Sissi Lygnou was born in Athens, in 1978.
In 1996, she graduated from the German School of Athens, qualified with the German Diploma “Abitur”. She has studied Business Administration and Economics at the University of Regensburg (1996-2001), in Bavaria – Germany, and completed her studies with a dissertation on the field of Tourism with the title “Tourism Development in the European Union – The Economic Aspect”. She has taken active participation in 3 “European Youth Parliament” Projects in Ireland, Germany and Denmark.
In November 2001, she returned to Greece, where she started her working experience in the Public Relations, Culture & Events Department of the ATHENS 2004 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. In February 2004, she was promoted to the Communications Department of the Committee and was assigned with the role of the Communications Manager for the Olympic &
Paralympic Village until October 2004.
In November 2004, she continued with her career, as a stakeholder at the “family owned” Company AFEA Travel & Congress Services, where she was appointed Manager of the Congress & Events Department. In 2018, she was promoted to the position of CEO, Operations & Development - PCO Services of AFEA, a role that she serves until today.
She has been member of the Board of Directors of HAPCO (Hellenic Association of Professional Congress Organizers) since 2009 and until today, in the position of the Secretary General. In May 2009, she was appointed Special Secretary of EFAPCO (European Association of Professional Congress Organizers), and kept that role until December 2018. She has represented AFEA in various projects and committees of IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organizers). She is an active member of Advisory Boards dealing with the development of the country’s Meetings Industry.
She speaks English and German fluently and has a basic knowledge of Spanish. In her free time, she likes to attend dance classes and participates in various dance competitions.