Eleni Myrivili

Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Eleni Myrivili is Senior Advisor to the City of Athens for Resilience and Sustainability. A tenured professor with executive experience in local government, she is an expert on urban resilience and climate adaptation, national borders and cultural theory.

Elected to city government (2014-2019) she served as Athens’ Deputy Mayor for Urban Nature and Climate Resilience pioneering multimillion-euro programs in equitable blue and green infrastructure development. Overseeing a staff of 400, she introduced a clear vision for Climate Adaptation and Urban Ecology, driving collaborative design and digital solutions that also protected the city’s most vulnerable populations. Her work on heat resilience established Athens’ leadership in international urban climate change responses.

In 2015, she was appointed the city’s Chief Resilience Officer and launched in 2017 the Athens Resilience Strategy for 2030 as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. She established the first office of Resilience and Sustainability in the city, embedding resilient methodologies, influencing strategic planning, and building capacity within the city’s administration.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts from New York University, and a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University. She holds a tenured position at the University of the Aegean and has served as Scientific Advisor to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology for the Greek Ministry of Education. In June 2020, Eleni was named a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies by Harvard Graduate School of Design.