Vaggelis Avgoulas was born in 1988 and is from Crete (Chania). He began his education at the Center for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind (KEAT) in Kallithea, and he graduated from the 35th Primary School of Piraeus, participating in the Model Education Program “Helios” (integration of blind students into regular public school classrooms). He was one of the top students to enter the University of Athens Law School in 2006, where he excelled receiving a performance award from the State Scholarships Foundation (2007), and graduated with a diploma grade of 8.4/10.

He now works as a Lawyer and a scientific associate of the Minister of Interior, he is a Regular Representative in Greece of the International Organization VIEWS for young visually impaired, Deputy General Secretary of the Panhellenic Association of the Blind, and Secretary of the Youth Committee of the above Association.

Furthermore, he is now completing his Master’s degree in Civil Law at the University of Athens Law School, while at the same time having the role of a Deputy Member of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Accessibility Unit for Students with Disabilities, Vice President of the Athletic County Association of Disabled "Tyrtaeus”, and since January a Member of the Committee on Health and Social Policy of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece.

He speaks English and French, he writes articles in printed and web media in Greece and abroad on education and social issues, and he is one of the authors of the first Group Web-based Novel in Greece entitled "Dodeka” (Twelve).

Since 2012 to date, he has been an elected Member of the General Board of the National Federation of the Blind in Greece, and since 2010 he has been an elected Municipal Councilor of Ilion while in 2011-2014 he was appointed Deputy Mayor for Social Policy, Transparency, Lifelong Learning and eGovernment.

He was the youngest Deputy Mayor in Greece and the only person with a disability placed in this position throughout the country.


February 6th, 2016


Pallas Theatre

Announced Speakers


  • 08:30


  • 10:30


    Music Box

    Dancing group

  • 10:50

    Alexandra Antonopoulou

    Designer, Senior Lecturer of Design

  • 11:10

    Claire Burge

    Psychologist, Productivity speaker, Photographer

  • 11:30

    Mark Haidar

    Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO at Vinli and Founder &Co-CEO at Dialexa

  • 11:50

    Ingrid Stange

    Economist, Social Entrepreneur, Venture philanthropy innovator

  • 12:10

    Soti Triantafyllou

    Historian, Cold War expert, author, novelist, translator

  • 12:30

    Coffee break

  • 13:20


    Dimitris Mystakidis

    Greek folk (rembetiko) guitar player

  • 13:40

    Guy Goldstein

    Digital strategy advisor, cyberwarfare analyst, author

  • 14:00

    Carl Miller

    Social Media advisor, Research Director at Demos

  • 14:20

    Dimitris Xygalatas

    Εxperimental anthropologist who specializes in the study of ritual behaviour

  • 14:40

    Emmanouil Dermitzakis

    Professor of Genetics

  • 15:00

    George Pittas

    Furniture & interior designer, writer

  • 15:20

    Lunch break

  • 16:50


    Πangea World Music Center

    Multi-cultural artistic expression hub

  • 17:10

    Tasos Frantzolas

    Music/Internet entrepreneur, Sound Designer, founder of

  • 17:30

    Aliki Theofilopoulos

    Director, Story Artist, Writer at Walt Disney Television Animation

  • 17:50

    Faramerz Dabhoiwala

    Writer, historian, professor

  • 18:10

    Vaggelis Avgoulas

    Lawyer, Deputy General Secretary of the Panhellenic Association of the Blind

  • 18:30


  • 19:20


    String Demons

    String duo

  • 19:40

    Aegean Team

    Νon-profit organization providing social and medical services

  • 20:00

    Judit Neurink

    Journalist, author, specialist on the Middle East

  • 20:20

    George Prevelakis

    Professor of Geopolitics (European, Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean)

  • 20:40

    Alki Zei

    Children's books author

  • 21:10

    Closing Party

    With Bejeezus and DJ Ledakis


Costeas-Geitonas TEDx Athens 2016 Simulcast

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