Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki
Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic
The Aristeio Award

Andrew Liveris
Gianna Angelopoulos is well known for winning and saving the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Additionally, she is an Ambassador of the Greek State, a lawyer by training and a former member of Parliament. She has previously been named one of the 50 most powerful women by Forbes magazine.

Today, Ambassador Angelopoulos-Daskalaki is an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative. She continues to serve as Vice-Chairperson of the Dean's Council for Harvard's John. F. Kennedy School of Government.

In 1995, she helped lead a Kennedy School Symposium titled "The Greek Paradox," which examined ways in which her country could close the gap between its promise and its performance in the political, economic and foreign policy fields.

In 2000, when slow progress and gridlocked bureaucracy put Athens in danger of losing the Olympic Games, she was asked to assume the presidency of the ATHENS 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympics. Under her leadership, Athens made up for lost time and gave the world what IOC President Jacques Rogge called: "an unforgettable, dream Games."

Her new book, MY GREEK DRAMA: Life, Love and One Woman's Olympic Effort to Bring Glory to Her Country will be published by Greenleaf Book Group Press in May, 2013. A mother of three grown children, she lives with her husband, Theodore, in Athens, Greece.

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