Xenia Kounalaki was born in Hamburg in 1971. She has been a journalist in the daily newspaper Kathimerini since 1994 and a weekly columnist and head of the World News desk since 2007. She contributes reports to “Spiegel“ and “Spiegel Online“. She has worked at the Greek Public Radio and Television as foreign news editor and presented her own TV program. She has co-authored the book Βία (Violence) (Polis editions, 2012) on political violence and also published a personal memoir. In 2012, she was awarded the international press freedom prize “Premio Internazionale Per La Libertà Di Stampa“ in Florence.
Only five women have been appointed to the newly formed, 51-member government, putting the rate of female representation at just 10 percent.