Dr. Mary Stylidi holds a Diploma (BA) in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Attica. She has also obtained a Diploma in Pedagogics from the Superior School of Pedagogical and Technological Education in Crete, an MA in Human Services from Headway University in USA, an MBA in Disaster Management and a Doctorate of Science in Disaster Psychology from the same University. She also holds an MA in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid from the University of Madrid in Spain. She works at the Department of Special Education Personnel of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religion Affairs. Also, she is deployed as an External Expert in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva and as an International Consultant in the Field of Education, Health and Human Rights in the European Commission. Currently, she conducts her post-doc research in Aleppo, Syria on “Human devastation Syndrome”. In 2015, she became a Regional Commissioner for the Unaccompanied Minor Refugees in Greece on behalf of UNHCR. Also, she is a certified International Rescuer in the Field of Technical Rescue and a Delegate in the International Committee of Red Cross in Geneva.
In 2009, she received a Medal of Recognition from the Government of the People’s Republic of China for the supply of vulnerable population groups after the earthquake in May 2008 in Sichuan. In the same year, she received a Medal of Recognition of her participation in various humanitarian missions of the Hellenic Red Cross. In 2012, she received a Certificate of Appreciation for her participation as a project leader in the International Summer School in Palestine from the University of Hebron. In 2014, she received a research award for excellence in the field of statelessness of UNHCR and Tilburg University. In 2015, she received the North – South 2015 Prize from the European Council in recognition of her work in promoting human rights and solidarity between the Nordic countries and southern Europe. In 2016, she received a Fellowship Grant from the Atlantic Council, Centre for Strategic & International Studies and the German Marshall Fund of the United States to attend the NATO Summit in Warsaw. In 2017, she received a Research Grant from the Georg Eckert Institute on Education for Sustainable Peace. In 2018, she received two Research Fellowships from the Centre of European Excellence Jean Monnet, as well as a Visitor Fellowship Award from Indiana University Bloomington in US.