The winners of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2020 in Greece

The Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.

Alumni Awards 2020 winners

The winners of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2020 in Greece were announced at a digital award ceremony on Wednesday 14 October 2020. The ceremony was hosted by the British Ambassador HE Kate Smith CMG and Director of the British Council in Greece, Anastasia Andritsou. The ceremony was attended by the Alumni Awards Ambassador 2020 Greece, Maria Nikoltsiou, journalist and presenter at Alpha TV.

The winners of the Alumni Awards 2020 are:

Professional Achievement Award

Gabriella-Penelope Triantafyllis University of Bristol

Social Impact Award

Stella Kasdagli University of East London

Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr Vassili Apostolopoulos London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); University of Cambridge, Jesus College; and Cambridge Judge Business School

Find out more about winners and judging panel in the ‘Downloads’ section below.

Watch the virtual awards ceremony on YouTube.

Speaking at the ceremony, the British Ambassador HE Kate Smith CMG said: ‘Celebrating Greek alumni of British universities as we do is an opportunity to highlight the very best of the relationship between Greece and the UK. The experience of the academic excellence and all the opportunities that pursuing a course of study or research in the UK provides forges deep and lasting personal bonds, but it also strengthens the co-operation between our countries across a wide range of policy, business, science and social endeavours. Greek alumni, like the ones nominated and honoured in 2020, are great examples of this and I am very proud the UK has contributed to the outstanding achievement they have and are making in their own field and the community.’

Anastasia Andritsou, Director British Council Greece, said: ‘I am delighted that we are hosting the Study UK Alumni Awards in Greece for the fourth consecutive year. Today we are celebrating the success of a dynamic and vibrant network with more than 300,000 members in Greece. We honour their talent, their professionalism and the wealth of experience and skills that they bring back to their communities. We actively demonstrate our appreciation for their invaluable contribution to the strengthening of cultural relations between Greece and the UK.’

Maria Tsakali, Head Education and Society, British Council Greece, said: ‘UK education continues to inspire generations of young people and Greek UK alumni continue to create their own successful paths. Greek alumni of a UK education excel in their fields. They use their UK education to become champions and leaders in their chosen professions. In doing so, they become the very best ambassadors for both Greece and the UK and contribute to the strong cultural and educational connections that exist between the two countries.’

Alumni Awards 2020 finalists

Professional Achievement Award

Dr Olga-Joan Ktenidou Imperial College of Science, Technology
and Medicine and University of Greenwich
Gabriella-Penelope Triantafyllis University of Bristol 

Social Impact Award

Alexandros Angelopoulos University of Edinburgh and Imperial College
of Science, Technology and Medicine
Dr Anna Kasapoglou University of Portsmouth
Stella Kasdagli University of East London

Find out more about the finalists and judging panel in the ‘Downloads’ section below.

Award winners have the opportunity to raise their international profile, expand their professional networks and enhance their careers. The British Council will offer a prize of up to €1,000 to the winner of each of the main categories in Greece for a professional development opportunity of their choice. In addition, the winners in Greece will win a return ticket to a domestic destination, sponsored by Aegean Airlines.

Lifetime Achievement Award

For the first time, Greece is one of the two pilot countries hosting the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising alumni who studied at a UK university more than 15 years ago and who have contributed to UK-Greece relations.

Prominent UK alumni have been nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award 2020 in Greece. Find out more about the finalists and judging panel in the ‘Downloads’ section below.

Aegean Airlines is kindly sponsoring a return ticket to London for the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alumni Awards 2020 Ambassador Greece

We are delighted to have Maria Nikoltsiou, journalist and news presenter, joining us as the Alumni Awards 2020 Ambassador in Greece!

Maria said: ‘It is a great pleasure and an honour for me to be the Ambassador for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2020 in Greece. The opportunity to combine the merits and benefits of a free spirited, yet rigorous, education with exposure to an international lifestyle and a great culture shaped by a spirit of openness and democracy, was indeed a unique one. I am confident that UK universities will remain a pillar of our civilised societies, giving to millions of students unique means and methods to serve their lives and the lives of others, and contribute to social causes as well.

Find out more about Maria Nikoltsiou in the ‘Downloads’ section below.

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