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 currently lives in Moscow, Russia and teaches Microeconomics and Industrial Organization at Higher School of Economics.