Meet the team!
Vouliwatch was launched in March, 2014 as a result of a long and persistent team effort. Its founding members comprise diverse backgrounds and careers, from national and European politics to communications arts, social entrepreneurship and digital innovation. Our joint effort aspires to combine technology with legislative politics, as a means to enhance citizen engagement and improve the quality of legislation and policy making.
In order to improve our performance and scale up, we welcome ideas from a vast network of affiliates and supporters. However, a closer cooperation with MPs, the Government and the apparatus of the Hellenic Parliament is also essential to our success. In all, Vouliwatch aspires to provide meaningful interaction between citizens and parliamentary politics in Greece as an independent member of Civil Society and a nonpartisan ally of representative and participatory democracy.
Stefanos Loukopoulos (Managing Director) studied Politics, International Relations and International Conflict Analysis in the UK and Belgium. He has extensive experience working in the civil society sector both in London and Brussels. Prior to his involvement in the NGO sector Stefanos worked at the European Parliament in Brussels. He is an advocate of the bottom-up approach in politics, active citizenship and direct democracy. (Email:stefanos[at]vouliwatch.gr)
Antonis Schwarz (Co-founder, Public Relations), is of Greek-German origin and studied Politics (BA Kings College London) and Business (MA IE university Madrid). He is currently heading the efforts to set up an international Parliamentwatch network with Vouliwatch’s partner organizations abroad. In the past, he has worked at Ashoka, a global organization supporting social entrepreneurs, Bonventure, the first German venture philanthropy fund, as well as Yunus Social Business, a global social business accelerator. Beyond his engagement for more citizen participation and transparency, he is also interested in scaling social/impact investing to Greece to help fight the crisis. (Email: antonis[at]vouliwatch.gr)
Panagiotis Vlachos (Co-founder, Head of Strategy) studied Law, European Politics and Public Administration in Greece, the UK and the USA respectively. He has worked as an executive and director of public policy and communications in private and public entities and cooperated with companies, political parties, research institutes, the Greek Government, the Hellenic Parliament, the European Parliament and the Greek Federation of Enterprises and Industries. Today he works as an independent consultant on public policy, strategy, communications and political risk, while he represents Vouliwatch in the Open Government Partnership Forum and other related international initiatives. He publishes regularly on the Greek press and volunteers for intergenerational justice, open government and culture. (Email: panagiotis[at]vouliwatch.gr)
Maria Nathanail (Head of Communications) has studied Law, International Law and Gender Studies, in Athens and Paris. She has worked as an NGO legal adviser, an Attorney at Law, a Press Attachee of the Athens International Film Festival and has co-founded “MakeEndsMeet Communications” creative agency. She strongly believes in the power of arts, innovation and everyday politics. (Email: marianathanail[at]gmail.com)
Konstantinos Metzelos (content administrator) studied Political Science and Public Administration in Athens. He is a strong proponent of the values of participatory democracy and citizen control over the legislative process and hopes to mobilize more and more people towards this direction. (Email: konstantinos[at]vouliwatch.gr)
Gerasimos Livitsanos (parliamentary correspondent) Accredited parliamentary correspondent since 1994. Has been active in the field since 1992 and worked in 5 newspapers – magazines, 3 radio stations and currently in the digital press. He is a regular member of the Athenian Union of Editors of Daily Newspapers. (press[at]vouliwatch.gr)