Advisory Board

Phoebe Koundouri


Chair of Advisory Board, ICRE8

Phoebe Koundouri, is a world-renowned environmental economics professor and global leader in sustainable development. She is widely recognized as a pioneer in innovative, human-centric, interdisciplinary systems for the sustainable interaction between nature, society, and the economy. She is listed in the most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books and more than 450 published peer reviewed scientific papers, book chapters and reports

She is elected member of the World Academy of Art & Science and President of the European Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists the oldest and largest scientific association in the field, with members from 85 countries worldwide. She has received numerous international awards for academic excellence, including the prestigious European Research Council ERC Synergy Grant , entitled: “Smart Water Futures: Designing the Next Generation of Urban Drinking Water Systems”. Currently, this is the biggest research project in the world on urban water systems. Since 1997 she has coordinated more 100 European/Global research projects/initiatives on Sustainable FinanceSustainable Blue GrowthWater-Food-Energy NexusClimate Change Mitigation & AdaptationInnovation Acceleration, Behavioural and Experimental Economics on all five continents and a team of 200 researchers, her work defines policies and supports human well-being across the globe. 

She is the Director of the Alliance of Excellence for Research and Innovation on Aeiphoria (AE4RIA) which includes 3 research and innovation institutions: ReSEESS.D.UICRE8, 2 innovation acceleration institutions: EIT Climate KIC Hub Greece and BRIGAID Connect Association, and supports 4 networks: SDSN EuropeSDSN GreeceWater Europe and NEXUS Cluster.

Since 2006 she is professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), founding director of ReSEES Research Laboratory at AUEB, founding director of Sustainable Development Unit at ATHENA Information Technology  Research Center and the EIT Climate-KIC HUB Greece of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the latter focusing on innovation acceleration and research commercialization. She co- chairs the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Europe, and SDSN Greece. She chairs the International Center for Research ICRE8 and the Scientific Advisory Board of European Forest Institute.

She is Commissioner and the “Green Recovery” Task Force Leader of the global COVID-19 Lancet Commission, and she co-leads with Prof. Jeff Sachs (president of SDSN) the SDSN European Green Deal Senior Working Group.

She is member of the Nominating Committee for the Prize in Economics Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science. She is also member of the National Climate Change Committee of Greece, of the Ministry of Energy and the Environment, was member of the 2021 Pissarides Committee (10 year Greek Development Plan) chaired by Nobelist Prof. C. Pissarides. She is IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) delegate for EAERE.

She acts an advisor on ‘Sustainable Development’ to  the European Commission, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the OECD, the UN, NATO, WHO, the World Water Council and other international organizations, as well as numerous national and international institutions and organizations. He also advises national governments around the world.

Prof. Koundouri holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Reading, and the London School of Economics.


Eleftherios Levantis


Nikos Mavrogiannakis

Financial Administrator