Aggelos Kotios, is a Professor of International and European Economic and Development Relations and the Dean of School of Economics, Business and International Studies at University of Piraeus, and a Key Academic staff member in the project. During 1995-2008 he was Professor at the University of Thessaly, where from 2005 to 2008 was a Vice Rector. He received a Diploma in Economics from the University of Thessaloniki in 1979, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tübingen (Germany) in 1986. From 1987 to 1990 he worked at the University of Tübingen as research fellow. From 1991 to 1993 he was a special advisor at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His research interests are in economic crisis, international trade policy, international monetary policy, European integration and development policy. He is author of many books and papers on international and European economy. He participates in several European programmes such as Youth in Action and Jean Monnet Projects (B.E.S.T., EuropeStARTs, YouthActiv, Universities4EU).