Charis Gantes was born in Athens, Greece, in 1962. He studied at the German Highschool of Athens (Abitur 1979), the National Technical University of Athens (Diploma of Civil Engineering 1985) and MIT (SM 1988, PhD 1991). He is on the NTUA faculty since 1994 teaching steel structures, structural stability and cable/membrane structures.

He is a firm believer of good balance between theory and practice in engineering, thus in parallel to his academic activities he has participated in numerous design and consulting projects in Greece and abroad.