Each member of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation team embraces its principles and values, is guided by the same love for art, culture, volunteerism and education and contributes substantially to the realization of its goals.
Born in Athens, she graduated from Arsakeio High School. She studied Political and Economic Science at the University of Athens and completed her postgraduate degree at the University of Manchester in England. She has attended specialised hotel programs at Cornell University and completed the OPM Program at Harvard Business School. She has a strong presence in tourism affairs and is an active member of the Board of SETE (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises) and INSETE (Institute of Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises). Moreover, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Russian Chamber of Commerce, the E.E.D.E, of SEV International, the American-Hellenic Chamber, Professional Woman’s Forum and Business council of Greece-Latin America.
The eldest daughter of George and Aristea Mamidakis, Marilena was born in Athens. She is the main shareholder and Managing Director of the “M. G. Mamidakis Group” which consists of the Cultural Center “ΑTHINAIS” in Gazi, with a theatre and music stage, conference rooms with a capacity of 2,500 people, gallery rooms and a café-bar, the service company “Mamidakis Catering” and the “Athinais Tower Lofts”, a complex of 70 luxury lofts overlooking the Acropolis and Lycabettus. She has been honoured by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Alumni Association of the Educational Society for her cultural and social contribution.
Sotirios Bahtsetzis, Artistic Director
Curator, essayist, and educator based in Athens. He was awarded his PhD in History of Art summa cum laude from the Technische Universität Berlin. He is an Associate Professor in Theory of Contemporary Art and Curating Practices at the Department of Culture, Creative Media and Industries of the University of Thessaly. He is also Adjunct Faculty at the European Culture Program of the Hellenic Open University, and the International Postgraduate Program of Museology in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is a Fulbright Research Scholar (2009) at Columbia University, New York and has curated exhibitions, such as Homemade Exotica (2019) in Berlin, Roaming Images at the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale (2011), Open Plan at the 13th Art Athina (2007) and Women Only (2008). He contributes essays to several exhibition catalogues and art magazines, such as the New York-based E-flux Journal. He is a member of the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art), AICA (International Art Critics Association), the AAMC (Association of Art Museum Curators), the EEIT (Hellenic Society of Art Historians).
Yota Dimitriou, Business Development Officer
She studied History of Art at Deree-The American College of Greece and History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Athens. She completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh (Modern and Contemporary Art & Curating). She has completed internships at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the KidnerDocs Documentary Film Festival (Benaki Museum, Athens). She previously worked as Assistant to Galini Notti, Art Registrar of the Art Collection of the American College of Greece, and for two years worked as gallery/curatorial assistant at Alma Contemporary Art Gallery Athens, where she coordinated and co-curated various exhibition and participations in international art fairs.
Giorgos Gyparakis, Advisor
Visual artist and professor at the School of Architecture of NTUA at the Department of Fine Arts. He studied sculpture at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and graphic design at Vakalo, School of Applied Arts, Athens. He was awarded a State Scholarship to complete his postgraduate studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions at art institutes and museums around the world, such as the XLVI Venice Biennale, the “Sculpture Triennale”, Osaka, Japan in ’95, EMST Greece, the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, the Benaki Museum Athens, the Vangjush Mio Cultural Center in Koritsa, Albania, as well as the DESTE Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. His works can be found in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.