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Country: GREECE
Position/Affiliation: Associate Professor/Aegean University, Greece
Subject in the Project: Cruises and sea tourism

Dr. Maria Lekakou is Professor in Maritime Economics in Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport, and Member of the Council of the University of the Aegean. She has a longstanding 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 (2001-2004) and as a maritime expert in many 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 regional development. In 2006. European Policies for Shipping, in 2007 Maritime Transport: The Greek Paradigm, Research in Transport Economics andTransports. Lifelines for the Islands”(in Greek), in (2008). Greek Shipping, Employment, Competitiveness, in 2010 "A critical assessment of the European Commissions Green Paper on Maritime Policy".

She has contributed over 60 peer reviewed papers to international scientific conferences or journals, and has participated in numerous R&D projects.