The Empress Theophano Foundation


The Prize is awarded annually by the Governing Council of the Empress Theophano Foundation, set up for this purpose in Thessaloniki, the second most important city of the Byzantine Empire.

It does so upon the recommendation of an Advisory Council, which acts as the jury and comprises people with different backgrounds from the various historic-cultural parts of Europe.

The Governing Council


Stavros Andreadis
Chairman, SANI/IKOS Group
Chairman, Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece (GR)


Nikolaos Efthymiadis
Chairman, EFTHYMIADIS Agrotechnology Group
Honorary Chairman, Federation of Greek Industries (GR)

Evangelos Gerovassiliou
Chairman, Gerovassiliou Wines (GR)

Constantinos Gleoudis
Chairman, KAVEX
Member of the Board, Hellenic Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage (GR)

Theodoros Ikonomou
Chairman, Greek Forest Property Association
Head of a forest management and wood production firm (GR)

Nada Korac Kakabadse
Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics, Henley Business School, University of Reading (UK)

Vassos Konstantinidis
Chairman, INART (GR)

George Mylonas
Chairman, ALUMIL Group (GR)

Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann
Professor Emeritus of Political Theory and European Politics, University of Salzburg (AT)

Stefan Schepers
Executive Director, High Level Groups on Policy Innovation (BE)

The Advisory Council


Herman Van Rompuy
President Emeritus of the European Council
Former Minister of State of Belgium (BE)


Mary McAleese
Former President of Ireland | Professor of Children, Religion and Law, University Glasgow (IRL)

Leonie Bell
Trustee Edinburgh International Festival, director Victoria & Albert Museum Dundee (UK)

Nikiforos Diamandouros
Former European Ombudsman (GR)

Élisabeth Guigou
Former Secretary of State (F)

Tarja Halonen
Former President of Finland

Agnieszka Holland
Author and film director (PL)

Maria Luisa Poncela
Former Secretary of State for Trade and Secretary General for Science and Innovation (ES)

Michel Praet
Vice-President Museum of European History (BE)

Georges Prevelakis
Professor Emeritus, Paris-Sorbonne University (FR) 

Sir Ivan Rogers
Former UK Ambassador to the EU (UK)

Chiara Saraceno
Honorary fellow Collegio Alberto, University of Turin (IT)

Vassilios Skouris
Former President, European Court of Justice of the EU (GR)

Rita Süssmuth
Former President of the German Parliament (DE)

Panos Tzonos
Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR)

Luuk Van Middelaar
Professor of EU Foundations and Institutions, University of Leiden (NL)

Foundation supporters

The establishment and operation of the Theophano Foundation is supported by:

· The Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece

· King Baudouin Foundation, Fund Joseph Schepers-Germaine Lijnen


Project Management

Logo, Jan Witek (Warsaw, Poland)

Web design, DSIGÑ (Madrid, Spain)

Project Coordination, Vicky Papadimitriou (Thessaloniki, Greece)