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Our idea

Very often we’ve had questions from friends and relatives living abroad, like…

  • We’d like to go on a family holiday to Greece but where exactly should we go?
  • Do you know any nice hotels?
  • Which island should we visit?

So Kids Love Greece was born. The creators are three mums and a wannabe mum who are all passionate about research and … Greece!

Anna Atsalaki, Co-Founder

Anna Atsalaki, Co-Founder

Anna Atsalaki was born in Athens where she studied Economics before travelling abroad for MSc studies (MBA at ESADE in Barcelona). Anna then worked as a business consultant at Euromonitor International in London. In 2007, she returned to Greece where she worked at Garoskin International and Nestle Hellas. She is a fanatical about capoeira and surfing and she loves travelling.

Katerina Makatouni, Co-Founder

Katerina Makatouni, Co-Founder

Katerina Makatouni was born and raised in Crete. She studied Political Science and European Studies in Athens and then went to the UK for her Masters and Doctorate degrees. She stayed in England for 13 years, where she worked for market research and consulting companies. During the last 8 years, she has been living on the other side of the pond… Chicago at first and now Boston. She is the co-founder of Kairos Consumers, a consumer research agency. She has two girls (8 and 10 years old) who proudly say that they are Greeks and spend their summer holidays always in Crete.

Maria Tsigoni, Co-Founder

Maria Tsigoni, Co-Founder

Maria Tsigoni is the smiliest member of the team! She has a five year old boy and a two year old adorable baby girl so she keeps reminding all of us how it feels to go on holiday with babies (nappies, strollers etc.). Maria studied Business Administration at Athens University of Economics followed by a Masters in the UK. She then returned to her hometown of Heraklion, where she worked at Coca Cola HBC in the field of Trade Marketing. For several years she worked with Euromonitor International and Kairos Consumers as a consulting analyst for Greece.

Maria Giannouli, Co-Founder

Maria Giannouli, Co-Founder

Maria Giannouli is glued to Crete in body and in mind and believes that Crete is the best place on earth (secretly, the majority of the team agrees)! She has only spent a year away from Crete, for her MSc studies in Tourism Management at Surrey University. She is the tourism queen of the team as she has gained invaluable experience in the hotel and tourism industry for almost twenty years. She has dedicated the last 8 years of her life to bringing up her two daughters and has realized that motherhood is a full time job.

Maria Hnaraki, Educational Consultant

Maria Hnaraki, Educational Consultant

Maria Chnaraki (--also spelled Hnaraki) is a professor and an accomplished scholar in the fields of Anthropology, Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Maria’s passion is… Crete, its cultural identity expressions, traditions and customs, as she strongly believes that Cretans are “unique”! In all honesty, we do not blame her. No wonder why she decided to move to Crete after an extended period of living abroad for work and study purposes. Maria holds a Diploma of Arts in Music Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens-Greece, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Folklore and Ethnomusicology (with a minor in Cultural Anthropoloy) from Indiana University. She has a Piano Soloist Diploma and degrees in Theory, Pedagogy and Music Education. Maria is currently the Official Representative of the World Council of Cretans at the Region of Crete and an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University (Philadelphia). While at Cornell University, Chnaraki founded a study abroad program in Crete-Greece which she has been expanding and enriching since then. She is the writer, among others, of “Cretan Music: Unraveling Ariadne’s Thread” (2007), a book that has received the “Young Academic Writer and Researcher” price from the Pancretan Association of America, and “Sing In Me Muse and Through Me Tell the Story” Greek Culture Performed” (2013).