Professor Dimitrios Th. Vassiliadis (also Demetrios Th. Vassiliades, Greek: Δημήτριος Θ. Βασιλειάδης) initiated the teaching of the Hindi and the Sanskrit languages at the Foreign Language Teaching Center, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2005. where he continues to teach until now.
Currently, he is also the President of the Hellenic-Indian Society for Culture and Development (ELINEPA) which was founded in 2003, the Director of the Athens Center for Indian & Indo-Hellenic Studies, which was founded in 2016, and the President of the Greek Indian Business Association (GIBA) which was founded in 2019. He is a founding member of the Indo-Hellenic Friendship League, member of the Indian Society for Greek & Roman Studies, and Advisory Board member of the Indo-Hellenic Research Center in New Delhi, and nominated partner of the Portuguese Academy of Cultural and Artistic Heritage (Academia Lusófona do Património Cultural e Artístico). In 2022, he was selected by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations for the “Bharat Mitra Samman – Distinguished Alumni Award”.
Previously, he was a Senior Fellow of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Hindi at the Banaras Hindu University. He was also awarded ICCR fellowships for the completion of his M.A. and Ph.D. in Indian Philosophy at the Banaras Hindu University.
He has participated in international seminars, delivered lectures in Indian and Greek Universities, authored several books on Indian studies, including the first-ever Greek-Hindi and Hindi-Greek Dictionary and the first book on Sanskrit in the Greek Language. He has contributed research papers and articles in Greece, India, Spain, Japan, South Korea, Canada, and Bangladesh. He is the editor of the online magazines “INDIKA” and “Greek-Indian Economic Forum“
He served as a Chairperson in the sections “Indian Philosophy” and “Philosophical Traditions in Asia & the Pacific” at the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy-Athens 2013. He was a co-organizer of the 17th International Hindi Conference, which was held in Athens in 2019, and in which he was awarded the “Friend of Hindi, 2019” prize for his contribution to the spread of Hindi in Greece.
With the capacity of the President of ELINEPA, he organized international conferences and numerous programs on Indian philosophy, art, and culture in collaboration with the Embassy of India in Athens, universities, municipalities, cultural centers and other institutions all over Greece, as well as educational tours in India. He has also promoted the production of Indian films in Greece, Greek documentaries in India, and other research projects on Indo-Greek themes in both countries.
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