Lena J. Tsipouri is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Economic Sciences at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and co-founder of OPIX, a data-driven policy and strategy, consulting company.

She studied Economic Sciences at the Universities of Athens and Vienna, completed her PhD (Doctorat d’ Etat), at the University of Paris II, which received the first prize. She then undertook postdoctoral research at MIT under a Fulbright Fellowship.

Prof. Emeritus Tsipouri taught Economic Development, European Economic, Integration, Economics of Technological Change and Theory of the Firm at both undergraduate and graduate level. Her scientific research as well as her presentations at various refereed scientific conferences and policy workshops are about Research & Innovation (focusing on start-up ecosystems), Regional Development and Corporate Governance.  

She has published extensively in the areas of regional innovation and has over 30 years of experience in developing and managing international research and innovation projects. Indicative publications and policy briefs in recent years put emphasis on Topics of general economic interest, Demand side policies, In-depth analysis of R&D and Innovation topics, Labour markets and diversity and Corporate Governance and Corporate Social responsibility.  Her consulting work focuses on policy design, implementation and evaluation for EU institutions, Governments and Regional Authorities in Europe, Asia and the Americas, the OECD and the UN. She has been chair or member of high level advisory groups.