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Pathways to Success – Careers Day

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  • Where: Greek Centre, Mezzanine Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
  • Entry: Free (Bookings Essential)

Event Details

Seek inspiration. Broaden your horizons. Embrace your heritage. Build your network.

The Hellenic Medical Society of Australia (HMSA) and the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), brings to you a Careers Day that has the students’ interests at its core. We have a dynamic group of Greek-Australian professionals, from a variety of professional fields, who are keen to interact with you, answer your questions and invest time into your future.

Current University students will also be present to answer any of your questions.

This is a free event but bookings are essential. Secure your spot early!


Who should attend? Students in Years 10-12 at a school that teaches Greek. This includes the Greek Community Schools, Greek Language Schools, as well as day schools where Greek is taught (eg Alphington Grammar, Oakleigh Grammar, St Johns College)

When? Saturday 7th September 2024, 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Registration desk will be open from 1pm.

Where? Mezzanine level, The Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Any queries please email:

For updates and more information on speakers:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please see below for more information:

1. Program Outline

2. A list of the Professionals attending

3. FAQs

(Please note: The Program and list of Professionals attending is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances)

1. Program Outline:

1:00pm-1:30pm – Registrations & Coffee/Hot Chocolate (Come within this timeframe to Register, collect your badge, show bag and other goodies).

1:30pm-1:40pm – Welcome & Introduction

1:40pm-1:55pm – ‘The hot seat’ with A/Prof Marinis Pirpiris, Yianni Zaparas, Kathy Tsaples, Captain George Kailis

1:55pm-2:15pm – ‘On the couch’ with Dennis Bastas, Melissa Pateras, Ross Savas

2:15pm-2:30pm – Group Q&A

2:30pm – 3:00pm – Smaller group ‘break out’ sessions

3:00pm-3:30pm – Coffee/Hot Chocolate/Networking

3:30pm – Conclusion of event

2. List of Professionals:


A/Prof Marinis Pirpiris – Orthopaedic Surgeon, President of the Hellenic Medical Society of Australia, Treasurer of the Greek Community of Melbourne

Dr James Dimou – Neurosurgeon, Director of Junior Surgical Training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr Paul Eleftheriou – Principal at Nous Group, International Management Consultancy

Dr George Koufogiannis – Urological Surgeon

Dr Athina Pirpiris – Urological surgeon

Dr Bill Hadzakis – Dentist

Law & Politics:
Cr Emily Dimitriadis – Lawyer, City of Darebin Councillor
Fotini Kypraios – Principal Lawyer, Prisma Legal
Yianni Zaparas – Partner Zaparas Lawyers

Business: Entrepreneurs:
Dennis Bastas – DBG Health Executive Chairman & Group CEO
Melissa Pateras – CEO Meleros Cosmetics

Business: Accounting:
Manuel Tsirmiris – Accountant, Founder and Director of Accountancy Group

Business: Construction, Real Estate, Property valuation:
Alex Dimou – Senior National Director of Property Services Group, NAB
Peter Mercoulia – Co-founder and Co-director of Merkon Constructions
Ross Savas – Managing Director of Kay & Burton

Business: Marketing:
Katerina Tsamourtzis – Head of Marketing & Communications, Woodards

Kathy Tsaples – Chef, Author, Owner Sweet Greek

Allied Health:
Dimitri Chrisoulis – Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Personal Trainer
Aspasia Dukas – Pharmacist, Founder and Director of Dukasa Compounding Pharmacy.
Demi Haralambous – Physiotherapist, Founder and Director of The Baby Physio
Peter Tsamourtzis – Orthoptist & Director of Business Operations at Ashwood Eye and ENT Centre. Research Assistant at Austin Hospital.

Arts, Academia, Education:
Dr Stavroula Nikoloudis – Lecturer and Coordinator, Greek Studies Program, La Trobe University
Dr Andonis Piperoglou – Hellenic Senior Lecturer in Global Diasporas, University of Melbourne
Dr Constantine Roubos – Principal Pythagoras Greek School & Assistant Principal of Sholem Aleichem College

Captain George Kailis – Boeing 737 Flight Training Captain

Fotis Kapetopoulos – Journalist for Neos Kosmos, Secretary of Independent Multicultural Media Australia, and head of Kape Communications Pty Ltd

A/Prof Theo Mantamadiotis – Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, The University of Melbourne
Dr Betty Exintaris – Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, and Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Monash University

Dion Kouskouris – Software Engineer at Telstra

Performing Arts:
Con Kalamaras – Musician, Composer, Events Producer

Visual Arts:
Dimitrios Kotsianis – Motion Artist

3. FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

a) Why do I need to Register? Registrations will help us know how many students will be attending and given the limited number of spaces, it will allow us to more efficiently organise the smaller group sessions.

b) Can I rock up on the day without registering? Only students who have pre-registered will be able to attend.

c) Why do you need my contact details? So that we can keep you updated about this event. You will not be spammed by the HMSA or the GCM.

d) If I am in year 9 at my day school but in year 10 at Greek school, can I attend the event? Yes, you are eligible to attend based on your year level at the Greek school.

e) If I have already graduated from Greek School, but am currently in Year 12 at my day school, am I able to attend? Yes, you are eligible to attend.

f) What is the dress code? This is a Professional event, so please dress Smart or Business Casual.

g) How do I contact someone? Please email: and you will receive a reply within 48 hours.

h) Do parents need to accompany the student? There is no requirement for parents to attend the event. Owing to space limitations and limited spots, only one parent per child can attend and must be pre-registered.

i) Will I be able to talk to any of the professionals on the list? Yes, following the smaller group sessions, there will be an opportunity for you to network and speak to any of the professionals on the list.

j) How do I find out more details about the Professionals? There will be updates through social media as well as through the HMSA website.

  • LANGUAGE English
  • CATEGORY Workshop
  • PRESENTED BY The Greek Community of Melbourne
  • PLACE Greek Centre, Mezzanine
  • ADDDRESS Mezzanine Level, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000