Demetrios Fakinos studied Business Administration (BA Hons) at the University of Piraeus and Human Resources Management (MSc) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His professional career has granted him a central, critical role in the advancement and promotion of design initially in Greece and currently on an international level. In 1998 he published +DESIGN magazine and in 2002 he initiated EBGE (Greek Graphic Design Awards). He organises (or co-organises) four annual conferences that cover the fields of communication design (DesignAthens), architecture and interior design (ESO), digital design (Digitized) and product/industrial design. He curates the Design Ypo Stegi cycle of events at the Onasis Cultural Centre. Since 2007 he directs the European Design Awards and the accompanying festival.