Stavros Benos

President, Diazoma

He was born in Kalamata on December 30, 1947 and he is a licensed topographical engineer.

He has served Greece’s public life as mayor of Kalamata (1979-1990), a member of Parliament (const. Messenia, 1990-2004, const. Athens B, 2004-2007) and Deputy Culture Minister in Andreas Papandreou’s last government. He was also Culture Minister, Minister for the Aegean region and Deputy Minister of Public Order in Kostas Simitis’ governments.

Major achievements during his public service include the reconstruction of the city Kalamata after the devastating earthquakes of September 1986. This project was awarded both by the European Council of Spatial Planners (for the original and human-centered urban restoration of Kalamata) and by EuropaNostra (for the preservation and enhancement of the city’s monuments), the establishment and operation of the Citizen Service Centers (KEPs), and the establishment and operation of DIAZOMA association.