Eteron – Institute for Research and Social Change is a non-profit organisation, based in Athens, Greece, that produces knowledge, contributes towards citizen empowerment and promotes partnerships.

We strive to strengthen arguments, ideas, people and organisations, in order to reach a society, in which the actual needs of the people will be at the center of the public debate.

A step towards a world where the happiness and prosperity of all has equal value.

What do we do?


Knowledge is power

Knowledge is power

We produce knowledge in the form of credible research, analysis, articles and public events.

We substantiate arguments, question the obvious and trust the researchers.

We promote policy proposals pushing for justice, inclusion and sustainability.


Power increases when one shares it

Power increases when one shares it

We try using innovative communication channels in order to render the “hard meanings” more accessible.

We share methods and tools that allow us to develop different skills.

We create foundations and platforms to spread knowledge.


Collective power can change the world

Collective power can change the world

We build partnerships formed on the basis of respect, dedication in common core values and openness.

We create spaces of encounter and dialogue.

We become a collaborations’ hub among research institutions abroad, bringing the international discussion in Greece and promoting the discussion regarding Greece abroad.

We listen before speaking.
We think before acting.
We include before suggesting.

or at least, we try.

Why Eteron

Read the story behind our name here.

Operation and funding

Eteron is a non-profit civil partnership that operates in an autonomous manner and forms its strategy based on its charter objectives. It is independent from business and partisan interests.
It accepts funding from entities that align with its principles and directions.
The Institute’s operation is financed by Dimitris Maris.

Our team
Gabriel Sakellaridis Director

He has studied Βusiness Αdministration and has done postgraduate studies in economics. He has been a member of the Greek Parliament and has also served as Deputy Minister. He has worked as an economist as well as in the field of human rights.


Christos Papagiannis Head of Strategy and Impact

Graduate of the Department of Political Science and History of Panteion University, IKY (The State Scholarships Foundation) scholar. He has worked in the field of media, both as a digital marketing manager and as a political researcher at the German Press Agency (DPA). Finally, he is a co-founder of an alternative digital media outlet.


Vasilis Panagou Head of Communications

He was born and raised in Rhodes. He studied Economics at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and is professionally active in the field of Digital Marketing & Strategic Communication. He has worked as Head of Digital Media, but also as Head of Social Media Strategy. His gadgets and football make him happy.

Yannis Almpanis Project Coordinator

He was born in Athens in 1975. He studied French Literature at the University of Athens and holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Paris 8. He has worked as a journalist, a content writer and a communications advisor.


Kostas Gousis Project Coordinator

He’s a lawyer and a political scientist with a PhD on Migrant Activism. He has worked as a social researcher and as a lawyer in the field of human rights and refugee law. He always considered the question “What are you doing with your life?” to be utterly weird.


Angeliki K. Karageorgou Press Officer/Project Coordinator

She has studied Social Anthropology and History and holds a master’s degree in Public Communication and Creative Writing. She has worked as a journalist in newspapers and radio stations for almost a decade.


Alkis Kafetzis Project Coordinator

He’s from Alexandroupoli and has studied Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. For the past decade, he has worked as a campaigner for the protection of the natural environment,, for the sustainable development of renewable energy sources, against overfishing and the waste of single use plastics. On occasion he translates economic, political and educational theory books. He has a soft spot in his heart for the “click” of his analogue camera’s shutter.


Dimitris Rapidis Grants Officer & Political Researcher

He studied political science and international relations in Athens and Geneva. He has worked as a communications consultant, political strategist, and financial program manager in the private sector, at the United Nations, and the European Parliament. He is a co-founder of an alternative digital media outlet and a football enthusiast.


Eleni Katomeri Administration/Office Manager

She studied Theatre and Film Theory at the department of Theatre Studies of the University of Athens as well as Acting at the Greek Art Theatre Karolos Koun. She has worked in the fields of direction and production in the TV and filming industry as well as the theatre. Balancing between theory and practice, she continues to observe society through art.


Chara Balaka Visual Designer

She studied Graphic Design and Visual Communication at the University of West Attica.
She loves typography and its use as a means of artistic and social expression.


Zoi Artemis Athanasopoulou Translator

She studied Media and Communication at the University of Athens and holds a Master’s degree in Media Production and Audiovisual Translation. She has worked as a subtitler/translator in film festivals and media platforms, then worked at sea, then back ashore. She’s seen it all, but still thinks that writing about herself in third person and then translating it, might be one step too far.


Magda Zozou Digital Content Coordinator

She holds a BA in History, Classical Literature and Environmental Studies and an MA in Cross-Cultural Communication. During her studies at Newcastle University, she worked there as a Language Ambassador.


Dimitris Papazoglou Art Director
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