Dr. K. Pappas is the Project Manager of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, overseeing the administration of the Institute's projects and initiatives. Dr K. Pappas is Agricultural Engineer with an MSc in Agricultural Economics and he holds a PhD in Migration Economics. He counts 25 years of professional experience in program and project management, monitoring and evaluation. For 7 years he worked for the European Commission, Directorates General "Environment" and "Health" being, among other tasks, responsible for projects focusing on circular economy, renewables, food safety, etc. implemented in most of European countries as well as on EU's neighboring countries Turkey, Jordan and Morocco. Dr. Pappas' research interests fall under the area of migration economics. His research focuses on rural migration, migration patterns and global environmental change, European Union migration policies and political institutions, migration and its relation to economic growth and impact on a country's resources, especially in the South Mediterranean region.