Board of Directors

Honorary Member & President - Marina Karella

The well-known painter, sculptor and stage designer, Marina Karella is the Founder and President of the ELIZA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Born in Athens, she studied art and stage design with Yannis Tsarouchis and completed her studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

With her husband Prince Michael of Greece, with whom she has two daughters, Alexandra and Olga, she has lived and worked as an artist, in New York, Paris and Athens.
Throughout her highly successful artistic career she has exhibited in cities around the world, such as New York, Paris, Athens, Los Angeles, Madrid, Brussels, Rome and London, while her works are displayed in leading museums and foundations.
Her deep concern for children who have suffered abuse and neglect and her determination to create an institution for their protection in Greece led to the founding of the ELIZA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children by Marina Karella and her husband, in 2008

Founder, Honorary Member & Vice President - Prince Michael of Greece

Historian, traveler and author Prince Michael of Greece, son of Prince Christopher of Greece and Princess Francoise d’France, 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 the University of Paris.

Returning to 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 Cazes.
This 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 deep concern for abused and neglected children led to the founding in Greece of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children ELIZA, together with his wife Marina Karalla, in 2008.

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.
She married Constantine Economou and they had three children, George, Marianna and Themos.
In 1972, she and her husband, together with a group of outstanding members of Athenian society founded Cerebral Palsy Greece. Since then, 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 founded the ELIZA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, in 2008.
Daphne has been writing off and on throughout her life. Saturday’s Child – A journey through an Indian childhood was published in 2007, Poems in 2013 and 81 Cadogan Square  in 2016.

Honorary Treasurer - Christina Kuriakopoulou

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

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

Christina responded immediately to Marina Karella’s call for the founding of ELIZA, and she has served actively as a member of its Board of Directors ever since. She is currently Honorary Treasurer.

Christina has one son, Menelaus.

Member - Anna Andreadi

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

In 2004, Anna became a founding member and Secretary General of the“Friends of Merimna” Αssociation.  She has also served on the Board of thε “Kallipatira” Women’s Association and as  Honorary Secretary General of the “Together for Children” Association.
From 1999-2004, she worked as a volunteer in the public relations department of the Athens Organizing Committee (ATHOC) for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, contributing her experience from her participation in 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 Board member 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.

She is a founding member and a member of the Governing Board of ELIZA, where she actively participates in all activities.

Member - Ileana Makri

Ileana Makri was born in Thessaloniki and grew up in Athens. She finished elementary school at Moraitis School and graduated from the American Girls College of Greece. After receiving her BA in Business Management from the Deree College of Greece she married and moved to New York.

On her return to Greece, she opened the first concept store “Mageia”, on Haritos Street in Athens. In 1996 she studied jewelry design at the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) in Santa Monica, California, and on her return she launched her first collection which immediately received high recognition both in Greece and abroad.

In 2014, she closed “Mageia” and opened a similar store named “Ileana Makri” where she launched her namesake line together with selected jewellery and accessories of international designers.

She has cooperated closely with ELIZA and currently serves as a member of the Governing Board.

Member- Theodora (Dolla) Nomikou

Dolla Nomikou was born and grew up in Athens. On marrying Peter Nomikos she lived in London for many years, which is where her four children were born.

From 1982 to 1999 she was a founding member and a member of the Board of Directors of the “The Sick Children’s Trust” at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, in London.

On returning to Athens, in 2002, she served as a founding member and President of the Association “Friends of Merimna” until 2018.

She is a founding member and α close associate of ELIZA and currently a member of the Governing Board.

Member- Ioanna Paicos

Ioanna Paicos was born in Athens and raised in Berlin. She is a graduate of Biology from the Berkeley University of California, and has also received an MA in Genetics from the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich. She worked for 10 years, from 1990 until 2000, in the field of IVF as a clinical embryologist.

Ioanna also holds a BA in Psychology from the Deree American College of Greece and had her Psychoanalytic training at the Greek Society of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Athens. For two years she interned at the Psychiatric Clinic of the Airforce General Hospital 215.

Volunteering and community work have always been a big part of her interests.

She cooperated closely with ELIZA these last years and is currently a member of the Governing Board.

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 ιn the country.
Niki was always involved in voluntary work and the support of voluntary organizations. She provided services, free of charge, for branding, communication strategic campaigns and publicity for organizations such as ELPIDA, MDA, ELLET and Together for the Child 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 expertise to the American College of Greece /ACG where she holds the position of Vice President for Marketing and Communication.

In 2015, she was elected to the Board of ELIZA, contributing apart from all media affairs and the close collaboration between ELIZA and ACG

She is married to Constantine Boutaris, of the well-known wine-producing family and has two grown-up children living and working abroad.

Deputy Member - Lia Georgopoulou

Lia Georgopoulou was born in Athens. For several years, she worked in the sector of Public Relations and Communication in educational 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 involvements, Lia has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Athens Old Peoples’ Home and of the Hellenic Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage.
She is also a member of MDA Hellas and an extremely active President of the “Friends of Parnassos Literary Society”.

As founding members of ELIZA, and members of the Governing Board, Lia and her husband, lawyer Leonidas Georgopoulos, have played and continue to play a decisive role in the establishment and development of the Society’s work.

Deputy Member - Aliki Papagianni

Aliki Papagianni was born in Athens and graduated from Pierce College in 1973. For two years, she studied marketing in Paris and in 1975 she commenced her professional career at the Papagiannis and Sinanis Stores, in Athens.

In 1986 Aliki began her partnership with the Mothercare pic U.K Company, as exclusive franchisee and in 1991 she became the CEO of the company. When the company was bought by KLM AE in 1999, she stayed on as Commercial Manager until 2014 and

in September 2014, she began a new collaboration with Mothercare UK as a consultant and undertook the restructuring of 52 branches in Turkey.

She retired in 2016, which allowed her to become further involved in voluntary work and as a member of ELIZA, and now as deputy member of the Governing Board, she offers her services in all fund-raising events.

Scientific Counselor - Myrto Nielsen

Myrto Nilsen was born in Alexandria and studied Psychology 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 the MERIMNA -Society for the Care of Children and Families Facing Illness and Death- where she served as President of the Board from 2004 to 2008. She is also a founding member of the Hellenic Association of Group Analysis and Family Therapy.

As founding member and Scientific Councilor of ELIZA she played, with Eleni Agathonos a decisive role in the founding and running of the SOS ELIZA Children’s Home, as well as in the organization and monitoring of the VIMA Community programme, while simultaneously offering valuable advice to the Governing Board.

Myrto has published many psychological books and studies as well as literary works, and she is also a writer of books for children.

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.