Senior Vice-President and Council member of Europa Nostra
Founding President of Elliniki Etairia
Costa Carras’ involvement in the conservation and ecology movement began in 1972 when, with his wife Lydia, he founded Elliniki Etairia – Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage. He served twice as its Chairman (1972-75 and 2001-08) and once as Chairman of its Council for the Architectural Heritage (2008-11). He has represented Elliniki Etairia in Europa Nostra since 1973 and has been Vice-President of Europa Nostra since 1976. His most recently published work in Greek, Imiteles Topio (2011), contains several of his most relevant speeches and articles.
He was the organiser on behalf of Elliniki Etairia of the ground-breaking 1988 meeting on Religion and the Environment in Patmos and took part in subsequent Orthodox Christian meetings on environmental issues in Ormylia, Halkidiki and Kolymbari in Crete. In the 1980s, Costa Carras served as Co-Chairman of the British Council of Churches’ Commission on Trinitarian Doctrine. He co-edited Living Orthodoxy in the Modern World (SPCK, 1996), which has been translated into Greek, Russian and Rumanian. He is a lay Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Co-founder in 1995 and Member of the Board of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, he has been the Rapporteur for the Center’s ‘Joint History Project’ since its inception in 1999. The Joint History Project has produced six workbooks on the history of the region, namely “The Ottoman Empire”, “Nations and States”, “The Balkan Wars”, “World War II”, the Cold War (1944-1990), and Wars, Divisions, Integrations (1990-2008)
Costa Carras obtained a Double First in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, and in Philosophy and Ancient History from Trinity College, Oxford, and subsequently worked for many years in international shipping.