Eleana Baskouta

Co-founder, Executive Director
Ελεάνα Μπασκούτα

Eleana Baskouta is the co-Founder & Executive Director of the Greek Psychedelic Society. Currently based in San Francisco as the Director of Major Gifts at the California Institute of Integral Studies, she also co-directs the Greek Psychedelic Society with a mission to destigmatize psychedelics and foster their medical and therapeutic applications. Eleana completed her Master’s degree in Development Economics and International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University,  She also holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the American College of Greece and a BA in Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Athens, where she completed her thesis on the use of ayahuasca and the shamanic icaros in the Shuar and Achuar tribes of Ecuador. This multidisciplinary blend of studies equips her with a holistic understanding of the intersections between culture, mental health, and psychedelics.

Eleana’s career spans multiple sectors with a plethora of experience in business and partnership development. She has held impactful positions with esteemed organizations such as the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, Survival International, DAI, Concordia Summit, the Institute of International Economic Relations, the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, the United States Embassy in Athens, Greece, and European Profiles S.A., among others. Additionally, she is a classically trained pianist and has experience working as an ethnomusicology educator and piano instructor. Each role has fortified her skill set in strategic fundraising and cultivating significant relationships with a broad network of donors and stakeholders.

As Executive Director of the Greek Psychedelic Society, Eleana leverages her multifaceted expertise to drive the organization's mission, aligning its programs with current research and policy needs, and secure its sustainability.