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It is with great sadness that Concordia learns of the passing of Marianna Vardinoyannis, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and Concordia Leadership Council Member. 

Through her foundation, Marianna Vardinoyannis helped and enriched the lives of many through providing medical assistance, vaccines, personal hygiene items, and food to refugee children in refugee camps in Greece. She supported the UN Sustainable Development Goals and UNESCO programs for education, cultural heritage, and dialogue, always seeking to help people in need. Throughout her career she advocated for the protection of human rights, children, and families, and for the strengthening of our global culture, embedded in peace and democracy. 

Mrs. Vardinoyannis dedicated her life to breaking down barriers to health, giving back to her country and empowering everyone she met with her fighting spirit. Marianna Vardinoyannis, speaking at the 2021 Concordia Annual Summit, noted that we “…can all together transform the day after, into the dawn of a new era for our planet, leaving no one behind”. These wise words remind us of the importance of collaboration, embracing solidarity and the force of passionate individuals behind social change. An avid supporter of and Leadership Council Member at Concordia, Mrs. Vardinoyannis championed international engagement, best demonstrated as the recipient of the 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize of the United Nations. 

Nicholas Logothetis, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board at Concordia commented, “Our heartfelt condolences go out to Mrs. Vardinoyannis husband and children – our thoughts are with them at this time. Concordia is honored to have worked with such an incredible activist, campaigner, and leader. Marianna Vardinoyannis was an extraordinary example of compassion, humility and, above all, a humanist. She will be dearly missed”.

Concordia extends its heartfelt sympathies to Mrs. Vardinoyannis’ family during this difficult period.