Once upon a time Coffee_Me went to university but didn’t meet many people there like others do. I did but from other universities since mine was far away, connecting with freshers located in the centre was easier:) The few I have from my institution of higher education seem like the most important ones:)
Throughout the years I have been observing this gentleman and he truly is one: he stands up when you approach the table to sit down (I was very late for this one, maybe he was tired of sitting:), the way he speaks, rides his horse, wears his shoes, went a bit broad on describing gentlemen qualities, but one knows when one meets one. I give the best possible description to this word, most surely thesaurus Oxford Dictionary type material:). Now ‘observing’ sounds a little creepy at the beginning of the sentence. There were frequent links on FB to George’s many broadcasts of all sort of political things, since politics to me is what fire once was for the stone age people, my reaction was always ‘wow this guy is on TV and I went to uni with him’:) But I polished my edges and started writing and with my new obtained intelligence decided to reach out:) So here we sat across the table from each other, catching up and me listening to yet another incredible story of a person with stamina and clear vision of things he likes, wants to be and wants to achieve.
Born in Athens, the capital of the country with beautiful everything, as a boy he dreamt of becoming an archeologist. Upon discovering history for himself, he got drawn to it and kept reading it and while coming of age discovered his passion for modern politics. Whilst deciding what to study – law or politics- he made a decision of a well balanced person I’d say:) and concluded that: politics can be read and learnt about but law has to be studied.
And so he embarked on his adventurous journey of law education: in Belgium, Paris and London. Constitutional law was his most favourite since he was young and it was his connecting point with politics, his aim was to study it in each country he lived in. He also studied EU law MA at LSE after which he travelled to Brussels for a year to work for the European Commission. Upon his return to Big Ben city he did PhD at UCL. A year after he moved to California as a visiting scholar researcher at Stanford University and spent 9 months there. Subsequently he travels to Qatar as a university lecturer (drafting contracts and USA law), feeling very privileged to get to know this closed nation and forming a very strong connection with it. I remember his pictures and writings on Facebook at the time, they were clearly of a person who is deeply fascinated by the culture and his experience. Around this time in his life he gets approached by Al Jazeera news channel to talk about politics: Greek and EU, and it is here that he makes his frequent appearances. Upon finishing his lecturing at the university in Qatar he goes back to Brussels to pursue his law career and works there, then going back to London to finish his PhD. But duty calls and takes him back to his home country to the army where he serves as gentlemen do:) and back again to the mighty capital of UK, to pass his PhD and bar exam. He then settles down to work at LaW (all sort of TV series of law kind run through my head but I keep a tight hold on my questions of the kind one can come up with not working in the industry). If there wasn’t enough of dedication in the area, George also writes articles for newspapers about Greek politics.
Likes: Swimming // Dislikes: Small Talks