Evrydiki Hadziandreou was born in the Congo, but spent her early school years on the island of Imvros, where her family originated. Later, they moved to Greece where Hadziandreou attended Athens University Medical School and went on to postgraduate studies in the USA – a master’s and doctorate at Harvard’s School of Public Health, in epidemiology, administration and health policy. She worked as a public health officer in the USA and later in the US Congress as a public health analyst, then at the Batelle Memorial Institute, one of the largest advisory and research foundations in the USA. For a while, she moved between London and New York and traveled the world through her work, returning to Greece in 1995 as director of health economics at the Astra multinational firm. In 1999, she set up for Interamerican what was for Greece a model research and health promotion center, until July 2000 when she began work at IKA.