Dr. Maria Gianniou

Dr. Maria Gianniou

Dr. Maria Gianniou is research associate at Athens University of Economics and Business. She is also Empowerment & Leadership Coach, member of the ICF, founder of www.lead-from-within.org and co-founder of Greek NGO Women Act (www.women-act.org). She obtained her PhD in International Relations from the Sorbonne University. She has worked at the European Parliament and as a scientific advisor to the Office of the Secretary General for European Affairs of the Hellenic Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She was research fellow at the Euro-Mediterranean Observatory of the Hellenic Centre for European Studies and visiting research fellow at the University of the Peloponnese, Department of Political Science and International Relations.Her work, focusing on Euro-Mediterranean relations, EU-UN relations and EU parliamentary diplomacy has been presented in various international conferences and published in several collective volumes and peer-reviewed journals. As an Empowerment & Leadership Coach she collaborates with corporate executives delivering customized workshops and coaching services. She speaks Greek, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish.


Galariotis, I. and Gianniou, M. (2017): Evidence from the EU Presence at UNGA: In Pursuit of Effective Performance, in Blavoukos, S. and Bourantonis, D. (ed.): The EU in UN Politics, Springer.

Galariotis, I.; Gianniou, M.; Iakovidis, I. (2017): Factors and parameters of the EU performance in international organisations : a theoretical framework, EUI Working Paper, 2017/03

Stavridis, S. & Gianniou, M. (ed.) (2016): Parliamentary Diplomacy in the Mediterranean,  Mediterranean Quarterly: A Journal of Global Issues, Special Issue, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp. 2-148, December 2016 

Maria Gianniou & Ioannis Galariotis (2016): The European External Action Service: Towards a More Coherent EU Foreign Policy?, St Antony’s International Review, Vol.12, No.1, pp. 104-119.

Stelios Stavridis, Maria Gianniou, Andrea Cofelice (2016): EU National Parliaments and the Recognition of Palestine, Comillas Journal of International Relations, No.6.

Spyros Blavoukos, Dimitris Bourantonis, Ioannis Galariotis & Maria Gianniou (2016): The European Union’s visibility and coherence at the United Nations General Assembly, Global Affairs, DOI: 10.1080/23340460.2016.1132650

Stelios Stavridis & Maria Gianniou (2015): The Parliamentary Dimension of EU External Affairs during the 2014 Greek Presidency, ELIAMEP Working Paper, No66/2015

“The European Parliament and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, in Stavridis S. & Irrera D. (ed.), The European Parliament and its International Relations, Routledge, 2015