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Drakos Ioannis

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DRAKOS IOANNIS

Political analyst, consultant of organisation, policy and business communication.

He was born in Egypt and lived in Africa until the age of 11. He entered the Greek primary school in Addis Ababa. Subsequently his family moved to Greece, where he completed his high school education in Athens. As a pupil he received numerous awards by the National Bank for his essays, which turned him to journalism. He worked for some major Greek newspapers –Eleftheria (‘Freedom’), Ethnos (‘Nation’), Athinaiki (‘Athenian’) etc.– as a cultural editor and also a reporter.

He studied political and social sciences, history, and philosophy in Athens. In addition, he mastered direction and art history in the Thessaloniki School Of Fine Arts. As a student, and a working one at that, he developed intense political, social and trade union action.

At the age of 23 he was appointed by the Ministry of Labour to the post of director of Ergatiki Estia (‘Labour Home’), a printed publication of the state agency of the same name. At the suggestion of leading political figures and prominent publishers he took on the post of editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper Anendotos (‘Uncompromising’), while at the same time working as organising director and public relations manager for the newspaper Evdomada (‘Week’). He gave up journalism after the declaration of the 1967 dictatorship and focused on business organisation, so as to provide social and business communication services.

In 1969 he founded the Turnover Development Company, collaborating with the country’s largest industrial enterprises, which for the first time implemented a more human policy in their relations with their employees.

After the restoration of democracy in 1974, he established a specialised service organisation called Information, which provided political analyses and research, as well as organisation and communication services. The agency worked with several leading political figures of all political trends, a number of both Greek and foreign top business investment entities, as well as local and regional governments for 27 years.

At the same time, he issued and directed the municipal newspapers Machi (‘Battle’) and Symvoli (‘Contribution’) and was elected president of the Union of Journalists and Publishers of the Attica Municipal Newspapers. He organised social, cultural and sports events and was elected President of the Culture Book Club, General Secretary of the National Fans Union, and Member of the Board of the cultural organisation Pnyx. He also edited and published the first alternative magazine for youths, Ektos (‘Except’).

In 1982, while still not belonging to any particular political party, he was assigned by the then Prime Minister to study ways of ideologically supporting the Agricultural Cooperative Movement and was given the post of Communications Director of the highest agricultural economic cooperative organisation KYDEP, which he kept for over 10 years under all administrations, regardless of their political affiliation. During that time, he also acted as editor-in-chief of the organisation’s newspaper Synetairistiki (‘Cooperative’).

A believer in the social co-ownership of the state and municipal media, in pluralism and the freedom of expression, he introduced the model of “free and self-managed municipal radio.” His full proposal, praised by prominent municipal figures of the time, was adopted by ten municipalities of the Western Greater Athens Area, and he was entrusted with organising, operating and managing the fresh inter-municipal radio station Channel 10. It set a new standard for free-speaking, socially co-managed radio broadcasting, effectively acting as a ‘launching pad’ for many artists, producers, and journalists, most of whom now hold top positions in the media world.

In the 1990s he delivered hundreds of speeches all over Greece and abroad, and taught as a guest expert in cultural and academic institutions. He also published the Greek magazine Political and Financial Forecast, a valuable handbook for many political and financial organisations and figures.

In 1992, with the support of major economic and cultural factors, he set up and became the managing director of the communications company ETEP SA, which created the first nationwide radio network, involving 110 radio stations from every part of the country. It also produced a variety of political, economic, cultural, social, and sports broadcasts, transmitted simultaneously by all collaborating stations, and enabled advertising companies to know exactly when their customer messages were presented. The company was shut down when “network prohibition” was made a state law.

Since 2000, as President and CEO of the company Influence S.A., he has been providing organisation and communication services to legal and natural persons in Greece and abroad. He has been representing major international investment groups. He has also been designing and implementing programmes of “self-sustaining financial development” for cities with comparable potential. He has released the multi-volume work Government: 21st Century, participated in two European economic interest groups, prepared a number of socio-political analyses, and delivered numerous lectures.

Ever the restless analyst, he has been studying ways of interpreting and dealing with the current political and financial crisis, with the firm belief that any positive action could only come from the productive stimulation of “social cells.” This will only happen on the basis of a specific “local thematic development” model, focusing on making use of and actively promoting products and services which combine the primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors of each region, supported by its cultural and historical wealth. The Olympic Olive Institute is the first specialised institution for the study and implementation of this concept.

 

Communication

Mobile: +30 694 7958899

e-mail: drakos.ioannis@yahoo.gr