Marianna V. Vardinoyannis

Goodwill Ambassador, UNESCO, Greece


Marianna V. Vardinoyannis is a Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO for the protection of children, founder and president of the “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation”of the “ELPIDA Friends’ Association of Children with cancer” and of the “Orama Elpidas Association”.  

She has built up an extensive record of humanitarian work for the benefit of children and disadvantaged social groups in Greece and abroad, as well as on issues of peace, human rights, education, health, cultural heritage and dialogue among civilizations.  

She serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina where she founded and funds the “Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies”. She also serves as Trustee of the MENTOR Foundation against drugs and of the “Nizami Ganjavi International Center”, as a member of the Leadership Council of the “Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights” and of “Concordia”, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of “The Hellenic Initiative”, as founding member of the “Light of Africa Foundation”, as President of the Honorary Committee of the Special Olympics Hellas, and a member of many other organizations.

She holds a BA in History of Art and in Economics, MPhil in Archaeology as well as Honorary Doctorates in Laws, Philosophy and Human Studies. 

She has received numerous distinctions: Officer of the Legion d’ Honneur of the French Republic (2015), Chevalier of the Legion d’ Honneur (2006),  “Mother Teresa Medal” of the Albanian Republic (2015), “Golden Cross of the Order of Benefaction” of the Hellenic Republic (2002), Office of the Great Lady of the Patriarchal Throne of St. Mark (Patriarchate of Alexandria, 2008), “Ripple of Hope” Award of the “Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights” (2015), Grand Prix de la Charte de Paris contre le cancer-AVEC (2014), Athens Academy Award (2017 and 1997) and many others

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