A versatile and ambitious professional with sound government and media expertise that possesses strong leadership qualities, the ability to work well under pressure and a solid networking base that includes key political figures, industry leaders and professionals across all sectors on three different continents.
Dec 2010 - Present
Government Relations & Investment Procurement Officer
AG Tech Holdings
In my current role as a Government and Investment Adviser for AG Tech Holdings, I assist this Cypriot company in a variety of roles that include Government Relations and Investment Procurement. Based in Cyprus, with offices in Larnacca, Athens, London, Melbourne, New York and Miami, AG Tech Holdings and their subsidiary company MobeeTel Communications are a telecommunications company with a variety of services. My duties include handling all their dealings with the governments of Greece, Cyprus and Australia. This includes researching and then negotiating business funding packages available, along with tax breaks, but also getting the firm involved in various government funded trade missions. To ensure maximum success this position requires me to have strong networking skills and long lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with representatives of these governments, including Ministers, Ministerial Advisers, Department Heads and Personnel. I also assist in ensuring the firm can attract new investors and raise the necessary venture capital funds required for such a cutting edge technological firm as AG Tech Holdings.
Feb 2003 - Present
During my time as a journalist I have been responsible for researching and writing my own material on a cross section of issues including politics, current affairs, business, sport, entertainment and arts. Other responsibilities include interviewing relevant talent and organising photo opportunities. Highlights during my time as journalist include covering the Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the FIFA 2001 World Club Championships in Brazil, the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week, the Mercedes Fashion Week in Sydney, the Australian Grand Prix and many other key sporting and fashion events. I broke several key stories on a range of issues, including an election scandal within the Greek Community and a campaign that led to Football Federation Australia hosting the Australia v Greece football international friendly in Melbourne. I continue to work for the publication as its Athens correspondent, writing up to five stories a week from Greece on many different issues which have included the Greek Financial crisis and subsequent austerity measures and the reactions to them, the Euroelections, the new Acropolis Museum and the introduction of a smoking ban in Greece. I also compiled a series of stories on the Greeks of America, traveling to the United States twice in the last 18 months for research and then writing the stories which were accompanied by photos I took myself.
Sep 2007 - Dec 2009
In my capacity as an Adviser in the Office of the Victorian Minister for Industry & Trade, Major Projects and Information, Communication & Technology, I developed a new set of skills, including strategic policy making, project facilitation and analytical thinking. It was crucial that I had a great understanding of the political landscape and knowledge of all issues and stakeholders in my portfolios, which include International Trade, the Financial Services Sector and the Defence Industry. I provided timely, accurate advice for the Minister via the preparation of briefs and other advice by maintaining a solid understanding of key issues and how to achieve best coverage for government. This included anticipating and creating good media opportunities for the Minister ensuring a well structured media calendar with maximum exposure of the governments’ key messages. I played a key role in the development of strategic emerging policies and project facilitation, including the Victorian Financial Services Policy, the Industry & Manufacturing Statement, specific Industry plans (including Defence Industry and Fashion Industry), the Trade Missions program and the Victorian Exports program. I worked closely with my fellow advisers to ensure the Minister is adequately prepared for Parliament by providing for him the correct advice and materials. I had the added responsibility to deliver well structured travel programmes for any Ministerial trips overseas. It was imperative that every detail has been covered ensure the trips achieve the best possible outcome. This assisted me in fine tuning organisational and time management skills. During my time in this role I accompanied the Minister on two overseas trips, one to Greece in November 2007, and a second trip to Japan and Singapore in March 2008. Through good preparation and my extensive network in Athens, we were able to secure meetings with eight Greek Ministers, including the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Minister for Economy and Finance, followed by an audience with the President of the Hellenic Republic, the highlight of our trip. In Japan our trip centred on high level negotiations with Toyota, which resulted in the leading auto-manufacturer’s decision to produce 10,000 hybrid Camry vehicles each year in Melbourne, beginning 2010, a move that will contribute approximately $150 million a year to the state's GDP. In Singapore, the Minister and I held key meetings with large multinational firms, including Singapore Airlines and SingTel. Together with the two ministerial trips, in October 2008 I visited Athens unaccompanied for a second round of discussions with the Greek Government and key business leaders in an effort to further develop the relationship between Greece and Victoria. Other key enterprises that I was involved with include the BankWest project, which was finalised in May 2008 and will generate 700 new jobs in retail banking over the next four years, and preparing Victoria’s bid to be the home of key carbon market institutions, including the regulator and exchange for the Federal Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.
Jun 2006 - Sep 2007
As the Editor of a weekly publication (circulation 30,000 – readership approx. 70,000) that catered for the Greek Australian community my duties included coordinating a team of writers, photographers and designers to produce the 32-page weekly newspaper and maintain the publication's website which was updated daily. I organised editorial meetings, delegated tasks to relevant staff members and assured that all responsibilities were completed before deadline. I maintained ongoing monitoring of issues, researched relevant stories and wrote, edited and sub-edited both my own work and that of others. I became fluent in the use of InDesign and gained a strong working understanding of Photoshop and Quark. During my time as editor the newspaper made some key transformations that helped make it more relevant to its readers. Its improvement in all sections was widely recognised by members of the community, including political figures and community leaders. Throughout my time as editor we broke several key stories and published highly successful supplements on food, education and football.
Jun 2005 - Aug 2007
News Reporter / Content Producer
As a casual staff member of the Alchemy team at SBS Radio I was responsible for researching, writing and producing my own segments for radio. Duties included interviewing the relevant talent and then using their sound bites to create mini segments. Because Alchemy is a youth orientated show the skills required for producing are more abstract than straight forward cut and paste voice editing, so I have developed skills using various sound and programming software. In the short time I was involved with SBS Radio I was fortunate enough to interview a diverse range of talent including the Catholic Archbishop of Australia, Victorian MP John Pandazopoulos, fashion designer Alex Perry, Socceroo stars Stan Lazaridis, Michael Valkanis and Ljubo Milicevic, photographer Mick Tsikas and many others. Simultaneously I also worked for the SBS Radio news desk, researching and writing concise bulletins, my stories were then translated into more than 80 languages and broadcast over the networks various language programs.
Jun 2007 - Aug 2007
During my very short time with RMIT University I was employed as a casual Communications Officer in their Media & Communications Department writing copy for the University’s website. This included conducting research, interviewing talent, writing and editing stories about University life, including stories on students, staff, programs and achievements. I actively assumed responsibilities of covering the University’s many sporting teams, including its football side, the Redbacks, which was crowned Australian University Football Champions in 2007.
Feb 2000 - Dec 2002
Bachelor of Arts
This is an integrated, career-oriented program that has helped prepare me to work in a range of occupational positions across the world. The course took a new, dynamic and innovative approach to globalisation and international relations by focusing on global interconnectedness with the local and the regional; cultural, linguistic and religious diversity; and international and cross-cultural professional practice. As part of the three-year course I was expected to complete a six month international internship enabling me to apply my knowledge of globalisation, language and culture in international workplace settings. My internship was completed in 2001 in Greece where I spent three months working at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a further three months at the Athens 2004 Olympic Organising Committee. My role at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs was based in the Department for Greeks Abroad, where I helped maintain open lines of communication between the Greek Government and the hundreds of Greek communities scattered around the world. Following that I spent three months at Athens Olympic Organising Committee, working in the Communications Department. While there I assisted with the writing of media releases while also playing a key role in the establishment of an extensive database of media organisations from around the world.