Theoni Koufonikolakou is a lawyer, who specialises in human rights protection and domestic violence issues. Since 2018, She is serving as Deputy Ombudswoman for Children’s Rights within the Greek Ombudsman (Citizen’s Advocate) independent authority. In her career, she has cooperated with NGOs providing legal aid to vulnerable populations. In addition, she has worked with the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) as a researcher and instructor in adult education, and the Research Centre for Gender Equality (KETHI) in family protection cases. She was Office Director for the Alternate Minister of Finance, in the SYRIZA/ANEL government (2015-2018).