Behind the scenes: Meet our Code4SP consortium! Issue #7

What's your name and job title?

Kostas Diamantis- Balaskas, project manager at Action Synergy

Tell us a few words about your background:

I have studied Communication and Media at the Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences in Athens and I have an MSc in European Politics and Government from the London School of Economics in UK. I have been working as a project manager, specialised in European educational projects for the last 16 years (starting from 2006). Besides Greek which is my mother tongue, I also speak English, Italian, and a little bit of Spanish.

What organisation do you work for?

I am working for Action Synergy

What does your organisation do?

Action Synergy is an education and training organisation that specialises in the design and delivery of innovative educational programs for various sectors including school education, adult education and vocational education and training. Action Synergy is working to promote networking and cooperation between stakeholders from different sectors and has been participating in EU educational projects since 1987.

What is your role in the Code4SP project? What are you currently working on?

In the Code4SP project, I manage and coordinate the activities that need to be organised in Greece on behalf of Action Synergy. I am the coordinator of the project's pilot implementation phase, which is going to start soon, and it is the phase where our main target group (people from vulnerable groups) is going to be involved. 

Why is being part of the Code4SP project important to you?

Code4SP is a great project because it corresponds to a real need and its potential impact in relation to the increase of the employability of the beneficiaries is great. I enjoy being part of this young and motivated partnership and trying to make a difference in the life of people, that would really take a lot from this project.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to play with my son, who is 8 years old, and also I like to read everything related to politics and history. In the summer, I love to go to the beach!