Olga Stavropoulou is a self-made active (social) entrepreneur who stands out for the projects that she has designed regarding the enhancement of entrepreneurship and lifelong learning, as well as the successful publicity campaigns and events which motivate, empower and excite thousands of European citizens.
She has more than 20 years experience and her portfolio includes hundreds of concepts, more than 60 European programmes, more than 200 events (with more than 55,000 visitors), 300 logos, brochures and booklets, more than 50 websites, videos and e-learning platforms. Her work has received positive feedback for its original thinking, creativity, ingenuity, quality and professionalism which are all documented through impressive measurable results. She has also developed innovative models for events organization and knowledge dissemination such as the ‘knowledge shots’, ‘true talks’ and ‘the public interview’. Between 2015-2016 she was the appointed Creative, Communication & Digital Director responsible for the design and implementation of the actions and activities of the Candidacy Office for the bidding of the city of Larissa for the title of “European Capital of Culture 2021”.
She was born in Athens in 1971. She graduated from Arsakeio in 1989 and studied Social Sciences and Sociology (Honors) at Northeastern University (Boston, USA). In 1995 she moved to Brussels to study for her Master’s degree in International Politics (Universite Libre de Bruxelles / Maitrise en Politique Internationale / Thesis: “Multilingualism in Europe’s Information Society”). She subsequently worked as a Stagiaire at the Information Society Promotion Office (ISPO – European Commission) and cooperated with the European Commission on a number of projects (event organization of more than 500 participants, C-level and policy makers), with CEN/ISSS and the Confederation of European Computer Users. In 1999 she returned to Greece where she worked for the IT and Communications Group – ALTEC.
In 2000, she co-founded, the company Militos Consulting S.A., where she is the President and in 2011 she co-founded the Social Enterprise “knowl for Education and Lifelong Learning”. Since 2001, she acts as the National Editor of the European Commission Standard Eurobarometer. In addition, in 2011, she was appointed Coordinator of the Hellenic Unit of the European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs (Business Mentors) under the auspices of the European Commission. In 2012, she was elected Vice President of the Hellenic Association of Young Entrepreneurs in Athens, Piraeus and Province (E.SY.N.E) and the same year, she was elected General Secretary of the Governing Committee of the Women’s Organisation of Managers and Entrepreneurs (2012-2017). For the period 2013 – 2014 she acted as Chair for ECWT Entrepreneurship Alliance (European Center for Women and Technology). In 2014, she was appointed as Ambassador for Greece of the Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, (an initiative of WED NY Worldwide Movement, in partnership with U.S. State Department). In 2015, being one of the founders of ‘Mellon Skills Accelerator’ (2017-2018: Donation Stavros Niarchos Foundation), she undertook the role of Mellon Angel and coordinator of the network Double U.
She is a certified Personal & Executive Coach, mentor and accredited practitioner on the strengths-based approach and apart from having developed various mentoring and guidance models (e.g. Institute of Small Enterprises, European Projects, ΜΙΤ Greece Startup Competition, ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ / Municipality of Athens, LeanIn Circles Vodafone Hellas) she also specializes on soft skills enhancement programmes. In 2007 she published her novel entitled “From Romeo to Jack” (Empeiria Publishing House). She is married and has a son.