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Georgia Athanasopulos, A Love of Two Lands, Panama and Greece

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The Honorable Georgia Athanasopulos was born in Panama City, Panama, to Greek immigrant parents. She received her education at the Episcopal School of Panama and her post-secondary education at the Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua, where she obtained a degree in Business Administration. Consul Athanasopulos speaks three languages fluently, Spanish, English, and Greek.

She began her diplomatic career in 1985 as the Vice-Consul General of Panama in Athens, Greece. She was later appointed as the Consul General of Panama in Philadelphia in 1996. Her jurisdiction includes eleven states within the United States. While serving as Consul General, she has created an open dialogue between Panama and the Regions she represents in areas such as education, health, business, and trade.

She has worked diligently with several nonprofit, educational, and religious organizations to build programs such as schools in remote and underprivileged areas in Panama. She has been a key factor in various fundraisers to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Panama, and, to date, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the biggest private Greek-owned hospital group in Panama.

A member of Saint Thomas Greek Orthodox church, she has been very active not only in this congregation but with all other Greek Orthodox churches in her region. In 2004, she was instrumental in the opening of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Havana, Cuba.

Due to the importance of the Panama Canal to World Trade, she has organized numerous missions to Panama, strengthening commercial ties between the various Free Zones, the Delaware Valley, and Greece. She is the Dean of the Consular Corps and received several awards during her career from different organizations and officials for her various services to Panama and Greece.

Originally published on Cosmos Philly by Eleftherios Kostans. Video by Vasilis Keisoglou.