Minister of Digital Governance

Kyriakos Pierrakakis

Kyriakos Pierrakakis is a political scientist and computer scientist. He is a graduate of MIT (M.Sc. in Technology Policy), Harvard Kennedy School (M.A. in Public Policy) and the IT department of the Athens University of Economics and Business. He is also a graduate of the Leontio Lyceum of Patissia.

In the past he worked as research director of the independent, non-profit research and analysis organization “diANEOsis”. From this position he coordinated a series of research groups with emphasis on studies that had as main object the economic and productive reconstruction of the country.

He has also worked in research institutes in Greece and abroad on subjects related to technological policy and has served as president of the Youth Institute.

He was born in 1983 in Athens. He is married and has three children.

He speaks English and French.

Head of the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life

Despina Spanou

Despina Spanou is the Head of the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission, overseeing the European Union’s policies on security, migration and asylum, health, skills, education, culture and sports.

Her work on security consists in coordinating all areas under the heading of the EU Security Union, ranging from counter-terrorism, cybercrime, cybersecurity to hybrid threats. In this capacity, Ms Spanou coordinates the implementation of the EU Security Union Strategy 2020-2025, the first ever EU Strategy encompassing the whole spectrum of security work in the EU.

Previously, she was Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity at the Directorate-General for Communications Network, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). In this capacity, Ms Spanou was responsible for the European Union’s cybersecurity policy and law. She was responsible for the implementation of the EU legislation on security of network and information systems (NIS Directive) and for the negotiations of the EU Cybersecurity Act as well as cyber dialogues with the EU’s international partners. Ms Spanou has served as a member of the management board of ENISA, the EU agency for cybersecurity, and on the Steering Board of the Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU Institutions, bodies and agencies (CERT-EU).

She is a founding member of the Women4Cyber initiative and advocate for the need for addressing the cyberskills gap in Europe.

Despina Spanou started her career at the European Commission at the Directorate General for Competition in 2003. Previously, she practiced European law with the Brussels branch of a US law firm. Despina Spanou is a member of the Athens Bar Association and holds a Ph.D. in European law from the University of Cambridge.

Secretary General of Telecommunications & Posts, Ministry of Digital Governance

Athanasios Staveris

Athanasios Staveris is a graduate of the Department of Physics of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a postgraduate degree in Applied Physics and Mathematics from the National Technical University of Athens, a PhD in High Energy Physics from the National Kapodistrian University and MBA for Executives from the University of Plymouth.

He has academic experience in the field of High Energy Physics working as a researcher in the CDF International Experiment in Fermilab, USA, having won a European Scholarship (RTN scholarship) and in collaboration with the Pione Institute of Nuclear Physics of Pisa (INFN Sez). In addition, he has more than ten years of experience in designing and implementing large-scale ICT projects in the private sector, working internationally.

He specializes in data analysis, the use of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning (AI / ML) algorithms and text analysis using NLP (Natural Language Processing) methodologies. From July 2019 until today he was an advisor to the Minister of State and Digital Government, where he had a special contribution to the management of cybersecurity issues and the completion of service 112 in collaboration with the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.

Head of the General Directorate of Cyber Security, General Secretariat of Telecommunications & Posts, Ministry of Digital Governance

Thomas Dobridis

Thomas Dobridis is head of the General Directorate of Cyber ​​Security of the Ministry of Digital Governance (National Cyber ​​Security Authority). From 2009 to 2020 he was the head of the National Authority against Electronic Attacks – National CERT. From 2002-2008, he worked as a cyber security specialist for the Greek National INFOSEC Authority.

In the period 2000-2001 he worked in the private sector in Internet technology matters. He holds a degree in Computer and Informatics Engineering from the University of Patras, Department of Computer and Informatics Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales, Cardiff UK. He was a member of committees for planning Cybersecurity strategies, policies and measures, as well as corresponding legislative committees. He represented Greece in a number of European and international conferences and forums on Cyber ​​Security issues.

In recent years, it has coordinated the response at a national level to several major incidents of attacks in the Greek cyberspace.

Professor of Cyber Security, Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business

Dimitris Gritzalis

Dr. Gritzalis is a Professor of Cybersecurity with the Dept. of Informa­tics of the At­hens University of Economics & Bu­­siness (AUEB), Greece. He also serves as Director of the Postgraduate Programme on Information Systems Security and Development, as well as Di­rec­tor of the Infor­ma­ti­on Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection (INFOSEC) Lab. Prof. Gritzalis holds academic degrees in Mathematics (BSc, Univ. of Patras, GR), Computer Science (MSc, City University of New York, USA) and Information Systems Security (PhD, Univ. of the Aegean, GR).

He has ser­ved as Associate Rector for Research, Associate Rector for Financial Affairs and President of the Life-Long Learning Center of AUEB. Also, he has served as Asso­ciate Commis­sio­ner of the Gre­­ek Data Pro­­­tection Com­mis­sion and as the President of the Greek Computer So­cie­ty. He is the Academic Editor of the Computers & Security journal (Elsevier), and the Scientific Editor of the In­ter­na­tio­nal Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection (Elsevier).

In his academic career, spanning over 35 years, his research and consulting services have been exten­si­ve­ly funded by more than 100 public and private organizations, including the European Commission, EU Joint Research Center, ENISA, Europol, European Standardization Committee (CEN), Hellenic Mi­ni­stries, Gas & Oil industries (BP, EKO, DEPA), Hospitals, Athens Stock Exchange, Banks (Central Bank, National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank), Vodafone, OTE, as well as several consultancy and ICT firms.

Prof. Gritzalis has published more than 250 research papers in international academic journals and scien­ti­fic con­ferences. His current research in­te­­rests focus mainly on Cybersecurity, Critical Infra­stru­c­tu­re Protection, IT Audit, Risk Assessment, and Advanced Persistent Threats.

Professor / President of the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission

Konstantinos Masselos

Professor Konstantinos Masselos is Chairman of the National Telecommunications & Post Committee, since February 2018.

He is Professor of Computer Systems Design at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Peloponnese, where he has been working since 2006. He is also the Ηead of the relevant research team. He served as Dean of the above university, in the period 2012-2017. In addition, he was Chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Technology (2009-2011), Vice Rector for Academic Affairs (2010-2012) and Chairman of the Research Committee (2010-2013).

From 2010-2016 he was an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Imperial College. Also, from 2005 to 2008 he was a Lecturer in this Department. In the period 2001-2004 he worked in the company INTRACOM, in projects of research and development of wireless communication systems.

He has participated in a significant number of research and development projects and has experience as a consultant in industry, start-up companies and public organizations. Since 2005 he has been continuously involved as an expert in evaluations of funding proposals and research projects of the European Commission. From 2015-2017 he was a Member of the Scientific Committee of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).

His research interests focus on the areas of compilers, High Level Synthesis (HLS), Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), high-performance computing systems, and space computing systems. He has published more than 120 articles in international journals, conferences and collective volumes.

Professor Konstantinos Masselos is an Electrical Engineer at the University of Patras (1994). He holds an MSc in VLSI Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1996) and a PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology of the University of Patras (2000). He completed his doctoral dissertation in collaboration with the Inter-university Micro Electronics Center (IMEC) in Belgium, where he was a researcher from 1997-1999.

Manager, Grid Telecom

Giorgos Psyrris

George Psyrris is the Director of Grid Telecom, a subsidiary of the IPTO Group since 2019. During his many years at the OTE Group, he has been the Director of Product Marketing (2010-2016).

Mr. Psyrris has significant experience in the wholesale telecommunications market, having under his supervision the management of infrastructure projects for the provision of services to telecommunications providers (2006-2010). He has also been a lecturer at the Hellenic Society of Business Administration as well as in a variety of educational institutions in thematic subjects related to Management, Sales, Marketing etc. He is a graduate of the Kapodistrian University of Athens (Economics) and holds an MBA from the University of Wales.

Deputy Minister of Development and Investments

Christos Dimas

Christos Dimas is a lawyer and member of parliament for Corinth with New Democracy. He was born on May 29, 1980. He graduated from the Law School of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and from Queen Mary University in London.

He received his Master’s Degree in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
He then completed his PhD in European Politics from the LSE, with a scholarship from the Alexandros Onassis Foundation. The title of his doctoral dissertation is: “The importance of the national institutional framework and domestic consultation during proposed reforms. The case of the privatization of national telecommunications in Greece and Ireland.”

Prior to his candidacy, he worked in the private sector as a business consultant for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
He was elected MP of Corinth with New Democracy in the elections of May and June 2012 and since then he is continuously elected as the first MP of the prefecture.

He participates in the Production-Trade Committees and the Protection of the Environment of the Parliament and is the Deputy Head of Economy and Development of the New Democracy.
In his free time he enjoys playing football and basketball and reading history books. He is married to lawyer Nikoleta Syregela and they have a daughter and a son.

Secretary General of Digital Governance & Process Simplification, Ministry of Digital Governance

Leonidas Christopoulos

Leonidas Christopoulos took over as Secretary General of Digital Governance and Process Simplification in August 2019.

He has many years of experience in administrative and fiscal reform, simplification of procedures and good legislation.

He worked as a special advisor to Ministers in the Ministries of Education, Development, Finance and Administrative Reform. From 2016 to 2019, he was an advisor to the Leader of the Official Opposition, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on State and Public Administration issues.

He is a graduate of the Department of International and European Studies of Panteion University with postgraduate studies at the University of Warwick. He is an honors graduate of the National School of Public Administration and a permanent employee of the Ministry of Finance.

He has written scientific articles and books on the subject of simplifying procedures and good legislation. He speaks English and German.

He was born in Athens, in 1978.

Chairman &Managing Director InDigital

Costas Rouptsos

Mr. Kostas Rouptsos was born in Athens on 1973. He graduated from the Department of Mathematics of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) . His professional career has started in 2000 with the establishment of INDIGITAL S.A. company in which he holds the title of President and CEO.

In the first decade of operation, INDIGITAL developed specialized and customizable software and applications, while focusing on Open Data Management technologies, resulting on the development of innews, the leading Media Intelligence Platform (Monitoring and Analytics) in Greece and Cyprus. Having accomplished many demanding projects, INDIGITAL has earned great experience and expertise in many fields such as Big Data, Image/Video/Speech Processing and Recognition, OCR technologies and Work flow Management. Since 2010, activities have expanded in other areas such as Document Management Systems with Digital Signatures. Sports Web Applications, 3D/VR content production and applications, Digital Ticket applications and Digital Marketing Services.

Main goal for INDIGITAL is the technological specialization on competitive business sectors, while producing added value services and products of state-of-the-art quality for both public and private stakeholders.

Vice President & General Manager, Archeiothiki S.A.

Andreas Papadakis

Andreas Papadakis, is a graduate of the Hellenic-French School of Agia Paraskevi (French department, Baccalaureat with a positive orientation), has a degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in MSc Strategic Management from the leading French Business School (Grande Ecole) HEC.

Key points in his career before the Archives were KANTOR, Business Consultants where he led management consulting projects (strategy and reorganization planning, privatizations), Carrefour-Marinopoulos and Wackenhut Security Hellas, where he undertook Expansion and Business Development projects in Greece and abroad (strategic projects, acquisitions).

In 2006, together with Pericles Argyros, he founded the Archive S.A. which until today is the largest Physical and Digital Records and Information Management company in Greece.

Publisher - Director Realnews

Nikos Chatzinikolaou

Nikos Chatzinikolaou was born on October the 9th 1962, in Alexandroupolis, Evros. He started working as a journalist in 1983 covering education topics in the newspaper “MESIMVRINI”.

In 1984, he received the “Botsi” award for journalism. He then started to cover political issues. Meanwhile, he started his collaboration with the Sunday edition of the newspaper “Akropolis”, the newspaper “Ethnos” and the magazines “ENA” and “STATUS”.

In 1987, he started working for the newly founded radio “ATHINA 9,84”. At the same time he became member of the founding committee of the station. He also temporarily worked at the radio stations “ERA”, “SKY 100,4”, “PLANET” and “STATUS FM”.

In 1989, he started his collaboration with MEGA TV station. From 1998 until 2003 he was General Director of News and Information department of the station.

From 2003 until 2007, he collaborates with ALPHA TV Station, as Executive Vice President and General Director of News and Information department and later, as Chairman and CEO.

From April 2007 until October 2011 he collaborates with ALTER TV station.

In September 2007 he founded along with Andreas Kouris the «Real Group», which owns the radio station “Real Fm 97.8” in Athens, “Real Fm 107.1” in Salonica, “Ellinikos 93,2” in Athens, the weekly (every Sunday) newspaper “Real News” and the news portal “Real.gr”.

In 2012 Nikos Chatzinikolaou created his own personal site-blog “Enikos.gr” and the financial news blog “Enikonomia.gr”.

From September 2013 until June 2016, he collaborates with STAR Channel TV Station.

Since January 2017, he is the anchorman of the main news edition of ANT1 TV Station.

Nikos Chatzinikolaou is board member of European Newspaper Publishers Association (ENPA).

Co-founder Dome Consulting Firm & Communication Expert

Mariana Pirgioti

She studied Political Sciences at the Department of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and media training at the BBC Academy. She is a journalist, political analyst, TV anchorwoman until 2011 and General Manager of the think tank Institute of Democracy, Konstantinos Karamanlis until 2014.

She is an experienced and distinguished media trainer for “tradional” and cyber crisis management in companies such as: PETROLA HELLAS, HELLENIC PETROLEUM (ELPE), LAFARGE BETON, HALYPS BUILDING MATERIALS, ITALCEMENTI GROUP, REGENCY CASINO THESSALONIKI, HSBC, CREDIT AGRICOLE LIFE, DELTA, KATSELIS, GOODY’S, EVEREST, CARREFOUR, GENESIS FARMA and others.

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Summit

In the course of the Digital Transformation of Greece, the new milestones and the next goals will be discussed and analyzed.

  • The Grand Challenge of Network Interconnectivity.
  • Prospects and investments.
  • New technological tools and new applications.
  • The urgent need to upgrade Cyber Security.
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Schedule

*The summit program will be constantly updated.

09:30 - 10:00
Registration
10:00 - 10:15
Summit Opening / Greetings
10:15 - 10:45
Interview of the Minister of Digital Governance Mr. K. Pierrakakis by Mr. N. Chatzinikolaou
Kyriakos Pierrakakis
Kyriakos Pierrakakis

Minister of Digital Governance

Nikos Chatzinikolaou
Nikos Chatzinikolaou

Publisher - Director Realnews

10:45 - 11:15
Research presentation
11:15 - 12:15 | Section A
Cyber Security: New Emerging Cyber Security Risks. Policies and actions to counter them.
Keynote Speaker
Despina Spanou
Despina Spanou

Head of the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life

Participants
Athanasios Staveris
Athanasios Staveris

Secretary General of Telecommunications & Posts, Ministry of Digital Governance

Thomas Dobridis
Thomas Dobridis

Head of the General Directorate of Cyber Security, General Secretariat of Telecommunications & Posts, Ministry of Digital Governance

Dimitris Gritzalis
Dimitris Gritzalis

Professor of Cyber Security, Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business

Mariana Pirgioti
Moderator
Mariana Pirgioti

Co-founder Dome Consulting Firm & Communication Expert

12:15 - 12:45
Break / Light Lunch
12:45 - 13:45 | Section B
Greece Data Hub: Data centers, Ultra-fast broadband & optic fibers and connectivity.
Konstantinos Masselos
Via Video Call
Konstantinos Masselos

Professor / President of the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission

Giorgos Psyrris
Giorgos Psyrris

Manager, Grid Telecom

13:45 - 14:45 | Section C
Utilization of new technologies: Smart cities, societies of tomorrow, internet of things, artificial intelligence.
Keynote Speaker
Christos Dimas
Christos Dimas

Deputy Minister of Development and Investments

Participants
Leonidas Christopoulos
Leonidas Christopoulos

Secretary General of Digital Governance & Process Simplification, Ministry of Digital Governance

Costas Rouptsos
Costas Rouptsos

Chairman &Managing Director InDigital

Andreas Papadakis
Andreas Papadakis

Vice President & General Manager, Archeiothiki S.A.

14:45 - 15:00
Conclusions / Closing Summit
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    Kyriakos Pierrakakis

    Minister of Digital Governance
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    Despina Spanou

    Head of the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life
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    Athanasios Staveris

    Secretary General of Telecommunications & Posts, Ministry of Digital Governance
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    Thomas Dobridis

    Head of the General Directorate of Cyber Security, General Secretariat of Telecommunications & Posts, Ministry of Digital Governance
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    Dimitris Gritzalis

    Professor of Cyber Security, Department of Informatics, Athens University of Economics and Business
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    Konstantinos Masselos

    Professor / President of the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission
    Via Video Call
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    Giorgos Psyrris

    Manager, Grid Telecom
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    Christos Dimas

    Deputy Minister of Development and Investments
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    Leonidas Christopoulos

    Secretary General of Digital Governance & Process Simplification, Ministry of Digital Governance
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    Costas Rouptsos

    Chairman &Managing Director InDigital
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    Andreas Papadakis

    Vice President & General Manager, Archeiothiki S.A.
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    Nikos Chatzinikolaou

    Publisher - Director Realnews
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    Mariana Pirgioti

    Co-founder Dome Consulting Firm & Communication Expert
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