Professor Phoebe Koundouri

Chair of Advisory Board, ICRE8; Professor in Economic Theory and Econometrics, AUEB

Brief Biographical Note on Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri

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Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Cambridge (UK). She is Professor in Economic Theory and Policy, School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and she is the elected President of the European Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists EAERE with more than 1200 scientific member institutions from more than 75 different countries). Prof. Koundouri is listed in the most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books and more than 250 published scientific papers


Prof. Phoebe Koundouri is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Research Laboratory on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability (ReSEES) at the Athens University of Economics and Business and an affiliated Professor at the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center where she directs EIT Climate-KIC Hub Greece of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. She is also the co-chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network Europe UN SDSN and Co-chair of UN SDSN Greece UN SDSN Greece, chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) and chair of the scientific advisory board of the European Forest Institute. Recently she has founded the think tank “European Cluster on Sustainability Transition”, which is a cluster of Research and Innovation Institutions working on the Sustainability Transition.


In the past, Professor Koundouri has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of Reading and the London School of Economics. She acts as an advisor to the European Commission, World Bank, EIB, EBRD, OECD, UN, NATO, WHO, numerous national and international foundations and organizations, as well as national governments in all five continents. Notably she is currently member of the drafting Prime-Ministerial Committee for 10-year development and recovery plan for Greece, as well as in the Climate Change Committee of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy. She holds a global leadership role as UN SDSN in the following initiatives: European Green Deal (EGD) Implementation Initiative, Global Sustainable Shipping and Ports Initiative, 4-Seas Blue Growth Initiative. She is also a member of  the CEPR (Center for European and Policy Research)  Network (RPN) on Climate Change and a Commissioner of the New Lancet Commission on COVID-19


Since 1997, she has coordinated more than 80 interdisciplinary research and deep demonstration projects and has attracted significant competitive research funding, while she has supervised about 30 PhD students. She co-ordinates the EIT Climate KIC Accelerator  and she has a leadership role in the European Innovation Acceleration Ecosystem. Professor Koundouri and her large interdisciplinary team (more than hundred researchers) have produced research and policy results that have contributed to shaping European policies. Over the last two decades, Professor Koundouri has given keynote and public lecturers all over the world and received various prizes for academic excellence including the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Grant .


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