My name is Eleni Michalaki and I am from Greece. I was born in Germany in 1971, while my parents were there as immigrants. They moved back to Greece in 1979, when I was 8 years old and I continued my studies there. I studied at teachers training college for 4 years and I graduated from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1992. Since then, I have been working at several primary schools in Thessaloniki.
My first contact with the Thalassaemia Association of Thessaloniki was in 1994, while the board of directors still consisted of thalassaemics’ parents. Since then I actively became involved, I participated in the association from several positions and I was the association’s President from 2011 to 2013. I have been a board member of the Greek Thalassaemia Federation since 2007 and I was the President of the Federation in 2014. I am currently the General Secretary of the Federation and I participate in order to continue the struggles to improve the medical treatment and the social integration of the Greek thalassemics. As a thalassaemia patient and as a socially active person I have taken part in several events that we have organized in order to inform the Greek society about the progress in thalassaemia and how important the prevention is. I had been elected several times in the past at a runner-up position at the Greek Confederation of Disabled People and I am also a representative of our association in the Regional Federation of People with Disabilities of Macedonia.
At the same time, I participated in various voluntary organizations for blood donation. I hope that I will serve the needs of thalassaemics as best as I can.