Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki 1997 Recipient
The life of Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki has exemplified the pursuit of excellence inherent in the Hellenic spirit. Balanced by academic, civic and professional accomplishments true to the ancient Hellenic ideals, she has used a modern voice to focus the world’s attention on the timeless virtues of Greece and Hellenism.
Born in 1955 in Heraklion, Crete, Mrs. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki is a woman who has quickly established herself as part of the cadre of civic leaders that will guide Greece into the next century. After receiving her law degree from Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Mrs. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki has laid a path of public service that has reached across the local, national and international spheres.
After being elected to the Municipal Council for the City of Athens, she was elected and re-elected to serve in the Greek Parliament with the "New Democracy" Party. Since 1994 she has served as a
Vice-Chairwoman in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mrs. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki also continues to be actively involved in the management of her family’s international shipping business.
But perhaps her broadest reaching effort towards the international promotion of Hellenism was her campaign to return the Olympic Games to its historic birthplace. As president of the "Athens 2004" Olympic Bid Committee, Mrs. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki engaged in a global advocacy of Greece as a rejuvenated modern center for worldwide brotherhood. In the face of considerable obstacles, she focused world opinion and the attention of the International Olympic Committee on Athens not as a leading contender for the Games, but as a worthy recipient. Mrs. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki’s accomplishment was a victory for all of Athens, Greece and Hellenes worldwide.
Phidippides’ legacy has lent to the Olympics’ most dramatic display of the human spirit, the Marathon. With the greatest dedication and stamina, Mrs. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki has herself undertaken the significant challenge of strengthening the world’s regard for a legendary culture and restoring faith in the future of a legendary city. Hellenes around the globe can be proud of a modern herald whose voice has served to reconnect the world with our Hellenic homeland and heritage.
Mrs. Angelopoulos-Daskalaki is married to Mr. Theodore Angelopoulos and has three children: Carolina, Panagiotis and Dimitris.