Georgios (Jorgos) Papadakis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1972.
Jorgos worked for EFA as Communications officer between January 2015 and April 2017.
He finished the 29th Lyceum before enrolling at the Athens Technical University (major: Power Engineering) and the Antenna Media College, an affiliate of the London School of Journalism (major: Print & Electronic Media). Later on, he became an extraordinary Fellow (M.Sc) at the Institute of Communication Studies, University of Vienna. (field: Minority Media in the European Union).
He started his professional career from Antenna TV and Radio in Thessaloniki, Greece. His later professional assignments included work in various countries for numerous Greek, regional and international media such as the newspapers Express and Eleftherotypia, the Macedonian news portal MKD.mk, the Austrian Press Agency, Eurolang and many more.
His career in communications includes also working as spokesperson for the UNDP, private companies in Greece and abroad, extensive public relations engagements and advisory positions. He has also significant experience working with youth as the Executive Director of the Balkan Youth Foundation, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Jorgos is a long-term activist for minority rights in Greece. Since 2000 he is member of EFA Rainbow, the political party of the Macedonian minority in Greece, and the Home of Macedonian Culture, having served as spokesperson and communication officer for both organisations as well as the Greek Member State Committee of the European Bureau of Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL).
He is currently member of the collective presidency of EFA Rainbow and columnist for the minority newspapers “Nova Zora” (Macedonian) and “Trakyanin Sesi” (Turkish).
He is also a founding member of SEEMO, the leading media freedom watchdog in South, Central and Eastern Europe, having served as a Board member and Special Advisor to the Secretary General.