Who we are

Network Chairs

Phoebe Koundouri


co-chair SDSN Greece


Prof. Phoebe Koundouri  is a world-renowned environmental economics professor and global leader in sustainable development. She is a Professor  (the university’s highest academic rank) at the School of Economics at the  Athens University of Economics and Business Professor at the Department of Technology, Management and Economics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Before her election at the Athens University of Economics and Business, she held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Reading, London School of Economics. Prof. Koundouri holds MPhil and a PhD in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Cambridge. For her studies she received a full scholarship from the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.

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 included within the official Stanford University list of the Top 2 % of world scientists and she is listed in the 1% of  most-cited women economists in the world, with 15 published books  and more than 600 published peer reviewed scientific articles, more than 100 interdisciplinary research projects (with competitive international funding – a number of which also concern Cyprus) and head/member of the editorial board in more than 30 scientific journals of international prestige.

Prof. Koundouri is an elected member of Academia Europae, elected Member of Board of the Trustees of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) ,  member of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Board and member of the Nominating Committee for the Prize in Economics Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, The Royal Swedish Academy of Science. In 2019, she was elected President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), the biggest scientific association in the field, with more than 1500 member institutions, from more than 75 countries. In 2020 she received 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 largest research project in the world on urban water systems.

In 2023,  Prof. Phoebe Koundouri has been awarded the Academy of Athens Excellence in Science Award 2023 for her contribution to the advancement of the Science of the Marine Environment by the President of the Academy of Athens, Michael-Konstantinos Stathopoulos, and the Secretary General, Christos Zerefos . This Award, given every four years, constitutes the epitome of academic recognition in Greece.

Over the past three decades, she has given speeches and lectures at high-level international forums around the world and received academic excellence awards including the EAERE European Research Project Award, best paper awards, paper with the greatest impact on policy making, etc.

Prof. Koundouri is chair of the SDSN Global Climate Hub, co-chair of SDSN Europe and SDSN Greece, while she is founder of the Alliance of Excellence for Research and Innovation on Aeiphoria (AE4RIA), an initiative for collaboration between research institutions which she co-leads (ReSEES Laboratory and Stochastic Modeling and Applications Laboratory at Athens University of Economics and Business, the Sustainable Development Unit (SD.U) at ATHENA Research Center) , Innovation Acceleration Hubs  (SDSN Global Climate Hub, EIT Climate KIC Hub Greece , MENA Maritime ClimAccelerator and BRIGAID Connect Association) and associations and science-policy networks: UN SDSNSDSN EuropeSDSN GreeceEAERE, NEXUS Cluster and Water Europe.

AE4RIA involves more than 200 researchers (economists, mathematicians, statisticians, engineers, natural scientists, as well as experts from the social and human sciences) with the mission of shaping the necessary human-centered techno-economic transformation towards the joint implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals UN 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the European Green Deal. AE4RIA’s work has influenced the formulation of European and Global policies related to the management of natural resources, and the crises of climate change and ecosystem collapse.

Prof. Koundouri is one of the Commissioners of the prestigious Lancet Commission on COVID-19  for which she co-chairs the “Green Recovery” Task Force. She co-leads with Prof. Jeff Sachs (president of SDSN) the UN SDSN Senior Working Group on “Transformation Pathways for the implementation of EGD and the SDGs”. 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,  and IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change) delegate and European Climate Pact Ambassador for the European Commission.

Prof. Koundouri acts as a scientific advisor to the European Commission, World Bank, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, OECD, UN, NATO, WHO, World Water Council and various other Multilateral Institutions, as well as numerous national and international foundations and organizations. She also advises national governments across the world.

Prof. Koundouri lives in Greece (Athens) with her husband, Prof. Nikitas Pittis, and their three daughters: Chrysilia, Billie and Athena.

Andreas Papandreou


co-chair SDSN Greece


Andreas A. Papandreou is a Professor in the Economics Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He received his B.Sc. in Economics from the University of London, Queen Mary College and his M.Sc. in Economics from London School of Economics. He became a Doctor of Philosophy at Merton College, Oxford University, in 1990. Dr. Papandreou has 30 years of academic experience in various Universities, including University College London and Harvard. His research and published work are mostly in the fields of environmental economics, institutional economics, political economy and welfare economics. Among his publications are “Externality and Institutions” (1998) Oxford University Press. He is a member of the Climate Change Impacts Study Committee (CCISC) that recently published the Economics of Climate Change. He is the Director of the MSc in Philosophy and Management at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is the Director of the Political Economy of Sustainable Development Lab (PESD) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. The Lab has also established the Athens Behavioral and Experimental Economics and Social Sciences Unit (ABEESS) to undertake, inter alia, experimental research relating to sustainable development. He is Co-chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Greece (SDSN Greece).

Leadership Council

The Greek Leadership Council (LC) consists of politicians, entrepreneurs, academics and representatives of the civil society. All members of the LC are chosen upon recognition of their contribution towards fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations for 2030.  

Andreadi Eleni

Sani Resort; Planet Agents

Alafouzos Maria

New media Director, SKAI TV

Bakoyannis Kostas

Mayor, City of Athens

Cambanis Leonidas George

Lambda Cambanis SA; SKY MAR SERVICES

Charalambides Nikos

Greenpeace Hellas

Constantakopoulos Achilleas


Dimas Stavros C.

European Commission

Helming Alysia

Chairman, Earthfund Global

Kaminis Giorgos

Member of the Hellenic Parliament, former Mayor of Athens

Karavellas Dimitris

WWF Greece

Katseli Louka

National Kapodistrian University of Athens; NBG Cyprus

Kokkalis Petros

General Secretary of Organization Earth, Member of the European Parliament

Laskaridis Suzanna

Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd., General  Secretary  Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation

Martinou Ioanna

Thenamaris Ships Management Inc Holdings Inc.; NIGMA SA

Moawia Ahmed

Greek Forum of Migrants

Mousouris Sotirios

Hellenic African Chamber of Commerce and Development

Paniaras Yanni

Business Council for Sustainable Development, Hellenic Federation of Enterprises – SEV

Pissarides Sir Christopher

London School of Economics

Potamitis Stathis


Spiliotopoulos Aris

Greek Politician, former Minister for Tourism, Minister for National Education and Religious Affairs, former Member of the Hellenic Parliament

Trigazis Panos

Byron Association for Philhellenism and Culture

Vassilakis Eftychios

Autohellas SA; Aegean Airlines SA; Vassilakis Group

Zenghelis Dimitris

London School of Economics

Zerefos Christos

General Secretary, Academy of Athens, Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation 


Dr. Antonis Alevizos

co - Manager, SDSN Greece

antonis antonios.alevizos@unsdsn.gr

Dr. Georgina Spyres

co - Manager, SDSN Greece


Mary Psilou

Communications Manager, SDSN Greece


Hosting Institutions

Athens University of Economics and Business

Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) was founded in 1920. It is considered one of the most competitive universities, at the European level, in the fields of Economics, Business Administration, Informatics, Statistics, Marketing, Accounting and Finance. Nearly a century after its establishment, AUEB continues to transmit knowledge in the scientific fields it fosters, to promote effective and innovative management practices, and to contribute to the development of the Greek and the international community, with a view towards the balance between excellence and social contribution. Athens University of Economics and Business: Is the third oldest University in Greece and the oldest in the fields of Economics and Business Administration. Is comprised of eight academic Departments, each of which offers a four year Undergraduate Program with different areas of specialization, a wide range of part and full-time Postgraduate Programs, as well as internationally acclaimed Doctoral Programs. Has a total of 11,000 students, of which 9,000 are undergraduates, 1,700 are enrolled in Master’s programs and 300 are doctoral candidates, all of whom were accepted following demanding examinations and rigorous evaluation of applications. Has a dynamic, 210 member teaching staff which is internationally recognized for its teaching and research contribution, and 50 visiting and adjunct professors. Has 26,000 graduates who are successful in various areas of the Greek economy. Hosts 25 research laboratories, which annually administer an average of 200 funded programs in the areas of Economic Science, Management, Informatics, Statistics, and others. Has one of the largest ratio of Erasmus students with respect to its active student population, in Europe. Organizes a host of pioneering and socially-responsible activities which reflect the outward-looking orientation and social contribution of the University. These include programs of corporate social responsibility and training for business executives. Is the first public University in Greece that received the distinction of Excellence, according to the internationally accepted EFQM (European Foundation of Quality Management) Excellence Model. At the same time that AUEB received the European distinction, it also received the corresponding “Ever to Excel” Greek one. According to international rankings and external evaluations, Athens University of Economics and Business is the top institution among Greek Universities and Research Centers and in the top 2% of European Union Institutions in the field of Economics.

Political Economy of Sustainable Development Lab

The academic field of Sustainable Development is by its nature multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary. Economics has always been at the core of the idea of sustainable development. Despite the substantial academic and research activity on the many aspects of sustainable development there are few research centers devoted to the political economy dimension of sustainable development. The political economy of sustainable development focuses, inter alia, on how institutions, the political environment and the economy interact and influence each other and thus form the underlying conditions that allow or prevent sustainable development. The importance of the political economy dimension is apparent when considering the failings of the global community to take adequate climate action in view of the unprecedented scientific consensus for its need. The obstacles to concerted action can be found in the way that political and economic power prevent the necessary institutional, political, and economic changes that will bring about a transition to a low carbon economy. The recent crisis in Greece has revealed in the toughest way the many failings of achieving sustainable development as well as the deeper political economy causes underlying these. The lab is dedicated to researching this crucial political economy dimension of sustainable development as well as promoting teaching and student involvement in these matters.

ATHENA Research Center

The vision of Athena RC is to serve the full spectrum of the research lifecycle, starting from basic and applied research, continuing on to system & product building and infrastructure service provision, and ending with technology transfer and entrepreneurship. The fundamental role of Athena RC is to build knowledge and devise solutions and technologies for the digital society. Its value lies in the unique collection of skills and know-how of its researchers and professional staff and its national and international reputation. The overall strategy and research values of Athena RC are developing along these axes: A research plan that targets fundamental and applied challenges with high potential impact, aiming at high-quality, novel, and deep results, with informatics at the core of synergies with other sciences A technology transfer plan with a global focus and special attention to the Greek environment A young researcher development plan based on identifying and supporting original talent A strategic co-operations plan aiming at key industrial companies, governmental agencies, regional authorities, and international research and higher-education organisations An educational plan that targets at designing and participating in local and international graduate programs

SDSN Member Institutions

SDSN Members are the backbone of the SDSN and are invaluable resources for the National and Regional Networks and Secretariat. These institutions are fully independent with their own governance and leadership, completely separate from the SDSN’s. 
Our Members serve as ambassadors for SDSN’s work and are assets for our initiatives at large. As such, all SDSN Members are expected to abide by the SDSN Code of Conduct and Ethics.
SDSN Greece has added in its network 27 Universities and Research Centres of the country, namely:

If you wish to become a member, please contact Antonis Alevizos (antonios.alevizos@unsdsn.gr ) or Mary Psilou (mary.psilou@unsdsn.gr)