Dr Christakis is a brilliant scientist, whose scientific research has contributed to the deeper understanding of the Minoan civilization. Many of his publications shed light on the socio-political complexities in Crete during the New Palace period, focusing on the storage policy of the palace, the history of Cretan trade from Prehistoric times to the dawn of the 20th century, as well as the Minoan diet and gastronomy. He studied classical archaeology at the University of Rome (La Sapienza) and completed his postgraduate studies (PhD) at the University of Bristol. He has taught at the Department of Primary Education of the University of Rethymno and, today, holds the position of Curator at the Knossos Research Centre of the British School at Athens. He co-directs, along with Dr G. Rethemiotakis, the excavation and research programme in Galatas Pediados, in the Municipality of Heraklion, for which they have published relevant scientific papers, having also participated in several international research programmes. His scientific interests are focused on the issues of political and economic organization in Crete during the Bronze Age, on household archaeology, the production and distribution of ceramics, food economy, museum education, cartography and the research of Venetian and Ottoman period archival materials. He has participated in international conferences and has published many papers, as well as four monographs.