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Stefanos Tamvakis

Stefanos Tamvakis

Stefanos P. Tamvakis was born in Alexandria on the 27th of June, 1952.

He studied both in Egypt and the UK. Apart from his native language, he speaks fluently Arabic, English and French.

In 1976, he returned to Egypt to manage along with his cousin Stefanos Th. Tamvakis, the family business of foodstuff, under the trade name “St. George’s Egypt” – Est. 1905.

He first became involved in community service in 1976, on the Board of the “Aeschylus-Arion” Benevolent Society, on the footsteps of his father, Pavlos St. Tamvakis, former President of the same club.

In 1984, he was elected on the Hellenic Community of Alexandria Board. His immediate concern was the reform and development of the “Kaniskeris-Antoniadis” Old Folk’s Home.
In 1990, he was elected President of the Hellenic Community of Alexandria (EKA), at the age of 38.

During his term of office as President of EKA, he organized the celebrations for the 150 years of the Community’s existence (1993). His actions were influential for the installation of the statue of Alexander the Great in Alexandria (1999).

He re-established the community press in Egypt, with the publication of the communal newspaper “Patrida”, succeeding simultaneously in advancing an even closer collaboration with the Hellenic Community of Cairo, in all fields of interest.

His excellent relations with the Egyptian government and close ties with the Governors of Alexandria constitute a major factor in the promotion of issues of concern to the Greeks of Egypt and Hellenism in general.

In 1995, he was elected Vice-President of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), and was unanimously re-elected three consecutive times.

During his term of office as Asia-Africa Vice President, he systematically and consistently developed the communications network of Greek expatriates living in the Asia-Africa Region, contributing significantly to the resolution of the existing problems. He organized the 1st Asia-Africa Regional Convention (Alexandria, 1996) and two conventions of the SAE Asia-Africa Youth Network (Alexandria, 1999 Johannesburg, 2001). His collaboration with the younger generation led to the networking and mobilization of young people of Hellenic origin residing in the African Continent.

In 2001, he participated in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ mission to Sudan, which was aiming at a fair treatment of eminent expatriates, unjustly held in Khartoum’s prisons.
In December 2001, he was elected SAE Alternate President and was assigned to coordinate and develop issues relating to Youth and Education.

His main area of responsibility involved the development of the organization’s communications policy, with the objective of informing the Greek, Cypriot and Expatriate public of SAE’s work and activities.

In March 2002, he stepped down from the Presidency of the Hellenic Community of Alexandria and was unanimously awarded the title of EKA Honorary President by the Community’s General Assembly.

In May 2003, he was elected Board Member of the “Alexandros S. Onassis” Public Benefit Foundation. His collaboration with the Foundation dates back to his Presidency of the Hellenic Community of Alexandria.

In December 2006, he was elected SAE President.

Since January 2009, he is member of the first-elected Board of the Hellenistic Studies Centre of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, founded under the partnership of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the “Alexandros S. Onassis” Public Benefit Foundation, the Vardinogiannis Foundation and the University of Alexandria.

His vision for SAE and Hellenes living throughout the world is expressed by the diffusion and preservation of the Greek language and civilization, the global elevation of the Hellenic element’s dynamism, the rallying, involvement and appraisal of our youth in community activities, as well as SAE’s financial autonomy, with the purpose of realizing programs and actions to the benefit of Hellenism.

Cyprus, and the struggle for the resolution of the Cyprus Question, is – and continues to be – one of the fundamental pillars of his policy, and to this end he cooperates closely with the government of the Republic of Cyprus, POMAK and PSEKA.

His main concern remains the continuous strengthening of SAE’s ties, as well as the substantial cooperation with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa and the Jerusalem Patriarchate.

He was honored by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Konstantinos Stefanopoulos, with the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix.

He was decorated by the late Patriarch of Alexandria, Parthenios, with the highest distinction of St. Marks the Evangelist, by the late Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Peter XII, with the High Cross of the Patriarchal Rank of St. Sava, of which he is Master of Ceremonies, and by the late Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Alexy II.