Eugenia Vathakou holds a Degree in Law (Democritus University of Thrace, GR), an MA and a PhD in International Conflict Analysis (University of Kent at Canterbury, UK).

Since 2017 she has been teaching at the Hellenic Open University and since 2012 at the Department of Political Science and IR, University of Peloponnese.

Over the last 9 years she has trained more than 500 staff of small-medium size Greek NGOs on needs assessment and project planning (using the logical framework as a key tool for planning) in cooperation with the University of Peloponnese and HIGGS.

Since 2016 she has trained on conflict and violence management more than 300 field workers at different accommodation structures for unaccompanied refugee children across Greece. The training was part of capacity-building interventions implemented by MERIMNA in cooperation with UNICEF. From 2020 she is the CEO of Merimna (

From 2004 to 2010 she worked in different countries (e.g. Νοrthern Macedonia, Kosovo, Egypt, Uganda, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan), planning and managing development and peacebuilding projects funded by the EU, UNDP, UNICEF, Hellenic Aid.

Her research interests focus on creative conflict transformation and include the relationship between migration and development, participatory planning for local development and civil society capacity building.

She is fluent in English, Turkish and French.