Our Team

Effie Kyrtata

CEO
Effie is one of the co-founders of Reload Greece and was appointed CEO in 2016 leading the organisation through a significant time of change.  Her vision is to transition Reload Greece from a grassroots movement to an established organisation while always keeping it true to its values and beliefs. Effie has a legal academic background and holds a Masters in Innovation Entrepreneurship and Management from Imperial College.

Having worked for a US tech start-up during a time of fast and high growth she values the hard work, commitment and dedication needed to scale the organisation.

‘’It is incredible to see the impact your work is creating every single day. I love working with passionate people who are creative and who despite the difficulties think positively and step up to be the change they want to see in the world.  At Reload Greece every single day counts and every thing you do contributes to something greater than you.’’

Christina Lassos

Executive Director
Christina has an exceptional educational background having studied at Princeton University, London School of Economics and INSEAD Business School.

She also has years of professional experience, a highlight of which was her participation in the organisation of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Christina’s solid experience in strategy, integrated communications and leading global events, coupled with excellent stakeholder-relationship and project-management skills can prove to be invaluable as Reload Greece transitions from a successful pilot project to a full-fledged organisation that aims to scale the impact of its activities.

Kate Topping

Marketing & Engagement Manager
Kate has a degree in International Tourism Management, eight years experience working in senior sales, marketing and project management roles in Virgin Group companies and seven years experience working in marketing, communications and fundraising in the charity sector.

Kate is driven by her desire to make a difference. Having completed internships at two international children’s charities, she spent the last five years as Business & Marketing Manager at a specialist charity video production company, working collaboratively with over 30 charities.

“Seeing the passion of the Reload Greece community is inspiring. I love being a part of the team, demonstrating the impact of their work and enhancing engagement across the charity’s stakeholders.”

Marianna Agiostratiti

Project & Office Manager 
Marianna has a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and a Master of Science in International Public Policy. She has professional experience in the philanthropy sector and has also worked in international organisations in Greece, the UK & USA.

“I am very passionate about working for a charity that gives back to society and I am driven by the social impact that my job creates every single day. The youthful energy and passionate people of Reload Greece community is what inspired me to join. Reload Greece is about bringing entrepreneurs together and seeing them grow through our programs is very fulfilling for me”

Veroniki Zerva

Community Manager
Veroniki has a degree in Political Science and History and for the past 5 years, she has been managing a number of communication campaigns and engagement projects for multiple consumer brands, corporate and public affairs institutions such as KOMONO, Google, Abbott Laboratories, European Commission and European Parliament. She has also worked with a number of European startups and has supported entrepreneurship initiatives throughout the EMEA region. Veroniki enjoys talking and walking (a lot) and considers herself a food savvy.

 I am very enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and as a Reload Greece Community Manager, I wish to share this energy, inspire more young people to get involved, come up with fresh ideas and cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset. I believe that doing a new business might be exciting, but doing a healthy and sustainable business will make you feel even more proud. So, I encourage each one of you to accept the challenge and join our journey.’’

Christina Fotinelli

Project Manager

 

Christina is an Event Producer with extensive international experience, gained over 10 years managing Events, Production and Marketing Communications for global media brands, such as CNN International, Hearst Magazines, Showtime, Channel4, and MEC/WPP. She currently runs Rivet Event Management, which was founded in 2017, and specialises in producing corporate and philanthropic events in London and Athens. 

Christina is experienced in building sponsorship and strategic partnerships around film festivals and niche events.

“Bringing an international and collaborative approach to each project, I am passionate about producing highly engaging events that meet their full potential. The energy and dedication of the Reload Greece community is second to none. Producing the Annual Conference is an amazing opportunity to bring together empowered youths who are determined to succeed with a wider community of mentors, academics and established stakeholders who can help support them but also draw inspiration from them.”

Christina Garidi

Head of Mentoring

 

Christina started as a volunteer for Reload Greece in January 2014 and has never looked back. She now heads mentor engagement at Reload Greece. Christina has also run our Athens based pre-accelerator, RG Bootcamp, for 2 consecutive years. Christina runs Eudaimonia, a Career & Business Coaching company in the UK, helping professionals find their “purpose” when lacking direction in their career or business.

Christina brings 8 years of consulting experience in IT, customer services, change management and strategy. She has studied Environmental Sciences at Southampton University and has an MSc in Business Management from the Strathclyde Business School. In her spare time, she enjoys a matcha latte, a good conversation and traveling around the globe to meet friends or learn “something new”.

“What drives me is supporting people who choose the unforgiving path of entrepreneurship. Creating and running a business for me is the “ultimate self-expression” in a world of mass production and consumption. Succeeding as an entrepreneur is tough and it requires personal growth and a strong support network who “pulls” you up. This is what I am here to create for you as part of Reload Greece. I cannot wait to meet you and serve you on your journey!”