Our Team

Effie Kyrtata

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.”

Lyda Modiano – Leon

Advisor – Strategic Partnerships
Lyda is RG’s Advisor on strategic partnerships since October 2016. She has a corporate background, having held senior position roles for over 30 years, in large companies like Eurobank Ergasias SA and Philip Morris International. She now runs Wide Strategy ltd, a London-based boutique consultancy firm specialising in the design and implementation of communications strategies that strengthen brands, engage stakeholders, and improve businesses. Her Graduate Degree is in International Relations, from the London School of Economics.

Lyda’s vision is to establish Reload Greece as a significant player in the young entrepreneurs’ ecosystem. 

“Being part of Reload Greece, seeing it actually grow into a fully-fledged charity organisation and contributing to its sustainable development, is like breathing fresh air. Reload Greece is an inspiring place. I am so very proud and humbled to support it.”

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 from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a Master of Science in International Public Policy from UCL. For the last 2 years, Marianna worked at a large Foundation in Greece managing their grant requests and has professional experience in the non-profit sector in Greece, the UK & USA.

Marianna loves being involved in organisations and initiatives that really make a difference to people’s lives and believes in Reload Greece’s cause. 

“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

Head of Operations


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!”