Senior Advisor, UN Environment Programme
Head, UNEP/MAP Senior Expert Group on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Born in Athens, Greece, Spyros Kouvelis holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Athens and an MSc in Agricultural/Environmental Economics from the University of Reading.
He was president of the International Film and Visual Arts Festival of Rhodes – Ecofilms from 2004 until 2007.
Spyros was first elected a Member of the Greek Parliament in 2007. Shadow Minister of Environment, Energy, and Planning. He was then re-elected in 2009, and served as Vice Minister for Foreign Economic, Cultural, and Environmental Affairs up until 2011. His duties included economic and energy diplomacy, development co-operation and humanitarian assistance, and environmental and cultural diplomacy.
He is the Chief Senior Advisor of Truenique Ltd, a consulting company on international business development, new technologies and innovation, environmental, and energy projects, with a diverse portfolio of client companies. He is also Senior Advisor to the Mediterranean Action Plan of the United Nations Environment Programme on Sustainable Development.
Spyros is the Founder of BabylonGardens.eu, a Green Roofs and Green Walls company, using cutting-edge, patented technologies for lightweight, water-saving products. In 2012 he established an all-volunteering campaign called “Greeks Can!” showcasing the best examples of entrepreneurship, innovation, art, and quality developed by Greeks.
He is the President of the Greek Eurasian Business Council working on business development between Greece and the Eurasian Union countries.