Nikos Mantzaris

Nikos Mantzaris

Nikos Mantzaris

Nikos holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Diploma) in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Following two years of research work at the “Demokritos” National Research Center, he completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota (USA), while also studying biology. He then undertook postdoctoral studies in Mathematics for almost two years (Department of Mathematics, University of Minnesota).

Following the completion of his studies, he became an Assistant and then an Associate Professor with tenure at the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Engineering departments at Rice University (Houston, TX, USA). His research was focused on biotechnology, expanded to nanotechnology, while also working on several aspects of sustainability, such as biodegradable plastics.

After returning to Greece, Nikos worked as a scientific adviser at the office of the Greek Green MEP where he concentrated on EU policy developments relating in particular to climate change and energy, while also following other environmental issues such as gold extraction in Greece and the Balkans, hexavalent chromium in drinking water, waste management and home heating systems.
He then worked at WWF Greece until 2018 where he was the head of the Climate and Energy Policy Sector, concentrating on lignite phase out, the shift of the energy model from fossil fuels to renewables, as well as the just transition of lignite mining regions to the post-lignite era and energy efficiency at both at the national and European levels. In December 2018, he co-founded the environmental think tank “the Green Tank” where he also works as a senior policy analyst.