Born in Thessaloniki – Greece. She studied in Thessaloniki – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (BA in Linguistics, BA in Theology, PhD in Patristic Rhetorics, Faculty of Theology) and Paris - Université Réné Descartes – Paris V (Maitrise + DEA Linguistics and Social Linguistics), Université Paris I – Panthéon (DEA Byzantine History), Institut Catholique de Paris (DEA Theology). Pr. Koukoura worked as a professor of Ancient and Modern Greek Literature at the Secondary Education (1981-1993). In 1993, she was elected lecturer on Homiletics and Communication at the Department of Theology – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the very first woman at that time among 35 male teaching staff of the Department. Currently she is a full time Professor and teaches Homiletics and Church Communication, Rhetorics, Introduction to Theology, and Women’s Issues.
Her publications include six books, written in Greek, in her field of academic expertise and a lot of articles in Greek, English, and other languages on homiletics and ecumenical issues. She has been involved in the ecumenical movement for the 28 last years under different capacities (resource person, advisor, counselor, facilitator, etc) in various programs (Mission and Evangelism, JPIC, Combat Against Racism, Women’s Decade, Faith and Order.
Professor Koukoura attended the last four WCC Assemblies and as member of the Commission Churches in Dialogue the CEC Assembly (Lyon 2009) and CEC-CCEE (Sibiu 2007) . Representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate, she is a member of the Faith and Order Plenary and Standing Commission (WCC), Academic Committee of Elijah Interfaith Institut and Stiring of Global Christian Forum. She is also member of Societas Homiletica and ESWTR. She is fluent in English, French and Italian and understands Spanish and Russian.
Her main academic focus is on the dissemination of the Gospel message in the modern world, and the investigation of communication factors affecting its reception and espousal.