Erika Spagakou is the Co-founder, and Director of Outreach and Administration of Ecogenia. She holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, and an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development from the University College London. Following her graduation, Erika worked at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for the Environment in Brussels, where she supported the Commission’s consultations with third countries in preparation for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Her diverse portfolio in public affairs and strategic development allows Erika to grasp complex development-policy challenges across a variety of socio-cultural contexts. She is driven by her vision for social impact, human development, and sustainability. Recognizing the vast potential of Greece and her love for the homeland, Erika aspires to ignite a cultural shift in Greece whereby civic service presents an opportunity to retain young talent in the country, all the while driving sustainable development for Greece.
Lia Papazoglou is the Co-founder and Program Director of Ecogenia. She graduated with a BA in International Affairs and Environmental Studies from Wagner College in New York City. She served as an AmeriCorps member twice. She was first a member of the inaugural NYC Civic Corps working to build capacity in low-income communities through revitalization projects, adult and childhood education, and financial literacy with New York Cares. Then, Lia served as a Development Fellow at GRID Alternatives focusing on renewable energy access, education, and workforce development projects. After nearly 10 years in the social impact and renewable energy space, she received her MSc in Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey in the U.K., graduating with distinction. Lia now also serves as the Climate Programs Director for the Business Council on Climate Change in San Francisco, working to incubate and scale climate solutions in the Bay Area and beyond. She has been working in the nonprofit and social impact sectors for over 12 years, with expertise in programme design, development, and management. She has a demonstrated passion for civic engagement and its intersection with sustainability. Lia also brings her 20 years of experience working with youth. This includes managing youth-based volunteer projects, writing curriculum and trainings for youth and volunteers working with youth, and overseeing extra-curricular youth development in various capacities.