Sotiris Kouvelas

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Sotiris Kouvelas (Greek Σωτήρης Κούβελας) is a Greek civil engineer, politician and former Mayor of Thessaloniki.

Kouvelas was born in Amaliada, Elis prefecture in the Peloponnese on May 26, 1936. He holds degrees in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Thessaloniki, as well as Law from the University of Thessaloniki. He did graduate studies in France.

Kouvelas was first elected to the Hellenic Parliament in 1981. He was reelected several times since.

He has served in several New Democracy cabinets as:

Between 1986 and 1989, he served as Mayor of Thessaloniki.


Kouvelas is married to the former Niki Alexaki. The couple have two sons and one daughter. He speaks French and English.