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Afroditi Panagiotakou
Director of Culture, Onassis Foundation, Greece

Afroditi Panagiotakou is Director of Culture at the Onassis Foundation. She is responsible for the strategic planning and development of Onassis Culture, and oversees the cultural initiatives and programming of the Foundation, including Onassis Stegi in Athens and the Onassis affiliates in New York and Los Angeles. The Onassis Culture program she has developed incorporates major commissioning and presentation programs of a cross-disciplinary nature, spanning contemporary time-based visual and performing arts, expanded cinema, digital art, new media, and urban development, as well as international and national residencies, fellowships, and hybrid educational programs. This program places an emphasis on contemporary Greek and international artistic expression and process, with commissioned projects that address the city as a site, highlighting current political and social issues, and triggering debate about human rights, democracy, social justice, and the climate crisis.

Afroditi studied Musicology at the University of Athens, and holds two postgraduate degrees – in Aesthetics, and in Cultural Policy and Management – from City, University of London. She has worked cultural institutions in Greece and further afield – the Greek National Opera, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, the Royal Opera House, and Cheek by Jowl – and sits on various committees concerned with the development of cultural policy in the public and private sectors.