Maria Papamichail is the Director of Communication and strategic planning of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy.
Mrs Papamichail was born, grew up and studied in Athens. She graduated with honours from the Greek-French High School of Ursulines and continued to participate actively in the Alumni Association of the Schoon (Amicale, Aussi). After she completed her studies in the classical department of Greek Language and Literature at the School of Philosophy of Athens, she was admitted by competitive examination in the Law School of Athens where she attended the two-year postgraduate programme on European Studies and matters of Diplomacy. Her internship was focused on energy policy and in particular on the geostrategic installation of pipelines in Caspian Sea.
Initially, as an expert user of the French language, she worked as a French teacher and later as a secretary in the Department of Public Relations and Scholarships of the College of Athens. Later she was chosen as a special adviser in the Greek Parliament in order to support the works of the Greek delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe for five consecutive years.
After following the procedures of ASEP, she was appointed as a court officer in the Investigation Department of the Court of First Instance in Nafplio and then in the Criminal Department of the Court of the Second Insance in Nafplio. She also worked for some time in the Ministry of Defense on matters of cooperation with the European Union and International Organisations, and then in the Central Service of the Ministry of Justice. At the same time, she attended many educational seminars on communication, on the achievement of agreements, and on human resources management.
She loves black and white photography; she has participated in exhibitions of University of Athens and in contests on sports photography (and received the 3rd Camel Trophy Award). She enjoys finding an escape into nature, participating in mountaineering expeditions, and in order to be further trained, she has completed specialized seminars for heads of climbing. She has also participated in groups that organized cultural events and mountain races, and cooperated with entities such as the local authorities, Garmin, and the Cultural Institute of the Piraeus Bank.