Melina is a social entrepreneur who in 2020 was one of the seven women globally that received the prestigious “SDGs and Her” award from the United Nations and the World Bank, for her work in the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. She has been leading SDGs and ESG projects from conception to implementation, supporting Fortune 1000 companies in the Agri-food, Renewable Energy, Technology, Media, Retail and Consumer Goods markets. As an Advisor on Corporate Social Responsibility and Equality Diversity and Inclusion she is participating in ESG process improvement, evaluating ESG reports, forging strategies on stakeholder engagement and implementing programs on employee attraction and retention, while organizing workshops and focus groups directed at social sustainability.
She is also managing sustainable development and ESG frameworks for corporate clients with the ability to articulate environmental, wellbeing, social value and governance perspectives. She is teaching courses on sustainability and social impact in undergrad programs and she organizes workshops on CSR for corporate executives. Melina sits on the Board of multinational Organizations and she is a keynote speaker at international seminars on social entrepreneurship. She is a TEDX Speaker, a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader, an IVLP Alumna in the program of Social Responsibility and Innovation funded by the US Department of State, a co-builder of the international World Human Forum, a Young Emerging Leader 2018 by the European-Australian Forum and a Young Innovative Leader 2019 (YTILI Fellow) by the German Marshall Fund and the US Department of State. She co-founded a Marketing Agency in 2007 attracting nationwide accounts, before founding the multiple awarded social enterprise “Wise Greece” in 2013, which promotes top quality Greek products and uses the profits from sales in order to buy food supplies and donate them to people living under the poverty line.
Today Wise Greece works with over 100 small producers who offer over 2500 products; exports to 8 countries in the EU and US markets, has so far donated tons of food supplies to orphanages, soup kitchens and charitable institutions, has received multiple prestigious awards, among which is the prestigious award from the President of the Greek Republic “Models of Excellence”, as well as the Start Up award for sustainability and social contribution, the European Social Challenge Award 2018, the Innovative Fundraising Award by the British Council and the BeMed Award by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.