Greek Australians shortlisted for Greek International Women Awards

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Greek Australians, Dr Patricia Koromvokis, Nancy (Athanasia) Katsimberis, Varvara Athanasiou-Ioannou, Argyro Vourdoumpa and Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou have all been shortlisted for the Greek International Women Awards (GIWA).

The GIWA celebrate, empower and recognise the incredible and influential Greek leading women whose stories have impacted the world we live in.

Dr Koromvokis is a Lecturer in Modern Greek Studies Program at Macquarie University and has been shortlisted in the category of Education & Psychology globally. She said she feels “privileged” to be recognised.

“I would like to warmly thank all the people who have worked closely with me and have supported me in developing and implementing impactful initiatives and international collaborations which showcase innovation in the field of humanities, teamwork, critical thinking, and effective communication skills with various stakeholders to promote the role of the Greek language in the diaspora and to build long-lasting academic bridges between Greece and Australia,” Dr Koromvokis said.

“I will continue working hard with all my heart and strength towards a prosperous future of Modern Greek Studies in the diaspora. Finally, I would like to wish all the other finalists good luck.”

Ms Athanasiou-Ioannou is the Founder and Chair of the ‘Food For Thought Network Inc’ and she has been shortlisted in the ‘Social Responsibility’ category. In a post on Facebook, Ms Athanasiou-Ioannou said she was very “moved” and “excited” by the recognition.

Dr Olga Panagiotopoulou is an Assistant Professor in Anatomy and Head of the Functional Mechanics Lab at the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Monash University, Australia. She has been shortlisted in the ‘Science and Technology’ category.

Ms Vourdoumpa is a journalist and former Editor of The Greek Herald. She has been shortlisted in the Media & Marketing Communications category for her work in print, digital and broadcast media outlets across Europe, South East Asia and Australia.

In a Facebook post, Ms Vourdoumpa said it was “a great honour to have been shortlisted.”

“If you have seen me covering community events with my children in tow or typing during tennis matches it is because being a migrant in Australia, a mother and a journalist, is not an easy gig. But it is achievable as long as you don’t give in or give up,” Ms Vourdoumpa added.

Ms Katsimberis is the Management Executive and Co-Founder of Australian Utilities Company and has been shortlisted in the Environment & Sustainability category.

The final phase of Public Voting is until July 21, 2023 and counts 25% of the outcome through the GIWA official website.

The GIWA Awards are organised under the Auspices of the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the City of Athens & the National Chamber of Network of Women Entrepreneurs. The GIWA winner of each category will be announced on September 21 at the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre in Athens.

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