Irida Center

Chloe Kousoula

Director & Co-Founder

Matthew Sheppard

Executive Director

Efthimia (Effie) Karagianni

Head of Protection

Erietta Theodosiadou

Head of Operations

Lydia Siapardani

Head of Media & Advocacy

Lia Kallini

Irida Project Manager

Roos Bastiaan

Irida Activities Coordinator

Alexandra (Alex) Mitchell

Reception/Community Officer

Ivi Psalti

Administrative/CWC Officer

Lia Kallini - Project Manager

With 20 years of experience in labour, migration and refugee law, Lia has been working in the humanitarian sector as a protection and legal expert, since 2016.
After a long-term "love affair" with Intervolve and Irida Center's mission and values, she finally joined the team.  With her current role, she provides support and responds to the constantly increasing needs of refugee, migrant and displaced women.

Roos Bastiaan – Irida Activities Coordinator

Roos grew up in the Netherlands. She studied Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and obtained a master's degree in Safety Science at the University of Antwerp. Her interests have been revolving around displaced people. She worked as a project manager for Flemish Refugee Action on a project for young refugees. She volunteered on Lesvos as assistant coordinator for the Psycho-social mission of Boat Refugee Foundation and as team leader at Showerpower. At Irida, Roos coordinates our programming and our activities.

Elissavet (Elli) Hitsiou - Activity Trainer

Elli studied Social and Economic Archaeology of Greece and the Mediterranean. For the last 15 years, she has been working as a researcher and teacher for the secondary and higher education sector, in England, the Netherlands and Greece. Owing to her postgraduate and postdoctoral studies, she has developed a genuine interest in inequalities, particularly those pertaining to social class and gender relations.

Ivi Psalti – Administrative Support

Ivi majored in Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies with a specialization in Politics of Eastern Countries, and graduated with an MA in Politics and Economics of Contemporary Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Her research in regard to Securitization and Refugee Crises had left her with a desire to take action. Ivi believes that when women support and build each other up, amazing things can happen. She strives for a brighter tomorrow!

Lydia Siapardani – Head of Media & Advocacy                     

Lydia holds two degrees in Political Science & International Relations. Since her college years, Lydia has been interested in gender issues and women's empowerment. Within her current role, she wishes to voice up gender inequalities, fighting for a safer and more inclusive world for all women across the world. Because "when the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful"-Malala Yousafzai.

Alexandra (Alex) Mitchell – Reception/Community Officer

Alex came to Greece in early 2016 to volunteer in response to the refugee crisis, and worked in many camps in Northern Greece. Before coming to work in InverVolve, she lived and worked in several different countries such as the United Kingdom, Chile, Germany and Morocco. She speaks English, French, some Greek, and is fluent in Arabic.

Kyriaki (Kiki) Orologa – Children and Family Unit Officer

Kiki holds a bachelor degree in Politics and International Relations with a concentration in the Balkans and Middle East. Growing up in a large family, she soon realized that the well-being and good mood of the people around her is essential. Being part of Irida helps her to achieve one of her personal goals in life: to make people smile

Erietta Theodosiadou – Head of Operations

Erietta studied Physics in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki but the humanitarian sector has since become both her interest and passion. When the European borders closed in 2015, she began volunteering at the Greek border town of Idomeni serving hot tea and a bit of warmth to refugees trapped there. In October 2016, she joined InterVolve’s work in Softex Camp, supporting in distribution and warehouse management, and she has remained with our team until today.

Efthimia (Effie) Karagianni – Head of Protection

Since 2016, Effie has worked in the humanitarian sector as a social worker within multicultural team contexts. Her work has required her to build an in-depth understanding of Protection regarding prevention and response.
Today she is helping women to survive and rebuild their lives, through coaching and support. Something she has learnt along the way: when we create a safe and inclusive environment for women and train them on using their own strengths and unique skills, every day wonders happen transforming the world into a better place!

Matthew Sheppard - Executive Director

Matthew spent his early professional years in business and the arts as an auctioneer and realtor and as a film actor and musician. He had been travelling by bicycle across Canada and Europe in 2015 when he was alerted to and responded to the emerging events in Lesvos at the time. He joined InterVolve in early 2016 and has since permanently relocated to Northern Greece where he has started to lay roots with a growing family.

Chloe Kousoula - Director & Co-Founder

Chloe is a Greek American who returned back to her family’s home town of Thessaloniki. With a background in social studies but a career in the private and public sector until her mid thirties, she created Intervolve in 2015 in response to the deplorable conditions in Eidomeni, one of the most controversial situations in Greece and a true humanitarian crisis.
She is now a devoted mother while maintaining an active role in the community and the CEO of the organization

Christina (Christa) Calbos - Head of Irida Programs

Christa holds a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Global Justice and Gender, and an MA in Cultural Studies. Her interest in human rights (and how to support communities in accessing and exercising them) has driven her to pursue work and studies in multicultural communities throughout the U.S, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe. Since 2015, Christa has been working in refugee and migration response on both the islands and mainland of Greece. She believes travel can cure almost any ailment, and that when you invest in women, you invest in community!

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