Kalli Giannelos holds a PhD in social sciences (EHESS, Paris) on the 2005 UNESCO Convention (protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions) and has an interdisciplinary background in moral and political philosophy, arts, culture and innovation. She is an Onassis Foundation alumna, a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (MA in Arts and Political Science), Paris-1 University (MRes in Philosophy) and Paris-Sorbonne University (MRes in Musicology), and a trained musician. She has worked in international cultural cooperation (ICOM; UNESCO) on intercultural dialogue, cultural heritage preservation, and education projects. She has also worked on the comparative analysis of innovation ecosystems at international level (MINES ParisTech), and then as a researcher on innovation ethics at Sciences Po Paris, as well as in participatory democracy initiatives (Missions Publiques). Since 2021, she is an Associate Researcher at Sciences Po's Center for Political Research, and also a lecturer in political theory at Sciences Po. Kalli is also Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund.