Alumna Profiled: Konstantina Sakellariou
Graduated: PIERCE ’91, DEREE ‘95
Lives in: Dubai, UAE
Current Position: Partner, Marketing & Operations Director, Middle East for Stanton Chase International
"Don’t give up."
KONSTANTINA SAKELLARIOU was born in Athens, Greece, and graduated from PIERCE in 1991 and DEREE in 1995. She also earned an undergraduate degree in management and administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business, and an MBA from The University of Illinois-MBA Athens Program. Konstantina started her career in the banking sector, but she moved on to consulting, especially on the development of human talent, while for the past 6 years she is an entrepreneur. Currently, she is a partner for the Middle East offices of Stanton Chase International, one of the leading executive search and leadership consulting companies and, from her base in Dubai, she tackles the needs of the broader Middle East and Africa region. She has traveled extensively to over 40 counties and speaks 4 languages. She has also been involved in non-governmental organizations, she was elected as member of the Board of Directors of JCI (Junior Chamber International) and she has collaborated closely with ICC in Greece and abroad. In her free time, she assists in the nationalization programs in the United Arab Emirates.
Q.: What are three enduring lessons you learned during your studies at DEREE?
Hard work, hard work, hard work. In a society where speed is overpriced, we tend to believe that we can compromise on the accomplishments of hard work and our commitment to it.
Q.: Describe DEREE in three words.
International, professional, supportive
Q.: One of your favorite DEREE memories?
The beginning of each new semester. It is nice to experience the sensation of the unknown.
Q.: What do you miss most from your days at DEREE?
The plethora of options in classes, professors, experiences and opportunities.
Q.: Where was your favorite spot on campus?
The library. I also loved the mountain corners behind the campus, but I am not sure I could share two favorite spots!
Q.: Who was your favorite professor and why?
Mrs. Laios – English teacher. She taught me how to write proper business English. Her advice still guides me today.
Q.: Have you kept in touch with any of your classmates?
Unfortunately, no! I have been traveling extensively, and, I must admit, the alumni group was not so active while I was living in Greece. For the past several years, I have been living abroad, and, although I am connected in the virtual community, I do not have the chance to meet with the people face to face.
Q.: How did DEREE help prepare you for your professional life?
I was taught how to be professional, precise and focused. Combining this with passion in what you do is the secret of being happy – and hopefully successful.
Q.: What's the greatest piece of advice you've ever received?
Dare to overcome your limitations.
Q.: What (or who) inspires you most?
My family. They offer me a safe harbor when everything else is unstable.
Q.: Your motto in life?
Don’t give up.
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