Katerina Koutsogianni was born in Heraklion, Crete, where she lives today. She had been working for 27 years at the Department of Foreign Trade of the National Bank of Greece. In 2003, Mrs Koutsogianni, as a patient with rheumatoid arthritis from a very young age, in cooperation with other patients with rheumatic diseases, founded the Association of Patients with Rheumatic disease of Crete, where she was elected as President for three consecutive terms.
She is active in the area of patient organizations with rheumatic diseases both in Greece and abroad, enriching her experience with participation in international conferences and seminars. She contributes to the development of the activities of the Association to raise awareness for the state of the seriousness of rheumatic diseases.