Stamatis was born and raised in North Greece. As a child, he had interests in music, theatre and science. He studied informatics in the mid-1990s and worked as a freelance programmer. In 1999, he moved to the UK for Master and PhD studies with scholarships. Then, for two years he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in London and Dublin.
In the early-2000s, he traveled around the world (staying longer at Sweden and Japan) with a curiosity to explore the cultures of local people. He returned to Greece in 2005 to start a career in academia helping to establish the area of spatial analysis.
In september 2013, he came to Luxembourg as a visiting professor at the University of Luxembourg. Stamatis’s life in Luxembourg started with a love story and continuous with a family formation.
What studies did you do and what is your main activity?
I studied Informatics (BSc), Geographical Information Systems (MSc) and Geography as a social science (PhD). I work as an Assistant Professor of Applied Spatial Analysis, as author of scientific books and I am offering consultancy and training services in my area of expertise (IT and Geography).
Stamatis, tell us few things that have surprised you when first arrived?
I was surprised about the multicultural environment given the size of the country, its people’s ability to speak many languages and the strong family culture of both natives and immigrants.
Can you give me 3 adjectives to describe your life in the Grand Duchy?
Calm, progressive, friendly
What aspect of Luxembourg would you miss if you had to leave tomorrow?
State organization and public services (central government and local authority), family friendliness (in restaurants, shopping centers, and available products), parks, multiculturalism, and cosmopolitanism.
Tell us what is your preferred district in Luxembourg and why?
Remich. Because of the riverside promenade, nice restaurants with seafood and many personal memories.
Do you go often out to eat and if yes what is your favourite type of cuisine?
Yes. Italian, Greek and Asian.
Can you give me one word in your language which is impossible to translate into other languages?
Philotimo. You can check the translation here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philotimo
For which reason have you decided to join the JUST ARRIVED Ambassadors club?
First, I liked the people involved straight from the very first meetings. Then, I love to interact with other communities’ representatives, exchange cultural experiences and provide information to newcomers from Greece. As a human geographer and a social person, I could not resist the challenge!