Hailing from a small town in Greece and with a modest middle-class background, Sophia always knew she wanted more than she saw around her during childhood.
Whilst attending a school converted from a prison complex, replete with graffiti encrusted walls and converted cells for classrooms, Sophia was determined to break free, travel the world, and enjoy the good things in life.
It was no easy task. Most of the young men and women who surrounded Sophia during those years were destined to lives of mediocrity. Teenage pregnancy was common among the girls. And many of the boys were destined for low-paid manual labor or lives fueled by drugs, alcohol and violence.
On the rare occasions she spoke openly about her dreams, she'd be laughed at and ridiculed by her friends. Only those who knew Sophia well understood she was different in one very important way - she was willing to work hard to get what she wanted.
Sophia graduated with a Masters degree in International Business Finance from the UK and was snapped up by one of the biggest banks in the UK. Following a high power career spanning over 15 years with some of the biggest names in Wealth Management and Investment Banking, Sophia went on to combine her background in banking with a degree in Coaching to start Ithaca Life and put her own spin on performance coaching.
Since then, Sophia has worked with hedge funds, family offices and financial institutions across the globe from the Middle East, to Switzerland, UK and the US.
As a speaker and writer, Sophia is in demand across the globe. She has spoken in events at many financial institutions, Start up forums and conferences and has been interviewed for television, print and radio media in the UAE.
Sophia contributes regularly to a range of high-profile success-focused publications, including Esquire, Entrepreneur - and also writes a monthly column for Arabian Business.