The first tech education school in Athens for vulnerable groups.
Today there are 62,000 refugees stuck in Greece. Due to economic crisis the country is one of the least prepared in Europe to deal with this influx of people. Currently basic necessities are paid for in large part by government organizations and NGOs. But very little money is invested in sustainable solutions to the problem like formal education and skills training.
In September of 2017 we launched a code school to teach students how to become web developers. Our goal is to provide a path out of the camps and towards a dignified, financially independent life.
Co-Founder & CEODamianos’ background is in Digital Marketing and Operations and has taken the role of Director. He’s worked in different NGOs all his life and recently he was working with Solidarity Mission as a Digital Marketing Consultant. Right before embarking on the Social Hackers Academy project he was travelling the world while building his businesses.
Co-Founder & CTOChris’s background is in Computer Science with several years professional experience working for start-ups, international companies and freelancing. Most recently he was working for The Guardian as part of their engineering team. Chris has taken on the role of CTO and deals more with the day to day running of the school.
Co-Founder & InvestorMichael is a US based entrepreneur and journalist who originally laid the groundwork that the organisation is built on. Having spent times in refugee camps as a journalist he gained vital knowledge for the project and developed the first concept for the code school as it exists today. In the past, Thomas has worked in San Francisco working on his own start-up. As a successful journalist and storyteller, Michael has written for Fast Company and The Atlantic.
Chief Love OfficerMaria Paliothodorou is an HR Professional and the Chief Love Officer at Social Hackers Academy. She has over 12 years of Professional experience in both Greek and Multinational Companies.
With evident knowledge in Human Resources Management, Maria is running all HR Operations in our organization where at the same time she helps to spread the love internally and externally.
She holds an MBA in International Business and a Bachelor’s in Economics. Her personal Mission is to help the World become a safe place for all.
Born in Belgium and based in Greece, Fania studied Communication and Organisational Psychology.
With many years of experience in the fields of Culture, Communication and HR, she has been working, since 2011, as a Certified Coach (ICF) with individuals, teams and startups that seek to see change(s) happen in their performance, team spirit and soft skills.
Admissions Super HeroI was born in Sweden and reside in Pireus, Greece. My background is on Social Psychology which was the field of my master degree.
The focus of my academic research has been placed on vulnerable social groups and minorities such as Muslims.
Having worked as a consulting psychologist and more recently as a technical support agent, I enjoy working in teams and to contribute on projects with social value.
He currently works at PlethoraThemes as a WordPress developer.
He is the founder of Yeep _RBAC-as-a-Service_ and is co-organizing GreeceJS.
He is currently working as a senior engineer at SlashData.
Database teacherI’m a front-end developer that hand-crafts usable, elegant and effective web sites. I’m currently working for tripsta / airtickets, an Online Travel Agency (OTA).
HTML:/CSS TeacherIGeorge(Jkr) is a Full Stack .NET Web Developer with 3+ years experience as well as Banking Algorithm Developer for 2+ years, he will be glad to expand he’s journey for the passion of coding with new ambitious persons!
Marketing ManagerIfigeneia has more than 10 years of marketing experience in startups and established companies. Creating opportunities and mitigating challenges online and offline is part of her daily routine.
With a bachelor in International and European Studies and an MBA, she became a volunteer at SHA in order to give back to the community and be part of a movement, that aims to improve lives through education.
Social Media ManagerMatthildi Spanou was born in Greece and resides in Athens. She is a post graduate student from the Department of Management Science and Technology, Athens University of Economics and Business. She is passionate about marketing, literature and making the world a better place!
Community ManagerNatalia Labrou was born in Athens in 1991. She is a postgraduate student in Marketing and Communication of Athens University of Economics and Business.
During her undergraduate studies, she completed an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Book Centre. Her interests include music, painting and photography.
Crowdfunding ManagerIoanna Zygogianni doesn’t like to talk about herself. She is a vegetarian by choice, Sagittarius by luck (disregard if you don’t believe in zodiac signs) and loves silly socks. She is a firm believer that the world would be a better place if everyone tried to be nice and helped their fellow human beings; hence her profile appears in this setting you are now visiting. If you are interested in her -rather peculiar- career path, have a look at her LinkedIn profile below. If not, it’s OK, I am sure she understands. Cute picture though, right?
Videographer & Marketing ConsultantBorn in Greece, Maro Verli is an international and awarded photographer focusing on humanitarian and cultural projects on the international scene. Building on her academic background with an MBA from the University of Kentucky (U.S.A.), and certified by the Irish Centre for Human Rights of the National University of Ireland, she works as a communication consultant in strategy and visibility with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her portfolio includes a wide range of works commissioned by reputable international organisations, magazines, and corporate assignments.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Apostolos ApostolakisApostolos is a serial entrepreneur turned investor in the internet/technology sector. He cofounded along with 2 friends e-shop.gr the first computer e-tailer in Greece and then was involved in Taxibeat.com where Apostolos served on the board until the sale of company to Daimler. Apostolos was also a cofounder at e-food.gr ,that exited to Delivery Hero group and at doctoranytime.gr an online service helping patients look for, a doctor. As an angel investor Apostolos has supported many startups in Greece and internationally and since Jan 2016 he is fully involved with Venturefriends.vc a 20 mil euro Venture capital fund where he is an advisor. VentureFriends has invested in 20 startups 16 of which have operations in Greece.
Panos PapadopoulosPanos Papadopoulos is a partner at Marathon VC, an Athens based venture capital investing in tech startups. Prior to joining the finance world, he was a co-founder and CEO at BugSense, a mobile analytics company that was acquired by Splunk Inc. He has invested in more than 20 startups and loves crypto-currencies, IoT and open source infrastructure. He is passionate about change and breaking down existing thinking models.
Chris JonesChris grew up between Australia and New Zealand but in 2015, at the height of the refugee crisis, moved to Europe. Feeling strongly for those that are most vulnerable and dismayed by what he saw as a lack of opportunity for refugees in Greece, he decided to seek out a partner in helping refugees achieve their full potential.
ConsultantEven though Celia is from the bottom of the world – New Zealand – she has always taken her responsibility as a global citizen seriously. With a diverse professional background working with refugees and in research, she leapt at the opportunity to utilise her work experience to identify opportunities to enable refugee autonomy in Greece. Celia is the first to laugh or cry at life and misses working directly with everyone in Greece, she is currently working in corporate responsibility and is supporting Social Hackers Academy from afar.
Creative & Crowdfunding Junior MentorCopywriter? Marketing strategy consultant? Civil engineer? Journalist? Transcretor? Vicky can claim to be all of the above, but she mostly prefers her Voice-Over Artist persona. A natural born free-lancer, she loves to collaborate with emotionally intelligent doers. Beyond titles, she would like to be characterised as a problem-solver, good-people-collector and creative traveller. She is a 100% Everybody’s-Free-To-Wear-Sunscreen believer.