My name is Maria Nefeli Chatziioannidou and I am a social entrepreneur. I graduated from Bocconi University, Italy with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics, Finance and Management. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In 2020 I started a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the University of Sunderland.
In 2013 I co-founded my first social enterprise "Code it Like a Girl" (CLG), aiming to solve the problem of gender inequality in STEM fields. In 2015 CLG was an enterprise with 72 active volunteers and it was supported by the US Embassy, the Angelopoulos and Clinton Foundation, the Greek Ministry of Education, Microsoft and Redbull.
In 2019, I created my second social venture called "Great Women" (Yperoxes Gynaikes), with a mission to educate, empower and motivate whoever identifies as a woman to participate, create and develop projects and ventures that have a positive impact in the communities they live in. Additionally, Great Women provide services to organizations and corporations that want to adjust and invest in Corporate Social Responsibility strategies in their business operations and increase their positive impact to society. Great Women is currently a social enterprise that has built a community of more than 100.000 women.
For my work in Great Women I was recently awarded the Greek International Women's Award 2021 in the Category of Social Responsibility. The introductory speech of the ceremony was given by her Excellency the President of the Hellenic Republic and the award was presented by the vice minister of Labor and Social Affairs.
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, and Ethelon Organization, and I am a mentor in Prince’s Trust International Foundation at the program Be Your Own Boss, in the program WOMENTORS by Active Citizen fund and Lamprakis Foundation and in the "Empowerement Program of Female Refugees" created by IRC Hellas and Women on Top. I have participated in various conferences with proposals for the refugee crisis and I participated 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 March 2020 I became a member of Women Mediterranean Fund and in October I became one of the twenty female social entrepreneurs of Women Act Europe through its program Empow Her. I was included in the European list of EuClid Network (EN) of the Top 100 Women in Social Enterprises 2021. EN is a strategic partner of the European Commission and an observer to the United Nations Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy.
2019 - Present
Founder & CEO
GREAT WOMEN (Yperoxes Gynaikes)
Yperoxes Gynaikes is the first Greek online women's community. The mission of our organization is to create a community that supports, educates, empowers and motivates Greek women to participate, create and develop projects and ventures that have a positive impact in the societies and communities they live in. Additionally, we provide services to organizations and corporations that want to adjust and invest in Corporate Social Responsibility strategies in their business operations and increase their positive impact to society.
GREAT WOMEN is a community of more that 90.000 members
GREEK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN AWARDS (GIWA)
GIWA is the biggest celebration of the Greek professional woman who excels in the world. Her Excellency, the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou gave the opening address. 169 Greek women from 13 countries around the world shared their story, 98 Greek women got shortlisted and presented at the ceremony. The applications of the participants have gone through the process of supervision and validation by Ernst & Young.Greece (EY), they have been rated by the GIWA judges and have been voted by the public. The 12 winners who stood out for the judges and the audience were announced and awarded. Maria Nefeli Chatziioannidou was one of the twelve winners and the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Maria Syregela, awarded her for the category Social Responsibility.
2018 - 2020
"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 its second location.
2016 - 2017
Collaborator & Mentor
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
2013 - 2016
Co-Founder & CFO
Code it Like a Girl
Code it Like a Girl was a non profit organisation that organised 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. In the 3 years of operation, CLG collaborated with Microsoft, RedBull, Angelopoulos & Clinton Foundation, Athens Tech Festival and partnered with more than 72 women in STEM for the implementation of its activities.
2013 - 2015
As an account manager I acted 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.
2020 - 2O23
2016 - 2O17
2009 - 2O13
2003 - 2O09
BACHELOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
MASTERS OF SOCIAL INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
BACHELOR OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS, FINANCE & MANAGEMENT
LYCEUM & HIGH SCHOOL
EXPLO SUMMER CAMP
Teamwork & Collaboration
Greek (mother language)