Kosmas Marinakis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He studied economics at Athens University of Economics and Business and he received his Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University in 2008. He has held academic positions in the US, Cyprus and Russia. His areas of interest are Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, Contract Theory and Economics of Incentives. He is a Lecturer at Higher School of Economics, teaching Microeconomics and Industrial Organization.