Nektaria Berikou holds a M.Sc. in International Employment Relations & HR Management from LSE and a Dipl.-Ing. from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She is pursuing a Ph.D. on “Comparative analysis of international competitive performance” at NTUA. She has been an Advisor to the Hellenic Special Secretariat for Competitiveness, Head of the Directorate “Enhancement of Competitiveness” of the Ministry of Development. She was a member of the committee responsible for the preparation of the Hellenic National Reform Programme in the frame of the implementation of the Lisbon Strategy. She has extensive consulting experience on benchmarking, economy development and competitiveness.