Who we are

Aspasia Leventis

Founder & President

Aspasia Leventis

Founder & President

The International Foundation for Greece has been founded with the aim of developing an international network of support for groups of people enduring serious problems during the difficult period of the economic crisis in Greece.

Our foundation is initially aiming to finance and reform hospital units, to buy medical equipment, acquire ambulances and other high speed vehicles and to provide heating for schools and charitable organizations throughout Greece.

It is also developing a means for whoever wants to contribute, so that help can reach its target quickly and effectively.

At the Foundation’s side are people from the arts, letters, science and financial world who promote the work of the Foundation on an international level and whose actions remind the world that Greece was and is the cradle of civilization and the benchmark of every modern democratic society.

The Foundation’s awards, "IFG AWARDS', were created during the difficult times that Greece is facing to honour Greeks who live beyond the Greek borders, who not only have not forgotten their Greek roots, but who also showcase and bring to life the Greek ideal within their work.

They will be awarded every three years during a special event at the Acropolis Museum sending the world a simple message: modern Greece is a creative country and one that battles and believes in herself, in her strengths and looks positively towards the future.


Aspasia Leventis

President


Aspasia Leventis was born on August 16, 1963 in Athens Greece and graduated from Arsakeion College. 

She holds a degree in Greek and French Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

She has studied classical guitar and classical dance at the Royal Academy of Dance and speaks Greek, French, English, Italian,Spanish and Russian. She is married to George Leventis, businessman, and they have two sons.

She has been President of the Executive Secretariat of the International Foundation of the Cultural Olympiad,

Founder and President of the Association "Friends of the National Museum of Contemporary Art",

Member of the Board of Directors of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (2000-2004),

Former vice President of Opheltes - The Friend of NEMEA.

She is a member of the National Committee of UNESCO Hellas.

She was Founder and President of the Hellenic Academy of Modern Art.

Founder and President of The Breast Cancer Action Fund.

Founder and President of The International Foundation for Greece.

George N. Leventis

Founder

George N. Leventis

Founder

The International Foundation for Greece was founded during the world crisis which has heavily inflicted Greece in a unique way. The aim of the foundation is to raise international awareness so as to enable help for the social classes that are suffering the most, and to showcase Greece’s culture which has not only a past but a dynamically hopeful future.

I hope that all together we can combine our forces so as to overcome the crisis as soon as possible.


George N. Leventis
Founder

Vasilis Leventis

Trustee

Vasilis Leventis

Trustee

Evagoras Leventis

Trustee

Evagoras Leventis

Trustee

Betty Priovolou

Trustee

Betty Priovolou

Trustee

One of IFG's commitments is working hard on reversing this tide of inequality and suffering that is presently casting a shadow over our country.

Sir Franco Zeffirelli

Honorary Patron

Sir Franco Zeffirelli

Honorary Patron

http://www.francozeffirelli.it

Vangelis

Honorary Patron
IFG Anthem by Vangelis

Vangelis

Honorary Patron

Acknowledged to this day as "the master of electronic music," Vangelis set the bar high for all who followed.  And he did it naturally, instinctually – with no conventional training.  By the age of four he was creating music on the family piano, by the age of six giving public performances of his compositions … his natural gift coming from a place he likes to call memory … a place he says we can all tap into if we can only remember.  It was also at this young age that his inherent talent for drawing and painting began to emerge, though it would be years before anyone outside his inner circle would get to see his work.  

As a teenager Vangelis proved his innate knowledge and expertise for various styles of music, all the while quietly developing his own unique repertoire.  And then came the new wave of electronic instruments, just in time it seemed, to accommodate his ever-expanding imagination and innovative experimentations, the results of which often led to his being called "the father of new-age."  Over the years, he built studio/laboratories in Paris, London, Athens and Rome and collaborated with revered singers, artists, playwrights, poets, choreographers, filmmakers, environmentalists, athletes, doctors and scientists from all over the world.

And now, with over forty album releases, over twenty movie/TV soundtracks, two ballets, six plays, three choral symphonies, major audio/visual spectaculars and numerous honors, awards and titles to his credit, he continues to expand the horizons of electronic music by combining it with and blurring the line between it and acoustic symphonic music.  But no matter what kind of method and instruments he uses, Vangelis will always be known for his strength of melody, his pioneering sound and his emotional depth.  This is why his music for the film Chariots Of Fire has won him an Academy Award (Oscar), Conquest Of Paradise still spurs athletes to Olympic victory, and Blade Runner has achieved an almost mythological status.  

The same lifelong devotion and dedication Vangelis has for his music, has always been as evident in his visual art.  But it was not until recently that he consented to having it shown to the public. Since that day in 2003, he has had ten major exhibitions of his paintings in leading art museums around the world.  

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens has proclaimed Vangelis Honorary Doctor/Professor Emeritus for his contribution to culture. Also the University of Patras in Greece has proclaimed Vangelis Honorary Doctor/Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Physics.

To Vangelis, music and art are sacred, basic forces of the universe, their purpose to elevate, inspire and to heal humankind.  This is Vangelis' mission, this and his desire to awaken in all of us, perhaps, that place called memory.

VANGELIS
Discography

Fais Que Ton Rêve Soit Plus Long Que la Nuit
L'apocalypse des Animaux (TV series)
Earth
Heaven and Hell
Ignacio (Entends-Tu Les Chiens Aboyer?)
La Fête Sauvage (film soundtrack)
Albedo 0.39
Spiral
Beaubourg
Opera Sauvage (TV series)
The Best of Vangelis
Odes (with Irene Papas)
Short Stories (with Jon Anderson)
China
See You Later
Friends of Mr. Cairo (with Jon Anderson)
Chariots of Fire (film soundtrack)
Blade Runner (film soundtrack, released 1994)
Antarctica (film soundtrack)
Private Collection (with Jon Anderson)
Soil Festivities
The Best of Jon and Vangelis (with Jon Anderson)
Mask
Invisible Connections
Rhapsodies (with Irene Papas)
Direct
Themes
The City
Page of Life (with Jon Anderson)
1492 - Conquest of Paradise (film soundtrack)
Voices (with various vocalists)
Portraits
Oceanic
El Greco
Reprise
Mythodea
FIFA World Cup Official Anthem
Odyssey - The Definitive Collection
Alexander (film soundtrack)
Blade Runner Trilogy, 25th Anniversary
El Greco (film soundtrack)
The Collection
Chariots of Fire The Play


Movies

Chariots of Fire - Hugh Hudson

Missing - Costa-Gavras

Blade Runner -Ridley Scott

Antarctica - Koreyoshi Kurahara

The Bounty - Roger Donaldson

Francesco - Liliana Cavani

1492: Conquest of Paradise - Ridley Scott

Bitter Moon - Roman Polanski

Cavafy -Iannis Smaragdis

Alexander - Oliver Stone

El Greco – Iannis Smaragdis

Rupture (documentary) – Hugh Hudson

Trashed (documentary) – Candida Brady


Concerts

Olympia, Paris

Royal Albert Hall, London

Pavillon de Paris, Paris

 Drury Lane, London

Cirque Royale, Brussels
with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Festival Hall, London

UCLA's Royce Hall, Los Angeles

Herod Atticus at the Acropolis, Athens
two concerts for the construction of the New Acropolis Museum

Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens
Olympic Flame Ceremony

Terme Di Caracalla, Rome

Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens
promotion for Athens to host the Olympics

Rotterdam Harbour, Rotterdam
Eureka - Event of Excellence

Herod Atticus at the Acropolis, Athens
A Night of Poetry with Alan Bates and Fanny Ardant

Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens
IAAF World Championship Opening Ceremonies

Temple of Jupiter, Athens
Mythodea - Music For The NASA Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey
with Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman and the London Metropolitan Orchestra

Cultural Village Amphitheatre, Doha – Qatar
A Choral Symphony
with: Angela Gheorghiu - soprano, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
Yurlov Russian State Academic Choir, World Musicians
Qatar Philharmonic Children’s Choir, Conductor Yvan Cassar
Special guest star:  Roberto Alagna - tenor
Light show:  Gert Hof
Master of Ceremonies:  Jeremy Irons
Filmed by Hugh Hudson  


Theatre & Ballet

 Theatre

Electra – directed by Michael Cacoyannis
Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in Greece

Medea – directed by Nuria Esper
Barcelona

Las Troyanas (aka The Trojan Women) – directed by Irene Papas
Los Talleres Generales, Sagunto, Spain

A Vihar (aka The Tempest) – directed by György Schwajda
Hungarian National Theatre, Budapest

Ecuba – directed by Irene Papas
Tor Vergata University, Rome

Antigone – directed by Irene Papas
Greek Theatre, Siracusa, Sicily


Ballet

Frankenstein, Modern Prometheus – choreographed by Wayne Eagling
Covent Garden, London

Beauty and the Beast – choreographed by Wayne Eagling
Covent Garden, London
Kremlin State Palace, Moscow


Television

L' Apocalypse des Animaux - series - Frédéric Rossif

Georges Mathieu ou la Fureur d' Etre - documentary - Frédéric Rossif

Georges Braque ou le Temp Different - documentary - Frédéric Rossif

La Fête Sauvage - documentary - Frédéric Rossif

L' Opera Sauvage - series - Frédéric Rossif

Pablo Picasso Peintre - documentary - Frédéric Rossif

Sauvage et Beau - documentary - Frédéric Rossif

Cosmos, A Special Edition - series - Carl Sagan

Jacques Cousteau - series (various) - Jacques Cousteau

 
Awards

Academy Award (Oscar) for best soundtrack

Golden Lion Award (Germany) for best title theme for a TV film or series

Max Steiner Award for composition and presentation of distinguished film music

Echo Award (Germany) for international artist of the year

Flanders International Film Festival Award for best soundtrack

Valencia International Film Festival Award for best soundtrack

Public Choice Award for best film soundtrack from the World Soundtrack Academy in Flanders, Belgium

Apollo Award in recognition of his contribution to music from the Friends of the Athens National Opera Society

The title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic

World Music Awards, Monte Carlo, for being the world’s largest selling Greek artist (numerous years)

The title of Chevalier de la Légion d’ Honneur of the French Republic

RIAJ (Recording Industry of Japan) Award for international song of the year

NASA’s Public Service Medal in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the NASA vision

The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory named a small planet Vangelis in his honor

Asteroid (6354) – Vangelis
In 1995, the international impact and appreciation of the works of Vangelis, as well as his rapport to the Universe, led the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in the United States of America, to name a minor planet in his honor. Asteroid 6354, now and forever officially named “Vangelis,” is located about 247 million miles from the sun and is in a 4.33 year orbit around it, entirely between Jupiter and Mars.

Andrea Bocelli

Honorary Patron

Andrea Bocelli

Honorary Patron

http://www.andreabocelli.com

Antonis K. Samaras

Honorary Patron
Former Prime Minister of Greece

Antonis K. Samaras

Honorary Patron

- The Prime Minister's speech at the IFG Awards 2013

[English translation]   [French translation]


- The Prime Minister's message:

Salvatore Adamo

Honorary Patron

Salvatore Adamo

Honorary Patron

http://www.adamosalvatore.com/

The best and most enduring talent is natural.  People can acquire various skills by diligent study and practice, but are unlikely to reach the top rung of whichever ladder they seek to climb unless they possess a natural, inborn aptitude for what they want to achieve.

Salvatore Adamo is a case in point. Born in humble circumstances made worse by misfortune, he rose to stardom through natural ability and perseverance, and has been resident in the top echelon of European entertainment for three decades.

The Adamo story began in the small Sicilian market town of Comiso five minutes pas midnight on 31 October 1943. He was the first born of seven brothers and sisters, and says he can have two birthday celebrations on 31 October every year. Adamo family was poor but happy. Work was so scarce in Comiso, however, that Antonio Adamo, Salvator’s father, decided to move with his wife and children to Belgium, where he found a hard, exacting job at the coalface in one of the country’s mining areas.

The move enabled Salvatore to learn French as a second language, which proved a considerable advantage in his later career. Educational opportunities were strictly limited for the eldest Adamo child, but he showed another natural aptitude for learning quickly and thoroughly, and would probably have become a journalist had music not beckoned.

When he was 12 he joined the local church choir, where the quality of his singing voice became rapidly apparent. Inevitably his voice broke and his father Antonio, by then unable to work following a pit accident, devoted all  his time and energy to promoting his eldest son’s distinctive singing ability.

Salvatore’s grandfather gave him a guitar as a present, an instrument. The youngster mastered within days without formal tuition. This in turn seemed to unlock a capacity to write memorable and meaningful songs. His first step to fame was winning a Belgian talent contest, followed by a similar triumph on a Luxembourg radio show, and then the Belgian branch of a multi-national record company signed him to a disc contract.

Queen Paola heard him on record and invited him to sing at the Belgian royal palace. Adamo expressed his thanks and appreciation for this favour by composing “Duke Paola”.

Perhaps his biggest professional test confronted him o n 12 January 1965. The 22 year old was to make his French debut at the famous Paris Olympia in the knowledge that his records until then had made no impression in the French market. The Paris Olympia audience is one of the hardest and most merciless in the world, and does not hesitate to express its instant disapproval of any act it deems unworthy of the venue. But it took Adamo to its collective heart, and called for many encores. Sadness marred his life again when his father, taking his first holiday for many years back in Sicily, drowned in a tragic mishap, leaving Salvatore as the breadwinner for his mother and six brothers and sisters. But the Olympia triumph, followed by international tours, put the seal of success on his career, and today Adamo is one of Europe’s most consistent pop artists.

This collection of his songs, reflecting his gentle nature and combination of humour and simplicity, is an eloquent demonstration of his natural talent and an eminent justification of his star status.

Nikos A. Aliagas

Honorary Patron

Nikos A. Aliagas

Honorary Patron

Nikos A. Aliagas was born in Paris on the 13 May 1969 to Greek parents, growing up bi-lingual. He studied modern French literature at the University of Sorbonne (Paris IV). In 1988 he began his media career with Radio France Internationale, moving to Radio Notre-Dame in 1992. During the period 1988 - 1992, he also edited “La revue franco-hellénique”, a Greek cultural magazine, and presented a Greek language radio programme for an Armenian radio station.

Nikos, who speaks French, Greek, English, Spanish and Italian, joined Euronews in 1993 and presented  “Prisma”, spending the next six years as a core political reporter, with special focus on Greece and Cyprus. During this same period, 1993 – 1999, he also presented the news for Télé Monte-Carlo (TMC).
In 1998, Nikos moved full-time into television with a two-year stint on the Christine Bravo show on France 2 “Union Libre ”, presenting a regular segment on Greek culture while doubling as editor. During this same period, he used his bi-lingual skills by presenting the news on Alter, a Greek language television station.
In 2001, Nikos joined TF1, the most viewed television channel in Europe, as host of Star Academy, which became the most popular music talent show in French television history. Nikos presented 800 live Star Academy shows over an eight-year period, attracting 14-million viewers at its peak.

Between 2002 and 2009 Nikos presented the innovative “Ça donne envie ”, for cable news channel LCI (La Chaîne de l’Info). The format was unique for a news channel, not only because “ Ça donne envie ” was a culture show, but also because Nikos invited some of his guests to perform live in the studio.
It was in 2004 that Nikos had the outstanding honour of presenting the pre-show of the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympics to the global television audience.

In January 2007, Nikos began hosting the on-going weekly TF1 magazine programme “ 50 min inside ”.
Over the last four years Nikos has hosted the prestigious NRJ music awards in Cannes. In the 2013 show he challenged the Korean pop sensation Psy to try the Greek dance, sirtaki. Psy’s sirtaki was seen live by an audience of over eight million viewers.

Nikos is the popular choice for presenting major entertainment shows for TF1. These include “ Toute la musique qu’on aime ”, “ Génération Tubes ”, “ La Chanson de l’Année ”, “ Les 500 Choristes ”, etc…
In addition, for the last two years and with great success, Nikos has hosted “ The Voice ”, a television talent  show for singers.

In October 2011, Nikos joined the satirical TV show “Après le 20h c’est Canteloup ”, co-presenting with popular comic and impersonator Nicolas Canteloup. This daily show regularly achieves the highest TV viewing figures on French television, with an audience approximating nine million viewers every evening.
In the last few years Nikos has rediscovered his passion for radio. Between 2009 and 2011 he presented a morning show, “ 6/9 ”, for the NRJ music radio station and in 2011 began working for Europe 1, a popular radio station in France.

Between his radio and television shows, Nikos has interviewed the majority of today’s leading entertainment personalities, film and music icons, writers, directors and politicians. Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Sting, Dustin Hoffman, Paulo Coelho, Pedro Almodóvar, Brad Pitt, Robert Redford, Jean Reno, Carla Bruni and Nicole Kidman are among his most recent guests. In 2012 he interviewed Robert De Niro and John Travolta who both declared their love for Greece, following holidays in the Greek islands. In his career, Nikos has also interviewed many influential politicians such as Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos, Nicolas Sarkozy, Yasser Arafat, Madeleine Albright.  Melina Merkouri gave one of her last interviews to him for the Euronews Channel.
Nikos has also expanded into acting, appearing in  2004, in Costas Natsis’s movie “ Le Rêve d’Icare ”, in which he played the role of a priest, alongside Anna Mouglalis. He also had smaller roles in the French productions Turf and Stars 80.

In 2003, with emphasis on his Greek roots, Nikos’s first book, “ Aller voir chez les Grecs ”, was published by  Editions Jean-Claude Lattes. In 2007, Editions Electra published his second book, “ Οι σημειώσεις ενός Εμιγκρέ ” (An immigrant’s notes). In May 2011, his first book of photographs was published by Editions Acanthe. This passion for photography was rewarded by a personal exhibition at the well-known Harcourt studio in Paris. Some of the biggest showbiz stars have posed for Nikos, among them Dustin Hoffman, Claudia Cardinale, Jane Fonda , Robert Redford , Shakira and Monica Belucci.
Nikos was born with a passion for music, and made his first move into the music industry in 2007 with the release of his first album, “Rendez-vous ”, a collection of  jazz and blues duets. He has also participated in albums by well-known singers and composers, including Nana Mouskouri and Lavrentis Machairitsas. Besides this, he participated in and organised concerts at Olympia theatre combining music with his charitable work raising funds for sick children. He has also hosted and sung at “ Tout Le Monde Chante ”,  a fundraising charity for fighting cancer.

Nikos is associated with several charities, work he finds most rewarding. He is a  patron of the cystic fibrosis charity “ Association Grégory Lemarchal ” and of  the charitable foundation “Wheeling Around the World ”, which gives people with disabilities the access and knowledge necessary to facilitate travel. Nikos is also an ambassador of various campaigns promoting the awareness and prevention of HIV.
In the last 3 years he developed an influential profile in the social media and more specifically on Twitter, where he is well-known for uploading photos of the stars he interviews. He also tweets scenic shots of the Eiffel Tower and  Greece. His photographs are enjoyed by his hundreds of thousands of his followers. Klout, the social media analytic website, ranks the most influential reporter in the French media.
Nikos’s pride in his Greek roots has been demonstrated throughout his twenty years in the media by promoting the Greek culture to the French-speaking world.

In 2004, in recognition of his significant contribution in this field, he was awarded the Order of Xenios Zeus by the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

In May 2007, to honour his contribution to French broadcasting, Nikos was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of the most distinguished awards in France.

Stéphane Bern

Honorary Patron

Stéphane Bern

Honorary Patron

Difficile d’enfermer Stéphane Bern dans un seul registre d’activités tant elles sont multiples : à la fois journaliste, écrivain, présentateur télé, animateur radio, producteur et comédien, il croque avec gourmandise toutes les possibilités que lui offrent les médias.

 

Né le 14 novembre 1963 à Lyon, Stéphane Bern a passé son baccalauréat au lycée Carnot à Paris. Diplômé ensuite de l’Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon, il commence sa carrière dans la presse, en 1985, avec Dynastie, "le magazine des grandes familles", dont il est le rédacteur en chef. C’est le début de son aventure médiatique en assumant pleinement sa passion du gotha. Après un passage éclair, en 1988, à l’hebdomadaire Jours de France, il devient grand reporter puis chef de service Évènements à Madame Figaro. À ce jour, il n’a jamais quitté le monde du Figaro. Depuis 1999, il est d’ailleurs rédacteur en chef adjoint des trois magazines du journal.

 

Dans un même temps, Stéphane Bern se lance à l’assaut des ondes. Sur Europe 1 d’abord, il est en charge d’une chronique sur l’actualité royale de 1992 à 1997.

Philippe Bouvard le convie ensuite à la table des Grosses Têtes sur la concurrente RTL.

En 1999, France Inter fait appel à lui pour animer la tranche 11h-12h45.

Après 11 années à la tête de l'émission Le Fou du Roi, il retrouve à la rentrée 2011 la station RTL pour animer, toujours entouré de sa bande de chroniqueurs, A la bonne heure.

 

Mais c’est surtout à la télévision que Stéphane Bern se fait connaître du grand public.

Sur TF1, dès 1998, il devient le concepteur et l’animateur de « Sagas ». Auparavant, il avait collaboré aux premières émissions dites « people » à la télévision telles que « Famille je vous aime », « Les Grosses Têtes », « Echos de Stars », « Boulevard des célébrités » et « Célébrités ».

 

L’année 2003 marquera un tournant pour Stéphane Bern. En Septembre, il rejoint Canal+ pour prendre les commandes d’une quotidienne, 20h10 Pétantes. Avec Ariel Wizman à ses côtés, l’émission est un succès, et casse son image de commentateur mondain. En septembre 2006, après trois années sur la chaîne cryptée, et après être monté sur les planches dans la pièce Numéro Complémentaire, Stéphane Bern a choisi de relever un nouveau défi en rejoignant France 2 pour y animer L’Arène de France.

 

Depuis 2007, Stéphane Bern présente "Secrets d'Histoire" sur France 2, d'abord sous une forme dominicale hebdomadaire puis, depuis 2009, sous forme de prime-time estival et pendant la saison-2013-2014, devenu au fil des ans un rendez-vous incontournable et régulier sur l’Histoire diffusé à un horaire de grande écoute sur France 2, réunissant une moyenne de 3,5 à 4 millions de téléspectateurs.

 

Egalement présentateur d’émissions de divertissement sur France Télévisions en 2009-2010 : « Telle est ma télé », « Bouvard, 50 ans de rire », « 10 ans du Fou du Roi », « Eurovision », « la télé est à vous », « Tous vos amis sont là », « la maison préférée des Français », « le village préféré des Français », « le jardin préféré des Français », « Soir de fête à Versailles »… En novembre 2013, première émission d’une nouvelle marque « C’est votre vie » consacrée à Céline Dion. Il présentera pour la première fois à l’occasion des Journées du Patrimoine 2014, le « Monument préféré des Français ».

 

 

En 2010 commence l'aventure Comment ça va bien ?. Ce magazine d’après-midi diffusé du lundi au vendredi sur France 2 traite de l’art de vivre au quotidien sous la forme de tests réalisés par Stéphane Bern et son équipe.

 

Parallèlement, Stéphane poursuit ses travaux sur les têtes couronnées et publie de nombreux ouvrages tels que Diane de France, la princesse rebelle (2003), Rainier de Monaco et les Grimaldi (1999), Moi, Amélie, dernière Reine du Portugal (1997), La Monarchie dans tous ses Etats (1992) ou encore Mon Royaume à moi, le récit de son parcours atypique paru en 2000.

Son talent d’écriture et son imagination se concrétisent d’ailleurs à nouveau à l’automne 2006, avec la parution de son roman Un si joli monde, une satire de la mondanité.

En 2007, il publie un album en hommage à la princesse Grace de Monaco, Grace Kelly et un nouveau roman dont l'héroïne est Marie Blanc, la magicienne de Monte-Carlo, Plus belle sera la vie (Plon).

En 2009, il est en librairie avec trois nouveaux livres, un album sur les chiens royaux et présidentiels Une vie de chien (Albin-Michel), un roman dont l'action se situe en Grèce, Oubliez-moi (Flammarion) et un beau livre sur l'art de vivre dans les Highlands Au coeur de l'Ecosse (Flammarion) co-écrit avec Franck Ferrand, illustré par des photos de Guillaume de Laubier et préfacé par lady Cawdor.

 

En novembre 2010, il publie Secrets d'Histoire chez Albin Michel suivi en octobre 2011 de Secrets d'Histoire 2, puis Secrets d'Histoire 3 en 2012 et le dernier volume Secrets d’Histoire 4 en 2013. Le 5ème volume sortira en octobre 2014.

Au printemps 2012, il célèbre le jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II par un livre-album chez Albin Michel, « le destin d’une reine ». Portraits de cour, co-écrit avec Franck Ferrand, paru aux Editions du Chêne est sorti début novembre 2012. Ses derniers ouvrages, Le Bel esprit de l’Histoire et Châteaux Royaux de France, parus chez Albin Michel, sont quant à eux disponibles depuis 2013.

 

Président du Conservatoire de Musique du IXè arrondissement de Paris, il s’est investi depuis 2013 dans la sauvegarde et la réhabilitation du Collège Royal et Militaire de Thiron-Gardais (Eure et loir) dans le Perche et dont l’abbaye célèbre ses 900 ans en 2014.

 

Officier des Arts et des Lettres, Stéphane Bern a été décoré par le Grand-Duc de Luxembourg des insignes de Commandeur avec couronne de l’Ordre d’Adolphe de Nassau et fait officier de l’Ordre de Léopold par le Roi des Belges. S.M. La Reine Elizabeth II lui remettra les insignes de l’ordre de l’Empire Britannique le 5 juin 2014.


www.stephanebern.com

Prof. Dr A.N. Patrinos

Honorary Patron

Prof. Dr A.N. Patrinos

Honorary Patron


Dr Aristides Patrinos

Aristides Patrinos has always been a scientific mongrel.  “Anytime you start feeling comfortable in a scientific field you should push yourself out of it” he says, “just drilling down in any scientific field may be rewarding but would not stress the mind to open new vistas and to lay new pathways for the brain’s neurons.” Dr. Patrinos has followed that creed during his entire career.  A year ago he was riding high at Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) where with his colleagues and world renowned scientists Craig Venter and Nobel Laureate Hamilton Smith they were carving new breakthroughs in applying genomic tools to solve problems in medicine, energy, and the environment.  San Diego was also a great place to work with wonderful beaches and a climate that reminds one of Greece.  Today Dr. Patrinos directs research at a newly created Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) of New York University.  The brainchild of New York City Mayor Bloomberg CUSP is employing the tools of “big data” to the challenges of urban sustainability, including those in transportation, air quality, air pollution, noise, public health, and safety.  Working out of the center of New York’s urban jungle Dr. Patrinos is relishing the excitement of a “start-up” operation.  The world will add an additional two billion people by the middle of this century and most of them will be in cities that are already feeling the strains of overcrowdings.  New ways will have to be found to make urban life more sustainable and Dr. Patrinos is drawing from his experience at SGI and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to come up with those new ways.

Dr. Patrinos left DOE and joined SGI in 2006 after leading the Biological and Environmental Research Program for over a dozen years.  He became a leading authority on genomics, structural biology, global environmental change, nuclear medicine, and health effects.  He played a key role in the Human Genome Project, the signature project of modern day biology; launched the visionary Genomes to Life Program; and founded the DOE Joint Genome Institute.  At DOE Dr. Patrinos also was one of the founders of the international Global Change Research Program and of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  Many of his contributions are reflected in the scientific and policy frameworks of the U.S. during those years.  Among the most decorated DOE scientists Dr. Patrinos received three Presidential Rank Awards, two Secretary of Energy Gold Medals, and numerous honorary degrees.

 

Aristides Patrinos was born in 1947 and was raised in Alexandria and Cairo amid the very cosmopolitan and vibrant Greek community of Egypt.  His father was also born in Alexandria and his mother was born in Asia Minor’s Smyrna with all the ancestors hailing from the island of Chios.  He attended British schools until Nasser expelled the British so he switched to the Greek Abet School in Cairo and graduated in 1965.  He moved to Athens and attended the National Technical University of Athens where he studied mechanical and electrical engineering.  Upon graduation he travelled to the U.S. and studied at Northwestern University in Illinois.  He received his Ph.D. in 1975 and taught for a year at the University of Rochester in New York State.  From there he had stints at DOE National Laboratories in Tennessee and New York and settled in Washington DC where he eventually joined DOE. In 1980 he married Kathryn Hoff, whom he had met in Knoxville, Tennessee. They have two daughters : Maritsa (Patrinos’ mother’s name) and Thalia (Patrinos’ grandmother’s name).

Apart from his CUSP role Dr. Patrinos is also a professor of mechanical, chemical, and biological engineering at NYU.  In that capacity he still works part-time for SGI and in projects that involve synthetic biology approaches.  “Synthetic biology,” Dr. Patrinos says, “is biology’s new frontier.  Whereas the Human Genome Project has enabled ever faster and cheaper DNA sequencing the time has finally come for us to not just read DNA but also to write it and produce it.  This new technology will enable the synthesis of microbial cells with significant capabilities to among many things convert diverse feedstocks, including carbon dioxide, plants, and coal into next generation chemicals, fuels, and agricultural products that are both sustainable and environment-friendly.”  Dr. Patrinos feels particularly vindicated because his enthusiasm for synthetic biology in the early 1990’s was met with considerable skepticism but he persevered and pushed a very aggressive research program in synthetic biology by Craig Venter, Hamilton Smith, and their colleagues within both SGI and the not-for-profit J Craig Venter Institute.  Today, the results of this research are revolutionizing the fields of vaccines; renewable fuels, chemicals, and foods; and other agricultural products.

Today Dr. Patrinos continues his advocacy on Capitol Hill on behalf of sustainable solutions to our world’s energy and environmental challenges testifying before key Congressional committees.  Moreover, he continues to be involved in initiatives that are helping Greece recover from the grave economic crisis by stressing the importance of investing in scientific research and development that he believes is the best way to enable Greece’s economy to rebound from the disastrous recession of recent years.  Dr. Patrinos is proud of his service on the Board of Directors of Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN), a pioneering company founded by a fellow native of Chios (although of a rival village Kardamyla vs Patrinos’ Vrondathes) Panagiotis Tsakos.  TEN is the perfect example of how Greece needs to proceed in the years ahead in terms of work ethics and commitment.

At the purely personal level, Dr. Patrinos is a passionate acolyte of American Blues music and is devoted to the Rolling Stones and especially to the band’s lead guitarist Keith Richards.  He is also a big soccer (football) fan and in particular of AEK in Athens and of Arsenal in London.  


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Prof. Jacques Brotchi

Honorary Patron

Prof. Jacques Brotchi

Honorary Patron

www.brotchi.be

Luz Cazal

Honorary Patron

Luz Cazal

Honorary Patron

http://www.luzcasal.es/

Christophe

Honorary Patron

Christophe

Honorary Patron

http://www.christophe-lesite.com/

“Aimer ce que nous sommes” (AZ/UNIVERSAL)
An album recorded between Paris, Sevilla and London, with Christophe Van Huffel. A masterpiece which begins with the participation of Isabelle Adjani ("Wo wo wo wo"), is set ablaze with a gipsy choir ("It must be a sign"), knocks us out with a magnetizing hit ("Tonight Tonight"), climbs to amazing heights ("Parle lui de moi") and ends with the voice of Daniel Filipacchi ("Les voyageurs du train..."). An album whose recording included epic sessions with the legendary drummer Carmine Appice, Erik Truffaz and Jac Berrocal, Mark Cunningham and Murcof, Patrick Muller and Pamelia Kurstin, Florian Zeller, Marie-Pierre Chevalier, Marie Moore, and the great Emir Deodato at the head of the strings... And to orchestrate all of this, at the top of the pyramid Christophe, "the singer", the real conductor.
Daniel Bevilacqua, aka Christophe, was born October 13, 1945. As a kid, he listened to the blues, Robert Johnson and John Lee Hooker. As a teen, he was rushed by rock n'roll, Elvis and Little Richard. When he was 15 he formed his first band, Danny Baby et les Hooligans. He recorded his first 45 at seventeen, "Reviens Sophie" But it's the pop 'yeye' wave that absorbs him. He is number one on the charts in 1965 with his bluesy single "Aline" which he signs under the name Christophe.
He poses with the rest of the yeye generation on the poster of "Salut les copains" alongside Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Chantal Goya, Francoise Hardy, Sheila, Michele Torr, Claude Francois, Jacques Dutronc and Michel Polnareff. The problem is that Christophe is not a pop musician. He experiences with new styles and instruments, and continues to create hit singles throughout the 70, placing him at the same level as Bowie at that time. Then, finally he released his first album in 1973, "Les paradis perdus". By the end of the decade, after three other albums ("Les mots bleus" in '74, "Samurai" in '76 and "Le beau bizarre" in 78), Christophe has no more competition. When he turns 30 he already is all set for an eternal career as composer, singer and songwriter ("Les mots bleus", "Senorita", "Daisy", "La dolce vita"...) and is classified a French national treasure.

Lavrentis Machairitsas

Goodwill Ambassador

Lavrentis Machairitsas

Goodwill Ambassador

http://www.machairitsas.gr/

Jimmy Jamar

Goodwill Ambassador

Jimmy Jamar

Goodwill Ambassador

www.12hoursforgreece.eu

Jimmy Jamar, a Belgian national, is the Head of the European Commission Representation in Belgium. During his career in the Commission, he has constantly strived to improve the relations between the European Union and its citizens.

In 2012, Jimmy founded a charity association called "12 Hours for Greece", with the aim to collect funds, through the organisation of cultural events, to help organisations in Greece dealing with education, health and the fight against poverty. In 2014, he launched the initiative "Fuel for Schools" in partnership with the International Foundation for Greece, in order to raise money to heat schools in the poorer and more isolated regions of Greece. The project has received strong media and popular attention, both in Belgium and in Greece.

In October 2014, Jimmy Jamar was awarded by the Greek President the Gold Cross of the Greek order of Merit, and in December 2015 he became Goodwill Ambassador of the International Foundation for Greece.

Jimmy Jamar studied Law and International Relations. Since 2014, he has also written three books on Greece and Europe. He is married since 1992 to Ioanna Synadino.

 

Mario Frangoulis

Goodwill Ambassador

Mario Frangoulis

Goodwill Ambassador

www.mariofrangoulis.com

MARIO FRANGOULIS

2015 BIOGRAPHY

 

Mario Frangoulis is a Classical Crossover artist and tenor known the world over for his powerhouse vocals and charismatic live performances. Billboard calls him, “Daring and inspring!” while CNN.com says, “His world is distilled to pure sound, all voice.”

Born in Africa and raised in Greece, he studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was discovered by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, referred to by the New York Times as “the most successful, influential and powerful producer of our time.” Mackintosh immediately cast him to play Marius in Les Misérables in London’s West End and soon after, he was invited by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the role of Raoul in Phantom of the Opera to great critical acclaim. It was during this time, that Mario discovered the operatic side of his voice. As a winner of the Maria Callas Scholarship and Pavarotti competition, he found himself on a path to Italy to study with the late tenor Carlo Bergonzi. Upon the recommendation of one of his mentors, the legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, Mario went to Rome to audition for the acclaimed tenor Alfredo Kraus who was performing with Nicola Rescigno (Maria Callas’ favorite conductor). Both were impressed. Mario then became the only private student the late Kraus ever accepted. They traveled throughout the world, with Frangoulis studying and learning while Kraus performed. This intensive training cultivated Mario’s solid vocal technique and good high notes, both hallmarks of Kraus’ style.

He continued to cultivate his vocal skill at the Julliard School of Music in New York, studying under the guidance of Dodi Protero. Mario has performed in a wide range of roles in his career that have utilized his broad and deep skill set and talent– both as a singer and actor. In the New Millennium he won (out of thousands) the role of Tony in West Side Story and performed at Milan’s La Scala. He has played roles from the King and I with Barbara Cook, and Alfred Drake from Kiss Me Kate in the film De Lovely, performing the song “So In Love” with world-famous singer Lara Fabian, to lead roles in ancient Greek theater such as The Birds by Aristophanes and epic roles such as Dionysus, Achilles, and Prometheus performing in epic theatres such as Epidaurus in Greece and Pergamon in Turkey. 

His recording career launched when he was discovered by Peter Gelb, the head of Sony Classical, who now runs the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Since that time, he has completed over 15 personal recordings and sold over 1,000,000 albums worldwide. His debut as a Classical Crossover artist launched in 2002 with the release of Sometimes I Dream with a second album Follow Your Heart fast on its heels (2002, 2006). Both international albums solidified Mario as a top 3 Classical Crossover Artist on Billboard where he held the #2 and #3 positions with Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban for over 50 weeks. He is consistently ranked in the top 10 on international charts, and in 2011 was voted Best Male Classical Crossover Artist globally, recognizing him as one of the most important artists in the genre.

Mario Frangoulis is known for his refined vocal interpretations, and unique ability to sing in over 5 languages. He combines the classical and contemporary and loves to blend multiple styles (opera, pop, rock, folk, soul/R&B, world). He has performed with world-class artists from Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras to Lara Fabian and Sarah Brightman, to Justin Hayward and Klaus Meine; and orchestras such as the Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Novaya Opera of Moscow, and the Philharmonia Orchstra of London (to name a few).

Theatre Jones said, “Frangoulis has a simply beautiful voice. Enjoying a live performance of this sound was worth the price of admission. But he has more than this. His ability to rivet the adoration of the audience to his every motion was stunning.”

In late 2012, Mario was invited by Robin Gibb to record one of the last songs he ever wrote, “Daybreak,” from his epic composition The Titanic Requiem. In honor of Gibb, Mario performed it for the first time in an emotional concert recorded for public television in the USA with the historic Boston Pops at Symphony Hall with the acclaimed Keith Lockhart conducting. Mario Frangoulis Live With The Boston Pops, his 3rd public television special after Sometimes I Dream and Music Of The Night, aired in late 2012/early 2013 and has reached over 50M households throughout the USA and Canada airing mostly in prime time in the Top 10 television markets.

In 2015, Mario teamed up with 6-time Grammy winning maestro, arranger and producer Jorge Calandrelli to respond to his fans’ plea for a holiday album. The result is a world-class spiritual album — Tales of Christmas — released worldwide October 30, 2015. During the creation and recording of the album, Mario enjoyed over 30 major performances with highlights at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, a special piano-voice recital with maestro and pianist Eugene Kohn (Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Maria Callas’ accompanist in her famous “Master Classes” at Julliard in New York) at the foot of the Acropolis at the Herod Atticus Theatre, and a major solo performance in Dallas at the Winspear Opera House.

Frangoulis is beloved by his supporters and fans not only because of his vocal talent, but also because of who he is as a human being. Throughout his 25+ years on stage, he has been unwavering in his life-long commitment to humanitarian causes, especially those that pertain to the protection of children. He is an International Ambassador for the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in the United States and Canada, and Ambassador of Peace for Nobel Peace Prize Winner Betty Williams’ World Centers of Compassion for Children International in Europe. The list of charities and philanthropic initiatives he has supported over the years is long, and include the Jose Carreras Leukemia Foundation, Give US Your Poor, The Jericho Project, the Dalai Lama Center for Peace, Prince Charles of England’s Charities, UNESCO and many more.

As Mario says, “Ultimately, I believe that our lives and purpose should be about preserving what is good in this world – striving for peace and compassion – and doing this through music and an undying commitment to love. You have to show your personality, your character, and most of all your truth. You have to express the hopes of

your soul, and that’s what my music is about. It’s simply about what it means to be human… I of course want to be remembered as a talented artist, but most of all, I want to be remembered as a human being who did his part to make this world a better place.”

Sophia Kokosalaki

Goodwill Ambassador

Sophia Kokosalaki

Goodwill Ambassador

www.sophiakokosalaki.com

Yorgos Archimandritis

Goodwill Ambassador

Yorgos Archimandritis

Goodwill Ambassador

Yorgos Archimandritis is an author and journalist. He was appointed the Cultural Ambassador of Greece for the French Presidency in the European Union (2008), and was awarded the title of Knight of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Republic (2010).


He is the co-author (with Danielle Mitterrand, the former First Lady of France) of “Word by Word” ( Le Cherche Midi Editions). His biography of Greece’s most famous composer, Mikis Theodorakis, has been published by Patakis Editions (“Mikis Theodorakis-My Life”) and its French version by Actes Sud Editions (“Mikis Théodorakis par lui-même”). His book on Greece’s famous movie director Theo Angelopoulos has been published by Patakis Editions.


His cultural radio documentaries are also produced and broadcasted by National French Radio (France Culture).


He has a PhD in Comparative Literature (University Paris IV-Sorbonne), and is the author of “The Orpheus Myth in 20th Century Drama and Cinema.”

Olympia Krasagaki

Goodwill Ambassador

Olympia Krasagaki

Goodwill Ambassador

www.photomag.gr

Eleni Hatzi

Advisor

Eleni Hatzi

Advisor

Eleni Hatzi was born in Athens, Greece in 1970. She has studied Linguistics (BA, Kapodistrian University of Athens) with postgraduate studies in Classics / Homeric dialect and prehistoric writing systems of the Aegean and the Near East (Μ.Α - University of London). In 2006 she has published a collection of poetry under the title «Ορείχαλκος» (Gavrielides Editions). She has translated from English and edited a selection of poems «Samarkand and other poems» (Gavrielides Editions, 2011) by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka (Nobel prize in literature 1986). She has published her first novel titled «The Wizard» in 2011 (Gavrielides Editions). She has published her second novel titled «The pit of triumph» in 2013 (Livanis Editions). She has worked in advertising and book-publishing. She is supporting our cause with her creative thinking and deep knowledge of the Greek language and culture. 

Michaël Vlahogiannis

IFG Representative for the French-speaking Europe

Michaël Vlahogiannis

IFG Representative for the French-speaking Europe

Kostas Varotsos

Supporter

Kostas Varotsos

Supporter

Mr. Varotsos has designed the IFG logo and handcrafted the IFG Awards 2013.

http://www.costasvarotsos.gr/

NG Radio

Supporter

NG Radio

Supporter

New Generation Radio by Starwalkers

NG Radio.gr, the New Generation of Radio in Greece, was founded in 2008 by Haroula Nikolaidou, Anna-Maria Nikolaidou, Tassos Peroglou, Faia Steiner, Vassilia Peroglou, Isidore Pateros, Panos Spiridakos, Angelos Pateros, Foivos Piombinos, Maria Papaioannou and Chris Baldaris, with the aim to share their love for music and to develop through radio communication, friendly relationships with listeners throughout the world.

 

Main priority of the station is the freedom of opinion and expression of the radio producers, with respect towards listeners, as well as the “return” of the “old, good radio”, in an advanced and modern way.  Its radio installations are among the most advanced technologically, in terms of sound and image transmission, while - in parallel - the station provides to its radio producers hi-tech PCs and tablets, for their communication with listeners.

 

New Generation is an “alternative” and “young in spirit” web radio station, which transmits also images, being among the first in terms of listeners in Greece and, in its kind, globally.

 

Its strengths are the internet and all the modern media of communication, as it operates live throughout the world, being thus a cosmopolitan station, which gives the opportunity of listening to all Greeks, wherever they live in the world.

 

NG Radio has, as resources, 36 radio producers and is an active member in more than 40 social media, with loyal audience, who follows the station in all its activities to the public.

 

In 2012, its program “Special Music Express” was transferred for a year and was broadcasted from RealFM 97.8, with the name “The Angels of Real”, every Saturday and Sunday at 12.00 midnight, for three hours.

 

NG Radio was originally founded as not-for-profit society.  After the initial period, it became commercial, continuing though to keep its philanthropic profile.  Every year, it distributes a substantial part of its revenues to families in need at Perama (Attica),  to elderly houses and other institutions, which lately are more in need.