Ioannis Fidanakis

Ioannis Fidanakis is the former President of Panthracian Union of America ‘Orpheus’ and former Spokesman for the Hellenic League of America, HLA. Ioannis has a M.A. in Public Policy and a B.A. in Political Science; with a concentration in International Politics and a minor in History.

In 2007, Mr. Fidanakis became the youngest elected President of a Greek-American organization in the New York-New Jersey area and perhaps the entire United States. He is best remembered for organizing the first ever annual Greek Genocide Commemoration outside the United Nations in 2009. For three consecutive years, Mr. Fidanakis was the organizer of this annual Panthracian event and also served twice as its Master of Ceremonies. During those three years, the event held such distinguished guest speakers as Member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Professor Theofanis Malkidis and First Vice-President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Alex Hinton. As well as Founder and Director of the Assyrian Genocide Research Center (Seyfo), Sabri Atman, and American Blogger and Political Activist Pamela Geller, to name a few.

After serving as President of the Panthracians for two years, Mr. Fidanakis decided to decline several requests by members to run for re-election, instead choosing to stay on as the Panthracian Representative to the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2010.

In 2008, Mr. Fidanakis joined with other concerned Greek-Americans in the New York-New Jersey area and helped found the Hellenic League of America, HLA. The HLA served as a grassroots activist organization on Hellenic issue from 2008 until 2011. As former Spokesman of the HLA and former member of Cyprus Action Network of America, CANA, he has had the privilege of being a guest speaker at several different grassroots rallies, lectures and functions up and down the East Coast. While an activist, for both the HLA and CANA, Mr. Fidanakis played a key role in many different Greek advocacy campaigns, such as the 2008 successful removal of the Sun of Vergina from a VISA Credit Card for the Skopjean-American ‘United Macedonian Diaspora’ Organization.

In 2010, Mr. Fidanakis received Greek Citizenship becoming a dual-national, which allowed him to fulfill his childhood dream of serving in the Greek Military. Today, he currently lives in Greece.

In his free time, Mr. Fidanakis has written several articles and op-eds on topics ranging from the Greek National Issues to criticism of the Greek-American Lobby. His writings have been published in Greek-American Newspapers from Chicago to New York, as well as on such web sites as, Sparta: Journal of Ancient Spartan and Greek History, and other various blogs. He is also a contributor to the popular Greek Diaspora Blog HellasFrappe.

Below are several links to interviews and articles that mention Mr. Fidanakis: