Tessie Giannakina is a founding partner of olipoli NGO and a cultural and communication manager. When designing cultural activities,
she focuses on their connection to social reality, public space and the local community.
She studied English Language & Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,
Foreign Languages & Literature at the University of Bologna, and holds a master’s degree in Arts & Cultural Management from the
International University of Catalonia in Barcelona.
She has worked on the implementation of both cultural
and technology projects in Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Turkey, Argentina
and Bolivia; at PERA NGO, as the manager of the Neighborhood Room -a creative social space- of
the 4th Municipal District of Thessaloniki, and as the person in charge
of the workshops and events hosted there, at the International Documentary Festival, the Science Festival
and the Local Alliance for Integration program in Thessaloniki,
the Fundació Antoni Tàpies cultural center and museum, and Sónar Barcelona - Music, Creativity & Technology festival in Barcelona,
the Cultural Emergency Response program of the Prince Claus Fund
in Amsterdam, and the Tophane Heritage Project of the Netherlands Institute
in Turkey, a research center in Istanbul, among others.
In addition to cultural management, she is involved in translation
from English, Spanish and Italian.