Dr. Kostas Bakoyannis served as Mayor of Athens from 2019 to 2023. Previously, he served as Governor of Central Greece from 2014 to 2019 and as Mayor of Karpenissi, from 2011 to 2014. Born in 1978 in Athens, he graduated from Millfield School (1996, UK), before attending Brown University (2000, USA) to study History and International Relations and continued with postgraduate studies in Public Policy, with a specialization in Macroeconomics, at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2004). Bakoyannis also holds a D.Phil. in Political Science and International Relations, from the University of Oxford (2019, UK).
He has worked at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as executive manager in the private sector in Athens. He has also held positions in the European Parliament in Brussels and the World Bank in Kosovo. Bakoyannis is a council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a Greek Leadership Council member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). In 2022, he was declared "Grand Officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne" by King Philippe of Belgium. He has served in Greek Special Forces as a Paratrooper, and speaks Greek, English, and German.
Kostas Bakoyannis' study group will look at how national issues can become local problems, and examine the concept of bottom up crisis management. His study group will take place on Wednesdays, 4:30pm-5:30pm.