Our company's mission is to maximize our client’s safety and minimize the threat level while maintaining professionalism and confidentiality at all times. With our affiliate offices Internationally, we can offer a high standard of trained female bodyguards and other security professionals worldwide to organizations in every aspect of the Security industry, provide alternative Security solutions, consultancy, and training services to private corporations and government entities. female bodyguard service

Founded by Denida Zinxhiria, a female Close Protection Operative (bodyguard) and a group of Security professionals in 2002 in Athens Greece, Athena Worldwide and Athena Academy began with a mission to educate and empower women in personal Security and promote female security professionals. In mythology, Athena was known for her intelligence and prowess in defense. Our organization helps women apply these ideals through professional training to ensure people are safer. female bodyguard service

Athena Worldwide is dedicated to teaching women to think about Security from a new viewpoint.  In the past, organizations have tried to teach women to "even the playing field". We believe this approach ill-equips women to learn strategy overstrikes.  We keep it simple by using a modular "series of systems" designed to fit specific circumstances. The nuances of life affect different people in different ways, so essentially, students pick which applications benefit them the most. We know whats it takes to be a successful female Close Protection Operative (bodyguard). female bodyguard service

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Understanding the importance of real-life experience and continuum training Athena Worldwide hires instructors from different parts of the world according to their expertise and experience. We expand and renew our coed instructor’s team according to the needs of our courses.  female bodyguard service

Denida Zinxhiria

Founder & CEO


Denida Zinxhiria is the Founder and CEO of Athena Worldwide, Athena Academy, and Nannyguards. She is an experienced and well trained Executive Protection Specialist (Female Bodyguard) with extensive Personal Assistant background, Security Consultant and Instructor with 19 active years in the private sector (well experienced working with Female Executives and Children). She has been operating in different countries and cultures and has managed small and big security teams.


She uses her personal experience as a Close Protection Operative and Security Consultant to help others learn what it takes to master the ins and outs of the Security Industry.


Denida holds a BSc in Counseling and Psychology, among others she is trained in various martial arts and has contributed as a private investigator and skip tracing investigator for different Law Firms and Financial Institutions. She is committed to professionalism, confidentiality, honesty, transparency, and improvement of clients' safety and daily life security operations.  


USA Tel: (360) 403 5654  

EU Tel: +30 6942878595


Charla Blomberg

Recruitment Consultant


Charla Blomberg handles the Customer Relationship Management & Recruitment Consultation Services. She is currently working as a Close Protection Operative in Europe with 20 years of experience in the Security industry including working at the Swedish Parliament Security Unit. She also has a solid background in the Swedish Army and 3 UN peacekeeping missions during wars in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

John R. Lehman

Vice President


Mr. Lehman is the Vice President of Athena Academy & Athena Worldwide. He is the founder and CEO of White Star Consulting, LLC and White Star Defense Industries, LLC, as well as GlobeCastR, based in Texas. He is a certified TCOL (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement) classroom and Firearms Instructor, NRA Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, Federal Protective Service authorized Instructor, Texas Concealed Handgun Instructor, ASP Baton/Handcuff Instructor and unarmed defensive tactics Instructor using the Russian Systema discipline. He is a Texas Licensed Instructor for unarmed and armed Security and teaches the Texas Personal Protection Officer (PPO) course.
Mr. Lehman joined Athena Academy Instructor's team in January 2013 and has 35 years of corporate and private security experience from the facility and physical Security to Executive Protection.  

Michelle Coreejes

Country Director SA


Michelle joined Athena Academy & Athena Worldwide in June 2010 serving as the country director for South Africa and Instructor. As Sergeant and Regimental Instructor, Michelle taught the VIP Protection Course to the Security Personnel of the South African Air Forces. Currently works as PSD personnel in the high risk area. She has held positions as a CPO at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls, private corporations and G4S Aviation Office

Sara Schauer
Director of Marketing & Business Development