Who we are

We are five people, based in Greece, from diverse backgrounds in CCIs, social innovation and green, and at different stages in our lives. During the first lockdown, we found ourselves with the same urge to continue our exploration in the non-profit sector in sustainable ways.

We created KOLLEKTIVA, named after a spontaneous description of our weekly online meetings. KOLLEKTIVA is home for our ideas, our initiatives, bringing to life individual or collective projects that serve our common cause and principles.

KOLLEKTIVA came out of our need to do things not only differently but truthfully and realistically. We aspire to think without preconceptions, beyond buzzwords and experience change as a hands-on human-centered process.

KOLLEKTIVA is a non-profit organization that works at the intersection of social innovation, culture and sustainable development to encourage positive transitions to more fair and viable futures.

Amalia Zepou, Social Innovation advisor

Amalia Zepou co-founded Kollektiva NGO in 2020 and recently partnered with a European consortium to set up a Competence Center for Social Innovation in Greece funded by the European Social Fund. She is also collaborating with OHI PEZOUME NGO for the project STARTS4Water. Between 2014 and 2019, she served as vice mayor for civil society and innovation at the Municipality of Athens. In 2013, she created a civil society platform “synAthina” which was further developed into an idea that won the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge award in September 2014. SynAthina led to projects in the Athens administration based on new collaborative processes with civil society and to the nomination of Athens as European Capital of Innovation in 2018. Prior to the Municipality she was working as an independent documentary producer. She has a B.A. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics (1987) and an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York (1991).

Sophia Handaka

Sophia Handaka is co-founder, lead member of the Organizing Committee and Host of the yearly CoMuseum Conference, organized by the Benaki Museum, the U.S. Embassy and the British Council, as well as Curator of World Cultures at the Benaki Museum.

Holding a DPhil from the University of Oxford, Sophia is a Social Anthropologist specialized in Museums and Material Culture with 20 years of experience in museums and cultural heritage. During her years at the Benaki Museum she has planned and implemented numerous exhibitions, publications, cultural events, public programs, research and scientific projects, development projects and cultural synergies. For 2017-2019 she collaborated with the City of Athens through the R.O.C.K. project, as an expert for the development of a specific methodology to enhance access to culture by empowering bottom-up cultural initiatives.

Sophia has been invited in selection juries, workshops, special consultations and public talks. From 2005-2007 she taught at the University of Thessaly, Dept of History, Archaeology & Social Anthropology. She is member of Bosch Alumni Network and a 2019 fellow of the International Visitor Leadership Program. She is founding member and Vice-President of the NPO HOPEgenesis, for the fight against birth deficit in Greece.

Katerina Gkoutziouli

Katerina Gkoutziouli is a curator, researcher and project manager based in Athens, Greece. Her research focus is on art and digital culture and its impact on public and networked space exploring issues related to cultural identity, network politics, surveillance in and on the Internet, data-mining, big data and emerging AI technologies.

She has worked as a curator, researcher, mentor, cultural consultant and project manager in public institutions and cultural organisations, such as the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Goethe Institute in Athens, the Athens Digital Arts Festival, the Municipality of Athens, the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency, the Benaki Museum, SIGGRAPH Festival, Bios-Romantso, among others. She has curated exhibitions, workshops and collaborative projects with international artists and curators for different institutions as well as independently. She has also written essays and articles for art publications and online media on issues related to digital culture and the regeneration of public spaces through culture. She holds an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Westminster (London, UK) and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Athens. She is a Fulbright Fellow.

Matina Magkou

Matina Magkou is a freelance consultant specialised in cultural cooperation, cultural policy and audiences. As part of her consulting projects, she has worked on the development of a toolkit for fair cultural relations for EUNIC (2022), the evaluation of cultural networks (ENCATC /2019-2021 and Eurozine /2021) and cultural cooperation projects (Culture@WorkAfrica for Interarts and STARTS-Cultural Exchange for Goethe Institute), the OiRA platform for risk assessment for the live performance sector for Pearle* and European social partners (2013-2016). She is also Board member and responsible for international development and communications for the Athens-based artistic and community organisation, UrbanDig Project (since 2015).

Matina is a post-doc researcher at the SIC.Lab of the University of Côte d’Azur researching on intermediatery cultural spaces in Greece, Spain, France and Brazil. She is also pursuing an EMBA at the IAE of Nice Graduate School of Management. She holds a Doctorate in Leisure Studies and Human Development from the University of Deusto, Bilbao (cum laude thesis on the evaluation of international cultural cooperation projects). She has also served as the Head of Communications and Outreach of Athens Development and Destination Management Agency, as Public Relations officer at the European Parliament, DG Communication at the Madrid office, as a Senior Film Festival Operations Manager at the Doha Film Institute and the Athens Festival, and as responsible for Public and International Relations for the ECOC Patras 2006, among others.

Alexis Galinos, Executive Director BoD, Organization Earth, Vice President, Athens-Epidaurus Festival 

Alexis Galinos currently serves as Executive Director of the BoD of Organization Earth as well as Vice President at the Athens-Epidaurus Festival. Alex holds extensive experience in local sustainable development, having designed and deployed (on behalf of the Municipality of Athens), one of Europe’s first Integrated Territorial Investments. Moreover, Alex has worked extensively on Public Private Partnerships, urban regeneration and place-making, having focused on stakeholder engagement and co-creation. Previous posts include Managing Director of the Municipality of Athens Development Agency, Special Secretary and Senior Advisor at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and external consultant of the World Bank. Alex Galinos has worked in Greece, USA, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from Bates College.