Ms. Georgia Chantzi

Research and Policy Development Manager


Ms. Georgia Chantzi is responsible for the development and implementation of the scientific activities and programmes of ICBSS, including managing research projects. She has more than 10 years experience in project management from various funding frameworks. Her expertise includes Black Sea regional cooperation, EU–Black Sea cooperation, blue economy, culture & tourism, and transnational organised crime. 

Her other area of responsibility includes providing secretarial support to the ICBSS Board of Directors. Georgia also runs the Centre’s annual ‘BSEC Month of Culture’. 

Prior to joining ICBSS in 2010, she has worked at the Hellenic Management Association, and has interned as junior researcher at the Centre for Russia, Eurasia and SE Europe (CERESE), in Athens. She holds an MA in Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security from Coventry University, UK and a BA in International and European Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece.

Ms. Elpida Besi

Junior Project Manager


Ms. Elpida Besi is responsible for the administrative support of projects’ implementation, including related research activities and events.

Prior to joining the ICBSS, in 2021, she has interned at the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has written articles for the Electionsnet.org. In 2020, Elpida was a finalist of the 10th Cycle of ReGeneration and, participated in two projects of KINITRO Non-Profit Organization. She has attended many conferences and online courses. She holds a BA in International, European and Area Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece.

Mr. Georgios Mitakis

Director of Finance