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Appointment of IOTF Vice – Chairperson Fani Palli-Petralia as Honorary Doctorate of the University of Peloponnese
Fani Palli-Petralia, Vice – Chairperson of the International Olympic Truce Foundation and former minister, was awarded with the title of Honorary Doctorate of the Department of Sport Management at the University of Peloponnese, Greece.
Prof. Constantinos Georgiades, Vice Chancellor of the University of Peloponnese, and Prof. Constantinos Mountakis, Chairman of the Dept. of Sport Management, presented the award to Mrs. Palli – Petralia in recognition of her contribution in sports and olympism, both in Greece and internationally.
Dr. Jacques Rogue, President of the International Olympic Committee, sent a congratulatory message, emphasizing on the contribution of Mrs. Fani Palli-Petralia to the Olympic Movement and her dedication to the Olympic Ideals throughout the years. As stated in Mr. Jacques Rogge message, “on behalf of the Olympic Movement, I would like to convey my warmest congratulations for a distinction you really deserve”.
The ceremony, which took place on Friday, December 7, 2012, was attended by academics including the Prof. George Kostas, Vice Chancellor at the University of Thrace, Mr. Leonidas Grigorakos, Vice President of the Hellenic Parliament, MPs, regional and local authorities’ leaders, representatives of the Ministry of Education, students, journalists etc.
Fani Palli-Petralia (born August 10, 1943) is a Greek
lawyer, New Democracy politician and a former Minister for Employment
and Social Protection. She is also a former Minister of Tourism, the
first woman to hold this position.
Born in Athens, she studied law at the University of Athens.
She was elected MP for the Athens B constituency in the general elections of 1985, 1989 (June and November), 1990, 1993, 1996 and 2000.
She was elected to the ND Central Committee in 1990 and the Executive Committee in 1997. In 1999, she became president of the European Women’s Union. In 2002, she was elected president of the International Democratic Union of Women.
She served as Deputy Minister for Culture from 1990 to 1991 and Deputy Minister for Health, Welfare and Social Security from 1992 to 1993. She was Alternate Minister for Culture from 2004 to 2006.
She was appointed Minister for Tourism on 15 February 2006, and was not included in the Cabinet that was appointed after the September 2007 parliamentary election.
On 18 December 2007, Palli-Petralia returned to the cabinet as Minister for Employment and Social Protection.