Christianna Polydorou is an Associate of the Global Philanthropists Circle, a network of leading philanthropic families from more than 30 countries committed to becoming more effective social investors. The GPC is a unique opportunity for philanthropists to increase the impact of their giving and fight global poverty and social injustice on a much larger scale through peer learning and collaborations.
With a diverse background and having lived all over the world, Christianna considers herself a ‘global citizen’ and as such holds a strong commitment to making a positive contribution to local communities around the world. While growing up in South Africa she spearheaded several community outreach initiatives aimed at improving access to quality education for impoverished individuals. She has taken on several leadership roles in youth organizations and is especially passionate about education, leadership training, environmental sustainability, cross-cultural communication and racial equality among other issue areas. She has also facilitated several youth leadership training programs with organizations such as the University of Cape Town and the YPO that included modules on effective leadership, strategic planning, team work and communication, fostering diversity and inclusion and project management.
Christianna graduated from the University of Cape Town with a B.Soc.Sc in Psychology and Media & Writing and received her M.A. in China Studies with a focus on international relations and cross-cultural communication from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. She speaks 5 languages including Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.