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 Panos Jagalos. Get to know him below!
Last Name, First Name
- Jagalos, Panos
- Royal Institute of Technology, KTH
What city do you live in?
Where in Greece are you from?
- Offshore Wind Power, O&M
What motivated you to get involved with THI?
- I was motivated by THI Primarily for two reasons:
- The active, tangible and multi-dimensional contribution of THI towards Greece
- The number of initiatives that support the development of the Greek Diaspora and also Greece’s profile globally
What do you hope to achieve through THI?
- Meet motivated and engaged people and actively contribute to the initiatives that support the Greeks of Diaspora and Greece
Favorite activity to take part in where you live?
- Visit the local Greek store – feels I am instantly transferred to Greece.
Favorite place to take your non-Greek friends when they visit you in Greece?
- My hometown, Thessaloniki
Go-to Greek dish when you’re missing the homeland?
- Mousaka, Tsipouro
Favorite Greek product you can find outside of Greece?
- Greek Bee-Pollen
Top three people of Greek/Cypriot descent you admire?
- Aristotle Onassis
- Melina Merkouri
- Christopher Pissarides
In addition to THI, how are you involved in/help the Greek/Cypriot community?
- I organize the Greek community in the organization where I have been employed during the past few years. Hopefully I will soon to be able to physically support the greater local Greek/Cypriot community in London too
What is the biggest crisis Greece/Cyprus faces today?
- Brain drain/lack of innovative competitiveness on a global level
One piece of advice an elder has given you that has proved invaluable?
- When in doubt, ask your heart
Favorite quote from a Greek philosopher?
- Be as you wish to seem – Socrates
One Greek/Cypriot tradition you’ll never stop keeping?
- Attending the ‘panigiria’ in the islands
How has your Hellenic background helped shape who you are today?
- Hellenism has demonstrated that resilience, desire, and faith are important elements of our history as a nation. And I truly find those elements vivid in the way I was brought up.
- Life is like sailing – unpredictable, full of events, and rewarding