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Elaine Papoulias appointed as CES Executive Director

November 6, 2012

Elaine has served at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe since 1999, initially as its Associate Director and then as Director beginning in 2000. In the role of Director, she has overseen the Kokkalis Program’s strategic operation and development, and promoted intellectual engagement with Southeastern Europe across Harvard through managing and implementing academic programs and outreach initiatives.

Prior to coming to Harvard, Elaine worked as a public affairs consultant, during which time she devised and implemented communications and crisis management strategies, as well political, grass-roots and public information campaigns for corporate, non-profit and government clients. She served as a U.S. State Department intern at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, a consultant at Cambridge Energy Research Associates and as a training advisor to the Kuwaiti Foreign Service. Her interests include Greek-Turkish relations, terrorism, political Islam and media, politics & public opinion. She speaks Greek fluently and has working knowledge of Persian.

Elaine received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wesleyan University and a Master's Degree in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her academic training and research focused on international affairs, law and security, Southeastern Europe and the Middle East.

CES is very fortunate to have someone with not only intimate knowledge about Europe, but also about Harvard and the Center itself. Elaine brings to her new role a profound understanding of and appreciation for the Center’s mission, which she has gained through leading years of programmatic collaborations between CES and the Kokkalis Program, as well through being a Center Affiliate and co-chairing CES’ Southeastern Europe Study Group.

Please join us in welcoming Elaine to her new role at CES.