Biography

Tasoula Hadjitofi (1959) was born in Famagusta, Cyprus.

In 1974, she and her family were forced to flee their home due to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and the outbreak of war. After her studies in computer science in the UK, she became an entrepreneur in The Netherlands. She set up her own company, ‘Octagon Professionals International BV’, specializing in the provision of IT services and professional manpower to clients throughout Europe and Asia.

Tasoula is best known for her work in combatting art trafficking around the world. In 1987, Ms. Hadjitofi was appointed Honorary Consul of Cyprus in The Netherlands.  While holding this office she was offered by art dealers to buy artifacts stolen from her native Cyprus (during and after the war). This incident inspired her to initiate  a research on art trafficking that led to a more than 27 years struggle of  tracking down leads from both dealers, detectives and lawyers, to recover the stolen cultural and religious heritage of her motherland. This initiative culminated in instigating and coordinating the 1997 “Munich Case,” one of the largest art trafficking sting operations in European history. This resulted to the finding(discovery) of 5000 artifacts hidden in double ceilings, double floors, and floors in the apartments of Aydin Dikmen, a Turkish archaeologist living in Munich. To-date the artifacts remain  in the custody of the Bavarian Police entrapped in legal procedures.

In 2010 she founded Walk Of Truth, a non-governmental organization whose mission is to raise awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage in conflict areas.


© 2013 Tasoula Hadjitofi

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