Three Greeks and one Cypriot named on Forbes European 30 Under 30 list 2022

Three Greeks and one Cypriot are included in the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of the most famous people under 30 from 30 countries, which includes professionals in every possible category, from innovation and medicine to culture and fashion.

The seventh annual Forbes Under 30 Europe list showcases the power of young entrepreneurs and leaders to transform business and society. This year’s category redefines the leaders of 10 industries in nearly 30 countries.

The statistics of the list show that among specialists in their field under 30, 1% are recognized as non-binary, 41% are women and 58% are men.


Marina Rafael-Voghiatzaki / Art and culture

A sixth-generation descendant of the Swarovski family, Raphael-Voghiatzaki reflects the cultural tone of the 30 under 30 list. In 2018, she founded her sustainable luxury bag business, Marina Raphael. They are popular with celebrities – from Rita Ora to Jessica Alba – and their work is focused on creating zero waste in the environment. The brand aims to double its sales to $2.6 million this year.


Stavros Papadopoulos / Technology

The son of Greek immigrants in Germany, Stavros Papadopoulos co-founded Lendis, a SaaS company that allows customers to customize and manage everything in their office: laptops, iPhones, software, and even office furniture.

The company recently raised $32 million in a Series A round led by Keen Venture Partners and Circularity Capital, bringing total funding (including debt) to over $90 million.


Alexandros Antis / Science-Health

Growing up in Corfu, he began his journey into the world of science by studying chemistry at the University of Geneva. At the age of 29, Alexandros Antis, along with startup Veltist, developed AnastoSeal, a surgical adhesive tape to prevent leaks after surgery, which can lead to sepsis and be fatal. He has raised over $500,000 to develop this technology. The results and functions of the patch were published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials last year.



Xenia Miskuridu / Science-Health

Xenia Miskuridou, originally from Cyprus, is a researcher at the University of Oxford and aims to use machine learning models for the public good, with the ultimate goal of influencing public health policy. This helped to characterize the new coronavirus mutation and its impact on Brazil. Her work has been published in the journal Science and has been used by politicians such as the WHO.


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