HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

DR. DIONYSIA-THEODORA AVGERINOPOULOU

Dr. Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou is a leading future in International Environmental Law and Policy. A former Member of the Hellenic Parliament, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership Organization and the Head of Water of the Energy and Environment Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. She is by profession a specialized attorney in Public International Law, European Law, Environmental, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law and ADR and the Executive Director of the European Institute of Law, Science and Technology. Dr. Avgerinopoulou has also served as the Chairperson of the Circle of the Mediterranean Parliamentarians on Sustainable Development and the Vice-Chair for the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development. She was nominated as the candidate for the position of the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program at the rank of the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations by the Hellenic Republic.

Dionysia received a first degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Greece (top 1 in class, grade: excellent) and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. with distinction. She also holds a Doctorate in International Environmental Law (J.S.D.) from the Columbia University School of Law. She has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships. Dionysia is the author of several articles on environmental and international issues and has presented her work on several international conferences.  International media have covered aspects of her work in many countries.

She has previously worked, among others, on environmental cases at the Legal Service of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, the Permanent Mission of the European Union at the United Nations in New York, U.S.A., the Center on Environmental and Land Use Law of the New York University School of Law in New York, the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Yale Law School in New Haven, C.T., U.S.A. and the International and Foreign Law Institute in Athens, Greece. She is an attorney-at-law by profession. She teaches Public International Law, International Environmental Law, European Environmental Law, Law of Sustainable Development and Energy Law.

She served twice as a Member of the Hellenic Parliament, as well as the Chairperson of the Special Permanent Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Protection and its Subcommittee of the Watercourses, as well as a Member and Chair of the National Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, and as a Member of the Committee on the Revision of the Greek Constitution and the Committee on the Parliament’s Library. She has been the Secretary of the Parliamentary Committee of Friendship between Greece and the Netherlands and Member of the Parliamentary Committees of Friendship between Greece and the U.S.A., Russia, Kenya and Israel. She has also served as the President of the Parliamentary Committee of Friendship between Greece and Botswana, and a member of the Parliamentary Committees of Friendship between Greece and the U.S.A., Russia, Israel, and Albania. She has served as the Deputy Secretary of Volunteerism and NGOs of the New Democracy Party (“Nea Democratia”), and the Deputy Head of the Environmental Policy Sector of the New Democracy Party. Dr. Avgerinopoulou was a member of the Committee regarding the Genetically Modified Organisms of the Greek Ministry for Environment, Energy and Climate Change. Most notably, she was the Chairperson of the Standing Committee for the UN Affairs of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

In 2015, Dr. Avgerinopoulou was nominated for the position of the Executive Director of UNEP at the rank of the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations by the Hellenic Republic. In 2013, Dr. Avgerinopoulou was nominated for the position of the Deputy Executive Secretary of UNEP by the Hellenic Republic. In 2011, Dr. Avgerinopoulou was elected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum for her leadership in environmental protection. In 2011, she received the “Green Star” Award by UNEP/OCHA/Green Cross International for her efforts in preparing and combating environmental emergencies. She was also selected among the “40Under40” of the EU, namely among the most promising 40 leaders of the European Union under the age of 40.  In 2010, she also received a Special Congressional Recognition for her “outstanding efforts and invaluable contributions on behalf of Hellenic Students and the environment” and the Global Citizenship Award for Leadership in Assisting Humanity by Orphans International Worldwide in 2010. In 2009, she received the international Goddess Artemis Award by the Euro-American Women’s Council for her contribution to transatlantic cooperation between the U.S. and the EU on environmental and climate change issues, as well as a Recognition by the Mayor of Athens of “her contribution in promoting the Hellenic spirit worldwide.”

She is also a Member of the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment, the Hellenic Association for Environmental Law; the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF; the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the European Society of International Law (ESIL), the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), the Biopolitics International Organization, the European Women Lawyers’ Association, the Global Diplomatic Forum, the Euro-American Women’s Council, and the Women’s of Europe Award-Greek Division.

RESEARCHERS

RESEARCHER

Chrysa Efstratiou is a Research Assistant of European Institute of Law, Science and Technology (EILST). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Water and Soil Engineering (2012), specialized in Renewable Energy Technologies (2017). Chrysa’s published Master’s thesis deals with Wave Energy Applications in order to promote energy efficiency and provide alternative solutions to water scarcity problems in isolated island or coastal communities.

A core focus throughout her career has been the study and analysis of soft energy applications to address water related issues using applications of spatial analysis tools to study both regional effects and damage patterns concerned with water conservation status.

In recent years she has been cooperating with private companies and NGO’s, promoting new technologies in the Water sector. Chrysa’ s responsibilities include the development of environmental management programs, development of environmental policies and strategies, environmental law and climate change issues, environmental investments in pollution control, wastewater treatment and related infrastructure.

Christophoros Kapopoulos is a Professional Civil Engineer (DUTH)  and Geologist (UoP) with a M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering Infrastructure (UoP). He is also certified in Coastal Modeling (DHI/MIKE), Shoreline Management (Danish Institute), Integrated Coastal Zone Management (UNESCO-IHE).

Mr. Kapopoulos is the Founder and Managing director of  Ch. Kapopoulos & Associates Co., AQUATERRA, established in Patras, Greece since 2007. He has a professional experience of 25 years in various scientific fields of Coastal and Geotechnical Engineering, Scientific Simulations, Environmental Impact Assessments, Geophysical exploration.

In his professional career he has conducted over 300 surveys, studies, reports and applications for the Public and the Private sector in collaboration with Greek Authorities and Municipalities, Construction Consortiums, Private engineering and commercial companies, Hotels, Universities, Institutes. He is author and co-author in 12 scientific papers published in Scientific Magazines, Books and Conferences proceedings.

Krassakis Pavlos has studied Geology and Geoenvironment at National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Design of Infrastructure Works, specialized on integrated geospatial and space-based approaches. Main objective of his scientific work is Applied Geographical Information Systems (Applied GIS) in environmental sector, especially in soil and water remediation using 3d/2d modeling techniques. He has been involved in relative research projects such as ‘HydroEvia’, providing a thorough figure of the water potential of Evia prefecture aligned with the Water Framework Directive (WFD). In addition, he has corporated with Hellenic Institute of Geological and Mineral Research (I.G.M.E.) in various projects related to: a) hydrogeological study of 15 Natural Resources as Thermal springs b) area mapping of superficial geothermic resources by soil and groundwater data and c) monitoring soil indicators in relation to water resources. Moreover, he has been involved in studies related to soil contamination assessments and formulation of cost effective remediation strategies for habilitation and closure purposes especially in mining sector. Currently, he is collaborating with CERTH / CPERI in RFCS EU project SLOPES, in order to advance monitoring and risk analysis of slopes within open pit lignite mines across Europe.

RESEARCHER

Rebecca Strauss has just completed her first year at Georgetown Law in Washington, DC. She will be the president of the Environmental Law Society in 2018-19. She graduated from Brown University in 2011 with a BA in International Relations and History.

Prior to beginning law school, Ms. Strauss worked as a litigation paralegal at Gilbert Employment Law, a plaintiff-side employment law firm. She has extensive experience volunteering with environmental organizations including the International Anti-Poaching Foundation in Zimbabwe doing patrol work as well as the San Francisco Department of the Environment doing community outreach. She also worked as a research assistant for the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA). In addition, she served in AmeriCorps for a year, volunteering with the Nature Conservancy doing ecological survey work to promote the carbon market, the American Red Cross immediately after Hurricane Sandy, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service fighting a wildland fire.

Katerina Stoli is a Researcher in European Institute of Law, Science and Technology (EILST) since 2017, where she conducts research for environmental, climate change, climate finance and space law issues, prepares drafts, proposals as well as press releases and speeches and develops environmental management policies, and strategies. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International, European and Area Studies, specialized in Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development (Jean Monnet Programme).

A core focus throughout her career has been the study and analysis of the legislative and policy framework regarding environmental matters, the financing of sustainable development, the empowerment of the enforcement mechanisms of Environmental Law, the mitigation and adaptation of climate change and the support of innovative technologies, such as IoT and space technologies. All these aspects have been approached under a humanitarian as well as environmental perspective, highlighting the role of the environmental education in tackling the existing issues and promoting the SDGs. During this year, she gradually became involved with the interconnections between the environmental protection and the maritime sector, exploring the transition towards sustainability through green shipping practices that enhance maritime energy efficiency.

Prior to that, she volunteered for the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR), a Non – Governmental Organization within the field of asylum and human rights that provides a smooth integration of refugees in Greece. A subject relevant to the sustainable development agenda. She is additionally an active member of many civil society organizations, most notably Action Aid and has attended several seminars and conferences.

Katerina Stoli received a first degree in International, European and Area Studies from Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens, Greece and a Master’s degree in Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development, with distinction. Katerina’s Master Thesis deals with the case of migration in the context of the 2030 agenda on sustainable development and questions the social issues within the realm of sustainable development.

Lawyer, Member of the Athens Bar Association (Court of Appeals)
PhD(c) in Public Law, University of Athens – School of Law,
Mr. Tasiopoulos specializes in legal and policy issues on public/governmental and administrative law/policies, and in climate, environmental and energy law/policies.
He has an expertise in providing services on administrative law/procedures, specializing in public sector reforms with the tools of open and e-government and also handling bureaucratic matters concerning citizens, businesses and investments.
Also he has worked for the Greek Government at the Ministry for Administrative Reconstruction, representing Greece at the OECD-Public Governance Committee in 2015-2016, and was responsible for the policy proposal and bill drafting of the new law on the obligatory use of digital signature and exchange of documents in the Public Sector (ar.24 law4440/2016)
In July 2018, his book on “Climate Change and International Energy Law – Renewable Energy as a necessary legal instrument”, was published by Scholars’ Press.

Dr. Dimitris XEVGENOS has a strong engineering background, having graduated as Mechanical Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens (2008), MSc from Electrical Engineering (2010) and Ph.D. Degree from Chemical Engineering (2016) by the same university, while he continues as a Post Doc at TU Delft. Throughout his academic studies, he was awarded 11 prestigious scholarships, out of which seven for performing at top 2% of his class (out of 150 students).

Except for his strong, inter-disciplinary engineering background, Dimitris has developed coordination and management skills. Over the past 10 years, he has participated in 10 European projects, serving as Leader for WPs related to the design of prototype equipment, as well as Scientific Coordinator of three H2020 projects. Dimitris established a start-up company (SEALEAU B.V.) for the exploitation/commercialization of his PhD results. The merit of the scientific results, as well as the contribution of this company to the Blue Growth opportunities have been recognized from the EU Commissioner for the Environment Mr. Karmenu Vella with the 1st Blue Growth award. Dimitris has participated in a business accelerator competition, where the start-up was distinguished among 15,000 companies and received a 6-month intensive training on business development and market exploitation by experts. In 2016, Dimitris submitted a proposal (ZERO BRINE), supported by 22 partners from 10 EU countries, and raised €10 million to scale-up the technology developed in his PhD. To date, Dimitris has written 5 successful EU proposals, raising more than €14 million.