Welcome to THI/TNH Takeover! In collaboration with The Hellenic Initiative (THI), The National Herald and THI have begun a partnership to introduce the NEXTGEN of Greek/Cypriot ‘movers and shakers’ to the rest of our Diaspora community around the world. Established to inform its readers about all things related to our homeland and its respective communities throughout the world, TNH is now providing THI’s New Leaders (40-years-old and younger), with a new platform to showcase their ideas and to engage their communities in a deeper, more meaningful way while simultaneously building a bridge to Greece and Cyprus. Our next featured New Leader is Alkistis Meimaris. Get to know her below!
Last Name, First Name
What city do you live in?
Where in Greece are you from?
What motivated you to get involved with THI?
- The mission of THI. Helping people!
What do you hope to achieve through THI?
- To support and further the mission of THI
Favorite activity to take part in where you live?
Favorite place to take your non-Greek friends when they visit you in Greece?
Go-to Greek dish/drink when you’re missing the homeland?
- Kalitsounia and Tsikoudia
Favorite Greek product you can find outside of Greece?
Top three people of Greek/Cypriot descent you admire?
- Mikis Theodorakis
- George Papanicolaou – pap-smear developer
- Arianna Huffington
In addition to THI, how are you involved in/help the Greek/Cypriot community?
- Fundraising activities and supporting the community
What is the biggest crisis Greece/Cyprus faces today?
- In Cyprus the humanitarian issues, in Greece economic issues
One piece of advice an elder has given you that has proved invaluable?
- Lead with your mind and not with your heart
Favorite quote from a Greek philosopher?
- The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing – Socrates
One Greek/Cypriot tradition you’ll never stop keeping?
- Going to church and Anastasi
How has your Hellenic background helped shape who you are today?
- It has given me a sense of self. We are proud Greeks and have passed this on to our children.
- Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results