Dr Stefanakis is Assistant Professor at the School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece. He is European Climate Pact Ambassador appointed by the European Commission. He also is elected Regional Coordinator of Africa and Middle East for the ‘Wetlands for Water Pollution Control’ Group of the International Water Association. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal ‘Circular Economy and Sustainability’, and of the Springer Book Series with the same title, and Associate Editor in other journals.
He is an Environmental Engineer and Researcher focusing on water engineering, specifically on nature-based solutions and ecological engineering. He studies the content and realization of circular economy across different sectors. He has designed, managed, and constructed wetlands facilities for wastewater management across Europe, Middle East, Africa, USA and South America integrated wastewater treatment and reuse with waste management practices. In the past, he worked as Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Brighton (UK), the University of Beira Interior (Portugal), the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research – UFZ (Germany), and the Democritus University of Thrace (Greece). He has also been employed by a Greek and a German multinational company as professional engineer. His publication record includes 42 articles in scientific journals, more than 50 papers in scientific conferences, 5 books and several book chapters.