Dr. Vasileios Gkrizis, Police Lieutenant General (ret.) is the Director of the Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), the official think tank of the Ministry of Interior, since 2009.
He obtained his PhD on the “Geopolitical aspects of sea borders control and risk assessment” from the University of the Aegean. He has participated in the preparation and implementation phase of the security measures for the Athens Olympic Games, focusing on Operational Planning for Venue Security. He has been trained on issues pertaining to crisis management, intelligence analysis, CI venue security and tactical commanders’ practices. He is also a certified trainer of trainers for the aforementioned subjects. He has been responsible for the transfer of the Athens Olympics security know-how to the Chinese and British security authorities.
From his position as the Director of KEMEA he coordinates the implementation of the Center’s more than 70 research projects. He has represented Greece, the Hellenic Police and KEMEA in numerous missions in Europe, USA, and China. He is a highly-qualified expert on combating organized crime and operational planning of security policy at strategic level.
His scientific papers have been published in international journals and he has delivered more than 150 lectures, presentations and speeches in Greece and abroad.