Konstantina Karydi

Associate Director Europe & Middle East
100 Resilient Cities
Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Konstantina Karydi comes to 100RC from the office of Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, where she was the Special Advisor on European Policies and Public Administration. In this role, she worked directly under the Chief of Staff with a special focus on European urban development and social affairs. She had a horizontal overview of the municipal priorities and was responsible for developing city to city relations and following key urban policies at the European Union level as well as acting as city representative in major European and international fora. Prior to this, she was a Research Fellow and Policy Officer at the European think-tank Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece working on governance and participation fields.

In her various capacities she has acted as line manager, strategic project developer and senior team member for large-scale projects and programs including EEA grants: solidarity and social inclusion in Greece,  EU Smart Cities and Communities Business Procurement Cluster, EU Urban Agenda development working group, EU urban development funding streams and civic participation engagement and institutionalisation mechanisms.

She is Vice-President and Co-Founder of the regional organization Balkans Beyond Borders, and member of the network of excellence on European Affairs Future Lab Europe. She has completed her education at University College London (UCL) and Sorbonne Paris IV as well as currently at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) working on Innovative Governance of Large Urban Systems (IGLUS).

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