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The Diaspora Greeks Who Left their Mark in 2018

The Diaspora Greeks Who Left their Mark in 2018

Quite a few Greeks and members of Greek diaspora excelled in 2018, be it in politics, enterprise, sciences, the humanities, sports activities or philanthropy.

Many, maybe most, of them have risen to nice heights in the nation to which they emigrated. Typically rising shortly to the highest in any area which they selected to enter, some people rose to particular prominence worldwide this previous yr. Others made a distinction in selling the values of Hellenism in Greece and overseas.

The record is completely subjective to the Greek Reporter‘s editorial workforce and is introduced in no specific order.

The Antetokounmpo Brothers for Taking a Stance Towards Racism 

Giannis and Thanassis Antetokounmpo are on the record not only for their basketball expertise however as a result of in 2018 they took a courageous stance towards racism. Thanassis, a basketball powerhouse himself, who’s enjoying for Panathinaikos and the Greek Nationwide Workforce, was the sufferer of a despicable racist verbal assault in 2018.  Giannis Antetokounmpo, the “Greek Freak”, who’s making Greeks everywhere in the world proud together with his performances for the Milwaukee Bucks, despatched a strong message towards racism. ”There are some occasions in life if you say sufficient is sufficient. I misplaced my sleep, I used to be devastated,” Antetokounmpo stated, including that he didn’t converse out to defend himself or his brother, however to boost consciousness for different individuals who endure racism every single day. Thanassis, the older brother of Giannis, isn’t spoken about as a lot as his ultra-famous brother. However he was the glue which made the Antetokounmpo household keep collectively, and he additionally was the one who labored exhausting to offer for his youthful brother Giannis and the opposite relations.  Giannis has typically stated that if it hadn’t been for his brother, he may need not made it to the NBA.

Yorgos Lanthimos, Nominated for five Golden Globes in 2018

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos‘ movie “The Favourite” was nominated for 5 awards at this yr’s Golden Globes. The movie, a historic interval comedy-drama written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, gained the Grand Jury Prize on the 75th Venice Movie Pageant.

Andria Zafirakou, Voted Greatest Instructor in the World

Andria Zafirakou gained the 2018 Varkey Basis “Global Teacher Prize” because the world’s greatest educator. The 38-year-old Greek Cypriot, who works and lives in north London, discovered to greet her college students in 35 languages every single day, since a big proportion of youngsters attending the varsity have problem talking English.

Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, California’s First Feminine Lieutenant Governor

Democrat Eleni Kounalakis, a first-generation Greek-American, gained the race to grow to be the primary feminine to be elected Lieutenant Governor of California. Elected for a most of two four-year phrases, the lieutenant governor both sits on, or appoints representatives to, lots of California’s regulatory our bodies. In a current interview with the Greek Reporter, the businesswoman and former U.S. ambassador stated, “The American Dream is what made this country great, and we must keep this pathway open for everyone.”

Maria and Drake Behrakis for Selling Greek Schooling and Hellenism

Two of probably the most influential proponents of Greek schooling in america, Drake G. Behrakis and Maria Exarhopoulos Behrakis, continued their mission all through 2018 to protect and promote Hellenism and the Greek language by way of the Nationwide Hellenic Society and the Behrakis Basis, supporting numerous organizations worldwide. Drake Behrakis believes that the important thing NHS undertaking is the “Heritage Greece” program,  by way of which college-age college students go to stay in Greece for 2 and a half weeks. Many college students come again with a renewed curiosity in Greece, displaying a willingness to contribute to the nation.

John Kalafatis, the Greek American Developer of $100M Film Studio in NYC

After creating 4 big corporations in New York Metropolis’s renovation and development sector, Greek-American entrepreneur John Kalafatis would have already got been counted among the many Greeks who left their mark in 2018. Nevertheless, including to his earlier accomplishments, this mover and shaker additionally began the huge challenge of creating a hundred-million-dollar film studio in the American metropolis in 2018, tapping into the town’s booming film business. The studio is predicted to open its doorways in 2019.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rising Star in World Tennis

Stefanos Tsitspas made Greek tennis historical past in October, turning into the primary ever Greek citizen to win an Affiliation of Tennis Professionals (ATP) title. The 20-year-old skilled participant from Athens managed to grow to be probably the most well-known gamers worldwide in 2018, following superb performances on a few of the world’s most prestigious tennis courts. He’s the youngest participant ranked in the highest 20 by the ATP, and has a career-high rating of 15th in the world.

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, Who Established a Scholarship for Hellenic Causes at UCLA

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, a number one Greek-American businesswoman, determined in June to lend her help to UCLA’s Stavros Niarchos Basis Middle for the Research of Hellenic Tradition by establishing a brand new undergraduate scholarship for college kids. The scholarships will probably be awarded to those that exhibit management in Hellenic causes, environmental points, or group empowerment. The President and CEO of Earth Pleasant Merchandise, additionally confirmed her robust connection to Greece by visiting the fire-struck space of East Attica and Mati through the summer time of 2018, serving to the native individuals and donating cleansing merchandise to the victims.

George Vassiliou for His Pioneering Analysis in Battling Leukemia

Dr George Vassiliou (left) and his group

Dr. George Vassiliou and his group on the U.Okay.’s Wellcome Sanger Institute have found that a element in eye drops has additionally proven promise for the remedy of leukemia. They discovered that the compound, which targets an important most cancers gene, might kill leukemia cells with out harming non-leukemic blood cells. “This shows promise as a potential approach for treating this aggressive leukemia in humans,” Dr. Vassiliou stated.

Lefteris Petrounias, “Lord of the Rings”, Makes it Three Golds in a Row

In yet one more illustrious addition to his medal assortment, Greek gymnast Lefteris Petrounias gained the gold medal in the nonetheless rings competitors after a spectacular efficiency on the World Gymnastics Championships which occurred in Doha in November. It was Petrounias’ third consecutive gold medal on the World Championships.

Jimmy Athanasopoulos and the Libra Group for their Social Duty Program

Jimmy Athanasopoulos, Head of Social Duty for the Libra Group, supplies strategic oversight of the group’s international duty and education schemes. By way of 10 totally different packages and initiatives, that are broadly linked to the themes of group help and aiding individuals who have been denied or have restricted alternative, the Group seeks to show household values into guiding enterprise rules.

One core worth is a robust sense of respect and belief in the person. One other is a way of group – recognizing that collectively we may be extra. Through the years, Athanasopoulos has helped create and information greater than a dozen of charitable tasks funded by Libra, amongst them “The Home Project”, a non-profit which gives a house to unaccompanied minor refugees, and the “Envolve Award”, an entrepreneurship award answerable for the funding of numerous startups.

George Paxinos, Who Found an Unknown Space in the Human Mind

Greek-Australian neuroscientist George Paxinos found a brand new, beforehand utterly unknown space in the human mind, calling it “Endorestiform Nucleus”. The Ithaca-born professor discovered the brand new area close to the purpose the place the mind connects to the spinal twine, in an space which is liable for integrating and mixing sensory and kinetic info to right posture and stability, and coordinating small, detailed actions.

Noella Coursaris Musunka for Empowering Women in Africa

Noella Coursaris Musunka, born to a Greek Cypriot father and a Congolese mom in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), devotes her life to assist youngsters in her homeland. The former mannequin based a non-profit group, the Malaika Basis, which goals to empower Congolese women and their communities by selling and inspiring instructional and well being consciousness packages.

Despoina Petousi for Pioneering Analysis in Software program Engineering

Despoina Petousi, a Greek software program engineer working in Germany, gained the distinguished “Bertha Benz Prize” for 2018. The prize is aimed particularly at younger feminine doctorate-level engineers who’ve created concepts or merchandise of nice worth to society because of their dissertation. Petousi, from the Technical College of Berlin, says her analysis work focuses on units which can make it potential for everybody to have high-speed web.

Gus Bilirakis, Elected Seven Occasions to the Home of Representatives

Republican U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis gained his midterm election bid to characterize Florida’s 12th Congressional District for the seventh consecutive time. Raised in Tarpon Springs, the Florida native is the grandson of Greek immigrants. The widespread Greek-American politician, who’s selling Hellenism and Greek points in Congress, will proceed to characterize the world encompassing New Port Richey and areas north of Tampa. Bilirakis, as Vice Chairman of the U.S. Home Veterans Affairs Committee, additionally helped to safe $200 million in funding to assist homeless veterans.

Steven Kons and Giovana Christofi-Simpson, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of a Tasmanian City

The city of Burnie, Tasmania — inhabitants 20,000 — can boast that’s the solely metropolis outdoors Greece and Cyprus which is run by a Greek mayor and a Cypriot deputy. Following the October council elections, Steven Kons was elected mayor and Giovana Christofi-Simpson deputy mayor. It’s a tremendous feat for the 2 politicians, because the city “has only a handful of Greeks, less than ten families in total,” says Kons.

Costa- Gavras, for Lifetime Contributions to European Film Making

Greek director Costa-Gavras acquired the Lifetime Achievement award at this yr’s European Movie Awards in December. The legendary filmmaker, who directed classics reminiscent of “Missing”, “Z”, “Music Box” and “Betrayed”, was honored by the European Movie Academy on the 31st European Movie Awards on Dec. 15 in Seville, Spain.

Laura Calamos Nasir, for Her Initiative to Digitize Greek American Historical past on the Nationwide Hellenic Museum

Nationwide Hellenic Museum President Dr. Laura Calamos Nasir with Museum Chairman John Calamos Sr. (middle) and museum trustees and benefactors.

Dr. Laura Calamos Nasir, the president of the Hellenic Museum in Chicago, distinguished herself in 2018 for her efforts to create an archive of oral historical past and digitize paperwork referring to Greek-American historical past. Talking lately to the Greek Reporter, she stated that the collections of the Museum mirrored a number of the “hard, deep” tales of Greek immigrants’ lives in the U.S.  “We are the largest collection in the world for Greek-American stories,” she said. If not digitised, the oral histories of mant 1st, 2nd and third era Greek People are in hazard of being misplaced ceaselessly, in a way Greek American historical past may be misplaced with time.

Stelios Kerasidis, the Six-Yr-Previous Pianist Who Dazzled New York

Stelios Kerasidis, of Athens, Greece, managed to perform one among many landmarks in his younger life and profession together with his efficiency at Carnegie Corridor in October. The six-year-old musician performed Chopin’s Valse la minor and have become the youngest Greek musician of all time to play at Carnegie Corridor. He was additionally awarded first prize on the Awards.

Kyriakos Anastasiadis, Surgeon Honored for Volunteer Work in Africa

Kyriakos Anastasiadis, who voluntarily carried out greater than thirty cardiac surgical procedures at a Mauritius hospital in the area of two weeks, was honored by the Aristotle College of Thessaloniki for his charitable contribution. Anastasiadis, professor on the College, selected to assist the individuals of the Indian Ocean nation, as a result of in response to him, the nation suffers from excessive charges of coronary heart illness brought on by diabetes.

College of Thessaly College students for Profitable Prime Prize in Formulation 1 Race Automotive Design

The Centaurus Racing Group from the Division of Mechanical Engineering of  Volos, on the College of Thessaly,  gained prime prize for their progressive Components racing automotive at a world competitors in Britain. The workforce gained prime acclaim in the class of design for their prototype referred to as Amphion on the IMechE Method Scholar competitors which happened at Silverstone, the house of British motor racing.

Christos Tsirogiannis, the “Thorn in the Side of Auction Houses”

Christos Tsirogiannis, a Greek forensic archaeologist based mostly in the U.Okay., has found and reported quite a few instances of looted historic artifacts in Greece and overseas. His sleuthing has led to a handful of things being withdrawn from sale at auctions as a result of be held in Britain in current years, with but extra faraway from gross sales in New York. He informed the Greek Reporter lately that “I will continue to (recover) everything relating to Greece I discover through my research, seeking no financial reward, simply because I am Greek and I love my country.”

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