Karapatakis, 2017, Greece
- BA in Law and Security (Police) Sciences, Hellenic Police Officers’ Academy in Athens
- MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development, Criminology School of Leicester University
Since I graduated from the Police Academy I was appointed as a District Police Commander of a Police Department in northern Greece (Florina Region). Beyond ordinary police tasks, the department was commissioned with issues of state security and cross-border transnational crime (2004-2010). In 2010 I represented Greece to the United States Security Coordinator in the West Bank – Palestine, where for four years I served as a security technical advisor in a Security Sector Reform Program for the Palestinian Authority Security Services (2010-2014). After my return to Greece I was posted as Deputy Head of the Europol National Unit handling portfolios in Europol programs and intelligence issues during the terrorist attack in Europe in 2015. In May 2016, I was appointed personal aide to the Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior and ran his office, and was responsible for the migration and refugee crisis in Greece, addressing operational issues from the affected islands of the East Mediterranean Sea to policy issues at the EU Council in Brussels and Luxemburg (2015-2016).
What do you hope to achieve through the MA Program: I chose this specific MA program for many reasons; one of them is its interdisciplinary curriculum. This MA gives me the opportunity to have tailor-made studies to my already obtained skills and knowledge as a mid-career professional with an international perspective. Additionally, the MA’s biweekly seminars and other academic activities build on our professional experience and allow us to gain from a variety of disciplines and fields of practice. I am confident that the MA will bring me a step closer to my career objectives.