Dimitra Kardakaris was born in Corfu in 1991 and is a graduate of the Department of History at the Ionian University. Her diploma thesis titled "The rise of the Greekowned shipping in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea in the 18th century. The action of Greek privateers under the Russian flag. The case of Ioannis Varvakis " was awarded by the Academy of Athens -Kaftatzoglio Award-in February 2013. Since April 2014, she has been a PhD candidate of the department with the thesis "The Kasos ship owners’ business group, late 19th - mid 20th century. The evolution of Greek shipping business from local to global". She has received a scholarship for the period 2014-2015 from the Fondation Le Cedre, Elias S. Kulukundis and A.S.M Carswell and in 2016-2017, 2017-2018 from the Leventis Foundation. Since January 2018, she is a researcher in the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS-Forth), in Rethymno, Crete through the programme financed by Stavros Niarchos Foundation titled “ARCHERS: Advancing Young Researchers' Human Capital in Cutting Edge Technologies in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and the Tackling of Societal Challenge”.