Dr. Helen A. Thanopoulou, is Professor in the University of the Aegean, at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport. She studied economics at the National University of Athens and holds a postgraduate degree in Development Economics (D.E.A) from the University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and a Doctorate degree in Maritime Studies from the University of Piraeus where she taught briefly until 1995. She spent the next 8 years in Wales, as Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University and, after 1999, as Director of shipping related postgraduate courses of the Department of Maritime Studies and later of Cardiff Business School. Following her election at the University of the Aegean in late 2003, she returned to Greece serving currently as Associate Professor in Operations Management of Shipping Companies in the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport. She has published on subjects including maritime crises, international division of labour in shipping, shipping competitiveness, shipping investment patterns and strategies, UK shipping policy, Greek shipping, liner alliances and ports, quality shipping, and maritime innovation, in academic journals such as Transportation Research Part E; Marine Policy; Maritime Policy and Management; Maritime Economics and Logistics etc. and in books and edited volumes. Dr.Thanopoulou has participated also in a number of research and consultancy projects in the area of shipping and ports. She has been active in maritime associations and was elected Council member of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) in 2008 for two years, and three times Council member of the Hellenic Association of Maritime Economists (ENOE). She has been a regular guest lecturer in undergraduate and post-graduate University courses in Greece and the UK and in summer schools. She has served as external review panel member of post-graduate degrees in the UK and is the Chair of the Review Panel of her Department. She has served also as journal Guest Editor and member of Editorial Boards, as well as a reviewer for a substantial number of international academic journals. She currently teaches Shipping Economics at post-graduate level, and Introduction to Maritime Studies, Operations Management of Shipping Companies I, and Operations Management of Shipping Companies II, as well as Maritime History in the undergraduate program.