Minister of Social Cohesion and Family

Sofia Zacharaki

Sofia Zaharaki (Athens, 1976) is a Greek educator and politician. She is the Minister of Social Cohesion and Family in the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Resume

She was born in Athens In 1976, originally from Neo Argyri, Evrytania. Her father was a secondary school theology teacher.
She studied English Literature at the Department of English Language and Literature in the Faculty of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and did postgraduate studies in Comparative Pedagogy and Management of European Educational Organizations at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
She has specialized in the teaching of the English Language, at the Institute of Education of the University of London. During the past she had worked in both public and private Educational Training Institutes as well as in public and private schools. She also worked for the Ministry of Education in the European Union department and in the Lifelong Learning and Youth Secretariat.
In 2015, she represented Greece in the IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program), as a scholarship holder of the United States Department of State, on the topic of “The role of Public-Private Partnerships in Economic Reconstruction”.
She speaks English, French and Spanish.

Policy

She has been an advisor to the Minister of Development on International and European Relations at the Ministry of Development from 2012 to 2014.
In August 2016, she was appointed deputy spokesperson for New Democracy, while in March 2019, she was appointed spokesperson for New Democracy.

On January 4, 2021, she was appointed Deputy Minister of Tourism responsible for Tourism Education and Special Forms of Tourism.
In the elections of May 2023, she was elected Member of Parliament for East Attica with New Democracy.
On June 27, 2023, she was appointed Minister of Social Cohesion and Family.

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