About Giwa

  • To recognize Greek professional female talent worldwide
  • To identify the opportunities and challenges that these outstanding women have faced in the fulfilment of their dreams
  • To empower more Greek women to pursue with perseverance, grit and innovative thinking their ambitions
  • To provide a platform for organisations, business and individuals to engage with a high-end audience and promote themselves internationally
  • To bring together a remarkable group of influential people

Sofia Konstantopoulou, the Chair and Founder of GIWA, has worked all across Europe and she has evolved as a Corporate Marketing and PR specialist. After more than a decade working in organisations such as UNESCO and European Parliament and in the private sector in industries such as Luxury Retail, Banking and Shipping, she has specialized in the development of effective online and offline marketing, communication campaign and PR strategies. Sofia has organised numerous small and large scale events such as art exhibitions, fundraising galas, fashion shows, recitals, conferences and press conferences, offering a luxury experience to both the brands and the attendees. Through her career she has conducted Marketing campaigns for numerous companies, where her creativity and innovative ideas have rewarded her with the European award for the ‘Most Innovative Marketing’ in Europe representing Greece in CEBIT Dublin. Sofia since she was 20 years old hasn't stop promoting women, supporting them and standing for them. She has been the Cultural and Political adviser of the Euro-American Women Council, an executive member of the Greek Soroptimist Union and has worked for the 'Women of Europe Awards' by the European Parliament. She holds an MA at Arts Administration and Cultural Policy and an MA in International Politics. She states: ‘There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish. My advise to all women is to believe in yourself and negotiate for yourself. Own your own success.

Georgia Gavriilidou is a founding member of the GIWA awards and supports voluntarily the GIWA’s project management. Her involvement is primarily driven from her determination to help women fulfil their dreams and shutter, in the process, the glass ceiling. Georgia is a solicitor and currently holds the position of Legal Adviser at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) where she handles pharmaceutical and horizontal topics, as well as represents the EMA before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Before joining the Legal Department of the EMA, Georgia was working for a number of years as an Associate in a law firm in London. Georgia holds an LLB (University of Athens) and an LLM (University of Kent) in Medical Law and Ethics.

Naya Boltesou is a solicitor who was in private practice for ten years with a leading Greek law firm before being appointed general counsel for Grace Hotels, an international luxury boutique hotel group, based in London. She is foundation member of the GIWA project and provides voluntary support to the GIWA project’s management team. Her backing for the organisation is born out of a strong belief that, despite all the “gloom and doom”, initiatives like GIWA provide an incentive for all young people to “dream and be inspired” by women who (against the odds) have achieved exceptional international achievement. Naya holds an LLB (University of Athens) and an LLM (University of London)

Ioanna Paschalidou is currently a Principal at Henderson Park, responsible for the asset management for all asset classes, except for hotels. She has over 10 years of experience in real estate asset management across Europe. Before joining Henderson Park, Ioanna was a Principal at Blackstone in London, where she managed Blackstone’s German office and retail portfolios. Prior to Blackstone, Ioanna was a Senior Director in Development and Asset Management at Tishman Speyer in Frankfurt, managing assets in Germany and Italy, and before that was the Portfolio Manager for Tishman Speyer’s pan-European value add fund based in London. Ioanna began her career as an Analyst at J.P.Morgan Asset Management in London. Ioanna holds an MEng in Engineering, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Construction Economics and Management from University College London. She is fluent in English, French, Greek, and is proficient in German.

Fotini Vogiatzi, the Financial Coordinator of the GIWA, is a Certified Chartered Accountant and A member of ACCA. She has worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young, as a financial accountant, as an analyst for a Hedge Fund based in the UK, while currently she is working as Financial Director for a Group of companies in the primary health sector based in Greece. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance and an MSc in International Finance Investment and Banking.

Iro Koutsioumpa is an Architect Engineer and member of Technical Chamber of Greece. She graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – Architecture department and she gained her MSc in "Strategic Product Design" (IHU). She has participated in several workshops, seminars and architectural competitions. She is currently working as a freelance designer.

Maria Sarantopoulou is a member of the GIWA project and provides voluntary support. She is currently the Marketing Executive for Grace Hotels, an international luxury boutique hotel group based in London, contributing to the development and enhancement of the brand website, CRM and online advertising (PPC) campaigns and a full array of sales and marketing functions. Maria has worked in different hotel departments such as Food and Beverage and Human Resources and in a Destination Marketing Agency in order to understand the multifaceted nature of hospitality. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Yioula Araouzou is a Greek Cypriot woman based in Cyprus. She holds an Executive Secretarial and Public Relations Degree from the St' Godric's College in London, UK. She has been chosen to be the Ambassador of GIWA (Greek International Women Awards) in Cyprus. For a number of years, she has participated in the family Antique and Fashion businesses. Onwards, she has acted as a PR and Media Advisor for the GPA Company (Automotive, Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics). Mrs Araouzou has actively participated in various notable causes such as the charity work held by the Red Cross, the Sophia Foundation for Children, the Anti-Cancer Society as well as various other environmental charities. An enthusiastic collector of art work, Mrs Araouzou has been consistently promoting the work of Greek-Cypriot artists with emphasis on the work of new aspiring artists. Her extensive knowledge on contemporary art and styles has allowed her to act as matron to the arts in various occasions always in relation to mainstream international art tendencies but more importantly in relation to the need of depicting and representing Cypriot art abroad. A fashion aficionado, Mrs Araouzou has worked as a muse and PR Advisor to the fashion brand executed by her sister, Cypriot designer Elena Antoniades. Renowned for her enthusiasm in bringing forward the intersectional elements that inform both art and fashion, Mrs Araouzou has, in many occasions, supported Greek-Cypriot designers as well as various fashion-forward international branding platforms. Mrs Araouzou takes great pride in her work towards the promotion of equality standards in business. An avid supporter of feminist issues as well as an ardent advocator for human rights, Mrs Araouzou has expanded her interests in establishing equal opportunities for Cypriot women in business and art worldwide. A goal-centered individual, Mrs Araouzou has accepted the key role of GIWA Ambassador humbled with the honor bestowed on her and always with the best interest in mind of Greek Cypriot women who are currently striving to succeed in business, science and art.        

  • Candidates submit their applications through the GIWA website
  • Eligible applications will be placed for public voting through the GIWA website
  • The five (5) shortlisted candidates per category (majority voting) will be reviewed and assessed by the category’s GIWA Judges panel (3 judges per category).
  • The Judges will assess the CV, the motivation letter and/or any support material. The Judges reserve the right to run an interview (live or skype). The Judges will have to justify how the finalist candidates meet the winning and awarding criteria
  • The announcement of the GIWA award winners will occur on the GIWA awards ceremony, which will be held in December 2017.

Terms and conditions of GIWA procedure

Please join us for an evening of celebration of Greek International women's successful professional stories and announcement of the GIWA winners. 

When: Saturday, 9th December, 2017

Where: British Museum
Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

The awards ceremony will be presented by Ms. Alexandra Paschalidou & Mr. Alexandros Kostalas.

6.30pm Arrivals and Musical Performance by
             Mr. Michalis Iskas, Viola
             Ms. Kalliopi Mitropoulou, Violin
             Mr. Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade, Accordion
7pm Ceremony
8.15pm Reception
Musical Performance by Leon of Athens & Music by DJ Avgoustinos, Hellenic Nights London
10:30pm Closing

View the GIWA finalists here.

Our Emblematic GIWA Identity is Designed by Natassa Lianou & Ermis Chalvatzis


‘The Design of the GIWA Icon Identity and ‘The Rise’ Award Statuette are inspired by the ethereal yet dynamic nature of each and every woman. The concept and goal of our design is to create a fresh Icon, so distinct, so unique and feminine, able to highlight the passion of each and every woman for life, progress and success. The GIWA Icon and ‘The Rise’ Award, represent a contemporary symbol of the Wings, a timeless and powerful symbol of constant progress and triumph. Our vision for these emblematic designs, are to manifest and inspire the innovative, confident, balanced and dynamic side of each woman leading towards excellence and success, towards the Apex, towards your Rise!'
Natassa Lianou & Ermis Chalvatzis