Dimitris Mardas was born in Istanbul, in 1955. He studied in Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and in France (Universities Paris I - Sorbonne and Paris II - Panthéon) economics and international trade.
In January 2015 he was appointed as Alternate Finance Minister, competent for the State General Accounting Office Matters. He is a member of the Parliament with SYRIZA and after the national elections of September 20th, 2015 he was appointed as Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, competent for International Economic Relations.
He has been professor of Economics in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2012.
In the past, he was Secretary General of Commerce in the Ministry of Development (2000-2002) and Managing Director of the Hellenic Export Promotion Organization (2002-2004).
He has also occupied various positions in the European Union (DG for Economic and Financial Affairs, DG of Internal Market - Industry) and has participated in multilateral trade negotiations for the liberalization of international trade.