Prof. Pollalis, PhD, MBA is the Chairman and CEO of Hellinikon SA, the public corporation for the development of the old Athens airport. He is also on the Board of the Planning and Environmental Authority of the city of Athens.
Prof. Pollalis, Professor of Design, Technology and Management at the Harvard Design School since 1986, is an expert on planning and management of sustainable large scale projects. At Harvard University, he is the Principal Investigator of the projects (a) "Sustainable Urbanism on the Coast of the Arab Gulf," and (b) the "Zofnass Program for the Sustainability of Infrastructure." He is the co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability. He has taught as a visiting professor at the ETH-Zurich, Switzerland; TU-Delft, Holland; Uni-Stuttgart, Germany; and the U-Patras, Greece; and has offered joint courses with the Harvard Business School on planning and development.
In his private practice, Prof. Pollalis is the chief planner for the new DHA City Karachi for 500,000 people, which is under construction, the concept planner of the information infrastructure in the new administrative city in Korea, and the developer's advisor for the new Saudi economic city in the East Province. Two of his signature bridges have been constructed: in Columbus Ohio, and in Athens, Greece, and played a central role in the design and construction of the iconic Zakim bridge, the new symbol of Boston.
Prof. Pollalis received his first degree from the University in Athens (EMP, 1977) and his Master's and PhD from MIT (1979, 1982). His MBA in high technology is from Northeastern University (1985). He has an honorary Master's degree in Architecture from Harvard (1994).