Marilena Laskaridis was born in Athens to a Greek mother and an English father. She spent her early childhood years in England, while she completed her general studies in Athens. Multilingual, studied Advertising, Marketing and Copywriting. She married Panos Laskaridis and together they had three daughters and a son.
She worked in relevance to her studies until 1997, when she officially assumed the role of President of the “Kaiti Laskaridou” Library, whose headquarters were located in a neoclassical building in Neo Faliro. Since the official establishment of the Aikaterinis Laskaridis Foundation in 2007, she has been acting as Vice President and together with her husband and President of th Foundation, Panos, joined forces to create an intellectual organization dedicated to culture, education and shipping. She took special care in arranging the Library’s spaces, with the aim of being a welcoming place for researchers, students, pupils and all young people, in whose potential she firmly believed.
Marilena Laskaridis, head of the Foundation’s scientific team of collaborators, was realizing her big dream of implementing free educational programmes for students of all levels. Her dream did not stop there and traveled the Library and its programmes to the schools of fire-damaged, hard-to-reach and economically weaker regions of Greece, to the Second Chance schools of the prisons of Eleonas, Thebes, Avlona and Korydallos, as well as to the Romani camps through special programmes. She equiped school and municipal libraries, while supervising educational programmes, seminars and workshops which were also provided free of charge to teachers. Her contribution and active action for a number of years in social and humanitarian organizations was important.
Marilena Laskaridis respected and valued family institutions. A great Mother, and not only to her children, a rare companion and friend, the soul of her family and the Foundation, left us prematurely in August 2015, leaving behind an unfilled void. A charming visionary, fighter, sensitive and generous, the ever-smiling Vice-President of the Foundation managed to transmit her genuine passion for giving and creating to her partners, her “second family” as she said, who continue the journey following her footsteps…