Mayor of Chania



Panagiotis Simandirakis was born in Kera Kissamos in 1982.


He is a graduate of the Department of Economics and holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics and Finance with a specialization in European integration, from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens.


He worked as a financial consultant at “Athinaiki Anaptyxiaki”, while he is a co-owner of the family craft “Cretan Dishes Simandiraki”.


He is the general secretary of the Economic Chamber in the Department of Western Crete, while he is an elected member of the Central Delegation of the Economic Chamber of Greece.


In 2010 he was elected for the first time as Regional Councilor of Crete with the combination “Crete First Force” of Stavros Arnaoutakis, first in votes in the Regional Unit of Chania, and participated as a member in the Economic Committee of the Region of Crete.


In 2014 he was re-elected and served as Deputy Regional Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Employment until 2017. From 2017 to 2019, he was a mandated Regional Councilor in Education & Lifelong Learning.


He participated for the first time in the Municipal Elections of 2019 and was elected Mayor of Chania as head of the association “For Chania”.


Finally, he is the inspirer and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Rock Festival.

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