Environmentalist and former Member of the European Parliament (July 2009 till July 2014). During his mandate he was voted for two consecutive years as best "MEP of the Year" by the 750 members of the European Parliament under the Fisheries category in 2010 and the special category for the international year of forests in 2011. The vote was organized by the Parliament Magazine. In July 2011, he won the "Fair Politician of the Year" award by Evert Vermeer Foundation, for fighting for policy coherence for development, in the EU legislation.
Before being elected at the European Parliament he worked at the ELLINIKI ETAIRIA -Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage (2005-2009), where he designed and coordinated "Sustainable Aegean", a public awareness campaign for the sustainable development of the Aegean Islands. As part of the awareness raising effort for Climate Change, he coordinated two Greek "Turn the lights off" initiatives, for 5 minutes in February 2007 and for 10 minutes in June 2007. From January 2008 to May 2009 he served as a member of the Greek National Planning Council where he represented 10 Greek environmental NGO's.
He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece on 3 August 1977. Since he was 15 he has been an active member of the environmental movement in Greece and abroad. In 1998 he was awarded a prize by the Prefecture of Thessaloniki for his contribution to the protection of the Old City (Ano Poli) of Thessaloniki. In 2009 he received from the European Union and EUROPA NOSTRA (Network of cultural heritage associate organization from all over Europe) the European Grand Prize in the category "Education, training and awareness-raising" for the campaign "Sustainable Aegean".
He studied planning and regional development at the University of Thessaly in Greece (1996-2001) and continued on with postgraduate studies in International Development (MPA/ID) at the Kennedy School of Harvard University (2001-2003).
Main Foreign Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian.