Pol (Polychronis) Koutsakis
Principal (GLCI)

Was born in Chania, Crete, Greece in 1974.

He has won the National Book Award for Young Adult Literature in Greece, in 2016, for “Just one breath”, the second novel of his “Trilogy of Crete” crime novels. He has also won twice the National Award for Playwriting in Greece.

“Athenian Blues” and “Baby Blue” are the first two novels in the Stratos Gazis crime series, which is published by Bitter Lemon Press in the UK, USA and Australia and by Patakis Publications in Greece. Publishers Weekly, which for 150 years has been considered the “bible of the books business” in the USA has compared Pol favourably to James Elroy, the leading American crime writer.

Pol’s plays have been staged and won awards in the USA, UK and Greece and have been published in Canada. In Greece, he has published 14 novels, 1 collection of poetry and 1 children’s book.

The National Research Foundation “Eleftherios K. Venizelos”, whose President is the President of the Hellenic Parliament, has honoured Pol with its highest distinction, as a Fellow of the Foundation, for his contribution to the purposes of the Foundation through his novel “When he was happy” (Patakis Publications, 2013) and through his theatrical play of the same title which won the national award.

Pol received his 5-year Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, in Greece and his PhD in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Crete. For three years (2006-2008) he was an Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of McMaster University, in Canada. From 2009 until 2015 he was an Assistant Professor and then promoted to Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Technical University of Crete, in Greece. In January 2016 he joined the Information Technology, Media and Communications Discipline of Murdoch University, in Perth, as a Senior Lecturer. Since 2018 he serves as Academic Chair of the Master’s by coursework program in Information Technology at Murdoch. In 2021 he was honoured at Murdoch University with the Pro Vice Chancellor Education Citation for Excellence in Enhancing Student Learning.

Pol has written 125 scientific papers, which have been published in international journals and conferences in his field (Computer Networks). He holds a patent on energy saving for wireless networks which has been acquired by Blackberry Limited.

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