Thanos Smanis is the team´s Expert Coordinator. He is an Environmental and Climate Change expert. He is an Ecosystems Management PhD candidate with experience of more than 14 years (since 2005) as Environmental and Climate Change Consultant / Technical Project Manager / Researcher.
He has been involved in the preparation, appraisal and supervision of multiple projects in applied conservation science, through working with research institutes and environmental organizations. He was involved as collaborative researcher / consultant in numerous EU, ACP, and ENPI projects during his collaboration with various donors / institutes / research centres such as the Centro de Estudios Ambientales del Mediterrάneo (CEAM, Spain), the Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR, The Netherlands), The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EEMB, California-USA), Kapodistrian University of Athens (KUoA, Greece) and other private companies.
He is specialized in ecosystem-based approaches and adaptation to climate change. The last 4 years through his involvement as environmental / blue economy expert in different EU BE policy projects, all related to Blue Growth – “Facility for Regional Policy Dialogue on Integrated Maritime Policy / Climate Change”, “Facility for blue growth in the Black Sea” and “Assistance mechanism for the WestMed Initiative” - he focuses his activities on BE and IMP aspects of different sea basins.