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The Mount Athos Center is run by a governing body of seven Board of Directors  members presided over by the Mayor of Thessaloniki (ex officio).  The council has an honorary president the current Overseer of Mount Athos.  As for the other six members of the council, three are appointed by the Council of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and three are representatives from the Holy Community of Mount Athos.  The position of vice president is held by one of the council members from the Holy Mountain.  In the event of the absence of the president, he is represented by one of the appointed members from the city council of Thessaloniki.

The Board of Directors has the responsibility of governing the organization, planning its programs, projects and events, its correspondence and relation with Mount Athos and the entirety of institutions and organizations in Greece and abroad.


The composition of this Board of Directors for the five-year period 2015-2019 is as follows:

President of the Mount Athos Center Board of Directors Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki

First Vice President of the Mount Athos Center Board of Directors Hieromonk Elder Nikodimos of the Great Lavra Monastery

Second Vice President of the Mount Athos Center Board of Directors – Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors Petros Lekakis, Deputy Mayor of Walfare and Solidarity of the City of Thessaloniki

Members Archimandrite Methodius, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Chilandar / Elder Simeon Dionysiatis / Stefanos Gogakos, City Councillor for Thessaloniki, member / Thomas Psaras, Secretary-General of the Municipality of Thessaloniki


The Staff of the Mount Athos Center

Anastasios Douros Director

Maria Gianelou Head of Finance & Administration

Evangelos Tsikouras Head of the Bookstore

Christos Dokalis Publicity department of Mount Athos Center

Kyriaki Athanasiadou Bookstore Employee

Eleni Oplopiou Bookstore Employee



Anna Tanaskou Accountant (tax consultancy-accounting firm "IDOVELOS CONSULTING-FOROTECHNIKI IK")

Sophia Pitsiounis Legal Advisor







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