Christos Vasilakos, Ph.D He holds a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. with distinction in Chemistry, having 25 years professional experience, and over than 13 years of working experience in the EU. He has held various managerial, advisory, scientific and political posts in European and National Institutions as well as Governmental Bodies. He started his career as a Research Associate in the Chemical Department of the University of Patras and since 1995 he spent nine years working in research in the National Centre for Scientific Research ‘Demokritos’, as the Head of Air Quality Group. In 2004, he appointed as a Counselor for Research, Technology and Space in the Greek Permanent Representation in Brussels, participating in the Research and Space Working Parties in the European Council, as well as in a number of European Committees.
In 2011, he joined the European Commission as a Policy and Project Officer (Seconded National Expert), working in the Unit for Research infrastructures and participating in the preparation of Horizon 2020. In August 2013, he appointed, by the then Greek Prime Minister, as the Secretary General for Research and Technology, and was in charge for the planning, management, coordination, funding, and communication of the National Policy for Research, Technological Development, and Space. The 1st semester of 2014 he chaired the European Competitiveness Council (Research and Space part). That period he also supervised and provided keynote speeches i 1n many high-level European events.
He joined NCSR ‘Demokritos’ back in 2015 and then he promoted in Director of Research. Since 2016, he works as a Strategy and Policy Officer (Seconded National Expert) in the Public-Private Partnership “Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking” the largest European Programme in Aeronautics R&I., while he holds his post in Air Tec Lab, in IPRETEA, NCSR “Demokritos’. In this functioning, he supports the Synergies Management and the relations with Member States and Regions, the State Representative Group, the preparation of the Aviation partnership in Horizon Europe, and other strategic programming activities. Additionally, he has published more than 130 articles in peer review journals, books, and conferences proceedings, with more than 1000 citations from other authors, and has provided many speeches and presentations in European, international and national conferences.