Athens Univ. of Economics & Business, President Elect EAERE, co-Chair UN SDSN Europe & Greece

Prof. Phoebe Koundouri

Prof. Dr. Phoebe Koundouri holds a PhD and MPhil in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Cambridge (UK). For her studies she received a full scholarship from the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. She is University Professor (the university’s highest academic rank) 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 most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books and more than 300 published peer reviewed scientific papers. Prof. Phoebe Koundouri is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Research Laboratory on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability (ReSEES) at Athens University of Economics and Business. She is also 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, focusing on accelerating innovations for the transition to a climate neutral economy. She is also the Co-chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Network Europe Europe (and 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, University of Reading and London School of Economics. She acts as an advisor to the European Commission, World Bank, EIB, EBRD, OECD, UN, NATO, and WHO, etc. numerous national and international
foundations and organizations, as well as national governments in all five continents. She is one of the Commissioner of the Lancet Commission on COVID-19 for which she co-chairs the “Jobs-based Green Recovery Task Force”. She co-leads the UN SDSN Senior Working Group on  “Transformation Pathways for the implementation of EGD and the SDGs”, co-leads the UN SDSN Sustainable Shipping and Ports and Shipping Initiative, and the UN SDSN 4-seas (Mediterranean, Black, Caspian and Aral Seas) Blue Growth Initiative. She is a member of the CEPR (Center for Economic Policy Research) Network (RPN) on Climate Change, member of the Priministerial Committee for the Recovery and 10-year Development Plan of Greece, the Climate Change Committee of the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, as well as numerous European and International Scientific, Research and Policy Boards and Committees. Since 1997, she has coordinated more than 100 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 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 (2021-2027)

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