Dimitri is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (BS Business Administration, minor: Spanish) and of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (MTS, minor: Byzantine History,Greek language studies). A native Alaskan, he grew up on a farm in south Florida, was a high-school, summer exchange student in Venezuela, and twice has lived in Kenyan villageswith Orthodox Christian NGO teams, building a church and a parochial school.
Dimitri has worked in the banking, airline, telecom and beverage industries, including 24 years at The Coca-Cola Company, in the Chairman’s Office and in Worldwide Public Affairs & Communications, serving as Client Relations Manager for foreign-based clients and governmental trade delegations. Traveling extensively with executives from various cultures has given Dimitri a keen insight into the common human elements shared by people everywhere. His personal travels include visiting friends and chosen family in Jordan, Palestine and Dubai. He has also spent a great deal of time in villages from Galilee to Bethlehem, evaluating NGO aid programs, and experiencing hardships of occupation. He has met with PA parliamentary members, philanthropists, artists, doctors, anthropologists, clerics, writers, peace activists and citizens from all walks of life, to better understand their daily lives. He is a strong advocate for nonviolent solutions to effect sociopolitical change, and now works in the government/public sector.
His interests include Middle Eastern politics & culture, pre-Revolutionary Russian history, 19th- century English literature, and foreign films. Dimitri is a long-standing member of Alif Institute where he moderates discussions on films from and about the Arabic-speaking world, and serves on the Alif Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Finance, Gala and Film Selection Committees. He was a co-founder of the Mystick Krewe des Acadiens, a cultural heritage society for French-Americans with Louisiana roots. He speaks Spanish and conversational Greek, and understands elementary French, Portuguese, Italian and German, and is slowly learning Arabic.