Professor – University of the Aegean.
Dean – Business School.
Dr. Maria Lekakou is Professor in Maritime Economics in Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport amd Dean of Business School. She has a longlasting experience in shipping and maritime policy , as Advisor to the Minister of Mercantile Marine (1996-2000), member of the National Regulatory Authority for Internal Maritime Transportation (2001-20040 and as a maritime expert in national or European bodies(2007- ). Maria Lekakou is co-author of books examining European Maritime Policy, Greek shipping competitiveness island transports and cruise tourism and she has studied short-sea shipping policy developments, maritime tourism, cruise industry, passenger shipping, labour affairs as well as European policies related to liner shipping, cabotage, maritime competition and Blue Growth and entrepreneurship. She has contributed over 60 peer reviewed papers to international scientific conferences or journals, and has participated in numerous R&D projects. She is Treasurer of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).