The Board of Directors of SolidarityNow consists of:

Stelios Zavvos
, Chairman

Mr. Zavvos is the Chairman of SolidarityNow, and also the Founder and CEO of Zeus Capital Management, an international privately held investment management company, specializing in real estate investments in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. He was the Founder and CEO of Continental American Capital, an investment group which focused on real estate investment and financing in the USA. Mr. Zavvos is the Founder and President of the Harvard Business School Club of Greece, one of the leading fora in Southeastern Europe which addresses the economic, geopolitical and social issues and he is also a Member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He was also a member of the International Crisis Group Advisory Council. Mr. Zavvos previously held positions in blue-chip companies, such as Citibank, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a MSc in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University of Athens.

Nikos Alivizatos
, Honorary Professor of Constitutional Law – University of Athens

Nicos C. Alivizatos is professor of Law at the University of Athens; he practices law since 1978. He is pleading regularly before the Greek Council of State, the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice. After studying law in Athens (LL.B. 1972), professor Alivizatos obtained his PhD from the University of Paris 2 in 1977; the late doyen Georges Vedel was his directeur de thèse, which was published in Paris in 1979 (: Les institutions politiques de la Grèce à travers les crises, Paris, L.G.D.J., Bibliothèque constitutionnelle, tome 60). He has been teaching constitutional and public law since 1980. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford (1988-89), Princeton (1997) and Oxford Universities (2005). His books include The Constitutional Status of the Armed Forces, vols 1 &2, (in Greek, Athens, Ant. Sakkoulas, 1987 & 1992 respectively), Beyond Article 16 (in Greek, Athens, Metaichmio, 2007), The Constitution and its Enemies, 1800-2010 (in Greek, Athens, Polis, 2011) and What Kind of Democracy After the Crisis (in Greek, Athens, Polis, 2013). He has been a member of the Venice Commission since 2014.

Efthimios Vidalis
, Vice-Chairman, BusinessmanElected President of the Executive Committee of SEV-Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, during the Annual General Assembly, held in June 15th 2020

Mandated by the Greek Prime Minister in August 2012, negotiated and led the reset of the stalled motorways projects of Greece. Completed successfully the restructuring of all concessions by year end 2013. Was the CEO of S&B Industrial Minerals Group from 2001 until 2011 and COO from 1998 to 2001 and served on the Board of Directors for 15 years. Earlier in his career, Mr. Vidalis spent 20 years at Owens Corning, USA, where he led as President each of OC’s major businesses (Composites and then Insulation) until 1998. Prior to that he has held several leadership positions including Vice President of the European Reinforcement business (1986 to 1993). Currently serves on the Board of Directors of ALPHA BANK, TITAN CEMENT S.A., Fairfield-Maxwell Ltd. (U.S.A.) and Eurolife FFH Insurance Group Holdings S.A. He was member of the board of Future Pipe Industries based in Dubai from 2008 to 2019, he was an Advisor to the Management and board member of RAYCAP S.A. from 2001 to 2016 and he served on the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) from 2006 to 2016. Was the founder and Chairman of SEV Business Council for Sustainable Development of the Federation from 2008 to 2016. Served on the Board of the Greek Mining Enterprises Association (SME) from 2001 to 2009, where he was the Chairman for 4 years.

Graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Government and earned an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration

Nikiforos Diamandouros
, Academic

Nikiforos Diamandouros is a Greek academic who was the first National Ombudsman of Greece from 1998 to 2003 and has been Ombudsman for the European Union from April 2003 to October 2013. He was re-elected as European Ombudsman in 2005 and again in 2010.

During the period 1992-1998 he was the chairman of the Hellenic Society for Political Science and from 1995 to 1998 he was the chairman of the Hellenic Department of the National Center for Social Research (EKKE) and from 1998 to 2003 he served as the first Ombudsman of Greece. From 1993 to 2009 he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Athens, having reached the rank of Professor Emeritus. In 2014 he was elected a full member of the Academy of Athens. In 2010 he was awarded the Cross of Value of the Republic of Poland and in 2004 the Order of the Order of Excellence of Phoenix, by the Hellenic Republic.

Aristos Doxiadis
, Partner, Venture Capital Investor

Aristos Doxiadis is General Partner at Openfund, an early-stage technology fund based in Athens. He is a pioneer of private equity in Greece, with 20 years of experience in many industries, from banking software to table grapes. Openfund is a leader in the startup ecosystem, having invested in the most dynamic recent ventures coming out of Greece. Recently he has been researching and writing on the institutional and cultural determinants of the Greek economy. His book The Invisible Divide: Institutions and Behaviors in the Greek Economy (in Greek) has been widely read and discussed.
Aristos’ earlier experience includes working on anti-poverty programs for the European Commission, planning industrial policy for the Greek government, and managing consulting and auditing companies. He has a B.A. degree in social studies from Harvard University, and an M.Sc. degree in economics from Birkbeck College at the University of London.

Jennifer Cavounidis
, Senior Research Fellow – Center of Planning and Economic Research, Visiting Associate Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business.

Jennifer Cavounidis is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) in Athens and also teaches Sociology courses at the Athens University of Economic and Business. She studied at Stanford University (B.A.), Boston University (M.A.) and the London School of Economics (Ph.D.). Before joining KEPE in 2008, she collaborated with other research institutes in Greece such as the National Centre for Social Research, the Employment Observatory, and the Hellenic Migration Policy Institute, where she was Director of Research. She has authored dozens of books, chapters in collective volumes, and articles in international journals such as International Migration Review, International Migration, and the British Journal of Sociology.

Yiannis Boutaris
, Businessman, Politician, Chemist, Oenologist

Yiannis Boutaris is a businessman, politician, Chemist graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki while also being a successful Oenologist. Since 2011 he is the Mayor of Thessaloniki. His term of office in the Municipality of Thessaloniki has been described as “a positive policy, reforming and refreshing mindset”. During his term of office, important was his contribution to reducing financial costs, rationalizing public services and fighting corruption in the city of Thessaloniki.

Calypso Nomikos
, President of A M. Nomikos Transworld Maritime Agencies S.A.

Mrs Nomikos is the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of A.M. Nomikos Transworld Maritime Agencies S.A. (a family owned international ship owning and ship management company). Member of the Board of Directors of S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. for over 10 years until the company was taken private in June 2013, most recently in the capacity of Vice Chairwoman of the Board. Member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the World Presidents’ Organization (1992 to date). Member of the Board of Directors for Transparency International, Greece (2006 to 2009). Board member in SPDI, Real Estate Property Company. Board members in several NGO’s. She has studied Economics and Business Administration and attended the President’s Program in Leadership (PPL) at Harvard Business School between 1996 and 2012.

Christos Rozakis
, Professor of International Public Law – University of Athens, former Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights

Emeritus Professor of International Law, University of Athens; President of Administrative Tribunal of the Council of Europe; former Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights (1998-2011); former Member of the European Commission of Human Rights (1987-2011); member of the Institut de Droit International. He has written extensively on the Law of Treaties, Law of the Sea, international Human Rights.


We would also like to recognize the contribution of a former Board Member, the late Dimitris Trihopoulos, Professor of Cancer Prevention and Epidemiology, School of Public Health at Harvard University and a member of the Academy of Athens.