John Jossifakis

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John Ioannis Jossifakis

(1979-06-05) June 5, 1979 (age 44)
Alma mater
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Planner

John Ioannis Jossifakis (born 5 June 1979) is a Canadian-Cypriot entrepreneur and event management professional. He currently resides in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and holds a residence in Athens, Greece.[2]

Early Life and Education

John Jossifakis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1991, at the age of 12.[2]

He received his secondary education from Northern Secondary School in Toronto from 1994 to 1998.[3]

He received his Master of Science degree in Events Management from Leeds Beckett University in 2014.[4] His master’s thesis Olympic Games Ceremonies. An Event Management Perspective was published by GRIN Publications.[4][5]


Jossifakis established J.J. Productions in 1999.[6] He has worked with international artists and bands including Shakira, Ricky Martin, and the Scorpions.[7]

Jossifakis was appointed as the venue project manager for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.[3] He was the closing ceremonies handover segment project manager for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Ceremonies.[3]

Jossifakis held the production manager and assistant technical director positions in the French event production company ECA2 in Paris, France.[6]

Jossifakis was appointed to the position of local ceremonies manager for the AFC Asian Cup held in Doha, Qatar in 2011.[7]

In July 2011, Jossifakis became the director of events for Innovations Unlimited ME in Doha Qatar.[6]

Jossifakis also became the local ceremonies manager of the FIFA Club World Cup held in 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[6][8] In 2019, he was appointed to the same role for the AFC Asian Cup.[3]

Jossifakis was the executive producer of the DAKAR 2022 opening and closing ceremony. He also consults to the State of Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.[2][7]

Jossifakis is the managing director of Hans & Gretel International in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[9]

Talks and Seminars

  • Guest Lecturer – Edinburgh Napier University (Events Management)[3]
  • Guest Lecturer – Leeds Beckett University (Events Management)[3]

Awards and Recognition

Recipient of James M. McCarron Award for Co-Op Student of the year.[2]


In 2019 donated 2,000 tickets for children and the youth during the AFC Asian Cup through the Patrons Programme[10] which givesIn the same year he launched an annual scholarship with the Northern Secondary High School Foundation to fund tuition for students inTechnical Theater, Events or Radio Television Arts.[11]

In the media



  1. "ProAudio-Central Archive - John Jossifakis receives CSEP certification". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Q&A with John Jossifakis, one of the event industry's most prolific characters". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Spotlight: John Jossifakis, amongst one of the most influential people in the Events Industry". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "10 minutes: John Jossifakis". digitalstudiome. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  5. "GRIN - John Jossifakis". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "John Jossifakis: The Leading Event Industry Personality to Follow". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Why John Jossifakis is one of the top and most versatile event planners today". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  8. "John Jossifakis discusses current trends in event management in 2022". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  9. Inc, AB Digital. "Hans & Gretel Opens 20th Store in Dubai". Benzinga. Retrieved 18 May 2022. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  10. "Thousands of fans to enjoy UAE 2019 thanks to Patrons". the-AFC. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  11. "Scholarships". Northern Secondary School Foundation. Retrieved 18 May 2022.

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