Board of Directors

Honorary Member & President - Marina Karella

The President of ELIZA, Marina Karella, is a well-known painter, sculptor and stage designer. Throughout her successful career, she has exhibited in several cities around the world, such as New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, Brussels, Rome and London, while some of her works are displayed in major museums and foundations.

Honorary Member - Prince Michael of Greece

Historian, traveler and author Prince Michael of Greece, son of Prince Christopher of Greece and Princess Francoise d’Orleans, was born in Rome and spent his childhood in Morocco, Spain and France. After the death of his mother in 1953 he lived with the family of his uncle the Comte de Paris and received his degree in Political Science from Paris University.

Back in Greece, he served in the Greek army for four years and in 1965 he married painter/sculptor Marina Karella. They have two daughters, Alexandra and Olga.

In 1970, Prince Michael of Greece published his first book, Ma soeur l’histoire, ne vois- tu rien venir?  and received the Priz CazesThis was followed by over 20 publications, among which: biographies (Louis XIV: l’envers du soleil) historical novels (L’imperatrice des adieux, La Bouboulina, La nuit blanche de Saint-Petersbourg, La Conjuration de Jeanne, Le vol du Regent,) autobiographies (Memoires insolites) Prince Michel has received many literary awards and his books have all been translated into many languages. With his latest, Une promenade singulaire a travers l’Histoire, he stands among the outstanding contemporary writers of history.

Prince Michael’s particular involvement in the fate of abused and neglected children led to the founding in Greece of the ELIZA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children by him and his wife, Marina Karella, in 2008.

Vice President - Leonidas Georgopoulos

Leonidas C. Georgopoulos is one of the two founders and a  Senior Partner of KG Law Firm.

Mr. Georgopoulos has been involved in advising local & international clients in all fields of business, mainly corporate law (M&A, securities regulation, restructurings etc.).

He has also participated in some of the largest scale international mergers and acquisitions, involving some of the very few existing multinational Greek companies as well as in the listing of Greek companies in foreign major stock exchanges and has acted as an advisor to Greek state controlled companies, Greek Government and ministers especially in relation with the first concession agreements.

He was a member of the drafting committee which revised and harmonized Greek Company Law with EU law. He was also a member of the committee which revised the new Lawyers’ Code and the committee which drafted the new law of Non-Governmental Organizations.

Mr. Georgopoulos is a founding member  and legal advisor of “ELIZA” and participates in many charitable institutions and foundations, dedicating much of his time to pro-bono work.

General Secretary - Daphne Economou

Daphne Economou was born and grew up in India. She continued her education in England and holds a degree in English Literature.
On her return to Greece, she worked as a volunteer on a long overdue National project for the rehabilitation of elderly refugees from Asia Minor, whilst simultaneously running a children’s theatre group.
In 1972, she and her husband Constantine Economou,   together with a group of outstanding members of society founded Cerebral Palsy Greece. Daphne has served Cerebral Palsy Greece in many capacities, including as Chairman of the Board, always retaining her particular interest in cultural and artistic activities for people with and without disabilities.
She was elected Chairman of the International Cerebral Palsy Society in 1996 and has published articles and spoken at many international meetings largely on the subject of ‘Learning from the child with disability’.
She was happy to join Marina Karella and Prince Michael and to share their great expectations, when they laid the foundations of the ELIZA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, in 2008.
Daphne has been writing on and off throughout her life. Saturday’s Child. A journey through an Indian childhood was published in 2007, Poems  in 2013 and 81 Cadogan Square  has just gone to the printers.

Honorary Treasurer - Christina Kuriakopoulou

Christina Kyriakopoulou was born and raised in Athens. She started her career in France in the 1960’s and she gradually acquired extensive experience in the field of commerce, having worked originally at Papagiannis stores and then having served as the CEO of the Sinanis store. Until 2010, she ran a store with the Escada group collections.

Her extensive involvement in charitable activities includes her long support of the Friends of Merimna, where she has served for several years as Honorary Treasurer.

Upon the call of Marina Karella for the founding of ELIZA, Christina responded directly, serving as a member of its Board of Directors and currently as Honorary Treasurer.


Member & Scientific Counselor - Eleni Agathonos

Dr. Helen Agathonos attended Pierce College Gymnasium in Athens, followed by a senior year abroad, in Campbell High School, Calif. through an American Field Service (AFS) Scholarship. She graduated from Deree-Pierce College, DSW, BSc, Ball State University, MA Couns. Psych. and University of Birmingham, PhD Psychology. The subject of her PhD Dissertation was Secondary Prevention of Child Abuse.

Helen’s professional career (1966-2005) developed at the Institute of Child Health, a research center under the Ministry of Health and Social Services, initially as a researcher and then as Director of the Department of Family Relations. Her scientific interests in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect were a) clinical and psychological child maltreatment of all types b) assessment and interventions in institutions for children and design of innovative therapeutic schemes in the community for short term stay c) Needs assessment and interventions in socially excluded populations and communities d) Promotion of Children Rights through the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in clinical practice. Helen’s published work includes authorship and editing of five books and numerous publications in scientific journals in Greece and abroad.

At international level, Dr. Agathonos served as a) Elected Member, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) 1982-1994 and President 1990-1992. A main contribution was the opening of ISPCAN among countries of ex Eastern Europe at the time of political changes b) Founding and Executive Board Member, European Society for the Scientific Study of Residential Care and Fostering (EUSARF) 1989-2010 c) Founding and Executive Board Member  European Children’s Network (EURONET) 1996-2005 d) Founding Member and President, Hellenic Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect 1986-1992 e)Member, Scientific Committee, National Committee for Children’s Rights  f) Founding member, Scientific Consultant and Executive Board Member, Foundation ELIZA-Against Child Abuse, 1998 – today g) Member, Advisory Board, NGO “one child – one world”, 2002 – today.

Dr. Agathonos’ work has received national and international recognitions:

  1. a) ISPCAN, Length of Service Award, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1994, b) ISPCAN, Distinguished Service Award, Durban, South Africa 2000, c) Hellenic Pediatric Society, A’ Award for Social Pediatrics 1997 and B’ Award for Social Pediatrics 1982.

Eleni Agathonos passed away on July 30th, 2017.

Member - Lia Georgopoulou

Lia Georgopoulou was born in Athens. For several years, she worked in the sector of Public Relations and Communication in education organizations and companies both in Greece and abroad. Along with her career, she has always been actively involved as a volunteer in the social welfare sector. Among other things, she has served as member of the Board of Directors of the Athens Nursing Home and of ELINIKI ETAIRIA – Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage. Lia Georgopoulou is also a member of MDA Hellas and President of the Society “Friends of Parnassos Literary Society”.

Member - Niki Psarafti - Boutari

Niki Boutari-Psarafti was born and raised in Athens. A Pierce College alumna, she enrolled at the Athens University of Economics and Business Studies (former ASOEE) and graduated with a BA in Business Administration.

She started her career at Procter & Gamble, while in 1982, she became one of the founding members of the advertising agency, Arrow, and soon rose to the position of key shareholder and CEO. Under her management, Arrow joined, as subsidiary, the global communications network of BBDO and BBDO Greece and maintained a steady position among the top 15 agencies of the country. Niki always held very tender feelings for organizations, involved in charitable work. She provided services, free of charge,   for branding,  communication strategic campaigns and publicity for organizations such as ELPIDA, MDA, ELLET, TOGETHER FOR THE CHILDREN and , finally, ELIZA.  For ELIZA, Arrow contributed  to the production of the two TVC/ spots, consultancy, media planning and monitoring of viewership.

In 2013, Niki moved on to the sector of education and brought her experience to the American College of Greece /ACG where she holds the position of Vice President for Marketing and Communication.

In 2015, she was elected member of the board of ELIZA, contributing significantly to the collaboration between ELIZA and ACG

She is married to Constantine Boutaris, of the well-known wine-producing family.

Member - Melpo Photiadis

Following her studies on translation and parliamentary interpretation at the University of Geneva, Melpo Photiadis assumed office as Head of the Greek Department, teacher and recruiter at the School of Interpretation of the Geneva University (ETI). Furthermore, she was the director responsible for setting up Corfu’s School of Interpretation (KEMEDI), where she was also a teacher and recruiter. In addition, she has been a member of interpreters’ recruitment jury alongside a lecturer and trainer for European Commission and Parliament, as well as a founding member of the Conference Interpreters’ Association of Greece.

During her career, she has undertaken significant translation projects, such as reports, essays, legal documents and papers for the : Hellenic Parliament, International Olympic Academy, OECD, Ministries of Finance / Foreign Affairs, European Commission, European Parliament etc. Meanwhile, she has a noteworthy course on interpretation, as she has closely cooperated with international bodies (NATO, Council of Europe, EUROCONTROL, OECD, OSCE) and European bodies in Brussels (European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, summit meetings), in Luxembourg (ECJ, Eurostat) and in Greece (audit missions of the European Commission). Melpo was also the personal interpreter for Constantine Karamanlis (1979 – 1996), for Presidents of the Republic, Greek Parliament Speakers and Greek Ministers. Finally, she has been responsible for the interpretation at various conferences in Greece and abroad, cooperating with significant representatives of the Greek entrepreneurial scene, such as Bank of Greece, Eurobank, Alpha Bank, Europol, National Bank etc.

Melpo has been an active contributor to community welfare by actively participating in the Hellenic Spastic Society, Old People’s Homes in Geneva alongside various Animal Welfare Organizations.

Deputy Member - Anna Andreadi

After graduating from Arsakeion   High School, Anna Andreadi became a registered archaeological site guide before completing her studies in photography.

In 2004, Anna Andreadi became a founding member and Secretary General of “Friends of Merimna”. She is a founding member of ELIZA and currently an alternate member of its Governing Board, while she also serves as Honorary Secretary General of the “Together for Children” Association. She has served on the Board of the women’s association “Kallipatira”.

She worked as a volunteer on the Athens Organizing Committee (ATHOC) for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens from 1999-2004 in the public relations department, an area into which she brought her experience from the bids for the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games on behalf of Athens.

A passionate sailor, she has organized two dozen European and World championships as well as crewing, twice, to second-place finishes in the Lightning European Championships.

Her organizational career began within the sport of sailing where she served as board member of the Hellenic Yachting Federation before founding the Yacht Racing Club of Athens. In the late 1970’s she was instrumental in the spreading of what became  the most popular boat in sailing history as president of the Hellenic Laser Class Association, a position she held for a decade. She still serves the sport as a flag officer of the Yacht Club of Greece and a member of the Regional Games Committee of the International Sailing Federation, a position that she moved to after 11 years as vice chairman of the Women’s Committee.

Deputy Member - Olga Karantza

Olga Karantza is a founding member of ELIZA, which she served as Honorary Treasurer from 2008 to 2015. She graduated from the Athens Law School and she worked at the National and Kapodistrian Athens University between 1963 – 1973. She was a Solicitor at the Supreme Court until 2004. From a young age, she has been actively  involved in voluntary programs and social initiatives. She worked as a volunteer at the Christian Youth Association in Athens, she is a member of the Association of Volunteers and of the Board of Gennadius Library, while she has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Friends of Childrens’ Libraries.

Scientific Counselor - Myrto Nielsen

Myrto Nilsen studied at the Sorbonne and at the Pedagogical Institute of Paris. She lived in Denmark for many years where she taught Psychology at the University of Copenhagen and worked as a researcher in the Pedagogical Institute of Denmark.

In Athens she supervised the Department of Research, Studies and Publications at the Center for Mental Health, while also working at the Social Psychiatric Center of Athens. She is a founding member of MERIMNA -Society for the Care of Children and Families Facing Illness and Death- where she served as president from 2004 to 2008. She is also  a founding member of the Hellenic Association of Group Analysis and Family Therapy, and serves as scientific counselor for ELIZA.

She has written many psychological books and studies as well as literary works, and is also a writer of books for children.