Marianna V. Vardinoyannis

Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, Greek humanitarian, Founder and President of the Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation, the Foundation for the Child and the Familyand the ELPIDA Friends’ Association of Children with cancer. Board Member in several international institutions, such as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and theInternational Centre for Missing and Exploited Children(ICMEC). She has built up an extensive record of social and humanitarian work, focused on children’s rights and health, education, poverty, human trafficking, drug prevention, climate change, peace culture, dialogue among civilizations and protection of the world cultural heritage. 

She has studied Archaeology, History of Art and Economics, and she holds honorary doctorates in Laws, Philosophy and Human Studies. Among her distinctions, she has been awarded as Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by the French Republic, with the Golden Cross of the Order of Benefaction by the Hellenic Republic and with the Academy of Athens Award

She is married to Mr. Vardis J. Vardinoyannis, Chairman of Motor Oil, and she is mother of five children.