Marianna Platyrrachou


Alumna Profiled: Marianna Platyrrachou
Graduated: DEREE ’89
Lives in: Athens, Greece
Current Position: Vice Director of Communication & Marketing, Onassis Cultural Centre (Industry: Arts)

"Enjoy life!"

Marianna Platyrrachou was born in Athens, Greece, and graduated from DEREE in 1989. She earned a BSc in Marketing Management at ACG, an MBA in International Business at Schiller International University in London and an MA in Arts Management at City University in London.  For about a decade she worked in the family jewelry business and then moved into the arts management field, first as a freelancer and since 1998 at the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and the Onassis Cultural Centre since 2010. In her spare time she walks her dog and watches movies. Marianna is married and has two sons, George 12 and John 9.


Q.: What are three enduring lessons you learned during your studies at DEREE?

I learned how to focus and study, express my ideas and work in groups

Q.: Describe DEREE in three words.

High-level education. Opportunities. International environment

Q.: One of your favorite DEREE memories?

Studying marketing and at the same time singing at the DEREE choir and taking part in performances.

Q.: What do you miss most from your days at DEREE?

I still remember some of my professors for the life-learning experiences they gave me.

Q.: Where was your favorite spot on campus?

The cafeteria, of course, the library and the lawn.

Q.: Who was your favorite professor and why?

Dr. Nicholas Tatsis, Sociology Professor.

Q.: Have you kept in touch with any of your classmates?

I have kept in touch with a few good friends but I also have a lot of acquaintances and colleagues in the professional field who are fellow DEREE alumni.

Q.: How did DEREE help prepare you for your professional life?

DEREE taught me to work hard, to appreciate character, to work in groups, to combine my interests and talents and how to move in an international environment.

Q.: What's the greatest piece of advice you've ever received?

Soak your tongue in your brain before you speak!

Q.: What (or who) inspires you most?

My two boys. Love, spontaneity, positive energy.

Q.: Your motto in life?

Enjoy life!

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