About Katerina Topouzoglou
Katerina Topouzoglou is the founder and the soul of All For Blue and the person who got us – the team together. She is the 2016 World & European Champion in Underwater Target Shooting, a Freediving Instructor – PADI, CMAS, FDI, and a Scuba Diving Instructor – PADI. Katerina has attended the Shark Handling course in Bahamas in 2013 as well as the Sharks Biodiversity, Biology & Conservation course – edX Cornell 2017 & 2020. She has been lecturing on Shark Awareness & Ocean Conservation seminars, as well as organizing beach and underwater clean ups, worldwide, since 2013.
Katerina holds the following awards:
- Award “Woman Of The Year” – LIFESTYLE magazine 2010
- Award “Outstanding Contribution” Underwater Clean Ups – Mykonos 2013
- Award “World Champion” – Greek Federation of Underwater Sports 2017
- Award “Outstanding Contribution” Shark Awareness & Athlete – Deep Magazine 2017
Administrative Officer – Athens
Katerina is a last addition to our team as she comes from a different place. She holds an MSc in Investment Management from Cass Business School and having spent almost 15 years working in banking and finance she decided one day to see what’s going on outside her office’s window…
Being a mother of three it didn’t take her long to realise that the world in which she is bringing up her children has to change. This is pretty much how she integrated into All For Blue’s team.
Alexandra Vougiouka attended Pierce College in Greece and is as a Communications and Sociology Graduate from the University of Malta. With more than 20 years of experience in Project Management, with the highlight of her being the Sport Publications Manager for the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games, she is currently the Play Unified. Learn Unified Project Manager – supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation – for the Special Olympics Hellas NGO. She fluently speaks Greek, English, Italian and German.
Events & Communications – Athens
How on earth was a supermarket trolley -with disposable plastic bags tied on it- found on the bottom of the sea at Vouliagmeni? Athena and I wondered as we couldn’t believe in our eyes when we saw the spectacle in one of our missions …
Born mermaid, being a technical swimmer with medals in freestyle diving, it didn’t take her long to become a key member of All For Blue and participate in all the underwater activities, motivating other certified divers to take part.
You may meet her at our exhibit booths, accompanied by her 11-year-old daughter Lydia, who is following in her mother’s footsteps in the water as she is already an accomplished technical swimmer.
As an employee of a pharmaceutical company, Athena explains to her colleagues and clients that just one little change in our habits is enough to save the environment and the marine ecosystem. And so, she has put stainless steel straws not only on the pharmacy shelves, but also in our lives.
Photographer / Press & Media – Volos
Officially Spiros is a computer programmer – analyst. Through his 37-year career with boats, he has been fortunate to have traveled at least once to all the islands of Greece that are inhabited and to many that are not inhabited, from Othonous to Kastelorizo and from Lemnos to Gavdos and all the coast of Turkey, which is in the Mediterranean. He is also passionate about photography.
His friends call him the “Bedouin of the Sea” and his nickname is Navigable (Nafsiporos), as his boat is called. He spends most of his time with his wife on their sailing boat making the Aegean Tour. Spiros followed with his camera (October 2018 – April 2019) the #KeepAegeanBlue mission in the Dodecanese aiming at raising students’ awareness of the marine environment. Since then he has been with us on every mission.
Cameraman / Press & Media – Syros
When not scuba diving, he spends time with his other major love of cinema and film editing. Owner of Replay Media, he is the Deus ex machina every time we need to combine image with sound to tell our own sea stories to a new audience in order to attract volunteers.
Markos’ skills are a valuable tool for us, and in our work we have repeatedly relied on communication, education and, quite simply, how to explain who we are and what we do. Yes you got it right, he is the man behind every All For Blue video clips and behind every video of our Organization’s actions. A professional diver, scuba trainer and scuba trainers’ trainer, he is dressing the moments of his life with his favorite color: the blue of the sea.
Deeply environmentally aware, he has received similar stimuli since his childhood and transmitted them to his surroundings. He is a freelance diver and first aid trainer.
Events & Communications – Monemvasia
Swimming in calm blue waters in one of the most popular islands in the Aegean, was holding for her “secret meetings” with plastic items floating among bathers but also countless butts. This is how one summer Maria made the big decision to change what bothers her and is nothing more than a picture of tons of rubbish found on our seas and coasts.
Maria met Katerina, her mentor ever since, in one of the All For Blue actions. When they met again back in the water, she volunteered devoutly with All For Blue and began following us on all our winter cleaning missions. Since then, Maria has added yet another great love to her resume: protecting the sea.
Together with her beloved husband Panagiotis, they do not miss the opportunity to join forces with students and society and send their own message that everything is a matter of ecological consciousness and the replacement of everyday habits that pollute the planet.
Always ready with an answer and with charm, she does not hesitate to convey her ecological messages to her famous – with an influence on social media – clients, whom she takes care of during the summer as a make-up artist.
Co-captain / Underwater Missions Manager – Syros
Till the age of 5, he was sleeping on an inflatable boat in his bedroom, and everyone understood the lifechanging relationship he would later have with the sea. The liquid element fascinates him throughout the course of his life and in combination with his fighting spirit, John is an integral part of our team. He is also the co-captain on the All For Blue boat and participates in all of our underwater missions as he holds a free diving license.
His contact with the sea is daily. Swimming is one of his favorite hobbies and the collection of trash he finds on the seabed and beaches was the driving force for his decision to integrate with All For Blue. He is an underwater shooting champion – a member of the National Team, and he used to be an athlete of water polo and technical swimming. He is a member of the Syros Inflatables Group and a friend of the Aegean Group. He has been involved in canoeing and kayaking in the local race in Syros, as well as in the karate technique.
Co-captain / Underwater Missions Manager – Mykonos
Gerasimos has been involved in the tourism sector for 35 years and this summer he will become a diving instructor in his island. He participates in all our activities in the Cyclades, and is a big fan of the underwater cleaning ideology behind every dive: Dive for a Cause!
Tasos Roussos (Zanikos)
Captain / Mission Manager – Syros
Tasos is the captain of the AFB as well as the captain of the Aegean Team, the President of the Syros Inflatables Group and a certified diver. Tasos doesn’t like to talk about himself and his actions because of his artistic nature.
He is a musician as he plays the drums and the toumperleki and from times to times he also directs theatrical plays. As an example, we mention the play that was upheld to the unique Donoussa school in the framework of the Mission of Love co-organized by the Syros Inflatables Group.
Greg is a scuba dive instructor, free-diver and shark educator. He is passionate about ocean protection and Shark conservation. Having previously been a personal trainer and strength & conditioning coach in London, he has now dedicated his life to the protection of the marine world and in particular sharks. In summary he is a Vegan, Rugby player, hardcore vexillologist, lover of sharks, the marine world, wildlife and Disney!
He was born in Kalymnos the year 1992 and since he was 2 years old he started familiarizing himself with the sea and the marine environment. Growing up from all the sports available he choose swimming as his favorite sport eventhough the public facilities did not allow annual practices. As a student he used to clean up beaches and the seabed with his friends. In 2015 he graduated from Physical Education from the Kapodistrian Univercity of Athens and he choose swimming as his recidency.
At 2018 Mihalis founded Proteas Nautical Sports Club of Kalymnos a mainly swimming club with the soul purpose to give the opportunity to the talented athletes of Kalymnos to compete in greater swimming meets as well as to promote the environmental concusness of the athletes. This year only the club organized 10 coastal and underwater cleanups removing the total amount of 8.000 kgs of garbage from the beaches and sea floor of Kalymnos. The athletes and the club fully aware of environmental issues will keep on taking action against environmental pollution in Kalymnos as well as competing in swimming meets at a national stage. Mihalis is a professional freediver licensed by Apnea Academy international, he is also a professional lifeguard and a lifeguard coach, a Skipper and an emergency first responder instructor licensed from PADI.
Natalie Donikian, Ethiopia
Natalie was raised in Ethiopia from Greek Armenian parents and studied in Belgium, Spain and the UK. She has a background in Sociology and Conflict Resolution with a Master´s Degree from King´s College, London. Her biggest commitment is to raise awareness, engage interest and win support for vital causes. She is passionate about travel, adventure, the environment and marine life. She loves being close to the ocean and feeling the sun, and gets most of her energy from vitamin sea.