Dr. K. Pappas is the Assistant Director for Research 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 Ph.D. in Business Administration. He counts 26 years of professional experience in program and project management, monitoring and evaluation. For a decade he worked for the European Commission (Brussels, Belgium), Directorates General "Environment" and "Health" being, among other tasks, responsible for projects focusing on rural transformation, 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 societal aspects of the energy transition, rural transformation and migration flows. His research focuses on rural migration, migration patterns, global environmental change, European Union migration policies and political institutions, migration and its relation to economic growth, and impact on water, energy, and food security, especially in the South Mediterranean region.