Panagiotis Karkatsoulis studied at the Law School of the University of Athens and completed his PhD in Sociology of Law at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. For more than two decades he has been a public policy analyst at the Ministry of the Presidency and other Ministries and Public Services where he has dealt with, inter alia, issues of good legislation, simplification of procedures, human capital development of public administration, crisis management and island policy development. He participated in the most important administrative reforms of the last twenty years, culminating in the KEP (Citizens’ Service Centres). He taught at the National School of Public Administration from 1989 to 2015.
He has also participated as an expert in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank, in studies and research on Governance and Public Administration. He has also been a national representative to the European Commission as well as an advisor to various governments (Indonesia, Northern Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Uzbekistan, Syria, etc.) on issues of administrative reform and good governance.
He has been distinguished for his work many times, in Greece and abroad: In 2003 he was awarded the P. Boorsma Prize. In 2012 he was awarded the “International Civil Service Award” by the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA). He has published (in Greek, English and German) six monographs, many studies in Greek and foreign scientific journals and a number of articles and comments in the daily, journal, print and electronic press. His studies have been translated into French, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Italian, Albanian and Russian. In 2010 he founded the Institute for Regulatory Policy Research (INERP), with the aim of promoting research and dialogue on management science and practice. Between January and September 2015 he was a Member of Parliament with To Potami. In November 2017 he supported the effort to create a large progressive movement at the center of the political spectrum. After To Potami left the Kinima Allagis (Movement for Change) political alliance, Panagiotis Karkatsoulis remained in the Movement for Change, where he is currently head of the civil protection sector.