Multiple award-winning media personality and human rights advocate
Mrs. Alexandra Pascalidou is a multiple award-winning media personality, strong Influencer and Opinion Leader in Sweden and human rights fighter. Over the years, she has worked as a journalist, program manager, playwright, actor, lecturer, moderator, board member, entrepreneur, etc. The red thread in everything she does is always human dignity and diversity.
Alexandra was born in a laundry room and grew up in a Greek village with her grandmother Sofia, who could neither read nor write. At the age of six she emigrated with her family to Rinkeby, the poorest suburb in Sweden. You can read about Alexandra’s challenging journey from dictatorship to democracy and from a marginalised migrant family to the media scene in her award-winning, critically acclaimed autobiography “Bortom mammas gata” (“Beyond mum’s street”).
Speaker & moderator
Alexandra has gained wide recognition for her outstanding qualities as an engaging, motivating and though provoking speaker. She recently received the award as “Speaker of the year”. Her experience ranges from keynote speeches at the European Council and European Commission, to speeches marking Sweden’s National Day and Christmas Eve for Swedish broadcaster SVT, to lecturing tours for the Nordic Council of Minister, Spotify, Skanska, universities and international conferences from Iceland to Greenland and the Netherlands.
Alexandra has published several critically acclaimed books in which she gives a voice to those who are rarely heard.
The mothers (Mammorna)
The mothers (Mammorna)
We come from the mothers.
All mothers through history have had one thing in common – From Mother Earth to Virgin Mary and Mother Svea – they rarely have spoken. Until now.
In this book we will give a voice to these voiceless and invisible mothers by telling their story with their own words. Without filter.
It’s time to listen to the mothers!
#me too – Moving forward
Alexandra Pascalidou, wanted to ensure that the issue became top priority on the political agenda. She published the first metoo-book in the world by collecting voices of the Swedish movement from women of all ages, professions, sexual preferences and cultural backgrounds.
Authors, journalists, artists, influencers, politicians share their stories in the book and and advice advice on how to act if you have been victimized and how to prevent sexual harassment.
Debuted as a playwright with Alexandra’s Odyssey.
From Dionysian orgies to the chaos of the crisis, inspired by her acclaimed book “Chaos – a Greek dictionary of the crisis”, Alexandra wrote this play where she took us on a tumultuous and revealing journey where Greece becomes the mirror and playground of our contemporary crises.
Alexandra herself stood on the big stage of the city theatre in a performance full of tragedy, comedy and music.
Founder of New Academy Prize in Literature
Pascalidou was the creator and co-founder of ”The New Academy”, an initiative created in the spring of 2018 as a reaction to the scandals in the Swedish Academy that led to the cancellation of Nobel Prize in Literature. The initiative generated worldwide attention in e.g. The New York Times, The Guardian and CNN.
Voted the Best Speaker – Moderator, nominated for the August Prize, awarded the Bellman Prize and the The St Eriks Medal. Alexandra Pascalidou’s work against segregation, sexism and racism has been noticed and praised, several times over!
Awards & achievements
- 2019 – The WING Award 2019, Winner of the Category ‘Excellence in Women’s Issue in Storytelling Award’
- 2019 – Women’s shelters annual award – The Female Action of the Year (ROKS)
- 2018 – The Best Speaker – Moderator
- 2018 – Nominated to the August Prize
- 2018 – The Bellman Prize
- 2018 – The St Eriks Medal
- 2017 – The “5i12” Prize
- 2016 – Nominated for Kristallen and the Big Journalist Award
- 2016 – The Big Feminist Award
- 2015 – European of the year
- 2006 – ”Blatte Deluxe”- Literature Award
- 2002 – The Swedish PEN-club prize
- 2002 – The Union of Civil Servants’ Working Award
- 2002 – Kommunal, the Swedish Municipal Workers’ Union’s Culture Award
- 2000 – Integration Scholarship
- 1998 – The Immigrant Institute’s Merit Award