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Katerina Panagopoulos was born in Athens. She graduated from the Evangelical School of Nea Smyrni and she studied Foreign Literature at the University Paul Valery in Montpellier, France. She is married to the pioneer Shipowner Pericles S. Panagopoulos, often referred to as the patriarch of Greek Passenger Shipping, Honorary President of the Greek Passenger Shipowner Association, currently President of Magna Marine, dry cargo ship operator. The family businesses have, for many years, been sponsors of a significant number of Greek Athletics champions. She is the mother of a son and lives permanently in Athens. She speaks English, French and Italian. She has worked in Tourism.
Katerina Panagopoulos has been, for many years, a successful entrepreneur business person. Katerina Panagopoulos currently holds the following positions: • National Ambassador of Greece, in the Council of Europe on Sport, Tolerance and Fair Play (Fair Play), accredited by the Ministry of Culture in 1998. She performs her tasks on an exclusively voluntary basis. • President of Hellenic Women's Sport Association "KALLIPATEIRA", FOUNDED IN 1976. Kallipateira is a solely women’s' Athletic Club, member of the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS), recognized by the Ministry of Sports. • Goodwill Ambassador of the “Hellenic Political Science Association” (HPSA), November 2016. Katerina Panagopoulos is the first Greek woman who received the 1st Award of Europe "Women and Sport 2012" by the International Olympic Committee, in Los Angeles, February 2012. This award according to the Greek and International press was described as the first Gold Medal of Greece for the 2012 Olympics. Of equal significance are her activities within Greece, with her participation in conferences and workshops and with constant visits and lectures in schools and institutions throughout the country, with a view to disseminate the principles and values of fair play. Worthy of special mention, are her initiatives, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to organize in the United States of America, a series of lectures, at the largest centers of Diaspora Greeks (California and Florida), in order to bring together and activate the Greek Diaspora in the context of the organization of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Constantly working for the dissemination of the Olympic Values, she undertook the initiative of informing through memoranda and concrete proposals the Ministries of Education, Culture, Public Order, Health and Foreign Affairs about the importance of "fair play" and its crucial contribution to social cohesion and to world peace. During the organization of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, as Ambassador of Greece to the Council of Europe, she worked for the international promotion of the values of the of the Games, in cooperation with the responsible ministries, through specific programs and a series of lectures, in Schools, Institutions and Associations. In her capacity as the National Ambassador of Greece to the Council of Europe for Sport, Tolerance and Fair Play, she has been bestowed numerous awards and honors. MEMBERSHIPS Katerina Panagopoulos is currently: • Since 2005, member of the administrative council of the International Committee for Fair Play. • Since 2005, President of the Panhellenic Women's Sports Association "KALLIPATEIRA". • Honorary member of the Euro-American Women's Council. • Honorary member of the Friends of the Athens Archdiocese Panhellenic Association. • Honorary member of the “Byron's Friends Society”. • Honorary member of Hellenic Political Scientists Organization • Honorary member of the Hellenic Committee Pierre de Coubertin. • Honorary member of the Foundation "Vassilis' and Marina's Theocharakis Friends of Fine Arts and Music” • Member of the Association “Friends of the Hellenic Anticancer Society” • Member of the "Elpida" Association. • Member of the "ELEPAP" Association. • Member of the "Chara" Association. • Member of the Group “Friends of the National Art Gallery”. • Board Member of the “Association of Friends of Cord Blood Bank Katerina Panagopoulos has served as: • Member of the Board Committee "Woman and Sport", of the Hellenic Olympic Committee. • Vice President of the Vouliagmeni Nautical Club. • Vice President of the “Ancient Olympic Games' Council”. • Member of the “National Committee for Mental Health”.
SPEECHES - LECTURES She actively participates with speeches, lectures and concrete proposals, in internationally acclaimed conferences and fora, organized by the following international and national organizations: • International Olympic Committee. • Hellenic Olympic Committee. • Greek Paralympic Committee. • International Paraolympic Committee. • United Nations • UNESCO. • International Olympic Academy. • Council of Europe. • European Parliament. • International Military Sports Council (CISM). • Sports Federations. • Sport Associations. • Educational Institutions. • Other Associations and Organizations. Among Katerina’s many speeches and lectures, the following have been uniquely impactful in the international sports movement. • INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE "THE ANCIENT GREECE AND THE MODERN WORLD" TIMELESS GREECE Speech entitled: “The Ecumenical man is the answer to the modern problems”. Ancient Olympia, 29-31/8/2016 • HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Speech Capitol Rayburn Building, WASHINGTON, DC, 22/5/2015 • INTERNATIONAL MILITARY SPORTS COUNCIL 58th General Assembly and 22nd Session of the Military Sports International Council. LECTURE: "Peace through Sports". Dubai, United Arab Emirates (May 2003). • HOUSE OF COMMONS, Grand Committee Room. Upon invitation of the British Parliament Speaker, Mr. Eddy O'Hara, SPEECH for the institution of fair play, entitled: "FAIR PLAY AN ANCIENT CONCEPT A NEW APPROACH", London, (March 2001). AWARDS – DISTINCTIONS • INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE 1st European Prize "Women and Sport 2012" Los Angeles, February 2012. • ROTARY CLUBS-Filothei & Amaroussion Honorary Award Athens January 2017 • "ATHINAIDES", Daughters of Penelope, Department D430 AWARD WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2016 For the task of disseminating the Principles and Values of "FAIR PLAY" and her overall social contribution. ATHENS, INTERCONTINENTAL Hotel, 10/12/2016. • WOMEN'S AWARDS 'EXALEIPTRON »2016 CULTURE AWARD Megaron E.V.E.P., PIRAEUS, 18/04/2016 • MINISTRY OF DEFENCE GOLDEN PLAQUE Ministry of National Defense, April 2016 • CLUB FOR UNESCO OF PIRAEUS AND ISLANDS HONORARY DISTINCTION, for her contribution to the Promotion of Volunteerism, Solidarity and Sports. Nikaia City Hall 03/18/2016 • GREEK INTERDISCIPLINARY BREAST CANCER SOCIETY HONORARY PLAQUE. Athens Hilton Hotel, 19/12/201 • INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION PLATFORM Award in Appreciation of her contribution to the summit entitled as “Mission Possible: Less Poverty, More Prosperity” 6th BOSPHORUS SUMMIT Istanbul, Turkey, 11/12/2015 • NEA SMYRNI HISTORIC RUN HONORARY PLAQUE for the vast and multifaceted contribution to the 1st Historical Memory Race. Nea Smyrni, 10/04/2015 • EUROPEAN AMERICAN WOMEN’S COUNCIL 19th ANNUAL GLOBAL GODDESS ARTEMIS AWARDS CEREMONY«GODDESS ARTEMIS AWARD» HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, Capitol Rayburn Building, WASHINGTON, DC, 22/5/2015 • HELLENIC OLYMPIC WINNER’S ASSOCIATION AWARD, for her contribution to sport and her support to the Association's activities. Agios Kosmas, 21.01.2015. • HEALTH RUNNERS' ASSOCIATION OF HERAKLIO THE FIRST MEDAL for her contribution to Greek Sport. Heraklion, Crete, 12.13.2014 • HELLENIC OLYMPIC COMMITTEE AWARDS, for her sponsoring participation in the program "ADOPT AN ATHLETE ON THE WAY TO THE RIO 2016 '. Athens, 11/03/2014 • HELLENIC ARCHERY FEDERATION AWARD, For her Contribution to the Development of Sports. Hellenic Olympic Community, Athens, February 2014. • MINISTRY OF DEFENCE EMBLEM War Museum of Thessaloniki, in May 2013. • HELLENIC OLYMPIC WINNER’S ASSOCIATION AWARD, For her continuous contribution to sport and social cohesion in Greece. Athens, September 2013. • HELLENIC PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE AWARD, For her contribution and support to the Greek Paralympic Movement. Athens, December 2013. • HELLENIC OLYMPIC COMMITTEE AWARD For her significant contribution to the cause of Women’s participation in sport. Athens, January 2012. • ATHENS TENNIS CLUB Honorary Plaque Athens, February 2012. • YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATION - MUNICIPALITY of NEA SMYRNI HONORARY PLAQUE For her social contribution. New Smyrni, February 2010 • FRIENDS OF CLASSIC SPORTS' ASSOCIATION AWARD "Medal of the 80th Anniversary of Greek Female Classical Sports 1928-2008" for her great contribution to Classic Sports Athens, 2008 • ATHENS COLLEGE Honorary Plaque in recognition of her efforts and contribution to Sports, Tolerance and Fair Play. Psychico, 2/4/2008 • MUNICIPALITY OF PIRAEUS AWARD "Woman of the Year 2007". Piraeus City Hall, March 2007 • EUROPEAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE Honorary Plaque for the Facilitation of the Greek Paralympic Committee’s the 7th General Assembly. Heraklion Crete, September 2007. • ΕΑWC (EUROAMERICAN WOMEN’S COUNCIL) 10th Annual Leadership Award For her unique quality of bringing out the best in youth with her incomparable love and passion for "Fair Play" and her birthplace "Greece". New York, June 2005. • THE SOCIETY OF BYRON’S FRIENDS OF THE SACRED CITY OF MESOLONGHI Honorary Plaque, for her outstanding cultural contribution. Messolonghi, May 2004. • PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF THE ARCHDIOCESE FRIENDS GOLD Medal, in recognition of her contribution to social cohesion and cultural creativity. Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens, July 1, 2004. • AHEPA FAMILY HELLAS PRIZE "OPIS" for her great contribution to Hellenism. Athens, May 2003. • SPECIAL OLYMPICS HELLAS Honorary Plaque, in Recognition of her contribution to the Special Olympics National Games. Chania, Crete, 28-30 / 3/2003 • INTERNATIONAL MILITARY SPORTS COUNCIL AWARD CISM Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in May 2003. • XENIA DIPLOMA OF HONORARY DISTINCTION For services offered to society and to the cause of social solidarity Athens, January 24, 2001. • HELLENIC COLLEGE LONDON Honorary Plaque, for her contribution to sport and society. London, October 2001. • SUPREME MILITARY SPORTS COUNCIL (ASAED) Honorary Emblem. Athens, March 2000. • HELLENIC SAILING FEDERATION ATHENS EUR OLYMPIC WEEK Honorary Emblem, For her contribution to sailing. Athens, February 1999.