Antonia Arahova has been elected to serve as IFLA President-elect 2021-2023 and as IFLA President for 2023-2025.
Antonia Arahova has demonstrated and sustained a high level of achievement and leadership in library and information services throughout her career. Antonia has been making an outstanding contribution to the objects and work of IFLA and serving in multiple leadership roles, including IFLA Governing Board Member, IFLA Chair Division IV, and Member of IFLA Financial and Professional Committee. She has been Chief Operating Officer at the National Library of Greece from June 2011 until March 2014, where she has continued to work since 1995.
Antonia holds a bachelor degree in Greek Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, MRA (Master in Public Management & Public Policy) from the Department of International and European Economic Studies of Athens University of Economics and Business and Μs (Master in Communication and Mass Media in the Field of Political Communication) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a thesis on cultural diplomacy, social media and presidential libraries. Her PhD dissertation focuses on “Strategies for the Implementation of Electronic Services in the National Library of Greece”. She is the only person from Greece elected in March 2017 as a member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in its 90 years of operation. She is an officer in the Management & Marketing Section and a member of the International Committee for the IFLA International Libraries Marketing Award. She is also a member of the Financial and Professional Committee of IFLA. From 2007 to 2010, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the General State Archives. From October 2017, she is responsible for the Library of the President of the Hellenic Republic. She speaks French, English and Italian and plays piano. She is the Editor of the Literary Magazine (de)kata. She has participated in many international conferences and has published articles on strategic management, marketing, cultural heritage promotion and cultural diplomacy.