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CV Evangelos Avgoulas

Βαγγέλης Αυγουλάς

Evangelos Avgoulas was born in 1988 and raised in Ilion, where he currently lives and works. His family comes from Chania, Crete. He spent his early school life at the Center for Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind (CERB) in Kallithea. He then finished Primary School at the 35th School of Piraeus, participating in the “Helios” Pilot Education Program for the integration of blind students into a regular school classroom. During his high school years, he was distinguished serving as the school’s flag attendant at the 11th High School of Ilion. As a student of the 6th Unified Lyceum of Ilion, he was the flag carrier in national parades twice during the school years of 2005 and 2006. After graduating with an “Excellent” overall grade, he topped the Panhellenic Examinations and entered the Athens School of Law earning a performance award by the State Scholarships Foundation in 2007. He eventually received his Law degree with a GPA of 8.4/10.

With post-graduate studies in Civil Law, Evangelos now runs his own legal office, practicing courtroom advocacy, while he is also a scientific associate of the Metropolitan Bishop of Ilion, Acharnes and Petroupoli, Athenagoras, for social policy issues. Furthermore, he is also serving as a Regular Representative in Greece of VIEWS, the International Organization for the visually impaired, and Vice President of Career Sign, a civil non-profit company that is active in career consulting and professional guidance for disabled persons. Moreover, he is a founding member of the Hellenic U.S. Alumni Association, an association for past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs.

For 10 years, he has served in various elected positions at the Panhellenic Association of the Blind. In September 2018, he established Me Alla Matia, a civil non-profit company aiming to provide social care services. Among others, the company operates meallamatia.gr, the only fully accessible information portal in Greece and develops actions throughout Greece to raise awareness of disability among the general public. The most notable one of those actions has been the famous “Dinner in the Dark”, a series of innovative experiential events, aligned with the standards of the European version of these dinners.

From March 2017 to September 2020, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Seaman’s Home” (Oikos Naftou) Public Law Entity, a body responsible for the insurance and social benefits of active and retired seafarers and their families.

In July 2019, he assumes the Accessibility Consultant place in ReGeneration, the largest nationwide training and employment program, which ever since allows new graduates with disabilities to equally make their first steps in the labor market.

He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Agency for Local Development and Local Government (EETAA) from 11/03/2016 until 29/10/2019. During the last years, he has been a collaborator of the Association of Social Responsibility for Children and Youth (SKEP), assisting in the implementation of their various educational programs, offering hundreds of lectures to students of every level nationwide.

Moreover, he has been a Legal Advisor to various Employee Associations and the Federation of Three-Children Families (OPOTTE). From February 2015 until the calling of elections on the 20th of September of the same year, he worked as a Research Associate for the Minister of Health, Mr. Panagiotis Kouroumplis. He maintained this position during the term of the temporary government presided by Ms. Thanou. Furthermore, from September 2015 until November 2016, he worked in the Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform, again as a Research Associate for the same person. In his remit as a legal advisor, he was responsible for important aspects of social policy and legislature.

He has been assigned as Accessibility Consultant of the Hellenic Hoteliers Federation, and also a BoD Member of the “Tyrtaeus” Athletic Prefectural Union for People with Disabilities, whereas he has also served as its President. In January 2015, he was appointed as a member of the Health and Social Welfare Committee of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE) by a decision taken by the BoD of KEDE.

He speaks English and French; he has published over 2,000 articles in hard-copy and online media in Greece and abroad, while regularly writing on various issues regarding education, politics, society, and others for the meallamatia.gr social portal. He is one of “Dodeka” (Twelve) co-authors, the first crowdsourced novel in Greece.

Evangelos has been serving as a Member of the Accessibility Committee for Students with Disabilities of the University of Athens for 10 years. During 2013 and 2014, he was also a radio producer and executive of the thisisradio.gr Internet Radio Station.

He served as a member of the General Council of the National Federation of the Blind from 2012 to 2019, being the Federation’s Deputy Organizational Secretary during 2013 and 2014.

In 2010, he was elected as a Councilman for the Municipality of Ilion, alongside Mayor Nikos Zenetos, and from 2011 until 2014 he served as Deputy Mayor for Social Policy, Life Learning, Transparency, and E-Government. This made him the youngest Deputy Mayor and the only disabled person in such a position nationwide. In the regional and local elections of 2019, he was re-elected as local Councilman for the third term in a row. He resigned in June 2021, choosing to give a cross-party character to his new position, next to the Metropolitan Bishop of Ilion, Acharnes and Petroupoli.

From September 2014 until June 2015, he served as the Chairman of the “Phaethon” Intermunicipal Center for the Prevention of Addictions and the Promotion of Psychosocial Health. Since September 2014, he has been an appointed representative of the Municipality of Ilion, in the school councils of the Special Primary School and the Special High School and Lyceum of Ilion, under a unanimous decision of the City Council.

Evangelos has received many awards for his extensive social contribution by various Greek and international institutions, associations, and organizations.