Eleni “Lenio” Myrivili is Global Chief Heat Officer to UN Habitat and the Arsht Rock Resilience Center, working to build heat resilience in cities around the world. Eleni serves as a Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at the Arsht-Rock Resilience Center at the Atlantic Council. She is also one of the experts on the EU Mission Board for Adaptation of the European Commission.
Eleni was elected to city government in Athens, Greece from 2014 to 2019 and was appointed as Athens’ Deputy Mayor for Urban Nature and Climate Resilience. Over the last decade, Eleni served as Chief Heat Officer and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Athens and co-chaired the Steering Committee of the Resilient Cities Network. Her work on heat resilience established the city’s leadership in international urban climate change responses.
A recognized voice in Heat Resilience, Eleni Myrivili was invited to deliver a TED Talk Global in March 2022. She has been featured in prominent international media, including the New York Times and was named one of Politico’s 28 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 Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.