Greeks Gone West Episode 4: Evie Zambetakis


Greeks Gone West is a series of video vignettes the US Embassy in Athens created that features interviews with a diverse range of Greek Americans, their work and their connection to Greece. Each video is roughly three minutes long and addresses how each of the 23 participants came to do what they do, whether a music supervisor, a film director, an HIV doctor, a restaurateur, an advertising guru, fashion designer and several other people, and what they plan to do next. We hear about their experiences and relations with Greece, but mainly we hear how they’ve pushed through the toughest parts of their journey. The series was released over the summer and featured on the Kathimerini website. Through a special agreement with the United States Embassy in Athens, The Pappas Post will feature one episode daily for its audience beginning on October 15, 2014. Subscribe to The Pappas Post YouTube channel for updates when new episodes are uploaded. Click this link and click the “subscribe” button.

Episode 4: Evie Zambetakis

This video features Evie Zambetakis, managing director at Energy Security Research, LLC, and formerly a senior research assistant and project and research coordinator of the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution.



  1. How does one apply for the series of Greeks Gone West? We are currently living in Virginia, and I would like to know if my husband can be featured on your series. He came from Thessaloniki when he was 25 with no knowledge of English, nor did he have a job, and now he is a successful artist and owns his own business, an art gallery and custom picture framing shop. I am also Greek, and my parents came to Virginia in 1951 with 3 little girls. My parents had a restaurant and I steered my husband away from that business (very hard work) to the field of work that he loved. Let me know if he can be a candidate for the series.

    • Hi Flossie– the series was produced over the summer by the United States Embassy in Athens and all interviews and episodes have already been completed. No word yet if the Embassy will decide to do a second installment of the series with other great stories like that of your husband. You can contact the Embassy for additional information, as we are only a distribution vehicle for the series of videos. Thanks for reading (and watching!)

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