My name is Maria Nefeli Chatziioannidou and I am a social entrepreneur. I graduated from Bocconi University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics, Finance, and Management and from the University of Northampton with a Master’s Degree in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I founded my first social enterprise "Code it Like a Girl" (CLG) in 2013, aiming to solve the problem of gender inequality in STEM fields. CLG in 2015 was an enterprise with 72 active volunteers and 5 cofounders and it was supported by the US Embassy, Angelopoulos and Clinton Foundation, the Ministry of Education and organizations like Microsoft and Redbull. Since 2015 I collaborate and provide consulting services on social innovation and entrepreneurship to several organizations and start-ups in Greece, like Mindspace, Think Young, Entrepreneurship School, DEI College Social Innovation Hub, and Ethelon Organization, and I am a mentor in Prince’s Trust International- Be Your Own Boss. I have participated in various conferences with proposals for the refugee crisis and I was accepted in “WOMEN INNOVATORS in SOCIAL ENTERPRISES” (WISE) Program, a program of the European Commission where I was awarded as one of the five Top Women Innovators of the Program. In January 2019, I created my second social venture, an online platform called “Yperoxes Gynaikes” (Great Women), aiming to empower women by creating an online community in which women interact with each other, share the admiration for other women and raise awareness about problems that need solutions. Yperoxes Gynaikes is after one year, a community of 20.000 women. During COVID-19 quarantine, I have created a crowd funding campaign in order to raise funds to buy medical gloves for doctors, and managed to donate more than 100.000 medical gloves to the first line fighting with the virus.
Maria Nefeli Chatziioannidou
Social Entrepreneur & Mother
Founder of Yperoxes Gynaikes
Yperoxes Gynaikes is a social project aiming to empower women by creating an online interactive community in which women share their admiration for the achievements of other women or through open discussion about problems that need solutions
Founder of "To Philosopheio"
"To Philosopheio" is a fresh respond to the existing old-fashion, university cafeterias that exist in Greek Universities. It is a university cafeteria inside the Philosophy Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a vision to create a place that respects the university students and staff, by providing a modern environment and a quality break for everyone.
Breaking all the stereotypes of the typical Greek university cafeteria, 9 months after its launch, “To Philosopheio” opened in July its second location.
Founder of Yperoxoi Anthrwpoi
Yperoxoi Anthrwpoi is a social experiment that proves that nothing is impossible when people help others to fullfil their dreams
Member of the Board of Anatolia College Alumni Association
Responsible for the development of the the Alumni Association through events and actions that benefit the alumni and the school
Social Innovation Hub Consultant @ DEI College
Having seen that social innovation can be the solution to many problems Greece is facing at the moment, I have collaborated with DEI College with a goal to create the first Social Innovation Hub in Thessaloniki, Greece. DEI College is one of the top private colleges in Greece, collaborating with the University of London and the University of Northampton
Co- Founder & CFO of Code it Like a Girl
Code it Like a Girl is a non profit organisation that organises workshops and seminars to teach girls and women in Greece how to code in order to provide them with the hard skills to lead innovation and change the world by reducing the gender gap in the field of technology
Technology Seminars for 65+ Seniors
Delivered a program in collaboration with "ΣΥΝενεργώ" that aims to ensure that older people who have already retired will continue to organize their daily routine with a specific program, have opportunities to make available their energy, participate in actions and programs where they can offer and utilize their professional skills and use appropriate frameworks that offer them opportunities to continue their education, with a gateway to lifelong learning
Account Manager @ Fotone Advertising
My job was to act as a link between the clients and the agency. I was responsible for the coordination of advertising campaigns (mostly online campaigns) and therefore communicating clearly to all those involved. I manage the administrative and campaign work and I ensure that advertising projects are completed on time and on budget
Marketing Manager @ TSM di Tomaso Musini
Marketing Manager in a start-up company of male swim wear. I was responsible for building up a marketing strategy plan for introducing the brand in the market, implementing the strategy plan and communicating with new channels of distribution
Seasonal Sales Assistant @ Link Theory SRL
Seasonal Sales Assistant in the showroom based in Milan of the American company Theory & Theyskens Theory during all fashion weeks (2009-2012). I was responsible for making appointments with clients and reach the projected budget requested by the company
EUROPEAN PILOT PROJECT
Women Innovators in Social Enterprises (WISE)
WISE is a pilot edition of a programme funded by the European Commission. The WISE objective is to elaborate and extend an integral training programme based on cutting-edge methodologies and an experiential pedagogical plan with a user centered perspective and to develop an interactive e-community to allow women with work experience and willing to start-up socially-focused projects to ideate and plan them as effective social businesses.
*One of the Five Top Women Innovators of the program*
Masters Degree / University of Northampton
Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Bachelor's Degree / Bocconi University
International Econimics, Management & Finance
High School Diploma / American College of Thessaloniki
International Baccalaureate (2007-2009)
Summer Program / Yale University
Explo Yale Summer Camp
ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS
- Mentor @ Prince's Trust Foundation / Be Your Own Boss
- Women Act Leadership Academy #5
- W.O.M.E.N: Women Organisation Meet Up for Education and Networking
- Judge and Mentor/ Speaker for the Entrepreneurship School in Athens. The Entrepreneurship School aims to bridge the gap between entrepreneurial education and innovative learning.
- One of the finalists of the Mindspace Challenge 2017, presenting the project "PUPULO", a one-for-one business model that aimed to offer to refugees first need products.
- TEDxThessaloniki - Organized part of the Tech Hub Activities and presented the topic "Rubik's Cube Solution & the Algorithms" through an interactive way
- Venture Garden Seminars - ACT
- Women Tech Makers Seminars
- Seminars "COMMUNICATION 2.0-Digital Marketing
- Best marketing strategy award for an imaginative company and advertisement idea for a luxury company - Yale Explo Program
- Camp Philia Calabria, Italy
(Course: development of leadership skills & team building I best Leader of the YMCA camp)
- Arrived at the semifinals "Lee Make History'' advertising competition
- Seminars "modem art in the line of world economy" and ''world economy and photography''
ECDL - 7 / 7 modules passed
Communication 2.0 - Advanced seminars on online marketing tools
Google Certified - Google Exams on Analytics & Adwords
Advanced Microsoft Excel - Bocconi University Advanced Seminars
Greek - Mother Language
English - Bilingual Diploma, IELTS (2011), SAT I (2008), Proficiency of Michigan, (2007), Lancashire (2007 Cambridge First Certificate (2006)
Italian - Excellent, Italian B HL (IB), Diploma level