I was born and grew up in Thessaloniki, capital of the Greek region of Macedonia. Following high school and completion of a mandatory 15 months’ military service as a tank driver in the Greek army, I immigrated to the UK to pursue tertiary studies.
My educational background is in the areas of economics and econometrics. I completed a bachelor degree in Economics with Computing and Quantitative Methods at the University of Sussex and then I studied for a master’s degree in Economics and Econometrics at Cambridge University. I graduated with a PhD in Econometrics in 2006 with a full ESRC scholarship at Cambridge, under the supervision of Donald Robertson. Before studying for my PhD, I worked as an economist for a private consultancy in the City of London. During that time I led projects involving econometric analysis and modelling for the electricity, water and telecommunications sectors.
My main area of academic research lies in panel data analysis. My main focus is on factor models, cross-sectional and spatial dependence, and clustering analysis, with applications to crime, the analysis of water demand and empirical I.O. Some of my papers have been published in top-tier scientific journals in the field of econometrics. Part of my academic work is publicly available online here and here. In 2009 I received the Dean’s Citation award for high contribution to learning and teaching in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Sydney, while in 2011 I was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by the Discipline of Operations Management and Econometrics at the University of Sydney.
One highlight of my career has been the organization of three major international conferences in my hometown Thessaloniki. In particular,
- the 2015 Conference of the International Association for Applied Econometrics, which is one of the largest international conferences in economics, and Thessaloniki attracted more than 450 delegates;
- the Annual International Panel Data Conference. This event marked the 40th anniversary of the series;
- in 2019 Thessaloniki will host the International Symposium of Forecasting, which is expected to attract more than 400 delegates from all over the world.
It has been a privilege to bring these prestigious conferences to Greece.
Since 2012, I have been a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies, a non-profit research institute aiming to promote the cultural and historical identity of Macedonian Hellenism, and to conduct research on various domains and disciplines including socio-cultural, economic and historical pertinent to Hellenism. I am the Co-Editor of the Macedonian Studies Journal, the primary purpose of which is to encourage scholars of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities to research, create knowledge and publish their investigation outcomes on issues and topics concerning the area and the people where Ancient Macedonia flourished in collaboration with other Hellenic states and regions.