Eight distinguished Greek nationals living abroad on Thursday received the first ‘Argo’ prizes. The awards ceremony was held at the Athens Concert Hall on Thursday evening. The reception was hosted under the auspices and in the presence of President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
The Argo prizes were introduced to help the achievements of Greeks abroad become more widely known in Greece. The prizes were instituted roughly 10 months ago by the “Network of Greeks of the European Union.” The organisation is currently based in Brussels.
The eight prizes will be awarded each year to outstanding Greeks who are not involved in activities that get worldwide coverage. The host aims to shed greater publicity on these feats and inform Greek citizens of their existence.
The eight individuals awarded in 2019, the inaugural year for the prizes were:
- Mary Katrantzou, fashion designer (UK) – Entrepreneurship prize
- Auxentios Kalagos, cardiovascular surgeon and professor (Switzerland) – Humanitarian Contribution prize
- Katerina Stefanidi, Olympic medallist (US) – Sports prize
- Maria Themeli, professor of medicine (Netherlands) – Innovation prize
- Athena Kousteni, astronomer specialising in space exploration (France) – Science Prize
- Yorgos Lanthimos, film director (US) – Culture and Arts prize
- Andromache Karakatsani, Supreme Court judge (Canada) – Contribution to Public Affairs prize
- Konstantin Filippou, celebrity chef (Austria) – Gastronomy prize