European Parliament Elections May 2014 (with the Party of Nea Dimokratia – EPP): First runner up on the elected list. - Niki Tzavela was a Greek MEP in the European Parliament (2009 – 2014). She was Vice-Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the United States of America and a coordinator in the Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy and a Member of the Delegation for EU-Israel relations. Ms. Tzavela was the European Parliament rapporteur in the following reports; "European Broadband: investing in digitally driven growth (2010-2011)," "Industrial, energy, and other aspects of shale gas and oil (2012-)", "Energy roadmap 2050, a future with energy (2012-)" and "a European metrology programme for innovation and research". - She has been a MP in the Greek Parliament between 1994 and 1996 with the New Democracy Party. - Head of the National Greek Manpower Employment Organisation (1989-1993). - Vice-Chair and Member of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organising Committee, OEOA (1998-2000)
Former non political positions include:
- Vice-Chair of the Kokkalis Foundation, an NGO based in Greece with a mission to promote cooperation and educational initiatives in Southeastern Europe, East Mediterranean and the Middle East (1996 - 2009)
She ran the Kokkalis Foundation Program for Southeastern Europe at Kennedy School Harvard University for 12 years (U.S.A)and Vice-Chair of the Kokkalis Foundation.
- Vice-Chair of the Latsis Foundation for Greek Immigrants from Albania (1990–1996)
Former private sector positions include:
- Executive Director for International Development of the Antenna TV Group S.A (2007-2009)
- Vice President of BoD of INTRACOM S.A. Hellenic Telecommunications and Electronics Industry (2000-2007)
Niki Tzavela attained her bachelor's degree in Industrial Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC and her Master’s in Labour Economics from Leeds Technical University.
She served on the Dean's Council of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.