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Board of Directors
Donald Robertson FRSPH, our president, is a writer, trainer, and cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist. He is a dual UK and Canadian citizen, with permanent residence in Greece. Donald is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He is the author of How to Think Like a Roman Emperor, a bestselling book that crosses genres, combining history, philosophy, and modern psychology. Donald is one of the founding members of a British nonprofit organization called Modern Stoicism Ltd., which promotes Greek Stoic philosophy and aims to make it accessible and relevant to the general public. He brings experience in this area and existing contacts. In 2019 he was the lead organizer of the Stoicon Modern Stoicism conference at Cotsen Hall, which brought over 300 attendees from overseas, mainly US and Britain, to Athens.
Kasey Pierce, our communications director, is an award-winning writer based in Detroit, MI. Her panel on direct sales in indie publishing, “Good Luck with That” has been met with great reception in the US, Canada, and Ireland since 2016. Kasey has contributed freelance content editing for Donald Robertson’s graphic novel Verissimus (St. Martin’s Press). She’s also the editor for Tim Lebon’s forthcoming 365 Ways to Be More Stoic (John Murray Press).
Giannis Kanlis, our company secretary, is an economist and an award-winning public speaker based in Piraeus, Greece. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma academic honor society. His specialist area is financial management, procurement, and contracting. He holds a MBA from Naval Postgraduate School and a M.Sc. in Economics, Defense, and Security from the University of Peloponnese.
Lalya Lloyd is a writer and classicist who formerly taught at Eton College, University College School. She won the Times Literary Supplement’s Student Centenary Writing award in 2002, and has worked as an editorial assistant at the TLS, a professional non-fiction book reviewer, a rights assistant in International Publishing and Licensing at Dorling Kindersley.
Phil Yanov, our Director of Community, is an award winning community organizer and event host. He has hosted, emceed, and presented at corporate events for companies like IBM, HP, and others. He has presented at multiple TEDx events and hosted the Your Day radio show. His Tech After Five events connect tens of thousands of IT Professionals and their community of support across the globe through his mailing list, podcasts, and events, both online and in person. He has been planner, technical host, promoter, and community coordinator for several global philosophy events.
Anya Leonard, our Event Manager, is the Founder and Director of Classical Wisdom, a site dedicated to bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds. Co-founded in 2013 with Bill Bonner, in conjunction with Les Belles Lettres, the French publishing house. Anya studied philosophy and comparative literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis, a Great Books program, and received her MA in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She has recently published a children’s book, Sappho: The Lost Poetess, dedicated to the life, works and remarkable recent discovery of a poem written by the 7th century Poetess, Sappho.
Board of Advisors
Dr. James O’Neill FRICS is a development professional based in the UK. An expert in sustainable development, environmental impact assessment and stakeholder communication, he practices throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has broad experience in matters material to development projects. A Chartered Surveyor, he has been elected as both a Fellow and an Eminent Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, an institution globally recognized for expertise in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
Prof. Katerina Ierodiakonou is professor in Ancient Philosophy at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and Associate Professor in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Geneva. She is the editor of several academic publications, including Dialectic after Plato and Aristotle. She is a specialist in ancient and byzantine philosophy, and the history of logic and epistemology.
Prof. Angie Hobbs FRSA is Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, a position created for her. Her chief interests are in ancient philosophy and literature, and ethics and political theory from classical thought to the present, and she has published widely in these areas, including Plato and the Hero. Her most recent publication for the general public is Plato’s Republic: a Ladybird Expert Book. She contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes and other media around the world, including many appearances on In Our Time on BBC Radio 4 and programmes on ancient Greek philosophy for Cosmote History. She has spoken at the Athens Democracy Forum, the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Houses of Parliament in London, and the Scottish Parliament. She was a judge of the Man Booker International Prize 2019 and was on the World Economic Forum Global Future Council 2018-9 for Values, Ethics and Innovation.
Pantelis Panos is the General Manager at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA). Since 1999, he has overseen projects such as the renovation and expansion of the Gennadius Library, the construction of the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science, and a new storeroom for Ancient Corinth Excavations. Prior to his work at the ASCSA, Panos held the titles of General Manager for Mercedes-Benz Eurocopter helicopters and Planning-Cost Control Engineer for Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Ltd.
Prof. Christopher Gill is emeritus professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter. He’s the founder of the Modern Stoicism organization, a multidisciplinary team of academics and philosophers who promote discussion of ancient Greek Stoic philosophy to the general public. His specialist area is ancient philosophy, especially psychology and ethics. He is the author of several academic texts on Greek philosophy, including Personality in Greek Epic, Tragedy and Philosophy: The Self in Dialogue, The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought, Naturalistic Psychology in Galen and Stoicism and Marcus Aurelius: Meditations Books 1-6. He has also acted as editor for the journal Plato, and co-editor for Phronesis.
Dr. John Sellars is a Reader in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, and a member of Wolfson College, Oxford. He was previously a Research Fellow at King’s College London, where he worked on the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle project and, before that, a Lecturer in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is an expert on Stoicism and ancient philosophy as a way of life, and the author of several books on Greek philosophy including The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy, Stoicism, The Routledge Handbook of the Stoic Tradition, Hellenistic Philosophy, Lessons in Stoicism, and The Fourfold Remedy: Epicurus and the Art of Happiness.
Michael “Mick” Patrick Mulroy is the former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, a retired CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer in the Special Activities Center and a United States Marine. He is currently a Senior Fellow for the Middle East Institute, an ABC News National Security Analyst, and a Co-founder of the Lobo Institute. Mick is also a volunteer for the Third Option Foundation and with various veterans organizations and causes. He is on the board of advisors for the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, a charity that helps rehabilitate children that were forced to fight in the Lord’s Resistance Army, and is the Co-president of End Child Soldiering, a charity that works to stop the use of children as soldiers internationally. Mick is a leading proponent of the U.S. military incorporating philosophy into its ethical and resiliency efforts.
Tim Bartlett is Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press in New York, where he acquires a range of nonfiction titles with an emphasis on scholars and experts writing for a general audience. He worked previously at Random House, Basic Books, and Oxford University Press, where he published a range of high level scholars in the fields of political science, sociology, history, and philosophy. He has published more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been a Fellow of the Istanbul, Jerusalem, and Frankfurt book fairs.
Justin Stead is the Founder of the Aurelius Foundation, a community interest company. His work with the Foundation is dedicated to helping and inspiring young people by using principles derived from classical Greek philosophy and Stoicism. Justin is an experienced international CEO/business leader and private investor across multiple brands and interests globally. He is based in London.
Robin Waterfield is a British writer, translator, and classical scholar, who now lives in Greece and has Greek citizenship. He writes on ancient Greek history and philosophy, and has translated works by Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Plutarch, Herodotus, Polybius, Demosthenes, Diodorus of Sicily, and others. His original books include Athens: A History, From Ancient Ideal To Modern City; Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths; Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great’s Empire; and Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece.
David Fideler is a classical scholar, author, and the editor of several publications on ancient Greek history and philosophy, including The Pythagorean Sourcebook and the journal Alexandria. David is an expert on the history of Plato’s Academy and the author of the report Platonic Academies: The Educational Centers of Athens, Alexandria, and Renaissance Florence —Their History and Contribution to the Philosophy of Education.
Prof. Nancy Sherman is a New York Times Notable Author and Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. She’s received numerous awards for her work, among them from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Wilson Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council for Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and The Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship. Her most recent book is Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons for Modern Resilience (2021). Other books include Afterwar, The Untold War (a NYT editors’ pick), Stoic Warriors, Making a Necessity of Virtue, and The Fabric of Character. She is the editor of Critical Essays on the Classics: Aristotle’s Ethics. Sherman lectures internationally on ancient philosophy, military ethics, moral injury, and the emotions.
The Aurelius Foundation is a charitable foundation, which promotes Greek Stoic philosophy, with a focus on youth work and character development. The Foundation is an official backer of the Plato’s Academy Centre, and has provided seed funding for project initiation. In addition, the Foundation is committed to hosting a number of online and physical events at the Centre.