Nikolaos Karanikolas is the Mayor of Heroic City of Naoussa since 2019. He was born in Naoussa in 1974. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Spatial Planning and Development Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interest focuses mainly on issues Cartography & Geography, GIS, Databases and Real Estate. He has published 9 books (or chapters in books, etc.), 135 papers in international and national journals and conferences, has participated in 23 research projects funded by EU and national sources, 4 as supervisor of the project and has attended more than 100 national and international conferences.