Demosthenes Panagiotakos, DrMed, FRSPH, FACE, is Professor in Biostatistics, Research Methods and Epidemiology at Harokopio University in Athens, and Member of the Scientific Committee of Health, Environment and Emerging Risks / DG Health and Food Safety, of the European Commission (2016-2021). Since 2016 is the vice Rector of Financial Affairs, Research and Development of the Harokopio University in Athens. During 2013-2016 he was the Dean of the School of Health Science & Education at Harokopio University in Athens, Greece. Dr Panagiotakos is also visiting Distinguished Professor at School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA, adj Professor at the University of La Trobe, Melbourne, Australia, and at the University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia. He has supervised as the Principal Investigator 12 large–scale funded, epidemiological studies and research projects (15,2M total). His research interests include medical research methodology, nutrition, risk modelling and chronic disease epidemiology. He has published 3 books, over 700 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals, as well as 50 papers in national journals and Conference proceedings and has more than 26.500 citations of his work (h-index of 68). He has received several National and International Awards and Scholarships. He has served as a research evaluator for National and International Organizations, reviewer in international journals, as well as external evaluator for several faculty positions. He is an Executive Board member in 3 Scientific Societies and President of the Hellenic Atherosclerosis Society (2018-2020). He serves as Editor, Associate Editor or Editorial Board member in 17 international journals. He has invited to give more than 220 lectures in 16 countries around the world on the field of cardiovascular disease epidemiology and its risk determinants. He has actively participated in campaigns against tobacco use and substances, exposure to environmental tobacco smoking, as well as promotion of healthy dietary patterns and Mediterranean diet. He is a Board Member of the National Nutrition Policy Committee of the Ministry of Health and has served as Board Member of the Scientific Council of the Hellenic Food Authority and as the National Council of Public Health.