Achilleas Chatziconstantinou was born in 1972 in Athens to parents with origin from Asia Minor (modern-day Anatolia). He studied Geology and Geography. He is a member of the Greek Smyrneans’ Association, a book collector and for the last decade researches the history and topography of the Smyrna/Izmir region. He is also actively interested in the Levantine Heritage through the Levantine forum (, a body that promotes research on the subject, by presenting the paper ‘The image of the Levantines’ at the 1st Levantine Symposium (2010) and by promoting the exchange of information with the rest of the community. He speaks English and German and basic level French and Turkish. For the past 15 years, he has been traveling several times in Turkey as a member of the Greek Cultural Society “Panorama” (