Theodoros Skylakakis (born on October 18th, 1959 in Athens) is a Greek MEP, member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and President of the party “Drasi”.
In 1981, he graduated with honors from the Economics Department of the University of Athens and holds a MBA from City University of London and a diploma from the British Market Research Society Market Research. He also holds a doctorate from the University of Athens. He has worked in the advertising and communications since 1985 and had founded two companies (1994 and 2000). He is married to lawyer Helen Papapanou. They have two daughters, Marianna and Irene.
In 1989, he served as Advisor to the Prime Minister and from 1989 to 1990 as Advisor to the Minister of National Defence. From 1990 to 1993 he served as Advisor to the Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis and Head of the Office of Planning and Communication. In 1999, he was among the cofounding members of “The Liberals” and became the party’s first Secretary General. From 2003 to 2006 he was Deputy Mayor of Athens. From 2003-2004, he was responsible for the preparation of Athens for the Olympics. From 2006-2009 he served as Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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