Myrto Vounatsou holds a BA(hons) in Media & Communication from U.C.E. Birmingham and an MA in Arts Management & Arts Criticism from City University, London. She has studied classical singing at the Birmingham Conservatoire but also delved into traditional music. She was for many years Senior Press Officer at Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall. She regularly collaborates with cultural institutions in Greece and abroad as project co-ordinator. She has always been fascinated by the relation of the arts, education & technology, and is currently exploring soundscaping and its use for educational purposes.
Jochen Sandig was born in 1968. The cultural entrepreneur is living in Berlin since 1990 where arts and politics became his main focus as founder and director of several cultural institutions: after the fall of the Wall he founded the legendary Tacheles with artists from all over the world. With the German choreographer Sasha Waltz he founded Sasha Waltz & Guests in 1993 and the independent theatre Sophiensaele in 1996. In 2006 he founded Radialsystem as a space for arts and ideas together with Folkert Uhde. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Parliament of Mayors. In 2020 he will be the new intendant of the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele. Jochen Sandig is a father of two children – László (19) and Sophia (14).
Alexandra Mitsotaki holds a degree in Political Studies at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris and a post graduate degree on Development issues.
She worked at OECD where she specialized further in poverty issues in the developing world. She is a profound believer in civil society mobilization and in citizen responsibility and their capacity to hold governments accountable at all of levels of civic engagement.
In 1998 she founded the Greek affiliate of ActionAid, the international organisation against poverty and injustice. ActionAid Hellas, which she still chairs, has become the biggest Greek NGO.
Since 2009 she chairs the Hellenic Cultural Center in Paris, with the aim of establishing a tool of cultural diplomacy for Greece in the Francophone world.
Reacting to the financial crisis in Greece, in 2014 she co founded and chairs, Action Finance Initiative, the first microcredit organization in Greece with partners ActionAid Hellas and Adie France.
She teaches seminars on Political Economy of Development at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris as a guest speaker.
Passionate about human progress, Irène feels extremely concerned with the societal, ethical, environmental, economic and geopolitical issues generated by the actual paradigm shift and has been dedicated in co-building the World Human Forum concept ever since the idea emerged.
After many years spent in big corporations, Irène founded Leaders Excellence Partners in 2010. She works as a catalyst of cultural, behavioral and organizational transformation with multinational firms but also with start-ups, helping young entrepreneurs on innovation, creativity and strategic issues.
Of multicultural origin and education, dual national Greek/French, multilingual, Irène studied science and economics in the USA, Great-Britain and France. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Brown University, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Organization Science from Paris-Dauphine.
Often invited by Universities and Companies as a speaker, Irène is also on the board of various non profit organisations such as the Observatoire des Valeurs and the Greek Cultural Center in Paris.