Ioanna Papadopoulou, after obtaining Degrees with Honorary Distinctions in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Athens and Panteion University respectively, obtained her MSc from the University of Athens in Legal and Financial studies, specializing on European Economics and Diplomacy, as well as a Certificate of Air Transport Studies from Cranfield University, UK. She started her career with the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority in 1988. In 2001 she joined the Ministry of Transport and Communications as an advisor and from December 2003 up to May 2006 she held the position of the CEO of Olympic Airways-Services SA. From May 2006 up to September 2009 she worked for the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority as a Senior Expert on Bilateral Air Services Agreements and International Relations. As of October 2009, Ioanna Papadopoulou is the Director for Communications & Marketing in Athens International Airport. She has been presented with the “Woman of the Year” award by the Air Transport News in 2014 and as of June 2016 she has been elected as the Chairperson of the Hellenic Aviation Society.