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Dr. Phoebe Koundouri

Prof. Athens University of Economics & Business, President EAERE, Fellow World Academy of Art & Science, Chair UN SDSN Europe

Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics and  Econometrics from the University of Cambridge (UK). She is Professor  (Chair) of Sustainable Development (Economics and Econometrics) at the  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 1% of 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 (Greece) 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 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.
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 Priministerial Committee for 10-year  development 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 in the UN SDSN for European Green Deal (EGD)  implementation, Sustainable SHipping and Ports, 4-seas Blue Growth  Initiative and is leader (together with Prof. Jeff Sachs) of the  Senior Working Group on Transformation Pathways for the implementation  of EGD. 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 of the Lancet  and the Sustainable Development Institute of the University of  Columbia, US
Since 1997, she has coordinated more than 77 interdisciplinary  research projects and has attracted significant competitive research  funding. Professor Koundouri and her large interdisciplinary team have  produced research and policy results that have contributed to  accelerating the research commercialization for the sustainability  transition in Europe, as well as 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.