Who we are

Olbios is always seeking talented individuals with a passion for sharing knowledge, for professional growth, who have a strong commitment to their team and the ongoing success of their clients. Whether you are seeking the next level in your career or just beginning, we invite you to talk to us about your expertise and experience and tell us which values function as the driving forces for you.

Emmanuel Ioannidis-Damigos

Founder and President

Emmanuel Ioannidis-Damigos was born in Athens, Greece and has studied philosophy in Germany (FE Universität, Berlin) and France (Paris IV, Sorbonne & Ecole doctorale of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Fontenay), where he obtained his PhD degree in ethical philosophy with a thesis on Spinoza and Nietzsche. At the same time he also attended seminars at universities throughout the world, including the American University of Cairo, the Complutense University in Madrid, the New Delhi University, India, and the Sapienza University in Rome. He was visiting scholar at Stanford University, USA, and has taught ethical philosophy as a visiting professor in various universities, including the Universidade de Sao Paulo and the Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo in Brazil. During 2010-2016 he created the five parts of the OLBIOS Network; he also wrote for the OLBIOS Journal all the texts of the four editions, for which he has the entire responsibility.

Georgios Massouridis

Executive Director

Born in Athens, Georgios Massouridis lived in several countries and studied among others at Oxford University and Columbia University, from which he obtained a Masters degree. His areas of study ranged from political economy to music – he has a Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from the Ecole Normale de Musique of Paris (received with first ranking). His activities and interests are similarly varied: he has worked as orchestra conductor in France, has a teaching career in various subjects (Economics, Epistemology, English, Piano), has collaborated with economic journals, with theatre groups, and has worked as translator.
Paola de Rohan-Csermak

Paola de Rohan-Csermak

Director of Olbios France

Paola de Rohan-Csermak was born in the United States of America into a family of French, Hungarian, Czech and German origin. She lived in Canada and France where she studied journalism at the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Paris (ESJ Paris), before graduating from La Sorbonne in Paris with two master’s degrees, one in Classics and the other in Didactics of French as a foreign language. Working for the French national education system, she taught French, Latin and ancient Greek for seventeen years, mainly in high schools for disadvantaged teenagers whose background had exposed them to harsh social and economic conditions, violence or handicap. She devised and implemented several pedagogical projects for these students during school holidays in partnership with different organizations, firms and ministries. In parallel, she also accomplished volunteer work for associations and NGOs such as Le Samu social, Ecole à l’Hôpital and Maison de Sagesse, until the birth of her two children. In October 2017, she was appointed director of Olbios France.

Vasilis Tzelepopoulos

Vasilis Tzelepopoulos

Web Content administrator

Vasilis Tzelepopoulos was born in Athens, Greece, and has studied Political Sciences in Panteion University of Athens and Music in Athens Conservatoire. He has worked for 15 years as a journalist and has been editor-in-chief in many greek magazines, newspapers and online media in Economy, Technology and Environment sector. He started to learn web development from scratch in order to solve real problems on media sites he was working on, so he decided to change path. Vasilis designs web interfaces and provides content strategy for individuals, small organizations and NGOs. His interests focus on web animation and data visualization. He is also a radio producer and his radio show Comic*mania is about his two passions jazz music and comics.


Public Relations Director

 Marina Coriolano-Lykourezos was born in London, England, a child of a Greek father and a Brazilian-American mother. Raised between France, Brazil, Greece and England, she is a multi-cultural polyglot. She has a french baccalaureat, and studied Art History & Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She now lives on the island of Aegina. Her interests have always been multifold : she was the  Co-organiser of 5th & 6th International Month of Photography of the Hellenic Centre for Photography; she was the Production manager, assistant director & interpreter for a documentary on ancient Athenian democracy for the French Ministry of Education, Paris, France; she founded and directed  cats&marbles gallery for antiques and contemporary art and was the Fundraiser of the Athens Information Technology Institute. She organised and curated exhibitions, edited several books & catalogues, and made research on various arts and related projects. She recently (2012) founded The Cool Projects with partner Yanis Zagorianakos – a factory based on the island of Aegina that produces a series of all natural handmade soaps under the brand Cool Soaps.

Rachel Howard

Director of Media & Communications

Rachel Howard is a writer, editor and strategic communications expert based between London and Athens. The author of two best-selling guides to Secret London, she is a regular contributor to Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveler, and The Guardian, among others. Rachel writes mainly on travel, environmental issues, and the arts. She also provides editorial, media, and copywriting services to high-profile clients in the non-profit, political and tourism sectors. She previously worked for 10 years as a media advisor and speechwriter for the Greek foreign minister and prime minister. 

Arnaud Stephanopoli

Chief Editor of the french edition, the Olbios Journal

Arnaud Stephanopoli is a graduate of ESCP Europe with a DEA in International Economy. He also holds a first degree in Philosophy from Sorbonne Paris. He worked for several years as a consultant for HEC Eurasia Institute and participated in consultation teams for some of the largest French companies operating in Asia. He has published a study entitled “Gouvernement d’entreprise en Corée du Sud: le duel Etat-Chaebols” (HEC-Eurasia Editions), while he has taught a Business Strategy Master’s course at the Institute of Political Studies of Paris. In 2007-2014 he was the chief editor of the contre-feux.com site for analysis and debate of current affairs: more than four hundred specialists have contributed and interacted with hundreds of thousands of visitors. 

Cyril Zimmermann

Strategy Advisor

Cyril Zimmermann studied at the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) of Paris and at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). He also holds a History degree from the Sorbonne University. He is the founder and CEO of the HI-MEDIA Group. Created in 1996, the internet services company went public in 2000 (Eurolist d’Euronext Paris). In 2001 the group expanded to several European countries (France, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Great Britain) and today Hi-Media employs 500 staff in nine European countries and has joint ventures in Russia and Brazil. It offers advertising services for internet sites (Hi-Media AdX); on-line payment services (Hi-Pay&Allopass) and also acts as editor or shareholder of various internet sites (about music, cinema, video games, and television: jeuxvideo.com, toutlecine.com, magicrpm.com, program me-tv.com) as well as of news publications (La Tribune, Contre-feux). The Hi-Media Group is currently the European leader in audience monetization on the internet. Cyril Zimmermann is also the manager of the HiCab company, a producer of theatre and dance performances, an editor of a music magazine, as well as the President of the Hi-Media Foundation and  the President of ACSEL – The Digital Transformation Hub.
Yannick Touchard

Yannick Touchard

Chief Digital Officer

Yannick Touchard has worked as Webagency DirectorDigital Director and Chief Digital Officer at Hi-Media for the last 14 years. At this quality, he has led and support Hi-media’s “incubators” in Design : Market analysis, product strategy, user experience graphic design, business reports and financial documents. He also had the responsibility of Development management : carrying out feature specifications, coordination of technical service provision in Agile, development of outsourced business, as well as strategic, marketing and financial monitoring, marketing and KPI implementation. He is the founder of Siteeasy, a publishing company for exellencedeloire.com, an ecommerce website specialised in the wines of the Loire Valley, a partner at CityBird (UX Design, technical monitoring and marketing follow-up in order to raise funds) and the Founder of Bikini.Agency, for which he has created the operational development ( 360° Management: Product and strategy analysis, recommendations, user experience graphic design, sales proposals, Agile development, carrying out marketing and CRM programs, performance analysis), as well as the setting up and monitoring a network of service providers and sub-contractors, SEO and SEM consulting, CRM consulting, management of front and back office developers.

Zoi Mavroskoti

Legal Consultant

Zoi Mavroskoti is an attorney at law and her area of expertise is copyright law. She is the legal advisor of The Greek Film Archive and of a number of cultural institutions, artists and companies of the creative industry in Greece. 

She had previously worked for the Hellenic Copyright Organization and in 2014 participated in the National Dialogue Committee for Copyright and Neighboring Rights, which was formed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture.

Zoi Mavroskoti holds two Bachelor degrees from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece- the first in Communication & Media and the second in Law. She also holds a Master (MA) degree in Art, Law and Economy from the International Hellenic University of Greece. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece researching on multi-territorial licensing and its relation to collective management of copyright and neighboring rights in the European Union. Articles and studies of hers on copyright issues have been published in the Greek scientific journal “Media and Communication Law” published by Nomiki Vivliothiki, the largest legal publishing house in Greece.

Zoi Mavroskoti is a member of Athens Bar Association. She lives and works in Athens, Greece.


Olivier Peyrouset

Community Manager & Correspondent, OLBIOS France

Olivier Peyrouset is a medical doctor specialized in intensive care and anesthesiology with studies at the Paris-Sud Medical University and an Epidemiology diploma from ISPED. He has experience in Intensive care as well as  in cardiothoracic and general surgery, obstetrical , cardiothoracic and general anesthesia. He is a Member of nosocomial infections prevention committee. He has worked in the Centre Medicochirurgical Ambroise Paré – the Chirurgical Marie Lannelongue the Groupe Hospitalier Saint Joseph – Centre and other Lyon area hospitals. He was also a Medical team leader in an Ebola treatment center in Guinea and has developed an extensive activity as volunteer for the NGO ALIMA in humanitarian missions in Haiti and Afghanistan among others.

Pierre Morand

Correspondent, OLBIOS Brasil

Founder of Diletart, a European dance agency, Pierre Morand worked closely with talented choreographers, which made him soon realise that body movements are a prolific international language and that, with strong marketing strategies, a lucky few dance shows could reach a wide public.

Starting in 2004 and for over six years, he was in charge of the theatrical department of TS3 (Thierry Suc Productions) – a leading concert and stage producer in France – where he used his project management and executive producer skills to create new shows, such as a sold out Arena tour of the Oscar nominated Les Choristes (The Chorus), the awarded musical Le Soldat Rose or Welcome to the Voice, an Opera featuring Sting and Elvis Costello, and also launched several foreign productions, including Matthew Bourne’s shows and Jin Xing’s Carmina Burana.

Pierre Morand discovered and coproduced the Brazilian show Balé de Rua, with Thierry Suc, and took this group of dancers and percussionists from the favelas on a world tour to some of the most prestigious venues, such as for example the London Barbican Center, the Sydney Opera Hall and Koln Philharmonic.

With 20 years of experience in producing, promoting and touring theatrical shows, Pierre has acquired the 360° vision of the Entertainment industry which is necessary to make each international booking a profitable and enjoyable adventure for all clients of GAAP Bookings. Building bridges between dreams and reality, making people from different languages, cultures and background experiences, understand each others and accomplish fruitful tours are his main day to day focuses since he joined the company as VP Sales, in late 2011.

Christine Guillé

Chief Accountant

Christine Guillé was born in Nantes, France. She studied business management at the IAE for the Diploma of Accounting and Finance in Toulouse. His professional career began in Paris at the Ministry of Ecology and the Central Laboratory for Roads and Bridges where she worked as deputy financial manager. She spend several years in Mayotte as grants manager for the Local Authority and the local Ministry of Ecology. She further worked in Marseille and Aix en Provence in the Technical Studies Centre Equipment as head of the National Software Distribution Pole, responsible of drafting and management of public contracts,  andwhere she later became Administrative and Financial Manager. For the last four years she is in charge of the Treasury and the General Accounts Office in Aix en Provence at the CEGELEC Southeast Nuclear Group ( part of VINCI Group). She was a volunteer Accountant of several associations (Hydrospeed in Paris Bridge Club in Mayotte, Equestrian Association in Aix en Provence) and lately holds the same position for the OLBIOS NETWORK for ACTION.

George Drivas

Art Director

George Drivas is born in Athens, Greece. He is the recipient of numerous awards namely, Best Experimental Film Award at London Greek Film Festival, London, UK (2010), Special Mention at “Strange Screen”, Experimental Film and Video Festival, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece (2009), 2nd prize at VII Media Art Forum, XXVII Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow, Russia (2006), 2nd prize at the  Zebra International Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, Germany (2002) and Jury Award for Experimental Short Film at the New York Expo, NY, NY (2002).

George Drivas’s work has been featured as a Tribute to him at the Athens’s International Film Festival (2014), as a  Solo Show at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2009), and as part of a group exhibition or festival among others in “As Rights Go By”, Group Show, Q21 International, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Austria (2016), Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montreal, Canada, (2015), “future past – past future”, Group Show, Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Germany (2014), “Art Projections”, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013), “Hybrid Stories”, Group Show, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2013), “Melancholy in Progress”, Video Art Exhibition, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei City, Taiwan (2012), “FILE”, Electronic Language International Festival, FIESP Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Βrazil (2012), “Annual Exhibition”, Group Show, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, USA (2012), “Les Rencontres Internationales: New Cinema and Contemporary Art”, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, “Polyglossia”, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece (2011), “ECU”, European Independent Film Festival, Paris, France (2010); “Digital Wave”, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece  (2009); “Transexperiences Greece” at Space 798, Beijing, China (2008); “Young Greek Artists – In Present Tense” at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (2008); “Les Jeunes Cinéastes D’aujourd’hui” at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2007); Media Art Forum, XXVII Moscow International Film Festival, Moscow, Russia (2006); Poetry International Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2003); and Dactyl Foundation for the Arts and Humanities, NY, NY (2002).

George Drivas’s work is part of the Athens’s National MoCA collection. He lives in Athens/Greece.

Karine Leno Ancellin

Karine Leno Ancellin

Correspondent OLBIOS USA

Karine Leno Ancellin was born in New York city to a French father and American mother and currently lives in Athens where she is a professor, a freelance writer and translator.  She studied in Paris and obtained two DEAs, (diploma of Superior Studies) one in Anthropology at the Universite Paris VII, Jussieu; and the other one in Literature at the Institut Charles V.  She worked as a researcher for the CEDPED (centre Population et Development) with Francis Gendreau before she turned to journalism in Sahelian Africa for a few years, mostly interested in social and women’s issues. In Brussels where she spent ten years prior to Athens she has worked on literature by women of ethnic background, and explored hybridity in Muslim women characters in English language fiction between 2001 and 2008 for her PhD at the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels. Her work was presented at the ACLA seminar at Havard University, York University (Canada) Leicester, Lincoln (UK) Ibn Zohr university (Morocco) amongst others. She has devoted parts of her research to analyzing representations of the self and the wearing of the hijab in recent literature.

Karine Leno Ancellin is now involved in poetry in Athens Greece, where, in association with Angela Lyras, she created A Poets’ Agora, a bilingual Poetry society.

Isabelle Balot

Isabelle Balot

Correspondent, OLBIOS Belgium

Isabelle Balot has worked for most Departments and Agencies of the United Nations. Both at Headquarters and in the field, she has held posts in the sectors of Public Information, Humanitarian Affairs, Peacekeeping, Development, Political Affairs, and Public Health. She namely served in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as in the UN Mission in the Sudan when the Darfur conflict erupted and soon worsened. In July 2008, she received from the Secretary-General a citation (UN21 Award) attesting to her exceptional contribution to the work of the Organization.  She later worked as a Senior External Relations Officer at the World Health Organization at the European Union, where she promoted Global Health policy coherence with the EU and other partners. At present, as European Commission Ethics Expert in Research & Innovation, she continues to closely collaborate with EU partners. As a Professor, she has taught and continues to teach, International Relations at Universities in the US, Japan, France and Belgium. She also works as a Senior Expert in Defence and Security at the Global Governance Institute. Further, Isabelle is a poet and author of a collection entitled “Opales” (Caractères, Paris, 1998). Her “Poems of War and Peace” appeared in the review “La Règle du Jeu” of French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and in 2 CDs (with jazz pianist Charles Loos). Her poetry has been largely inspired by her Missions for the UN in Africa.

Manish Thapa

Manish Thapa

Correspondent, OLBIOS India

Manish Thapa, a graduate in commerce from Bundelkhand University, have been involved in the development sector for more than 15 years. From counseling college students to teaching Hindi as a Second Language to running social tourism programs and implementing girl child education project, his experience has been varied. He enjoys business startups and has been involved in a couple of local ventures. With his current profile of working with the government system places him uniquely to see the role of the civil society and the potential impact of partnerships in terms of scale and sustainability.

He has had the opportunity to hold a number of professional positions (program manager, Language Instructor, Administrative Officer, Business Owner, Board Member) exposing him and helping him develop and hone skills of people management and equity. Presently, He is working with an international not-for-profit organization STIR Education which is striving to address the global learning crisis through creating local networks of teachers in which teachers create and try micro innovations in their schools, reflect back and evaluate their impact on student learning outcomes. He has also been on the board of Living Faith, a non-profit charity which is engaged in helping underprivileged girls from distressed families to help them with their education and life sustenance and bring them into active society. His other passion being the environmental causes led him to be an active and lifetime member of Greenpeace in India.

Musoda Joseph Mwansa

Correspondent, OLBIOS Australia

Musoda Joseph Mwansa is a young African, from northern Zambia, who currently lives in Perth, Australia. He is the founder of Global Empowers, a social enterprise with a purpose to uplift millions of the desperate needy into hopes of a productive future and the Mwansa Foundation, a non-profit organization that was established under Global Empowers with an aim of empowering and inspiring communities around the globe through programs that are specifically designed to accommodate the needs of struggling communities.
Worrying about the numerous health issues and struggle people in his community are faced with due to the consumption of unsafe water, he decided  to do a research in Australia and find a solution to the problem. He came up with “VIGOR AQUA”, a tablet which is used in purifying water and also adds some essential minerals to the water. Vigor Aqua eliminates germs and viruses that cause water borne diseases. Vigor Aqua will treat and free water from giardia, cholera, typhoid, dysentery and many other waterborne diseases including Hepatitis A & E and Salmonella. This product will also accommodate the nutritious needs of individuals by adding to the water essential vitamins and nutrients – as Vigor Aqua is not only a water purification tablet but also a source of food.  The team just finished their research on the water tablet with the help of scientists from Europe.