NICK LARIGAKIS is President & Chief Executive Officer of the American Hellenic Institute. He has held different positions with the AHI since joining the organization in 1987. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the College of New Jersey, and did post graduate work in International Affairs at the American University in Washington, DC. For his work in support of Hellenism and for his advocacy in support of U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus, Mr. Larigakis has been honored by numerous Greek American organizations, including with the 1995 Hermes Expo International Award, the 2007 Hellenic News of America Award, the 2008 Society of the Argonauts Award, and by the Greek Independence Day Committee of Tarpon Springs, FL, where he served as Honorary Grand Marshall of the 2001 and 2009 parades. Other recognitions include an honorary award from the Hellenic National Defense General Staff. He is a member of AHEPA, and received the Inaugural AHEPA Outstanding Public Advocacy Award (April 2012). During the 2004 Olympic Games he served as a volunteer. In 2003, Mr. Larigakis was invested as an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Since, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the American Community Schools of Athens and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation USA. In 2019, the Greek Minister of National Defense, bestowed upon him the Medal of "Honour and Valour” for his"distinguished services to the Hellenic Armed Forces and the Nation" and for "exceptional service and support in promoting the United States-Greece relationship." In 2015, he received the St. Katherine Community Service Award in Falls Church, Virginia.