Who we are

The study is carried out under the authority and supervision of the Professor of Health Policy Kyriakos Souliotis in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Peloponnese, Greece.


Eirini Agapidaki holds a B.Sc. in Psychology, a MSc. in Health Promotion & Education and she is a PhD candidate in the field of Health Psychology. She has been working as a research associate on several national and international research projects. She works in an external collaboration basis at the Center for Health Services Research, Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Medical School, University of Athens. Her research interests involve health need assessment, patient empowerment, health services research and mental disease prevention. She is particularly interested in the integration of mental health into primary healthcare. She has published several papers on peer review journals.

Christina Golna holds a cum laude law degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a Master of Laws (LLM) from the Law School of the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Social Regulation from the Department of Government of the London School of Economics. She has over 15 years of professional experience in policy change management, having worked as Change Management Consultant for Accenture in London, on organizational restructuring and change implementation, Technical Officer for the World Health Organization at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, on health system reforms, EU Project Manager for a European Commission FP6 funded Network of Excellence on animal models for human immunological disease, and Health Policy and Patient Access Manager for Roche Pharmaceuticals . She has also designed, lobbied for and implemented public private partnerships in pharmaceutical care.  Ms Golna is an expert in health analytics and works on translating research and marketing critical information into decIsion making support for policy makers.

Charalampia Kousoulakou holds a BSc in International and European Economic Studies from the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece and an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York, UK (2nd prize). She has more than 12-years’ experience in the field of health economics and outcomes research. She originally worked for 6.5 years as a Research Officer at the Health Economics Observatory of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (Greece), where she led primary and secondary research projects and was responsible for publishing the Annual Report on the Pharmaceutical Market in Greece. In parallel, she collaborated with the National School of Public Health and the University of Thessaly in undertaking economic evaluation projects for drugs in the Greek health care setting. She later worked for 4 years as a Senior Consultant at PRMA Consulting, where she led global health economic projects, including HEOR strategy development for drugs in Phase 2 and 3, systematic literature reviews, HTA reviews, epidemiology studies, organization and conduct of advisory boards and expert panels with KOLs and payers. She has extensive teaching experience at graduate and postgraduate level and several publications of economic evaluation studies. The disease areas she has worked on include neurology, dermatology, oncology, rheumatology, opthalmology, hematology, urology and psychiatry. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Peloponnese and her research interests focus on the implementation of health technology assessment methods in European countries.

Pinelopi Panousi holds a B.Sc. in Political Sciences and Public Administration from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her postgraduate studies specialize in Health Crisis Management (Medical School of Athens) and she is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Peloponnese (Korinthos) in the field of health policy and inequalities. Over the last two years she has been a fellow of the Angelopoulos-Clinton GIU Initiative working on the health education inside Greek correctional facilities. She has published original research in the Journal of Foreign and Legal Medicine concerning the health system in Greek prisons. Her research interests concerns human rights, health access, public health and safety, criminology-penology and social policy.

Amalia – Maria Pantazi holds a B.Sc. in Psychology from Panteion University, Athens, Greece. She volunteers as a researcher and psychologist at the University Mental Health Research Institute and the Association for Regional Development and Mental Health, from 2012 to present. She has been involved in several research programs, mainly including: involuntary hospitalisations in Greece, public attitudes towards mental illness and the effects of the current financial crisis on the mental health of the population, while also aiding in the designing and implementation of tailored interventions. She is currently working as a research assistant in a study investigating treatment adherence of patients with stage four (IV) lung cancer, concerning the implementation of better health policies. Her research interests involve: clinical psychology, severe mental illness, mental illness stigma, community psychiatry and patient empowerment.

Lily Peppou has attained a BSc degree with First Class Honours on Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol, while she has completed her postgraduate studies with Distinction on Psychiatric Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She has been working both as a researcher and clinical psychologist at the University Mental Health Research Institute and the Association for Regional Development and Mental Health. She is also an external collaborator at the Psychiatric Epidemiology Lab in the First Department of Psychiatry, Medical School, University of Athens. She has extensive work experience in the design, implementation and writing- up of epidemiological studies, while her research interests cover a wide range of topics in Psychiatric Epidemiology, Community Psychiatry and Patient Empowerment.

Katerina Pournaropoulou holds a B.A in Social and Educational Policy (University of Peloponnese, Greece), a PGd in Political Communication and a MSc in Health, Community and Development of London School of Economics and Political Science. Her professional experience mainly involve advocacy for cancer patients and vulnerable groups (e.g., unemployed) who have limited access in healthcare due to inequalities. Her research interests involve inequalities in health, patient participation in decision making and quality of life of chronic patients. She has published chapter in books on the field of patient participation in decision making as well as on the quality of life of people suffering from rheumatic diseases.

Myrto Skotida is Communications Consultant and for the last 25 years that she has been active in the field, she has been responsible for the design and implementation of integrated communications programs for major clients in the public and private sectors, having worked with the biggest PR companies in the country (Edelman PR Worldwide, Burson-Marsteller, Ogilvy PR etc.). She has been awarded several times for projects and is a member of the Greek Association of Advertising and Communication Companies and the Hellenic Institute of Communication. She holds a BA from the University of Piraeus and an MBA from the University of Surrey. She is fluent in English (Proficiency) and French (Sorbonne III). Meanwhile, is a volunteer in the Association of Cancer Patients of Athens KEFI since 2012 and since March 2013 she has been elected Alternate Member of the Board of the Association. She is responsible for the design and implementation of all campaigns of the Association such as “It’s my right” to inform cancer patients about their rights and “trophos” for the importance of cancer diet. She participates regularly in broadcasts concerning matters relating to the activities of the Association, and in 2013 she represented Europe in the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Dr. Chara Tzavara has undergraduate studies at school of Physics at University of Patras and at the Nursing School at University of Athens. She holds an MSc in Biostatistics from Medical School and Department of Mathematics in Athens and a PhD from the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics of Medical School in Athens. Since 2004 he has been working as independent biostatistician and has established collaborations with Universities, Research Institutes and Hospitals and also has been provided a wide range of services in the field of clinical trials for pharmaceutical products. From 2005 to 2008 she has served as scientific associate at the department of Nutrition & Dietetics at Harokopio University in Athens and from 2005 since today is working as an associate researcher at Centre for Health Services Research, Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics at Medical School of Athens. She has been researcher in the KIDSCREEN project “Screening for and promotion of health related quality of life in children and adolescents – A European Public Health Perspective” and the EU NET ADB project “Safer Internet Plus”. She is teaching statistics at the Center for Health Services Research of Medical School in Athens from 2004 since today. She has 77 publications in international journals and many announcements in international and Greek conferences, in the field of public health, health promotion, epidemiology, dietetics, child and adolescent health and clinical medicine.

Dr. Petros Tsantilas is a Member of the Greek Data Protection Authority (DPA) and an Attorney at the Supreme Court. He has a Law degree (University of Athens), a Master degree on Social Security (University of Geneva) and a Master degree on Labour and Trade Union law (University of Paris X-Nanterre), and a Ph.D. on Social Security law (University of Paris X-Nanterre). He teaches Labour, Social Security and Health Law at the University of Peloponnese and at the National School of Public Administration. He is the author of legal books, articles and reports on health and social law. He speaks greek, english, french and italian.