Short Bios of Presenters


Dr. Ebun Akinsete is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen), and Senior Partner with Nigerian-based consultancy GEN Sustainable Solutions. With a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology, MSc in Project Management and PhD in Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Communities, she has several years of both industrial and academic experience in Europe, Asia and Africa; collaborating with governmental agencies, NGOs, aid organizations, academic institutions, the private sector and local communities.  Her main areas of interest are sustainable development, urban regeneration, SDG policy and implementation, community development, climate change mitigation, transition management, renewable energy, stakeholder participation, participatory planning, evaluation and impact assessment for sustainability, and sustainability in developing nations.


Prof. Roy Brouwer is Executive Director of the Water Institute and Professor of Economics at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Zürich, member of the External Advisory Board of the Vienna Technical University Doctoral Program on Water Resource Systems and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Water Resources and Economics. Before joining the University of Waterloo in 2016, he was head of the department Environmental Economics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.


Prof. Phoebe Koundouri holds a PhD (2000), MSc (1996) and MPhil (1995) in Economics from the University of Cambridge (UK). She is Professor in Economic and Econometric Theory and Applications (with emphasis on Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment) at the School of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) and the Founder and Scientific Director of the Research Laboratory: ReSEES: Research on Socio-Economic and Environmental Sustainability ( at the same University. She is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the CCCEP: Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (, London School of Economics (UK).  Phoebe Koundouri is the Founder and Scientific Director of the non-for-profit ICRE8: International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy ( ICRE8 is the host of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN)-Greece ( and Prof. Koundouri is the Co-Chair of UNSDSN-Greece. She has published 15 edited books and monographs, and more than 250 articles in academic journals and edited volumes. She is a highly cited academic author ranked in the top 1% of all female economists in the world. Since 1996, she has coordinated and/or participated, in more than 60 research projects on natural resources management issues. She has organized a number of international conferences and supervised numerous PhD students, all of them now working in academia. Over the last two decades, Phoebe Koundouri has given keynote and public lecturers all over the world, and received scholarships and prizes for academic excellence from various academic institutions and foundations.


Manfred A. Lange received a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Kiel, Germany in 1980. After a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Californian Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA, he held a position as staff scientist/glaciologist at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. From 1992 to 1995, he was the Director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. Between 1995 and 2007, Manfred Lange was appointed full Professor in Geophysics at the University of Münster (WWU), Germany. Since 1998, he was also the Director of the WWU’s Environmental Research Center. Since September 2007 until 2015, he was the founding Director of the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of the Cyprus Institute (CyI; and is currently a full Professor at EEWRC. Between April 2013 to October 2015, he was the acting Vice President for Research of CyI and between May 2015 to September 2017 he was Acting Director of the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center at CyI. He currently serves as Director of the Future Earth MENA Regional Center. His main research interests include the assessment of climate change impacts in the MENA region.


Prof. Andreas Papandreou is a Professor in the Economics Department of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has 26 years of academic experience in various Universities. His work spans the fields of environmental, institutional, political and welfare economics. Among his publications are Externality and Institutions (1998) published by OUP. He is the Director of the Political Economy of Sustainable Development Lab (PESD), and Research Associate of the International Center of Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8).


Prof. Nikitas Pittis is Full Professor in Financial Econometrics at the Department of Banking and Financial Management of the University of Piraeus, since 2004. He is also member of the Board of Directors of Eurobank EFG Asset Management Investment Firm. He holds a PhD in Econometrics from Birkbeck College of the University of London (UK). He was Associate Professor at the University of Piraeus (2000-2003), as well as Associate Professor and Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Cyprus (1996-2000). He has taught economics and econometrics at the London School of Economics of the University of London (1989-1991) and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (1993). He has worked as an economist in the research department of UBS in Zurich (1992- 1993) and as a senior research associate at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research in London (1991-1992). He was also member of the Board of Economic Advisors at the Ministry of Economics and Finance of the Greek Government (2004-2006).


Dr. Stella Tsani holds a PhD in Economics and Business from the University of Reading, UK. She heads the Department of Energy, Economic Policy and Regional Cooperation at the International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy. She is also adjunct Assistant Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business. She obtained her BSc degree in Economics from the National and Kapodistiran University of Athens, Greece and her MA degree in Business and Management in Emerging Markets from the University of Reading, UK. Her research interests focus on resource economics, energy, development, political economy, and socio-economic analysis. She has led research in projects funded by the European Commission (FP7, Horizon 2020) and various Directorates (DGENV, DGENER), the World Bank, Revenue Watch Institute USA, etc. She has worked for the Centre for Euro Asian studies in the UK, Europrism in Cyprus, the Public Finance Monitoring Centre in Azerbaijan, the Bank of Greece, the Institute of Energy for South East Europe and the E3MLab at the National Technical University of Athens in Greece. She has published in leading peer-reviewed journals including: Economics Letters, Resources Policy, Energy Economics, Economic Systems, etc.


Dr. Emmanouil Tyllianakis is an Environmental Economist working for the Centre of Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in the UK focusing on ecosystems services valuation and environmental policy in projects across the UK and Commonwealth countries. He is also an associate at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) at the University of East Anglia. His research interests revolve around environmental policy, environmental risk perceptions, applied microeconomics and coastal and marine ecosystems valuation. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics from the University of Patras, an MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of Manchester, and BSc in Economics from the University of Patras.


Dr. Achilleas Vassilopoulos received his undergraduate diploma in Agricultural Economics in 2008 and an MBA in Agribusiness management in 2010 from the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), Greece. In 2011, after spending a semester at the University of Arkansas as a visiting scholar, he continued his studies in AUA pursuing a PhD in Consumer Behaviour (Microeconomics) which he completed in 2015. Dr. Vassilopoulos is currently a senior researcher at ICRE8 and Academic Manager of the Greek chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN Greece). He has worked as a consultant-economist for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of AUA. Also, he is or had been working for several EU projects. His research focuses on Experimental and Behavioural economics, Choice Experiments, Contingent Valuation and Agribusiness. His academic work has been published in journals such as Economic Modelling, Journal of Consumer Affairs, Economics Letters and others.


Prof. Nick Vouvoulis BSc (Hons) MSc DIC PhD DMS is a Professor of Environmental Technology at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental Policy. He is an international expert in environmental management, especially where science and engineering interface with public policy. His research focuses on environmental quality management, with a focus on environmental systems and processes across many areas and diverse sectors. He has graduated more than 20 PhD students and supervised the research of more than 200 MSc students, many of whom have gone on to take up leading positions in the field. He delivers high quality research, published in some of the top journals in the field. The underlying principle for the interdisciplinary nature of his research is the application of science to solve environmental problems and sustainability challenges, by empowering society through knowledge and innovation; in other words technology in its original meaning. Life-cycle assessment, multi-criteria analysis and risk assessment are some of the tools he employs to explore the interactions and interdependencies between human and natural systems, to support business decision making, and policy formulation and implementation. Impacts to society, community participation in science and links between knowledge management and environmental behaviour are also important areas of his work.