She recently graduated from Primary Education Department, acquiring a Business Administration Diploma. As a student, she has been involved in several organizations and projects, and has travelled a lot around the world, while her most life-changing experience took place in India, where she created exchange programs for students.
Aggelina is passionate about education & long-life learning, as they offer the tools to unlock everyone’s potential. She has worked in the HR field for a multinational company and what inspires her the most is the transformational change that education can generate.
Head of Education
Ahmed’s background is in physical Sciences. He has several years of professional experience in industrial fields, teaching undergraduates and academic researches.
Ahmed has taken on the role of Head of Academic Department and deals upgrading with the curriculum, teaching methodologies and training the trainers.
Business Development Specialist
Viktorija has graduated from Publishing in her hometown Vilnius, Lithuania. She volunteered as PR and organisational staff for conferences and festivals. After the trainership in Portugal, she he‘s been working in the international company as a sales manager and learning about startup community in Krakow, Poland.
Diverse experiences, travelling and meeting people with global mindsents inspired her to join SHA team in making a change together. Viktorija loves people, ideas and explores the world with curiosity and energy. She believes anyone can be successful if they try hard enough.
Duygu’s background is in digital marketing with 8 years of experience working for several advertising agencies. She has graduated from Business Administration in her hometown İstanbul, Turkey. She volunteered in the corporate communication teams of NGOs in Turkey apart from her job. She aimed for social responsibility projects to reach more people. Volunteering for her is the starting point to make a contribution to the happiness in the world.
Duygu is passionate about travelling and she has a travel blog. Ibn Battuta has a quote about travelling; “Travelling, it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.” She’s completing her speechless point yet and she is trying to turn into a storyteller with her blog. Duygu believes that experience is certainly more instructive than a lot of information we read.
Co-Founder & Executive DirectorDamianos’ 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 Officer
Elena spreads the love in Social Hackers Academy office but apart from that she is the student’s CV trainer, HR person and IT Recruiter. She can never imagine living her life without contributing her energy in an organization or in someone’s life.
After all, her motto is “Sharing is caring”. Her professional goal is to create as many respectful workplaces as she can.
Greek Alumni Director
After working for 30 years in a Bank, I was looking for something less business oriented, something with a more direct social impact. Then I read about Social Hackers Academy and thought I found my spot.
Now I feel blessed to be of some help to all these young people struggling to improve their lives by learning coding, to be part of this wonderful team.
Admissions Super Hero
I 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.
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!
I Love to discover new better ways of solving problems. I am attracted to clean code and software architecture.
Keen on helping people to learn programming.
Now I am working for Software Competitiveness International and Gadget flow as Android Developer.
Database teacherPassionate scholar that aims towards technological and scientific development through education and programming.
Since 2013 Panagiotis has been studying and working on different Computer Science projects that use relatively new methods, from Raspberry Pi Pentesting to Blockchain Dapps to Machine Learning with Spatial Data.
Now, with 5 years of experience as a Developer, he is working remotely as a head Developer at the University of the Aegean.
Database teacherI’m an agile enthusiast, trying to always build things that create value to the end user, optimising the resources at hand. I’ve a passion for designing scalable systems and managing co-located or distributed dev teams to achieve great outcomes.
Currently I am a backend engineer in Transifex, mainly designing and building software that is being used by thousands of users every day.
Database TeacherCodemonkey, with over a decade of experience building web applications.
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).
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.
Performance MarketingBorn and raised in Athens, Greece. Theofanis Stavroulis is a Digital Marketer who “sees” the performance side of things. Theofanis has several years of professional experience in the field of digital marketing helping small to medium-sized businesses grow. His academic background includes an MSc in Marketing & Communications from Athens University of Economics & Business and a professional diploma from Digital Marketing Institute of Ireland. Theofanis has a passion for marketing, street photography and traveling. He joined Social Hackers Academy because he firmly believes in its vision to make a difference through education.
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.