An island on the edge | Maria Kakkali | TEDxAthens

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Published on September 12, 2017
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A remote island in the Aegean teaches social change, inclusion and long term planning. What made 25 years old women go back in her island and become the youngest Mayor of Greece? Kakali Maria is the Mayor of Agios Efstratios. Born (24/01/1987) and raised on the island of Agios Efstratios, she graduated (2004) with honors from the local high school and was admitted to the University of Patras, Department of Education Sciences and Early Childhood Education. Committed to her personal goal, she finished her studies in 4 years and returned to her hometown to work at the island's nursery school. Unfortunately, she didn’t manage to get appointed, so she worked at a Ticket Office and got involved in the island's public welfare.

In 2010 she was elected Member and in 2013 President of the Municipal Council. In 2014, she ran for the municipal elections with the political combination "New Beginning" that won the elections. According to the current statistical data, it appears that she is the Youngest Female Mayor in Greece. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at