Professor | Athens University of Economics and Business

Phoebe Koundouri

Phoebe Koundouri, is a world-renowned environmental economics professor and global leader in sustainable development. 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 Professor at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and President of the European Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists (EAERE, the largest scientific association in the world focusing on natural resources economics, with more than 1200 member scientific institutes from more than 85 countries) .She is member of the Pissarides Committee (10 year Greek Development Plan) chaired by Nobelist Prof. C. Pissarides and member of the National Climate Change Committee of Greece. She is Commissioner and the “Green Recovery” Task Force Leader of the global COVID-19 Lancet Commission, she co-leads the SDSN European Green Deal Senior Working Group. Prof. Koundouri acts as a scientific advisor 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.


“Mobilising the Transition to Sustainability“

European COVID 19-related recovery packages are financed by national debt, which means they are loans from future generations. This creates a moral responsibility for the current generation, to “Building back Better” by investing in the transformations of the socio- economic, financial, industrial, and political systems, which will trigger the exponential change needed to face the climate and biodiversity crises, the economic crisis, and the health crisis in a sustainable, resilient, and socially inclusive future. Beyond a fiscal stimulus that is expected to boost aggregate demand, this crisis calls for transformative public investments that will shape a sustainable, green, and digital, and fair transition, and leverage private sector investment. The 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement provide the long-term vision and blueprints for developing these transformation pathways.

In her presentation she will connect the dots between four major policy initiatives – the SDGs, the European Green Deal, the European Semester, and the EU recovery plan and showcase actionable strategies for policymakers that can guide EU-wide and national economic recovery in line with the continent’s overarching sustainability agenda. She will also argue that the recovery should be science-and-innovation-driven and introduce aspects of her work that aim to support this, through a presentation of the research and innovation projects, innovation acceleration initiatives, education and training programs, and networks of research-policy interface, that she lead.

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