M U L T I P L A T F O R M S T O R Y T E L L I N G
Niko Efstathiou was born in Athens, Greece and recently obtained his Masters from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, specializing in Technology, Media and Communications.
Niko graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science. He was selected as a 2016 Google News Lab Fellow partnering with WITNESS Media Lab and worked on human rights monitoring through citizen video in Western Sahara. He is also currently the Head of Media and Technology at synpraxis.
His academic interest on the disillusionment of the Ottoman Empire and its effects on contemporary diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean led him to pursue the Fox Fellowship in Istanbul. There, Niko conducted a research project on the role of Greek Diplomats in shaping Ottoman diplomacy during the Tanzimat Period and was also the communications director of The NO Project, an award winning, global education campaign that targets youth awareness of human trafficking and modern day slavery though multiplatform storytelling and art.
Driven with a passion for international relations as well as a creative curiosity about the new methods of expression in the digital age, Niko has also served as the Executive Director of the Yale International Relations Association, a co-coach for the national debate team of Greece and a reporter and op-ed contributor for Kathimerini in Athens.