Born in Thessaloniki and raised in Kavala, Nikos Bakirtzis graduated from the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki with a major in Balkan Studies (Politics and International Relations). His dissertation focused on the rise of the far-right in Central and South-East Europe and the refugee crisis. He did his internship at the “Hellenic Foundation of European & Foreign Policy” (ELIAMEP) where he is currently working as a research assistant. His interests include the issues of minority and human rights as well as politics and international relations and especially the rise of the far-right. He has cooperated with civil society organizations in various projects and volunteered with refugees, promoting the rights of the LGBTQ community, and actions against radicalism and the Far-Right. In his spare time, Nikos is one the main organizers of the multicultural, non-profit, arts festival called “The Lighthouse Festival”.
Updated May 2019