I'm Maria Aretoulaki and I'd like your backing as a Euro candidate for the North West region.
I first came to Manchester back in 1991 as a postgraduate student of Computational Linguistics from Greece and an ex-Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. After a 9-year break working in Germany at Universities, Research Institutes and start-ups, I came back in 2005 to work for a big IT company near Manchester airport.
Since 2008, I've been running successfully my own IT Consultancy, DialogCONNECTION Ltd., based in the Manchester City Centre and serving clients all over the world (US, Asia, and Europe, including the European Commission in the past 6 months). So, having lived and worked here for a total of 14 years, Manchester is my chosen home!
In that time, apart from being active in the professional world of the IT Business, I have channelled my love for electronic music by supporting the associated music scene of the North West and becoming a DJ, podcaster, and promoter myself, playing and organising gigs all over England, broadcasting online radio shows and supporting young producers in making a name for themselves.