KATERINA KOTSALI PAPADIMITRIOU – Past Director Zone 21 Institute Convener
Katerina Kotsali-Papadimitriou earned her architecture degree from the School of Architecture No. 1, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, holds a DEA in history and geography of populations and a doctorate in human geography.
Since 1980, she has worked as an independent architect in Athens, planning houses, offices, and public buildings. She served as a consultant during the historic preservation of 18th- and 19th-century architecture in Mithimna, on the island of Lesbos.
She has been member of the board and shareholder of the company Metal Constructions of Volos S. A which manufactured heavy industrial and mechanical steel structures.
She is married to George Papadimitriou, economist and they have one daughter.
Kotsali-Papadimitriou grew up surrounded by Rotary since her father was a District Governor. She joined her first Rotaract club at age 19. In 1993, she was inducted into the Rotary Club of Pendeli, making it the first mixed-gender club in Greece.
She has served Rotary in many roles, including as a member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, Rotary Public Image Coordinator, and RI president’s representative. In 2009, she led Greece’s first Rotary National Immunization Day team in Moradabad, India, where she went door to door administering polio vaccine to children.
Member of the R.I Board of Directors 2020-22, served as Chair of R. I. Programs Committee, member of RI Committees and Chair of the Districting Committee.
Kotsali-Papadimitriou has received several recognitions, including The Rotary Foundation’s Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World, and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, George, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation.