municipality of Athens - Greece
Amalia Zepou has served as vice mayor for civil society and innovation from 2014 to 2019 at the Municipality of Athens. In 2013, she created the civil society platform, synAthina, which was further developed into an idea that won the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge award in September 2014.
synAthina led to two flag projects in the Athens administration, both based in new collaborative processes with civil society: a strategy for addressing the graffiti phenomenon; and a new model for the management of a public market building in a neighbourhood in Athens.
synAthina was further developed as a dynamic network for connecting with active citizens for the integration of migrants and refugees, a project named Curing the Limbo funded by the European Commission’s initiative Urban Innovative Actions.
Amalia was responsible for Athens’ nomination as European Capital of Innovation 2018, and the establishment of an Athens municipality new sector of social innovation. Prior to the municipality, she was working as an independent documentary producer and raising her three children in Athens. She has a B.A. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research in New York.