Rights, Employment and Social Affairs, Disability, and a plethora of European legislative and non- legislative texts. In the course of her professional experience that counts over 10 years, she has worked as European Projects Coordinator, as Communication and Publicity Coordinator, as International Relations Officer, and as Administration employee. She is proficient in English (C2), speaks German (C1), French (C1), Italian (A2), and has a basic knowledge of the Arabic language.
Stefanos Katsoulis is a PhD student at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. He holds an MA in International Economic Relations and a BA in International and European Economic and Political Studies of the University of Macedonia. He is the Director of Thessaloniki Youth Club for UNESCO and the Project Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Project “Strategies and Policies on Youth in the European Union” (EUSYP). He is also a researcher and administrative assistant at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “European Constitutionalism and Religion(s)” at the Faculty of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as a collaborator of the “UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Policy” of the University of Macedonia. He serves as the administrative coordinator of the “Thessaloniki International Student Model United Nations” (ThessISMUN), as well as a member of the Organising Committee of the Panhellenic High-School Simulation Conference of the UN Human Rights Committees “Students as Diplomats”. In the past he has worked as a project coordinator and research assistant in various organizations in Thessaloniki (Centre of International and European Economic Law, Symβiosis-Civic School of Political Studies of the Council of Europe, Kalliopi Koufa Foundation).
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Efstathios (Stathis) Tsakidis is a qualified Computer and Networks Technician, and from 1996 onwards he’s working at the Computer and Networking Center of the University of Macedonia. He has years of experience in managing, coordinating and operating Telematics Services, and in providing distance- learning and teleconferencing services.
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Lazaros Seremetidis is an experienced IT Technician and from 2005 onwards he is working at the Computer and Networking Center at the University of Macedonia. During his 24-year career, he has served as an Advanced Telematics Services Manager, as a Network and Active Data Manager, as an Informatics Technical Manager, and as a Technical Support Manager. His professional experience, education, and continuous training have afforded him with IT and other skills, and with a specialization in teleconferencing and distance learning services, as well as in technical support in computer systems and peripherals.
Antonia Koumpoti was the Research and Project Management Assistant of the Jean Monnet Project EUVaDis of the University of Macedonia from 2019 to 2020. At the same time, she is an Associate of the Center for Research on Democracy & Law and a student at the Master’s Degree in Contemporary European Studies – Law, Economics, Politics with Specialization in EU Law. She holds a Bachelors’ Degree on Social Administration and Political Science and a Master’s Degree on International Relations with Specialization in European Studies and Diplomacy. She also holds an academic scholarship from the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation and Training Certificates on Design and Management of European Programs and on European Economics and Politics and she has participated in Courses of the European Security and Defence College. She speaks English (C2), French (C1), Spanish (B2) and Greek.
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Alice Hapsanidou has graduated from the Department of International and European Studies, specialization on International and European Economic Studies, at the University of Macedonia. After attending the Summer Seminar “Challenges for the European Societies” and a plethora of conferences organized by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Macedonia “Research on Crucial Issues of European Integration”, she was selected as an intern at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2019). In 2020 she decided to continue her academic journey at the Jean Monnet Project EUVaDis of the University of Macedonia. Her areas of interest include graphic design and experimenting with Adobe Creative Cloud programs. She speaks English (C2), Russian (C1) and Spanish (B1).