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Other skills


Translator and proofreader, National Hellenic Research Foundation, September 2016 – Present

Translating and proofreading English-language texts for NHRF projects, including funding applications.

Editor and Translator, Department of Political Science and History, Panteion University, September 2016 – Present

Preparing academic articles for funding applications, journal publications, and conference presentations.

Copywriter and Translator,, October 2016 – Present

Writing and translating copy for clients in academia, health care, and events services.

Web Content Editor, Hellenic League for Human Rights, December 2016- July 2017

– Curated and published content on human rights, working with a team of legal experts.

– 25% increase in site visits during the first four months.

– Formulated and applied editorial guidelines to maximize content exposure.

– Translated copy, wrote and sent press releases, outreach emails, blog posts, report summaries, and project updates.

– Collaborated with web developers and social media managers to reinforce website messaging and usability.

Copy editor and translator, Delphi for European Capital of Culture, October 2015 – March 2016

Translated and edited all English-language print and web content for the candidacy of the Municipality of Delphi for European Capital of Culture 2021.

Research Assistant to Professor Heath Cabot, University of Pittsburgh, March 2015 – Present

Stakeholder and user engagement advice for a project on the patient experience in Athens, Greece.


Advisor (contractor), World Health Organization (WHO), March 2015 – May 2016

– Created a health care card for refugees arriving to Greece. Adapted a prototype, tested with users, and worked with a translator and a graphic designer to finalize the design.

– Created and distributed a how-to guide for patient and public involvement in health care policy.

– Assisted with the development of a plan for the reform of the Greek health care system. Updated and disseminated action points following meetings.

– Mapped stakeholders in electronic and mobile health applications (eHealth and mHealth). Arranged meetings and made recommendations for the roll-out of an Electronic Health Record.

– Researched HTA organizations in Europe, and identified the necessary legal framework for setting up an HTA body in Greece.

– Co-organized a stakeholder event to present the new Primary Health Care network. Compiled the list of participants, sent invitations and arranged press coverage.

Research Assistant (fixed-term contract), University College London (UCL), June 2014 – March 2015

Project title: The impact of UCL BEAMS research on public policy

– Interviewed 45 users, reviewed literature, and analyzed case study texts.

– Created a report of the analysis, available here.

– Wrote blog posts (e.g., this one, and this one), published on the departmental website.

– Disseminated materials via social media and targeted emails to enhance engagement with the project and maximize uptake from target audiences.

Research Assistant (fixed-term contract, renewed twice), University College London (UCL) & Cancer Research UK, July 2012 – June 2014

– Searched for and collected research papers, and extracted information on their contents.

– Co-wrote a text on the ethical implications of early publication of clinical trial results.

– A paper on the study is accessible here (paywall).

Research Assistant, King’s College London, September 2010 – October 2011

Project title: The link between Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and Public Engagement in Science (PES)

– Identified key literature to define and map concepts.

– Administered a survey questionnaire, distributed to research centers across the UK.

– Interviewed 19 researchers from King’s College London. Used card sorting to define overlaps in PPI and PES practices.

– Co-organized a workshop to present findings and gather feedback. Presented results from interviews.

– Results were published as a research paper, accessible here.

– Mapped all researchers at King’s using participatory methods, contributing to the creation of a peer network.


MBBS Medicine, St George’s, University of London, delivered by the University of Nicosia, 2018-2022

MA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Health, UCL, 2009-2010

MSc Biochemical Engineering, UCL, 2007-2008

BSc Molecular Biology, UCL, 2004-2007


English, Dutch , French, German, Greek.