RETASTE: Rethink Food Resources, Losses, and Waste 4th International Conference, Heraklion, Greece, September 25-27, 2024

Ioannis Anastasakis

Deputy Governor of Climate Change for Climate Change and Urban Mobility, Prefecture of Crete

Ioannis Anastasakis

Deputy Governor of Climate Change for Climate Change and Urban Mobility, Prefecture of Crete
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Biography

Ioannis Anastasakis currently holds the position of Deputy Governor of Climate Change for Climate Change and Urban Mobility. He graduated as a civil engineer from the National Technical University of Athens in 2004, followed by obtaining a postgraduate degree in construction design from the same institution in 2006. With a decade of experience as a civil engineer in both private and public sectors, he is also certified as a real estate appraiser by the Treasury Ministry. Anastasakis has served in various roles, including as a consultant at the Ministry of Environment, Planning and Public Works, Director of the Secretary General for Planning and Environment office from 2007 to 2009, and as a special adviser to the Regional Governor of Crete. Additionally, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Heraklion Port Authority SA from 2013 to 2015. For five years, he worked as a public servant in the Technical Department of Anogia Municipality, focusing on the elaboration and implementation of an Integrated Development Plan for the Historic Area (2009-2014). From 2014 to 2023, he served as an elected member of the Heraklion City Council, holding positions such as Deputy Mayor of Urban Planning and Vice Mayor of Technical Projects, Urban Green Space & Daily Affairs. During his tenure, Anastasakis spearheaded initiatives such as the Sustainable Urban Development Plan for Heraklion, securing significant funding and guiding the city towards 2030. He also introduced new regulations for commercial operations, modernized licensing frameworks, and laid foundations for city planning zones and public security measures. Under his leadership, the city saw reconstruction projects in the center, including the revitalization of the Venetian Walls and traffic reorganization. Currently, since the beginning of 2024, he serves as an elected member of the regional authority of Crete, appointed as vice governor, focusing on combating climate crisis challenges and promoting sustainable mobility for the entire island. Anastasakis is known for his positive outlook and collaborative approach, remaining optimistic and determined despite numerous challenges, aiming for the country’s re-establishment.