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: