About Us

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre is a leading NGO with more than 43 years of experience in supporting vulnerable people through the provision of social services, implementation of social initiatives, education, research and development of know-how on social policy issues. We design and implement impactful initiatives, aiming to make a difference in tackling the ongoing challenges in a globalized world.

Who we are

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre is a leading NGO with more than 43 years of experience in supporting vulnerable people through the provision of social services, implementation of social initiatives, education, research and development of know-how on social policy issues. We design and implement impactful initiatives, aiming to make a difference in tackling the ongoing challenges in a globalized world.

Vision

Artificial intelligence and biotechnology will change the world that we live in. Existing theories seem increasingly detached from the new problems we are facing. The challenge is to modify the system in motion without losing the gains that so far have been achieved. We believe that redefining the notion of value in general and social value in particular is a prerequisite for the successful adaption in this new environment. Our vision is a world that rests on integrity, equal opportunities, sustainable growth and individual well-being.

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Pantelis Sklias

Pantelis Sklias (1969) is a Professor of International Relations and International Political Economy (IPE) and since September 2018 Rector of Neapolis University Pafos. He also taught in the Department of International and European Studies – University of Macedonia (visiting lecturer) – the Department of International Economic Relations and Development – Democritus University of Thrace, Visiting lecturer and Assistant Professor from 2002-2007 – and the Hellenic Open University – 2002 until today – . He graduated (1990) from the Department of International Relations of Panteion University in Athens. He was awarded both his MA in International Relations (1991) and his Ph.D. in International Relations and IPE (1998) from the University of Sussex (UK). He accomplished (2000) his post doctorate thesis at the Hellenic Center of Political Research of Panteion University with a fellowship from the State Fellowship Foundation. His post-doctoral research topic is “The IPE of the relations between the EU and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the ex-Soviet Union”. From 1999 until 2002 he has been a Visiting Research Fellow of the Postgraduate Center for Culture, Development and the Environment (CDE) of the University of Sussex. He was the Chairman (2013-2017) of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of the Peloponnese and Vice Chairman of the Special Research Committee of the University. He served (2016-2018) as a member of the Board of the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (DI.P.A.E.). In the academic year 2017-2018, he was the Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies at the American University in the Emirates in Dubai. From February 2020 onwards, he has been appointed President of the Rectors’ Conference for Cypriot Universities.

Pyrros Papadimitriou

Pyrros Papadimitriou holds a Degree in Political Science & Public Administration from the University of Athens (1985) a Law Degree from Athens Law School (1989), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economics from Sussex University (1987), a Master’s in Economics (1988) and a Ph.D. in Economics (1992) both from Kent University at UK.

Pyrros began his professional career as a financial analyst at Gerald & National Inter Commodities in London (1989-1990) and continued as researcher at the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research in Athens (1994-95), manager in the Sector Research & Analysis department of ALPHA Bank (1995-96), director of Consulting Services at ICAP S.Α. (1996-1997) and advisor to the European Parliament (1996-98).

In 1997 Pyrros founded HEADWAY Economic Consultants Ltd, a company that provides consulting services in the public and the private sector. In 2006 as a co-founder, Pyrros established a network of experts, the Four Assist Development Consulting, which mainly undertakes projects in the field of Public Financial Management in developing countries. During these years, Four Assist implemented more than 120 projects in several regions of the developing world. In Four Assist Development Consulting, Pyrros remained active until the end of December 2015.

In the period 2007 -09, Pyrros, interrupted his business activities and undertook the challenge of running the privatization project of Greece’s flag carrier Olympic Airlines, Olympic Airways – Services and Olympic Aviation. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer in Olympic Airlines (2008-2009) and in Olympic Airways – Services (2007-2008).

In the period August 2012 – June 2014 he has been appointed Coordinator of the Privatization of the Greek Regional Airports a project that has also been concluded successfully with the acquisition of the airports from Fraport AG for 1,23 billion euros.

Ιn 2013 he was elected Vice President of the Foundation of Global Governance and Sustainability, a forum for the exchange of views among thinkers and practitioners interested in addressing today’s challenges, and to encourage analysis towards action, with new approaches and innovative ideas.

Pyrros has a strong teaching and academic experience having been a professor of Economics at the Hellenic Air Force Academy (1993-1994), a visiting professor at the Economics Department of the University of Crete (1996-1998), a lecturer (1998 -2003) and assistant professor (2003-07) at the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Macedonia and currently an associate professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese (2007 – cont.).

Antonis Klapsis

Antonis Klapsis is Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and International Organization at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Peloponnese. He is the Academic Coordinator of the Centre of International and European Political Economy and Governance of the same Department. He holds a PhD in Diplomatic History from the Department of International and European Studies of Panteion University. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels. He has worked as an Expert at the Committee of the Regions of the European Union on the evaluation of the European Migration Agenda and on the new European Neighbourhood Policy. He is the author of eight monographs, he has edited and co-edited four contributed volumes, and has published numerous papers in internationally renowned academic journals (such as Diplomacy and Statecraft, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Middle Eastern Studies etc.) and contributed volumes.

Panagiotis Kakolyris

Panagiotis Kakolyris is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International & European Political Economy & Governance (University of Peloponnese – Department of Political Science and International Relations) and Coordinator of the online Political Observatory electionsnet.org.

He is an elected Steering Committee Member of the European Network of Political Foundations, based in Brussels, and Chair of the Future of Europe Working Group.

He also works as a communications and strategy advisor and is a part time lecturer at the Hellenic American Union (Digital Marketing Certificate) and the European Communication Institute.

He has worked as a journalist, news analyst and editor in chief, for many Greek and international media like, the European newspaper, Flash 96 radio, Alpha TV etc. He has also worked as the head of Press Office for the Greek Ministries of Migration, Transport, Environment, and Culture.

He has studied journalism and digital media in Greece and the United Kingdom (MA in International Broadcast Journalism, University of Central England, Birmingham).