In August 2016, following a hearing before the Hellenic Parliament Institutions and Transparency Committee, he has been appointed Chairman of the Hellenic Single Public Procurement Authority (HSPPA), and since December 2019 he has been elected Co-Chairperson at the Bureau of the Working Party on PPPs of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), along with the representatives of the USA and Japan.
Previously, Mr. Katapodis has had an eight (8) year-experience as a lawyer before the First Instance Court of Athens and the Court of Appeals, followed by more than eleven (11) years at Hellenic Diplomatic Service, serving at different posts. Namely, as an Embassy Attaché at the Diplomatic Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the Directorate for European affairs, initially responsible for CIS countries and then for East European Countries, at the Embassy of Greece in Islamabad, Pakistan with parallel accreditation to Afghanistan – initially as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) and in charge of the Consular Section, then as Chargé d' affaires a.i., as Deputy Director at the Directorate for Latin America & the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while actively involved in the Greek rotating Presidency of the EU, in 2003, as National Representative at the CFSP Working Group for Latin America & Caribbean / COLAT and, finally, as Consul General of Greece in Izmir, Turkey.
Furthermore, George Katapodis has been a Visiting Professor at the Economic University of Izmir (İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi) in the fields of European Union Law & European Institutions (2007-2008), and from 2008 till 2016, he has been a practicing lawyer in the fields of public law, public economic law, competition and public maritime law.
His research and scientific interests also comprise three (3) main publications, the European Treaties after the Lisbon Revision (2008), the Greek Development Policy and the Legitimacy of State Aids (2006) and the Reforms and Changes of the EU (1997).
He also is an Honorary member of the Denizli Chamber of Industry (Denizli Sanayi Odası) and the Izmir Chamber of Commerce (İzmir Ticaret Odası). By special decree of the Municipal Council of the Metropolitan City of Izmir, Turkey he has been proclaimed an Honorary Citizen of the city of Izmir.
He holds a Degree (DEUG) in Economics (University of Paris-II), a Degree (Maîtrise) in Law (with specialization in Public Law/ University of Paris-II), a Bachelor in Economics (with specialization in Statistics-Econometrics/ University of Athens, Department of Economics), a Postgraduate diploma with specialization in public Law (University of Athens, Faculty of Law) and a PhD thesis on the "Greek Development Policy and the legitimacy of state aids: adaptation to EU and international law" (University of Athens, Faculty of Law). Moreover, in 2003, he has attended Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government executive programs ("The Practice of Trade Policy: Economics, Negotiations and Rules").
As of May 2021, Mr Katapodis has been appointed as Main Member of the Trainer's Registry of the Hellenic National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government in the fields of: a) Law, b) International Relations and Institutions and c) Public Finance and Fiscal Policy.
He has served for two years as a commissioned officer in the Hellenic Air force (Second lieutenant in the economic services).
George Katapodis fluently speaks Greek, French, English, Spanish, Turkish.