Director, Greek Asylum Service

Maria Stavropoulou is Director of the Asylum Service of Greece which is the first specialist state body in the country adjudicating applications for international protection. Before that, she worked with different agencies of the United Nations, including UNHCR and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She has published extensively on refugee and displacement issues. She believes in the establishment of a single European Asylum System as the only means to ensure that refugees reaching Europe will be afforded international protection in accordance with international and EU law.