Who's who

Executive Board of the Foundation:


Janos PASZTOR, President,   email: 


Janos Pasztor, one of the founders of FOGGS, is currently Acting Executive Director for Conservation at WWF International, where he previously served as Director, Policy and Science. In 2010-2012 he was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, while previously he directed the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, since April 2008. A national of Hungary (and later also of Switzerland), he received his MS and BS degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During the last 25 years, he has worked for various United Nations as well as non-governmental organizations on issues of energy and environment, and over time increasingly on climate change. Janos' assignments included work with the World Council of Churches (WCC), the World Commission on Environment and Development (the "Brundtland Commission"), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or the "Earth Summit '92"). During the period 1993-2006 he worked at the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in various positions. Before joining the office of the UN Secretary-General in New York in 2008, he was director of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) in Geneva.



Pyrros PAPADIMITRIOU, Vice President,   email:

Pyrros Papadimitriou is a lawyer and economist, and one of the founders of FOGGS. He holds a Degree in Political Science & Public Administration from the University of Athens (1985) a Law Degree from Athens Law School (1989), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economics from Sussex University (1987), a Master's in Economics (1988) and a Ph.D. in Economics (1992) both from Kent University at UK. In the past he worked in managerial and advisory positions in the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research in Athens (1994-95), in ALPHA Bank (1995-96), in the European Parliament (1996-98) and in HEADWAY Economic Consultants Ltd (2000-07). In 1997 Pyrros founded HEADWAY Economic Consultants Ltd, a company that provides consulting services in the public and the private sector. In 2006 as a co-founder, he established a network of experts, the Four Assist Development Consulting, which mainly undertakes projects in the field of Public Financial Management and in Economic Development in developing countries. In Four Assist Development Consulting, Pyrros remained active until the end of December 2015. In the period 2007 - 09, Pyrros ran the privatization project of Greece’s flag carrier Olympic Airlines, Olympic Airways – Services and Olympic Aviation.  In the period August 2012 – June 2014 he has been appointed Coordinator of the Privatization of the Greek Regional Airports a project that has also been concluded successfully. At present, Pyrros is associate professor in international economics at the University of Peloponnese in Greece and independent consultant mainly associated with the Headway Economic Consultants Ltd and Canary Wharf Consulting Ltd providing consulting services in privatization and restructuring projects.



Georgios KOSTAKOS, Treasurer and Executive Director, email:

Georgios Kostakos holds a PhD in International Relations and a Mechanical Engineering degree. He served on the secretariat of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) as Senior Adviser and Acting Deputy Executive Secretary (2010-2012), and on many other positions at the United Nations, the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the University of Athens, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Salzburg Global Seminar. Highlights of his career include UN field missions to South Africa, Mexico, Haiti and Bosnia & Herzegovina (1994-1996); spearheading the establishment at the University of Athens of a “Master’s Degree in Southeast European Studies”, bringing together ten Universities from different countries of Southeastern Europe with EU support (1999-2000); serving as Assistant Secretary of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (2000-2003); contributing to the preparation of the 2005 World Summit as member of the UN Secretary-General’s Strategic Planning Unit (SPU); working with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to prepare the High-level Event on Climate Change (New York, 24 September 2007) and subsequently serving as climate change focal point in the Secretariat of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) (2007-2010). An independent consultant since August 2012, Georgios has been one of the founders of FOGGS. He maintains a current affairs blog:




Georgios PAPANAGNOU, EU Observatory, email: 


Georgios Papanagnou holds degrees in Politics and International Relations from the Universities of Durham and Bristol, UK. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, Greece. He has worked as a researcher at the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche Comparative en Sciences Sociales(CIR) in Paris. Between 2009 and 2011 he worked at UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST) in Paris where he was responsible for developing the project 'Science-policy links'. Currently, he is a visiting researcher at the United Nations University, Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) in Belgium. He has published and presented papers on global and regional governance; democracy in the European parliament; science policy links; European progressive politics, sustainability and innovation; discourse analysis and social theory.



Raluca RADUTA, UN Observatory and Fundraising, email: 


Raluca Raduta worked in fundraising and project management for international development organizations in Sudan (International Organization for Migration – IOM), Jordan (IOM) and Bosnia & Herzegovina (Public International Law and Policy Group - PILPG), from 2009 to 2014. Previously she served as Official Representative of the Romanian Ministry of Development and Tourism in Spain and Portugal, from 2007 to 2009. She is currently an independent researcher and works, among others, with Revolve Magazine in Brussels. Raluca obtained a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Communications from the University of Babes-Bolyai, Romania in 2007, an Executive Education Diploma in Business Administration and Communication from Instituto de Empresa Business School, Spain, in 2009 and an MPhil in Environment, Society and Development from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2013.





Katya LENEY-HALL, UN Observatory, email: 

Katya Leney-Hall is an international affairs analyst with wide-ranging experience in post-conflict governance and reconstruction, including with UN missions in Sierra Leone, Bosnia and Kosovo. She has also trained and advised governments, NGOs and international corporations on human rights. Katya has held post-doctoral research positions at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford where she was a member of the History Faculty. She received a B.A. in Law (University of Athens, 1993), M.Phil. in International Relations, Ph.D. in History (University of Cambridge, 1993 and 1997), and a Certificate in Terrorism Studies (University of St. Andrews, 2008). Katya is also the author of a book on decolonisation in West Africa (Decolonisation, Independence and the Politics of Higher Education in West Africa, Edwin Mellen Press, New York, 2003) that was reviewed as "the standard work on the subject".



Julian MEMETAJ, Communications and Research Associate, email: 


Julian joined the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) in November 2013. He is responsible for managing FOGGS public affairs functions and coordinating a wide variety of internal and external communications. He also serves as the Director of the Global Sustain consultancy in Brussels and Senior Partner - European Programme Coordinator for Monte Nero Capital Markets Advisors. Previously, Julian worked as an assistant in the European Parliament for the Green Party, covering the Committee of Foreign Affairs and the Committee of Security and Defense on Western Balkans, energy security and environmental protection issues. Earlier in his career, Julian worked as an election observer for the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), researched Middle East issues with the Council of European Palestinian Relations and the University of Exeter, and interned with the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP). He sits on the Board of European Demos – European Expression in Belgium. Julian holds a post-graduate degree in Political Science from the University of Nottingham and a degree in Communications from the State University of New York.