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Dr. Petra Köppel-Meyer holds a PhD in didactics of foreign language learning. She was a University lecturer and an advisor on studying in Germany for the German Academic Exchange Service in Turkey and Iran.


She is working for Goethe-Institut since 2010 and has held different postings in Kiew, Madrid, Athens.


She currently serves as the Deputy Director of Goethe-Institut in Athens and the Head of the language department. She is also responsible for Goethe-Institut’s educational programs in Southeast Europe.

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Penelope Sotiropoulou studied German Language and Literature at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She holds a Master of Arts in personnel management and development of competences via new media from the Danube University Krems. Since February 2012 she has been working as a project coordinator for the Goethe-Institut Athen in several large scale projects, such as:

  • “Pre-integrative Language Training in Southeastern Europe”,

  • “Pre-integration in Southeastern Europe and Southeastern Asia”

  • “Schools: Future Labs”,

  • “Flight and Migration”,

  • “CRADLE – Creating Activity Designed Language Learning Environments for Entrepreneurship Education”,

  • “SIDiT: Supporting inclusion and diversity in teaching”

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Vasiliki Katsomaliari is a teacher and holds a postgraduate degree in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Athens. Since 2015, she has been working as a Project Manager in the civil society sector in Greece, with emphasis on the non-formal education and protection of children and youth.


She has led the design and implementation of diverse emergency aid and integration programmes for vulnerable populations, including refugees, asylum seekers, migrants etc., and has been supervising teams of teachers.


She is currently working as an Erasmus+ Project Coordinator for the Goethe-Institut Athens.

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