Thousands of Greeks excel abroad, yet their achievements rarely become widely known in our country, which is something that the international association “ARGO – Network of Greeks of the European Union”, based in Brussels, wants to change. Thus, at a ceremony that took place on Thursday, March 21, eight distinguished Greeks living abroad, received the first Argo prizes. The event took place at the Athens Concert Hall, under the auspices and in the presence of the President of the Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

Each year, eight distinguished Greeks will be awarded the “ARGO” prize. The eight individuals awarded this year, were:

Mary Katrantzou, fashion designer (UK) – Entrepreneurship prize

Auxentios Kalagos, cardiovascular surgeon and professor (Switzerland) – Humanitarian Contribution prize

Katerina Stefanidi, Olympic medallist (US) – Sports prize

Maria Themeli, professor of medicine (Netherlands) – Innovation prize

Athena Kousteni, astronomer specialising in space exploration (France) – Science Prize

Yorgos Lanthimos, film director (US) – Culture and Arts prize

Andromache Karakatsani, Supreme Court judge (Canada) – Contribution to Public Affairs prize

Konstantin Filippou, celebrity chef (Austria) – Gastronomy prize.