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Teaching Staff (by academic rank and alphabetical order)

Professor - Katseli Louka

Louka T. Katseli is Professor of International Economics and Development at the Department of Economics of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (1987-present). She has served as Greece’s Minister of Labor and Social Security (2010 – 2011), Minister of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping (2009 – 2010) and a member of the Hellenic Parliament (2007-2012). She is recipient of a Ph.D (1978) in International and Development Economics from Princeton University (Distinguished Dissertation in Economics), an MPA in Public Affairs(1974) from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, an MA in Economics( 1975) from Princeton University and a BA in Economics ( 1972,cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Smith College. She taught as Assistant and Associate Professor at Yale University (1977-1985) and has published extensively in her fields of interest which include international, development and institutional economics. She has served as Director of the OECD Development Centre (2003 - 2007), member and vice-president of the UN Committee for Development Policy ((1996–1999) , Special Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister (1993 – 1996) and Director of the Centre for Planning and Economic Research (1983-1986). She has been a member of the EC Monetary and Economic Policy Committees and an advisor and consultant to various governments and international organizations. She is presently involved as a key team member in the preparation of the 2014 European Report on Development entitled ‘Financing and other means of implementation in the post-2015 context’ and is serving as Senior Economic Expert of the European Commission’s Technical Assistance Program in the Republic of Moldova entitled “Support to the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) Process in the Republic of Moldova”. She is a Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Socialist Party’s “Progressive Economy Initiative”, a Member of the Euro-50 Group and elected President of “The Social Pact”.

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Professor - Mergos George

Georgios Mergos is a Professor in the Division of Development and International Economics, Department of Economics, University of Athens. He studied Economics at the University of Athens. He has his M.Sc. from Oxford University, UK and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, USA in Applied Economics. He worked as a Researcher-Economist with the World Bank (1983-1986) in the South Asia Projects Department doing research on the distributional impact of World Bank financed development projects in India. Then he joined the Department of Economics of the University of Athens in 1986 as a lecturer, promoted to Assistant Professor in 1989 and became full Professor in 1997. He has an extensive research and publication record. He is author or co-author of a large number of articles in international scientific journals, such as:  The Journal of Productivity Analysis, Economic Letters, Food Policy, Energy Economics, Economics of Planning, journal of Agricultural Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Economics, Journal of Forecasting, Applied Economics, Pakistan Development Review, Water Resources Management, European Water, Option Mediterranneenes, etc. He is also author or co-author of several books published by Greek and international publishers (including a book titled “Theoretical Analysis and Measurement of Productivity” Papazissis Publishers, Athens, 1997), of articles in collected volumes published internationally and in Greece. He is also author of a two volume book (2003) titled “Economic and Social Evaluation of Public Investment and Policy: Theory and Applications” used as the textbook in almost all Economic Departments in Greece. His research work has over 500 citations. In addition to his academic work, his career has spanned work in the public and private sectors. In the public sector he has top management experience having served as Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance (2012-2013), Secretary General of the Ministry of Economy & Finance (2004-2007) and Governor of the Foundation of Social Security (IKA), the largest Social Security Organization in Greece (2007-2009). He has also served as Chairman of the Management Board of the Pension Reserve Fund of the Council of Europe (5/2009-5/2012). Further, he has done research with the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) (1986-1989) and has consulted with the Foundation of Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) as Director of Sectoral Research  (1990-1996). In addition, he has consulted with various international organizations and the European Commission (DG External Relations) as a Team Leader & Expert of international missions on development assistance in many developing countries (China, India, other South Asia countries) and transition countries  (all countries of former Eastern Europe and several countries of the former Soviet Union) (1986-2000).  In the private sector, he has served as Board member of listed companies, such as the Public Power Corporation (2005-2009), National Bank of Greece (2007-2009), Alpha Bank (2009-2010), GEK TERNA (2010-2012) and EPILEKTOS (2009-2012).

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Professor - Petrakis Panagiotis

Panagiotis E. Petrakis is a Professor at the Department of Economics at the School of Law, Politics and Economics in the National University of Athens, Greece where he also serves as the Scientific Coordinator of distance education training programs. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Athens, an MSc from the University of Sterling and doctorate from the University of Athens. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and monographs, and has extensive publications in recognized academic journals in a variety of disciplines including economic development, entrepreneurship and banking. He has participated in many international committees and boards of financial experts. He is the author of a series of textbooks on investment valuation, banking, economic growth and entrepreneurship, taught at Greek universities. He has served as a board member in scientific committees in the private and the public sector.

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Professor - Sarris Alexander

Alexandros (or Alexander) Sarris since 1982 is professor in the department of economics, University of Athens, Greece. Between 2003 and August 2010 he was Director of the Trade and Markets Division, of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He holds a PhD in economics from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology, USA, and has also held a faculty appointment at the University of California at Berkeley, USA, from 1976 to 1982. He has authored or co-authored more than 15 books and monographs, and more than 70 journal and book articles on various issues of international trade and development, has received the Best Paper Award by the American Agricultural Economics Association, in 1984, and the Best Doctoral Dissertation Award, by the American Agricultural Economics Association, in 1978, and has served in the editorial boards of several academic journals. He has advised extensively many UN organizations, the World Bank, the European Commission, and other national and international agencies, and has field research and policy advice experience in over 20 countries. He has served as chairman of the Athens based Center for Planning and Economic Research, as chairman of the Brussels based Center for Development of Enterprise and in managerial and policy making capacities in several Greek and international research and trade related bodies. His professional and research interests include; Development Economics; Commodity Market and Price Analysis; Food and Agriculture Policy; Applied International Economics; Agricultural Risk Management; Macro-Micro Modelling; Income Distribution and Poverty.

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Associate Professor - Kosteletou Nikolina

Nikolina E. Kosteletou, born in Athens in 1955, is Associate Professor at the Economics Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Economics Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, her M.A. from the Athens University of Economics and Business and her Ph.D. in International Macroeconomics, from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, in 1985. Her primary research interests and publications are in international macroeconomics. She has taught macroeconomics and international economics, at the University of Athens and other Universities.

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Associate Professor - Tsipouri Lena

Lena Tsipouri is Associate Professor at the University of Athens, Department of Economic Sciences. She studied Economic Sciences at the Universities of Athens and Vienna, completed her PhD (Doctorat d’ Etat), at the University of Paris II, which received the first prize of the year 1988 and undertook postdoctoral research with a Fulbright Fellowship at MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prof. Tsipouri teaches Economic Development, European Economic, Integration, Economics of Technological Change and Theory of the Firm. Her scientific research and publications are in the topics of research and innovation, regional development and corporate governance. Her most recent publications include journal articles on the Public Procurement of Innovation, comparing policies of Science in Society and Innovation, articles on the Greek economic crisis and issues on diversity. Prof. Tsipouri is professionally involved in consulting work for EU institutions, the OECD and the UN in the same topics as her scientific research and is a member of several professional associations. She is currently the chairperson for the EU Innovation for Growth Group.

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