Our Story

Our Story

Founded in 1977 at the heart of the old city center of Athens, AFEA looks into the future by way of a total transformation and a fresh corporate identity.


AFEA looks into the future by way of a total transformation, and a fresh corporate identity taking it in the future. AFEA Congress is born and comprised of a team of 23 professionals, each of whom is a recognized expert in the Meetings industry, under the new management of Sissi and Dimitra Lignou.


AFEA receives the Gold Award at the Event and Venue Awards 2022 for “Conference of the Year” for organizing the flagship global space research and technology conference of the Committee on Space Research, namely the 44th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, held on 16-24 July 2022 in Athens, Greece.

Our company receives a further, Silver EcoVadis Recognition Award for its continued sustainable development and CSR practices.


Sissi Lignou, AFEA CEO, is elected as a new member of the IAPCO Council (International Association of Professional Congress Organizers) during the Association’s General Assembly & IAPCO Day on 15 February 2021.

AFEA & CSR Hellas win the 2021 IAPCO “Driving Excellence Collaboration Award” for Sustainability Actions.

AFEA and a former Junior Digital Marketing Specialist, Kiki D., receive the IAPCO “Driving Excellence Hero Award” for one of our newest team members.


AFEA becomes the first PCO member of CSR Hellas and a Signatory of the United Nations Global Compact. In this same year, our company receives a Gold Recognition Award by EcoVadis, the world-leading organization for corporate sustainability ratings, for its Sustainability and CSR Strategy.


AFEA proudly becomes a member of IAPCO, which is a milestone in itself, as we are one of only four PCOs in Greece admitted for membership. Moreover, our CEO, Sissi Lignou, has been an elected member of the IAPCO BoD since 2021, following her active volunteering role in the Association’s activities.


AFEA becomes a member of HAPCO (Hellenic Association of PCOs). Our active participation, for more than 15 years in the BoD of HAPCO (from the position of General Secretary), has led our CEO to now hold the position of President of the Association for the mandate 2022-2025.


AFEA is assigned as the official Travel Agent in the IBC (International Broadcasting Center) of the Olympic Games held in Athens.


AFEA becomes a member of ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association), retaining its membership to date.


25 years after its establishment, AFEA celebrates the opening of its new offices in the center of Thessaloniki, to better serve its clients in Northern Greece.


AFEA is chosen as the Official Organizer of the 11th edition of the Mediterranean Games held in Athens, marking the first major sports organization for our company.


AFEA is assigned, for the first time, with the PCO Services for the organization of the 1st International Conference on Nutrition and Fitness held in Ancient Olympia.


AFEA is founded by Andreas Lignos and Spiros Nikolakopoulos at the heart of the old city center of Athens, in the area of Plaka.

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