Established to inform its readers about all things related to our homeland and its respective communities throughout the world, TNH is now providing THI’s New Leaders (40-years-old and younger), with a new platform to showcase their ideas and to engage their communities in a deeper, more meaningful way while simultaneously building a bridge to Greece and Cyprus.Our next featured New Leader is Constantine Katsarakis. Get to know him below!
Last Name, First Name?
- Katsarakis, Constantine
- Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)
What city do you live in?
- Washington, DC
Where in Greece are you from?
- I grew up in Athens and my family is from Crete and Thiva.
- Associate Executive Director, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans (nonprofit executive)
What motivated you to get involved with THI?
- The desire to dedicate my energy and skills to supporting my homeland and my compatriots in Greece in meaningful and effective ways
- The need for an outlet to practice my Hellenism, share my Greek identity and values, and connect with other Hellenes and Philhellenes
What do you hope to achieve through THI?
- Assist in securing aid and supporting economic growth initiatives in Greece
- Expand my network of Hellenes and Philhellenes
Favorite activity to take part in where you live?
- Outdoors sports (biking, hiking, kayaking)
Favorite place to take your non-Greek friends when they visit you in Greece?
Go-to Greek dish when you’re missing the homeland?
Top three people of Greek descent you admire?
- Eleftherios Venizelos
- Constantine Cavafy
- Aristotle Onassis
In addition to THI, how are you involved in/help the Greek/Cypriot community?
- Financial support for Greek causes
- Volunteerism and participation in the leadership teams of other Hellenic organizations
- Awareness-raising among non-Greeks about key issues of importance to Greece and Greeks
What is the biggest crisis Greece/Cyprus faces today?
- Economic development
One piece of advice an elder has given you that has proved invaluable?
- Every decision has consequences; when you make one, be ready for them and take responsibility
Favorite quote from a Greek philosopher?
- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit – Aristotle
One Greek/Cypriot tradition you’ll never stop keeping?
- Greek dancing at holidays and celebrations.
How has your Hellenic background helped shape who you are today?
- I have always experienced my Hellenic heritage as both a privilege and a responsibility: a privilege because the ideals, resilience, and accomplishments of my ancestors (ancient and modern) have instilled in me a strong sense of pride and motivation, and a responsibility because of the duty I believe we have as Hellenes to honor this legacy and to carry it forward into the future through our own efforts and achievements.
- Ever to Excel (αἰὲν ἀριστεύειν)