Prof. Dimitris Dermatas is a Professor of Geoenvironmental Pollution at the School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has recently served as Chair (2018-2019) of the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (https://www.impel.eu) and as the Special Secretary of Inspectorate of the Ministry of Environment & Energy in Greece (2017-2019). In the past he has served as Executive Governing Board Member of the Panhellenic Network of Solid Waste Management Associations (2007-2013), Governing Board Member (2010-2013) of Municipal Waste Europe (MWE) and as the General Director in the Solid Waste Management Association of Eastern Macedonia – Thrace, Greece (2007-2010). Before he was the Director of the W. M. Keck Geoenvironmental Laboratory and Associate Professor at the Department of Civil Environmental and Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, USA (1991-2006). There are more than 4300 citations of his work and he is listed amongst the top 2% world's leading scientists (http://www.civil.ntua.gr/news/2020/12/3/16-professors-school-civil-engineering-among-top/). He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research accomplishments. He has gotten his MS (1988) and Ph.D. (1992) from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, USA. Dimitris also volunteers in the non-profit ‘Organization Earth’ (www.organizationearth.org), of which he was a founding member (2010) and member of the Board of Director. He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and has three children.