Dr. Eleni (Lenio) Myrivili is senior advisor and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center and its Global Chief Heat Officer. She holds a broad portfolio that combines strategic thinking with management as well as implementation.
She has led the Policy Work Group of the Center’s Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance (EHRA) and the Heat Resilience efforts in Athens, Greece, spearheading the Center’s urban heat action work in Europe. In July 2021, Dr. Myrivili was also appointed by Mayor Bakoyannis as Athens’ Chief Heat Officer. In June 2022, Myrivili became the world’s first global Chief Heat Officer through a joint appointment by UN-Habitat and Arsht-Rock.
Dr. Myrivili joined the Arsht-Rock Resilience Center after her term as elected deputy mayor and Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Athens where she led a systemic and sustainable shift towards climate resilience. An academic with executive level experience in government, she successfully built coalitions between private, public, nonprofit organizations and institutions, leading and motivating diverse teams, designing and overseeing multi-million euro blue and green infrastructure development programs. In recognition of her leadership, she was selected as a Loeb Fellow (2020) and had the privilege of an inspiring year at Harvard University.
A recognized voice in heat resilience and the first chief heat officer of Europe, Myrivili has been featured in many prominent international media including the New York Times and in Politico 28 list of most influential Europeans for 2022. She held a tenured position at the University of the Aegean, was the host of a National Public Television documentary series on sustainable living, and holds a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University.