Dr. Stelios Grafakos is a Principal Economist in GGGI’s Office of Thought Leadership, based in Seoul, South Korea. In his current role, he is responsible for GGGI’s work on macroeconomic aspects of green growth, particularly those related to countries’ investment needs for the implementation of their green growth strategies and policies. Within this field, he is also working on the assessment of employment impacts and analysis of potential economic opportunities of countries investing in green growth.
Prior to GGGI, Stelios was the Head of Environment and Climate Change group at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He led a number of research, advisory and capacity building projects on environmental economics and climate change policy issues, supporting local and national governments in low- and middle-income countries, to develop their low carbon and climate resilient strategies. Stelios has also extensive teaching experience in the field of environmental economics and climate policy to postgraduate and professional educational programs, including online learning courses. Furthermore, he has acted as project coordinator of large research and capacity building projects and led consortia with numerous partners on climate change, sustainable energy and environmental policy issues.
Stelios holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and Policy from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD in decision analysis and support from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In addition, he has published several peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, books, and international conferences.