Eleni Antoniadou is a multidisciplinary researcher in the fields of Regenerative Medicine and Bioastronautics with a focus on the development of stem cell-based artificial organs as an alternative therapeutic pathway for transplantations. She is an advocate for the victims of the illegal organ trafficking and leads medical volunteering missions in Latin America. She is the President of the European Health Parliament where they introduce policy recommendations on medical innovation and outline a blueprint for disruptive technologies in the European healthcare systems. Eleni has conducted clinical trials in multiple biotech companies and hospitals in the USA and the UK and performed experimental research for NASA’s Mars Exploration Lab and the European Astronaut Center. She has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Global Leader by the Tallberg Foundation, listed in the 30under30 USA Forbes, the BBC 100 Most Powerful Women, the 40under40 European Young Leaders, the Fifty for the Future by the ITF-USA and selected as a USA Cartier Laureate, and is the recipient of the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Science. Antoniadou has been voted the Woman of the Year for the United Kingdom in 2013, and the Woman of the Year in Science for Greece in 2017, among other recognitions.
"In our innovation-driven world we need to foster an educational system, where children are taught how to think and not what to think. Only a generation of thinkers with a strong moral compass will spawn a generation of doers for social good. I’m honored to be part of the Varkey’s Foundation Academy for the Global Teacher Prize."