Maria Damanaki

Principal Advisor, SYSTEMIQ, UK; Principal Advisor, The Paradise International Foundation, China, Member of Friends of Ocean Action

Degree (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens. 1970-74, played a leading role in the underground student opposition to the dictatorship in Greece; imprisoned by the regime after the student uprising of November 1973 and until the fall of the dictatorship in 1974. More than 25 years as a Member of the National Parliament: 1986-90, Vice-President of the Greek Parliament; 1991-93, Leader of the Coalition of Left and Progress political party. 1994-2000, Member, City Council, Athens. 2010-2015 European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Under that capacity, she introduced the reform of the European Fisheries policy, the Blue Growth Agenda and the European System against IUU Fisheries. Currently Global Managing Director, Oceans,​ for The Nature Conservancy. Author of four books on European issues, human rights, and education.

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