Sotiris Karkanias was born in Athens in 1985. He studied classical history and archaeology in the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens and then tour-guiding in the University of Thessaloniki. He also got involved with cinema and worked for the Cultural Centre of the Greek Union of Cinema and Television Technicians (ETEKT).
For many years he has been responsible for the show programme of ETEKT, presenting films; he was also the chief person responsible for the film library and the book library of the Centre. He has been employed as a translator from French to Greek. Sotiris plays the guitar and the piano professionally, both live and doing album recordings. He loves exploring places, both by walking and by reading about them. Other than that, his main pastimes are listening to music and watching films.
Sotiris collaborates with BOREAS as an historian-archaeologist and as a French-speaking tour guide.