European Conference
February 9 and 10, 2024 | Cambridge, MA

Elaine Papoulias

Executive Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Elaine Papoulias is the executive director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) at Harvard University. She is responsible for the overall management and administration of the Center and its many grants and initiatives, which promote the interdisciplinary understanding of European history, politics, economy, and societies. She also oversees the Center’s strategic planning, development, and stewardship activities.

From 1999 to 2012, Papoulias served at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) as Director of the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, integrating this region into HKS academic and executive education programs, as well as co-curricular initiatives across the University. Under her leadership, the program became the school’s hallmark of Europe-focused activity and its regional model. Her academic and professional mentoring of students helped to support their success in building careers at high levels of government, international organizations, academia, civil society, and the private sector.

In addition to her career in academia, Papoulias’ professional experiences include advisory, public affairs, communications, and analytical work for government agencies, political candidates, grassroots campaigns, non-profit institutions, and private companies across a multitude of sectors. She received a BA from Wesleyan University and a MALD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She currently serves on the boards of College Year in Athens (Greece), Navarino Network (Greece), Center for Openness and Dialogue (Albania), Intersection Centre for Science and Innovation (Serbia), and diaNEOsis (Greece). Her interests include democratization, politics, and development in Southeastern Europe. She speaks Greek fluently and has a working knowledge of Persian.

Speaker Schedule

Saturday, February 10, 2024

at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) and TBD
10:00am - 11:00am
War and Reconstruction: Crafting a Comprehensive Strategy for Ukraine's Prosperous Future Baiba Braže | Tymofiy Mylovanov | Stefano Sannino Moderated by Serhii Plokhii
JFK Jr. Forum
Challenge and Opportunity: Building Momentum in Migration Policy Anikó Bakonyi | Dimitris Kairidis | Selim Yenel Moderated by Elaine Papoulias
Starr Auditorium