Marianna V. Vardinoyannis is a Greek philanthropist and an advocate for human rights and child health. Recognised for her work internationally, she is also a Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and a recipient of the 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize of the United Nations. She is the Founder/President of “Marianna V. Vardinoyannis Foundation”, “ELPIDA Friends’ Association of Children with cancer” and “Orama Elpidas Association”.
She has fought against cancer in children for more than 30 years, helping thousands of diseased children. She created the first Pediatric Oncology Hospital in Greece. She also advocates for the protection of human rights, children and families, people in need and refugees in Greece. She supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and UNESCO programs for education, peace, cultural heritage and dialogue among civilizations. She is the Founder and Honorary President of the “Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies”, member of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Advisory Board and of the Leadership Councils of “Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights” and “Concordia”, trustee of the “MENTOR Foundation”, the “Nizami Ganjavi International Center”, and other organizations. She holds a BA in Economics, BA in History of Art and MPhil in Archaeology.