Katerina Sakellaropoulou

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Katerina Sakellaropoulou
Κατερίνα Σακελλαροπούλου
President Sakellaropoulou.jpg
Sakellaropoulou in 2020
President of Greece
Assumed office
13 March 2020
Prime MinisterKyriakos Mitsotakis
Preceded byProkopis Pavlopoulos
President of the Council of State
In office
17 October 2018 – 11 February 2020
Vice PresidentAthanasios Rantos [el]
Preceded byNikolaos Sakellariou [el]
Succeeded byAthanasios Rantos [el]
Vice President of the Council of State
In office
22 October 2015 – 17 October 2018
PresidentNikolaos Sakellariou [el]
Preceded byNikolaos Sakellariou [el]
Succeeded byAthanasios Rantos [el]
Personal details
Aikaterini Sakellaropoulou

(1956-05-30) 30 May 1956 (age 66)
Thessaloniki, Kingdom of Greece
Political partyIndependent[a][1]
Domestic partnerPavlos Kotsonis
Residence(s)Presidential Mansion, Athens
EducationUniversity of Athens
University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas

Katerina Sakellaropoulou[2] (Greek: Κατερίνα Σακελλαροπούλου, Katerína Sakellaropoúlou, [kateˈrina sakelaroˈpulu]; born 30 May 1956) is a Greek judge who has been the president of Greece since 13 March 2020.[3] She was elected by the Hellenic Parliament to succeed Prokopis Pavlopoulos on 22 January 2020. Prior to her election as president, Sakellaropoulou served as president of the Council of State, the highest administrative court of Greece. She is the country's first female president.[4]


Sakellaropoulou was born in Thessaloniki. Her parents are Nikolaos Sakellaropoulos, a former vice president of the Greek Supreme Court, and Aliki Paraskeva.[5] Her family comes from Stavroupoli, a town in Xanthi prefecture. She studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and completed her postgraduate studies in public law at Paris II University. In the mid-1980s, she was admitted to the Council of State and she was promoted to councellor in 2000.[6]

In October 2015 she was appointed vice-president of the Council of State, and in October 2018 she became the first female president of the court, following a unanimous vote.[7] Her election came after the Syriza government, which was in power at the time, considered her progressive record on issues such as the environment and human rights.[8]

She has been a member of the Association of Judiciary Functionaries of the Council of State. During her tenure at the association, she has served as its secretary-general (1985–1986), vice-president (2006–2008), and president (1993–1995, 2000–2001).[6]

She publishes regularly in academic journals. She has also contributed to the book Financial crisis and environmental protection on the case law of the Council of State (Greek: Οικονομική κρίση και προστασία του περιβάλλοντος στη νομολογία του Συμβουλίου της Επικρατείας), Papazisis Publications, 2017.[9]

President of Greece[edit]

On 15 January 2020, the Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, nominated her for the post of president of the Hellenic Republic,[10][11] a post she was elected to on 22 January 2020 with 261 MPs voting in favour in the 300-seat Parliament.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sakellaropoulou lives with her partner, Pavlos Kotsonis, a lawyer.[12] She has one child from a previous marriage.[13]

She is an Aris Thessaloniki supporter.[14]


National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]


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  3. ^ "President – Presidency of the Hellenic Republic". Retrieved 2020-03-15.
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  7. ^ "Όλα τα ονόματα των προέδρων και αντιπροέδρων των Ανωτάτων Δικαστηρίων". iefimerida.gr. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  8. ^ Smith, Helena (Jan 16, 2020). "Progressive judge to become Greece's first female president". Retrieved Mar 13, 2020 – via www.theguardian.com.
  9. ^ "Αικατερίνη Σακελλαροπούλου". biblionet.gr. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  10. ^ "Greek PM taps top female judge as country's president". Reuters. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  11. ^ "Greek PM Taps Top Female Judge as Country's President". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
  12. ^ "Το προφίλ της Σακελλαροπούλου: Λάτρης της φύσης, των ταξιδιών και των γατών". star.gr. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
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  14. ^ "Νέα Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας: Η σχέση της Κατερίνας Σακελλαροπούλου με τη Θεσσαλονίκη". metrosport.gr. Retrieved 2020-01-16.
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  1. ^ Close to the PASOK.
Legal offices
Preceded by Vice President of the Council of State
Succeeded by
President of the Council of State
Political offices
Preceded by President of Greece
Order of precedence
First Order of precedence of Greece
Succeeded by
Kyriakos Mitsotakis
as Prime Minister