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Based in Athens, I am back to a region dear to me where I have spent many years of my life. Brought up in Egypt and Greece by globetrotting parents, I have followed their paradigm. After studies at Hamburg University which culminated in the authorship of some 600 pages on Greece’s foreign policy vis-à-vis Turkey, I started my professional career in journalism at Germany’s international broadcaster – first as economics’ producer, later as Head of Deutsche Welle’s legendary Greek radio program. From journalism, which due to a passion for writing I have pursued throughout, good fortune took me to Germany’s liberal political Foundation and assignments in Athens, Seoul, Manila, Cairo, New Delhi, and Turkey.
Now back in Athens, I have joined the ranks of Greece's foremost think tank ELIAMEP, where after a stint at the Mediterranean Program I now coordinate research projects on Greek-German relations.
Many have been the highlights of this fascinating Odyssey. As we went along, I recorded some of my political and other takeaways in analytical articles and commentary. Beyond these ephemeral observations, I have learned to appreciate the importance of accepting “the other” and the diversity of our world with an open mind. I feel privileged to be associated with many outstanding individuals and organizations in many parts of the world. As a facilitator, analyst, and consultant politics, political communications, and strategic planning have been and continue to be the focus. Never a one-sided process, I have learned as much as I hope I could convey to clients and partners.
I earned my Ph.D. from Hamburg University and had a short exposure to high-end academia at Germany’s prestigious Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung. This came in handy during my years in South Korea where I taught local government as Adjunct Professor at Hanyang University. Before moving on, my Korean Alma Mater awarded me a Honorary Doctorate in Political Science.
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