Tania Akritidou

Tania studied Business Economics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She began her carrier in Public Relations and later on got involved with non-profit organizations, such as the UNESCO Center for Woman and Peace in the Balkan Countries. Founding out that she had a talent for bringing people together, she moved to the Conference and Events Sector, which remains her field since 2003. During her 10-year career in Symvoli –Conference & Cultural Management, she has managed and developed various projects ranging from national and international scientific conferences to cultural events. She has been involved in institutions such as the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Photo Biennale of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.

Her next step, researched during eager-to-move-ahead hours, is to create and manage guerilla and experience events. She believes in the power of the unusual, the unexpected and the unprecedented since she is convinced that staying in one’s comfort zone has never truly benefited anyone.

She has been a member of the TEDxThessaloniki family since 2010 and what she mostly loves about it is the dynamic and creative interaction between all members of the team. She finds the fact of people of completely different background coming together to serve a common goal absolutely inspiring.

Tania is a great team player, but equally enjoys the role of a team leader. She likes to use all her senses to appreciate her everyday life, travels to discover and has an eye for innovative and constructive ideas. Until being able to travel the Silk Road by land, she swears by a Chinese proverb that says: “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.