Board of Trustees
The first Board of Trustees of 11 February 1980 consisted of Spyro J. Costopulo, Chairman; Yannis S. Costopoulos, Vice-Chairman and Secretary; Demetrios P. Mantzounis, Treasurer; Anastasia S. Costopoulos and Photios P. Costopoulos, Trustees.
Following the death of Spyro J. Costopulo on 22 June 1984, Yannis S. Costopoulos became Chairman, Anastasia S. Costopoulos became Vice-Chairman and Secretary, and Professor Constantinos D. Kerameus was elected Trustee. In February 2011, Ph. Costopoulos and C. Kerameus resigned from the Board of Trustees and were replaced by Theodore N. Filaretos and Professor Thanos M. Veremis.
On August 31, 2019 the Board of Trustees was expanded, and after 40 consecutive years of active participation Yannis S. Costopoulos and Anastasia S. Costopoulos resigned and were appointed Honorary Chairman and Honorary Vice-Chairman, respectively.
The actual Board of Trustees
Demetrios P. Mantzounis
Daphne Y. Costopoulos
Theodore N. Filaretos
Thanos M. Veremis
Platon D. Mavromoustakos
Nikos Ch. Stampolidis
He was born in Chania, Crete. He studied Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki under professors M. Andronikos and G. Despinis and received his Diploma with Magna Cum Laude ( excellent). Hereupon, he proceeded in post graduate studies at the University of Bonn(1975-1978) and completed his PhD in Thessaloniki (1979).
He is the author and editor of a large number of books (48), exhibition catalogues (110) and articles in Greek, English and German. He has participated via oral presentations in International and Local Conferences and Symposia, many of which he himself has organised. Furthermore, he has given numerous lectures in dozens of Universities, Museums, Organisations and Institutions in Greece and abroad, Europe, United States, Asia, Africa). He has been the teacher, guide and edifier of hundreds of students of both the University of Crete and numerous other Universities of Greece and other countries in archaeological sites and excavations around the Mediterranean and the Near East.
He has excavated prominent sites in Greece, like Vergina, Eleutherna and Rhodes among others. In January 2011 his construction project of the Archaeological Museum of Eleutherna was unanimously approved by the Greek Ministry of Culture and the inauguration of the Museum and the archaeological site, where the verses of Homer’s Iliad , Book 23, was proven correct, took place in June 19th 2016 by the President of the Hellenic Republic.
He is an emeritus Professor of Archaeology in the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Crete in which he has served for 36 years as the President of the Department of Archaeology and the Dean of the School of Philosophy. He has been the Director of the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens for 25 years (receiving an award by the international body «Global Fine Arts Awards»). In addition, he is a full member of the Central Archaeological Council of Greece for 21 years and since September 2021 he is appointed as the General Director of the Acropolis Museum.
He has received 14 honours among which the Grand Cross of the Greek, Italian and Spanish Republic for his contribution in Arts, Letters and Civilisation. He has been member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2022.