President of DIKTIO – Network for Reforms in Greece and Europe, an Athens-based think tank. Civil Engineer by training with graduate studies in Regional Development. Member of the Greek Parliament for 11 years & European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities (1999-2004); Prodi Commission.
Greek Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs (2009-2012), and Minister of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping (March-May 2012).
Steering Committee Member of “Notre Europe-Jacques Delors Institute”, the Paris-based think tank dedicated to European integration and unity. Presidium Member of the “Friends of Europe”, a Brussels-based think tank exploring thinking on the future of the EU; Chairperson of the Party of European Socialists’ Forum on the European Dimension of New Social Europe.
Fisher Family Fellow (2012) of the Harvard Kennedy School lecturing on European Affairs, Distinguished Scholar at Singapore’s Lee Kuan School of Public Policy (2015). Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, the Robert Bosch Academy (2016).