Thanos Dimadis

Thanos Dimadis

Head of Political News Reporting| Communications Strategist| Media Researcher at Demco Group of companies
Greater New York City Area, United States

About me

Athanasios Dimadis is a professional born in Greece and raised in Brussels with fourteen years of experience in the fields of strategic communications, journalism, media relations, and crisis management. Currently, Athanasios is the Executive Director of the Foreign Press Association of the United States based in New York while teaching online courses in media and marketing at the University of Florida and George Washington University.


Executive Director
Foreign Press Association of the United States
United States
August 2017 - Present (1 year 5 months)
Founded in 1918, the Foreign Press Association is a non-profit organization representing foreign correspondents based in the United States.

Managed new and existing relationships with foreign journalists, foreign delegations in the United Nations, embassies, and sponsors of the Foreign Press Scholarship Awards. Managed all initiatives related to data analytics, strategic partnerships, fundraising, and public relations.
Adjunct Lecturer
University of Florida | George Washington University
United States
August 2017 - Present (1 year 5 months)
Organized and delivered online classes in Digital Marketing (Consumer, Audience and Social Media Management & Analytics) and Media Relations in Digital World.
Analyst-Writer on International Economy and Politics
Various Publications
United States
September 2005 - Present (13 years 4 months)
Produced and published analyses, reports, interviews as an accredited journalist from DC, Brussels, Athens, NY for various publications such as Fair Observer, Huffington Post, Guardian, EurActive, Second Nexus, Free Sunday, City Press, Efimerida Sintakton, Eleftheros Tipos.
Expert Consultant in Marketing, Communications, Media Relations, Crisis Management, Rebranding
Various Businesses
United States
2004 - 2017 (13 years)
• IVY, network of young professionals in the US | New York, NY | February 2017-August 2017
Expanded strategic partnerships with universities, media organizations, institutions and corporations for policy related events in NY, DC, SF, Miami, LA, Boston by 40%. Increased events by 35%, revenue by 25%, new members registration by 25%. Managed content development for IVY’s online media platforms increasing by 20% the revenue through ads placements.
• The Social Edge, technology company specializing on social media & digital content | New York, NY | January 2017-April 2017
Built and increased collaborations with influencers (authors, journalists, analysts, politicians, public figures) from the US and Europe for the company’s media platform by 25%. Coordinated content development. Upgraded the company’s media platform design by providing key insights. • Nerai, business in the hospitality industry | New York, NY | February 2016-January 2017
Developed and executed social media strategy and increased social media engagement by 60%. Supervised company’s website redesign. Managed charity initiatives and organized charity events for the company by raising funds (about 40.000$ in each charity event) in support of Floga (, a non profit organization for children with cancer in Greece.
• SkyMD, telehealth company connecting patients and dermatologists online | New York, NY | November 2015-January 2017
Provided insights and expertise on designing, managing and implementing the company’s digital marketing and communications strategy (social media, campaigns, website, events, content development , media relations). Advanced the patient user base in 38 states across the US by over
50% and revenue by 85%. Increased press placements by 40% and social media engagement by 75%.
• Demco Group, an investment holding company | New York, NY & Athens, Greece | November 2014-November 2015
Executed competitive research and rebranded Demco Group’s subsidiary communications company to establish its branding in the US, which led
to a 30% revenue from new clients.
• Life Action Trust, charity fund for the advancement of education | London, UK | May 2009-July 2010
Managed charity events at Kensington Palace & St. James’s Palace. Developed strategic initiatives ensuring media coverage for charity events. • Hellenic Ministry of National Tourism | Athens, Greece, May 2008- April 2009 | London, UK, September 2009-July 2010
Planned, developed and supervised media productions at the Municipal Radio of Athens, GR, and the London Hellenic Radio in London, UK, for the Hellenic Ministry as part of the Hellenic Government’s marketing strategy for the Hellenic Tourism’s promotion. Increased the revenue from ads placements for both radio stations by 65%.
• Elected Members of the Hellenic Parliament | Athens, Greece | January 2005-September 2009
Managed all relations with national and international media for various elected members of the Hellenic Parliament and Ministers of Hellenic Government. Developed political strategies and campaigns to upgrade the public image of these elected officials and achieved their reelection.
Manager of Political Breaking News Unit
January 2014 - February 2015 (1 year 1 month)
ALPHA TV Channel owned by the Demco Group Investment Companies is the most well-viewed media organization in Greece and Cyprus.

• Led the Political Breaking News Unit responsible for coverage of political breaking news events. Managed political editorial team to find compelling ways to say the most important political news stories. Collaborated with marketing team to implement strategies for audience development. Increased the broadcast viewership rate among young audience (18-34) from 23% to 42%.
Communications Manager
European Parliament
January 2012 - December 2013 (1 year 11 months)
Managed all communications with media representatives, public relations, press events and digital strategy for Marietta Giannakou, the Elected Member of the European Parliament & Member of the EU delegation for relations with the US. Increased positive publicity by 55%, social media engagement by 40%, and media coverage by 75% leading to Robert Schuman Prize for Mrs. Giannakou.
Analyst and Foreign Correspondent
United States
August 2010 - December 2011 (1 year 4 months)
SKAI MEDIA GROUP is one of the largest media networks in Europe.

• Covered news, organizing and conducting exclusive broadcast interviews on international economic topics, as an accredited foreign correspondent at the International Monetary Fund, State Department, White House. Increased broadcast and online viewership rate by 48%.
Manager of Volunteers
Olympic Games (Athens 2004)
January 2004 - December 2004 (11 months)
Led a team of 50 volunteers at the Panathenaic Stadium of Athens for the Olympic Games of Athens in 2004. Managed volunteer selection process and crisis management initiatives relating to foreign athletic delegation and foreign visitors during the Olympic Games.
Account Manager
European Union “Youth in Action” Program
April 2003 - December 2003 (8 months)
The EU Youth in Action program enabled young people to take part in exchange schemes & become involved in voluntary service throughout Europe.

• Promoted the EU Youth Program to young people by informing and engaging prospective applicants. Increased applicants’ rate by 65%.


Executive Educational Program, Leadership for the 21st Century

2011 (1 year)

Master Degree, Political Management

2010 - 2011 (1 year)

Master’s Degree, Media and Communications

2009 - 2010 (1 year)

Master’s Degree, Political Science

2007 - 2008 (1 year)

Master’s Degree, European Relations and European Law

2005 - 2007 (2 years)

Bachelor Degree, Mass Media and Journalism

2001 - 2005 (4 years)

High School Diploma

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