Board of Directors comprises of legally elected members who offer voluntarily, reliably and passionately their services, their knowledge and experience to Make-A-Wish Greece. They cover a large part of our activities and are responsible for creating the Organization’s strategy, enforcing procedures, complying with national laws and the Articles of Incorporation of the global Organization as well as reporting to the CEO. The term of Board members lasts 3 years and renews automatically for another 3 years. After 6 years have passed, though, the member is asked to withdraw, but can return after a one-year pause for another 6 years. The purpose of this principle is to avoid identifying the Organization with certain persons and to have as many persons as possible contribute at a volunteering and leadership level.

The thirteen members of the Management Committee, which legally and validly represent Make-A-Wish Greece, are the following:

Yvette Kosmetatou


Yvette Kosmetatou is an graduate of the Economics Department at the University of Piraeus and holds a Master’s degree in Digital Business from the Emeritus Institute of Management. With experience in senior roles at Gerolymatos, Henkel, OTE, and Vodafone, she transitioned to the banking sector in 2018 as the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer of Praxia Bank. Since April 2019, she is the President of Make-A-Wish Greece.

Dr. Vassilis Papadakis

Vice President – Scientific Advisor of Make-A-Wish Greece

Dr. Vasilios Papadakis completed his medical education at the University of Athens Medical School, followed by a Pediatric Residency at Columbia University and a Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Residency at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Cornell University of New York. Since 1997, he has been dedicated to serving in the Department of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (PAO) at Aghia Sophia Children’s Hospital, rising to the rank of Director in 2011. A long-time supporter of Make-A-Wish Greece, he is currently serving his third term on the Board of Directors, where, aside from his medical expertise, he serves as the Organization’s Scientific Advisor, ensuring continuous and appropriate care for the children we support.

Androula Apostolidou


Member of the Founding Team of Make-A-Wish Greece.

Ο Σ. Φωτέας είναι Δικηγόρος (ΜΔΕ, Μ2R), partner στην «ΑΛΕΞΙΟΥ-ΚΟΣΜΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ Εταιρία Δικηγόρων». Με εμπειρία σε δικαστηριακή και συμβουλευτική δικηγορία, συμβουλεύει τον Οργανισμό σε νομικά ζητήματα εσωτερικής οργάνωσης αλλά και σχέσης του με φορείς, υπηρεσίες και ιδιώτες, έτσι ώστε η δράση του να είναι πάντοτε κατοχυρωμένη και αποτελεσματική.

Sotiris Foteas

Secretary & Legal Advisor

S. Foteas is an Attorney at Law (MPE, M2R), serves as a partner at “ALEXIOU-KOSMOPOULOS Law Firm.” With a background in litigation and legal consulting, he provides counsel to the Agency on matters concerning internal organization and its interactions with institutions, services, and individuals, ensuring the secure and efficient execution of its activities.

Dr. Mirella Abatzidou

Member and Organization’s Doctor

Mirella Abatzidou is a Hematologist, MD, PhD, Attending Physician at the Department of Pediatrics, Hematology – Oncology, Aghia Sophia Children’s Hospital of Athens.

Anastasia Mania


Anastasia Mania has devoted 22 years to volunteering with the organization, contributing across all departments and functions of Make-A-Wish Greece. Currently a member of the Board of Directors, she has held roles as Secretary and Treasurer of the Board, and served as President from 2014 to 2020. A graduate of Athens College, she earned a BA in Economics & International Commerce from Brown University, USA, and an MBA in Finance from City University of London. Additionally, she is a mother of three children and holds the position of HR Manager at ALUMAN SA.

Alexandros Patounis


Alexandros Patounis is a graduate of the Economics Department of the University of Piraeus and holds a Master’s degree in Leadership from ALBA and Harvard Business School. He has 35 years of experience in the financial sector and has held positions such as Deputy General Manager at Piraeus Banks and Eurobank. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish Greece since 2019 and has been a volunteer in the organization for the last 10 years, contributing in every way to its work.


Antonios Kerastaris


Antonis Kerastaris currently holds the positions of President and CEO at Brink’s Hellas. With a career spanning thirty years, he has overseen operations for both Greek and multinational corporations. In 2020, he became a part of the Make-A-Wish Greece family.

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Paraskevi Kantonia


Paraskevi Cantonia is Marketing Director at EXALCO & BIOKARPET.

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Tina Stathopoulou


Tina Stathopoulou is the owner of the licensing company Partner Plus.

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Gabriella Calini


G.Calini is a psychologist and founder of the Greek branch of Make-A-Wish. She is a mother of 4 children and since 1996, when the organization was founded, she has remained with unquenchable love by its side. She holds an MSc in Clinical Psychology from the University of Indianapolis. She has lived and worked in many countries and her ancestry is from Italy.

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Spiros Theodoropoulos


S. Theodoropoulos is a prominent Greek businessman recognized for his innovative initiatives and contributions to the business world. He has received awards for his entrepreneurial endeavors and leadership, serving as President of the Association of Companies Listed on the Athens Stock Exchange and Vice President of the Association of Industries of Greece. His entrepreneurial journey commenced at a young age, following the premature passing of his father, when he assumed responsibility for managing their family business.

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Ana Cristina Piedrahita Moustaka


C. Piedrahita is a mother of three children and has served as an executive at Morgan Stanley for over 15 years. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and hails from Colombia. Her involvement in philanthropy began at a young age, influenced by the strong tradition of social service ingrained in many families in Latin America.