Zacharoula (Chara) Ioannou is a set designer and the Creative Director of MERA25 and mέta. She works in advertising, film and performing arts, designs interiors and corporate events. She studied set design for theater and films, music, graphic design and fine arts. She completed her postgraduate studies at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts, London, where she later worked as an associate lecturer in MA Performance Design and Practice. Along with her artistic activity in visual arts, she enjoys undertaking works that embrace the scope of her practice, in order to visually communicate identity and information, to create experiences that connect the person with the location. Her works have been presented in Athens and in various European cities. She lives and works in Athens.
Arianna Vagourdi holds a degree in English Literature from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. (1982-1986). She worked as an English teacher at the Greek State Secondary School from 1993 till 2019. She undertook secretarial and team coordination duties from January 2019 until today. While working in education, she actively collaborated with school health & cultural programmes, as well as European projects (Socrates, Comenius, Erasmus and Erasmus+). While at MeRA25, she exercised secretarial duties before and after the 2019 elections and worked in the domain of members communication, the support of the Education sector of the party from October 2019 until October 2020, and the organization of the sector’s First Panhellenic Tele-conference for Education. She also undertook the motivation of the volunteer translators and subtitlers of MeRA25 and their shaping into a coordinating group (with the Greek acronym OEMY) which, among others, assists mέta. She worked voluntarily for the formation of local ‘Team of Disobedience’ in the B1 precinct of Athens in October 2018 as coordinator, a duty she performed for one year. She is a member of MeRA25’s Education and Culture sectors and is a member of the first Central Committee of MeRA25 since September 2020. Her present post involves secretarial and organisational duties, the coordination of OEMY, as well as linking their activity to mέta’s goals.
Highly experienced in the cultural events management industry, Mariza Kourtikaki has organized, or participated in the organization of, numerous productions with international and Greek artists, such as Ennio Morricone, Yasmin Levy, Loreena Mckennitt, Ute Lemper, Woody Allen, Dub Inc, Thievery Corporation, Gary Moore, ZZ Top, Alkinoos Ioanedes, Melina Kana and many more. To date she has worked in some of the most distinguished venues of the country, i.e. Herodium Theatre, Athens Concert Hall, etc. Competent in organizing large-scale cultural festivals, from 2012 to 2014, she was the Technical Coordinator for Theater H of the Greek festival in Pireos 260 Street.
She holds a BSc in Political Sciences and Public Administration from Athens University and a Master’s degree in Cultural and Creative Industries from Kings College, University of London. During her master’s she worked for Barbican Centre, the biggest multicultural Centre in Europe and through her dissertation, she specialized in the social development of the audience in Cultural Events.
Kostas Raptis was born in Athens in 1969. He studied linguistics at the University of Athens and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has worked as a researcher and lexicographer and has extensive experience as a journalist in international relations. Kostas has worked in this capacity at the newspapers Apogevmatini and Kefalaio, at skai.gr, capital.gr and periodicals, as well as at Athens’ radio station Athina 9,84. Ηe has translated New Left Review: The Greek Edition into Greek, as well as books by Angela Davis and Perry Anderson for Agra publications.
Nikos Kanarelis is the cultural director of mέta – Centre for Post-capitalist Civilization, which will support, develop and expand the objectives of MeRA25, DiEM25 and Progressive International on a theoretical and practical basis. He is a visual artist who lives and works in Athens, Greece. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he also completed an MA Course in Visual Arts. Since 2015, Nikos directs the programme ‘Art Residencies in Mental Health Structures’, which concerns the application of artistic practice as a form of treatment by art graduates collaborating with mental health units. He is also a research associate for cultural programmes (NSRF European programmes). He has held six solo show exhibitions, while he has taken part in many group exhibitions in Greece and abroad and has organised and curated numerous art exhibitions.
He tries to keep his works open to interpretation, to have them relate to many issues – one of which is the contemporary world.
Dr Sotiris Mitralexis is mέta’s Academic Director. Sotiris is a Visiting Professor at IOCS Cambridge and a Research Fellow at the University of Winchester. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Freie Universität Berlin, a doctorate in political science and international relations from the University of the Peloponnese, a doctorate in theology/religious studies from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and a degree in classics from the University of Athens. Sotiris has been Seeger Fellow at Princeton University, Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Visiting Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, Cambridge, Visiting Fellow at the University of Erfurt, Teaching Fellow at the University of Athens and Bogazici University, as well as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Istanbul Sehir University. His publications include the monograph Ever-Moving Repose (Cascade, 2017) and, inter alia, the edited volumes Ludwig Wittgenstein Between Analytic Philosophy and Apophaticism (CSP, 2015), Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher (Cascade, 2017), Polis, Ontology, Ecclesial Event (James Clarke & Co, 2018), Between Being and Time (Fortress, 2019) and Slavoj Žižek and Christianity (Routledge, 2019), as well as books in Greek.