The People at Callisto...
Spyros Psaroudas, co-founder of CALLISTO, is an agriculturist with a Master Degree in Agricultural Economics. He has got involved in social movements since his student years and in environmental protection issues since 1980s. He has long experience in the development, management and coordination of Nature Conservation projects from the early 90’s, including seven LIFE projects dealing with conservation of Large Carnivores and several trans-border cooperation projects in the South-East Europe (1994-today). He has been substitute member of the “Natura 2000 Committee” that operates as the National Committee for Protected Areas in Greece, and Special Expert – Consultant of the Council of Europe on issues related to the development of the Pan-European Ecological Network in SE Europe. He represents the nation-wide acting Environmental NGOs in the Management Authority of the “Rhodope Mountain Range National Park”.
Email : spyros(ΑΤ)callisto.gr
Constantinos Godes, partner and co-founder of Callisto, was born in 1960 in Thessaloniki and studied Biology and Geography in the USA. He carried out an MSc in Aquatic Ecology in the UK. He has worked at the Institute of Marine Biology in Crete as scientific researcher and in 1992 he co-founded the environmental organization Arcturos in Thessaloniki, where he was in charge of the creation of the Bear Refugee in Nimfaio. From 1994 to 1997 he worked at the Innovation Relay Center of the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece, before returning to Arcturos as coordinator of the Balkan actions and director of the Greek Shepherd Dog Breeding Center. In July 2004, together with other scientists, he founded Callisto. He likes animals, snowboard, cinema and beaches without umbrellas. He reads whenever he can.
Email : cgodes(ΑΤ)callisto.gr
Email : mertzanis(ΑΤ)callisto.gr
Giorgos Iliopoulos is Doctor of Biology, collaborator and partner of Callisto, holding a PhD in the biology of wolf. His love for nature led him since very early to walk on the mountains of our country, following the tracks of the wild animals that insist and manage to survive in the hostile world of humans. From 1994 to 1997 he has been participating in bear protection programs (LIFE Arctos I and II), mainly as a field researcher, as well as in other relevant educational activities. Since 1998 he occupies himself systematically with his big love, the wolf, having started the first program in Greece for the wolf study and protection (LIFE “WOLF” 1998-2001). Since 2002-2005 he has been working as one of the scientific coordinators in the first monitoring program of the impacts of big motorways on large carnivores, this time following the tracks of wolves in Grevena. From 2010 till today, he coordinates the monitoring program of the impact of E-65 motorway (south part) construction on wolves and other big mammals, along with a monitoring program concerning the impact of the railway construction and specifically the Lianokladi-Domokos part of it.
Email : yiliop2(AT)gmail.com
Thanos Tragos is a biologist. Since 1999 was part of the scientific field team in the program LIFE-Grammos/Rhodope and in the program “Monitoring of the impacts of the construction and operation of Egnatia Motorway on large carnivores in Panagia-Grevena section”. He has a large experience in monitoring and recording the biology and ecology of the brown bear, as he participated in radiotelemetry programs in Rhodope and Pindos.
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Social worker and volunteer since always, she found herself working the Department of Volunteers in Callisto on the coordination and encouragement of the volunteers since 2005. Collaborator in INTERREG, Youth and Ministry of Occupation projects, she found (and lost) herself with them in mountains and forests, where she fell in love with the animals and the trees and became a bit of amateur ecologist.
She has worked for an immigrant NGO but she always lets a bit of time for the Voluntary Work of Thessaloniki. In the past she participated in relevant organizations in Patra (where she studied), in Kastoria (where she grew up) etc., and she is still trying to help wherever she can, not as much as she would like though, thus she probably feels a bit guilty for that. She has recently taken a MSc in Environmental Education at the Aristotle University Thessaloniki. She keeps the needed professional distances, but she likes getting around with immigrants from the East, as they share the same music tastes. Before she goes to sleep, she watches documentaries on bears and stuff.
Email : gelasto(ΑΤ)callisto.gr
Iliana Bousiaki has studied Political Sciences in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in Facoltà di Scienze Politiche Cesare Alfieri in Florence, Italy. She carried out an MSc in Politics and Communication studying at London School of Economics and Political Science in London. She came at CALLISTO in 2008. She is now Head of the Communication Department of CALLISTO.
In the past she has worked in a Public Administration Consultant company as a junior consultant. Working at CALLISTO gave her the opportunity to broaden her knowledge on enviromental issues and to enforce her interest about nature.
She loves walking in the city center, chocolates and television.
Email : bousiaki(AT)callisto.gr
Nikos Nikisianis is biologist and arrived in Callisto in 2005 to work initially on volunteers’ education and thus found himself with them in Rhodope mountain, Grammos, Vovousa. He participated mainly in INTERREG Project in Rhodope, but he also offers his help in other tasks, such as article and project proposal writing.
He grew up in Kavala, where his family still lives, he finished the Department of Biology in Thessaloniki and he continues his studies in the same department carrying out a PhD that attacks the dominant language of the modern ecology (he faces the contradictions that obviously arise with condescension).He generally participated in associations in every social space he existed and in other kinematic groups. On the other side he cooks (very well), eats (even better), studies in the Department of Political Sciences (rarely) and reads (rarely), exclusively scientific books and detective novels.
Email : nnikisia(ΑΤ)bio.auth.gr
Fotis Anastasiadis is Callisto’s Project Manager. He was born in 1977 in Thessaloniki. He has studied Environmental Engineering in Xanthi where he has “managed” to visit all the taverns of the area and to participate at “Gefyra”, “Citizens in Action” and many other cultural and volunteering groups. He came back at Thessaloniki and he has worked as Management and Administration Consultant until he came at Callisto. He loves city center where he lives with his unsuccessfully house-broken dog, Dallas. When he doesn’t walk his dog, he likes cooking, listening to annoying music and watching movies.
Email : fanastasiadis(AT)callisto.gr
Maria Petridou is an agronomist – environmentalist and works in a grey wolf monitoring program. She likes trekking, good food and science fiction books.
Email : maria.petridou83(ΑΤ)gmail.com
Fani Arampatzidou is environmentalist. She was born in Thessaloniki, studied Environmental Sciences in UK and took a MSc in Environmental Engineering. Recently she also took a second MSc in Environmental Education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She came back and now lives in Thessaloniki in order to make her dreams come true in her hometown. She is interested in education and children as she believes that this is the only way to save both the natural and the social environment from the frantic course of people. She has started a PhD in the Pedagogical Department of Aristoteles University of Thessaloniki, but she is probably letting it to mature for the moment, as its subject “environmental ethics in education” is something new born in our country. The last five years she has been mostly working as an educator in a variety of bodies. She adores theatre, travelling and walking in the mountains.
Email : farabatzidou(ΑΤ)callisto.gr
Maih Vasilikou works for the Communication and Media department of Callisto. She has studied French Philology in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, wjile recently took an MSc in Environmental Education. She has been working as a journalist and later on as a public relations and advertisement consultant in “Thessaloniki” newspaper, in 102FM and Flash radio, while she was participating in television productions of ZDF together with the Association of European Journalists.
She has also coordinated environmental education and awareness programs in “Korais” school, in the framework of the Environmental Education Consultancy Office that she is running. In 2004 she implemented a program relating to petrol, which was regarded as one of the best proposals of the Corporate Social Responsibility.
In her free time, she occupies herself in a homeodynamic farm on experimental agriculture issues, therapeutic horse riding and education for people with special needs.
Email : mvassilikou(ΑΤ)gmail.com
Periklis Tzovlas is an agro-economist and partner of Callisto. Since 1995 he is working as Officer of European Programs and Initiatives, with emphasis on the Programs of the European Social Fund.
Since 2000 he is director of Vocational Training of KEK Praxis, which is mainly interested in the professional education of adults on Computers and Economy- Management of Agricultural and Environmental Professions.
He has been consultant on environmental issues in Municipality of Chalkida.
Email : ptzovlas(ΑΤ)kekpraxis.gr
Lazaros Xatzinakos is a partner of Callisto. He was born in 1957 in Thessaloniki, but he is originally from the frontier Pisoderi in the Prefecture of Florina, where he unsuccesfully promoted in 1985 its spatial organisation, as an area of natural beauty. He studied civil engineering in the Polytechnic School of Ksanthi. However, in the climate of political change-over, journalism gained him. He soon became director of the newspaper “Thessaloniki” (1992) and later in 1998 he undertook its re-publication, together with “Macedonia”. Before and after he published, conserve and shut down a dozen of publications (“Epixeirein”, “Ellinikos Vorras”, “Eksostis”, ‘Eksipno xrima”). In 2004 he gave a printed form in the program “10 hour lecture on petrol” (“Perivallon 01”). Today he is working in the Journalists Union of Macedonia and Thrace Daily Newspapers. In Callisto he edits articles and plants, while sympathizes with the other “wild” partners of the mountains. Even though from a mountain himself, he loves the sea: his 24year old “Orka” (Dufour 2800) raises her sail cloths between Skopelos and Diaporo.
Email : milame(ΑΤ)otenet.gr
Orestis Boskos is the man of Rhodopi. Grown up in Volakas village, prefecture of Drama and resident of Xanthi town, he is actually present at every event that demands intervention, information, dialogue, individual or collective participation for the preservation of Rhodopi’s natural beauties. He is an official eco-tourist guide specialised in Rhodopi mountain range and Nestos river and represents “Callisto” in Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. In addition, he has worked in the organisation coordination of television and cinema productions and is still a winter ski instructor.
Giannis Isaak is a forestry technician and partner of Callisto. He was part of the scientific field team in the programs LIFE-ARCTOS and LIFE-GRAMMOS/RHODOPE, as well as in the program “Monitoring of the impacts of the construction and operation of Egnatia Motorway on large carnivores in Panagia-Grevena section”. Last years he is working in the field, carrying out radiotelemetry of bear and studying the biology and ecology of the bear in Greece. He is interested in apiculture and he likes mountaineering, walking in the nature and all types of DIY.
Thanasis Zaharopoulos is a partner of Callisto. He was born in 1959 in Grammatiko Karditsas. He grew up in Piraeus. He studies Civil Engineering and he has and MSc in Regional Development. After his studies he returned to the Region and for 25 years he worked as a manager at businesses of local government and collective social actors which had local, regional, interregional and national spatial reference. During the past years he is interested in Renewable Energy. He is married and lives in Trikala with Giouli and their son Yiorgos.
Email : zaharopoulos(AT)redltd.gr
George Lazarou is Callisto’s cooperative from the beginning of its operation. He lives in Grevena and he is the local representative of Callisto in Western Macedonia. His love for nature and wildlife led him to work for bears’ and wolves’ conservation and to be actively involved in wildlife monitoring programmes. He has also worked in volunteering fire-forest prevention projects, mainly in the Valia Kalda area, which is a place he loves and he also knows very well.
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Born in 68 in Austria, she decided as a three year old girl to become
a vet - and so she did, Susanne Riegler finished the Veterinary School
of Vienna in 1997 worked for some years in an animal Rescue Center in
Vienna, before she moved to Norwich, East Anglia. There she worked as
a Veterinarian at Howards Surgery. In 2000 she moved to Greece and
from that time the protection of the Brown Bear started being a very
important part of her life. As a member of Callisto’s fieldteam and
Bear Expert Team she is in charge of any wildlife that needs medical
Email : werieglers(AT)yahoo.de