Soft Power Awards

The Board of Directors of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (H.I.C.D) decided to establish the “Soft Power Awards” that will take place in Greece or abroad once a year.




The Committee makes the decisions in an independent way and doesn’t work under the supervision of the H.I.C.D or any other state, business, or party organisation.

The role of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy as well as of the participating bodies throughout the institution of the “Soft Power Awards” is limited to suggesting the candidates to the Committee of committee.

The three-member Soft Power Awards Committee consists of:

Archimandrite Apostolos Kavaliotis

Archimandrite Apostolos Kavaliotis

Xenophon Mousas<br></br>

Xenophon Mousas

Panagiotis Neufelt<br></br>

Panagiotis Neufelt

Τhe criteria by which the committee evaluate the candidate’s work are the following:

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The prize

of the Awards

The award is accompanied by a gold-labelled statuette – symbol of the Greek goddess Nike, who in the ancient Greek religion personified victory. The statuette is 30cm high and 15cm wide, and it is placed on a marble base and crafted by the famous Greek sculptor Achilleas Vasileiou.

The personalities that were awarded in 2019 for their contributions in culture and sciences were:
George Pippas HICD

George Pippas

Mayor of Cambridge
Μανώλης Παπαγρηγοράκης

Manolis Papagrigorakis

Ξενοφών Μουσάς

Xenophon Mousas



Date of Submission

The deadline for applications is October 1st of each year. After this date no application will be accepted.
Direction Arrows
1st Phase

Announcement of Candidates

At this phase the Commission announces the names of the award nominees.
2nd Phase


of Nominations

1. Nomination Proposal

In order for an application to be considered by the Committee of Critics, a nomination proposal by the President of the H.I.C.D must be preceded, which must be accepted by the Institute’s Board of Directors. In this proposal, the reasons why this nomination is suitable for the “Soft Power Award” should be stated.

2. Submission of CV

The candidates must submit their CV and all the material relevant to their work, via e-mail (, in order to be examined by the Committee of Critics. The contest is open to all candidates, companies or organizations of the UN Member States.

3. Suitable Candidates

The competition is open to all candidates, companies or organizations of the UN Member States.


of the Award

1. Main Criteria

The awards are being given strictly on the basis of the candidate’s or organization’s work, its social contribution as well as innovation rather than on the basis of other criteria or interests.

2. The Jury

In order to preserve the prestige of the awards and the transparency of the process, the H.I.C.D recommended a Jury of three (3) judges, who are very successful and widely recognized professionals, who -by following the suggestion of the H.I.C.D- examine the candidates and their requests, and decide on the final result in a binding decision.

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