Elpida Vamvaka is a lawyer specializing in digital rights and especially in the disclosure of personal data to public authorities, on issues of new technologies and privacy.
She is a co-founding member and President of Homo Digitalis, the first and only not-for-profit company in Greece with the aim of protecting and promoting digital rights since 2018. The central goals of Homo Digitalis include raising public awareness about digital rights, facilitating the exercise of digital rights, submitting interventions for the proper implementation of legislation and participating in the law-making process. This year she has been actively involved in the study of Covid-19 and the protection of personal data and digital rights in Greece, with issues of intelligent policing and the use of biometric surveillance technologies by private and public authorities. She has participated in significant Research Projects, i.e. in collaboration with the Foundation for Research and Technology (Forth) to assess the compliance of applications with the GDPR, and also participates in the Media Pluralism Monitor of the European University Institute in Florence. She has worked as a legal advisor to the “Athena” Research Center in Information Technology, Communications and Knowledge. She is currently working as a lawyer for Papaki / Tophost, two of the largest technology companies and Digital Enablers in Greece.
The DPO of the Greek public media, ERT and APE-MPE, Vasilis Vasilopoulos, is a journalist, PhD candidate in the Department of Journalism of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and holds a Masters Degree in Quality Journalism and New Technologies as part of the Masters Programm QJNT-ECI, organized by the academic synergy of the Austrian DUK University, the Athena Research Center and the Botsis Foundation. He is the author of the book “Quality Standards in the Public Media” by Taxideftis, a member of the Secondary Disciplinary Board of the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers, author of the Code of Ethics of the Association of Internet Publishers and certified Chief Inspector for QMS ISO 9001: 2015. He has previously worked as a political editor for ERT, taught Data Journalism at CUT in Limassol and served as Content Director at ERT News.
Panagiotis Kitsos has worked for 17 years as a litigation lawyer in private practice (civil and commercial law). In 2015 he joined the Greek Ministry of Finance (which later became part of the newly established Independent Authority for Public Revenue) as a Legal officer. He has an extensive teaching experience of over 15 years as adjunct lecturer of different fields of the Legal Studies in various higher education establishments and maintains this role as Adjunct Professor in Law at the Hellenic Open University. On the side, he has developed a strong interest for and pursues research in the fields of human rights, data privacy and tech policy. His research experience and participation in research projects, including the IT law Research Team at the University of Macedonia and the Institute for Internet and the Just Society in Berlin, and international conferences allowed him to develop awareness of global privacy and human rights issues related to the emergence of disruptive and surveillance technologies.
Professor Georgios Kouroupetroglou holds a B.Sc. in physics and a Ph.D. in Communications and Signal Processing. He is the Chairman of the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Director of the “Speech and Accessibility Laboratory”, head of the “Accessibility Unit for Students with Disabilities”, NKUA, as well as Director of the M.Sc. Programme in “Language Technology”. He has served as the Director of Postgraduate Studies and PhD Studies as well as the Director of the Communication and Signal Processing Division at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, NKUA. His research interests include Computer Accessibility and Voice User Interfaces, as part of the major domain of Human-Computer Interaction. Professor Kouroupetroglou has actively participated in a number of European Union funded and National research projects. He has been reviewer/evaluator and member of working groups/technical panels of various European Union’s projects/programs. President elect of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE). He is author of more than 170 scientific papers in journals/conference proceedings and numerous books and technical reports in the fields of his interest.
Prodromos is the director of Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Institute (IPR-i) at the European Public Law Organisation, a senior Legal and Policy Adviser at Athena Research and Innovation Centre and the Head of Digital Policy and Development at the Onassis Group. He is currently teaching and researching Legal and Ethical Aspects of Data Science at the Athens University of Economics and Business. Prodromos has worked for the National Hellenic Research Foundation (National Documentation Centre), the European Commission, Oslo University and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He read law and Information Systems in Athens and London and holds a PhD in Law and Information Systems from the LSE. Prodromos has worked as an adviser for the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, the Special Secretary for Digital Convergence, as well as public sector bodies and private companies in the cultural and creative industries. He has over 120 publications and talks on legal and business aspects of open technologies, digital content and IPR and innovation policy and strategy. Prodromos has served as the Chair of the Administrative Council of the Greek Industrial Property Organisation (OBI) and he is chairing the Supervisory Board of the European Patent Academy (EPA).
He has been appointed as alternate member of the Board on September 2016 and he serves on the Chamber and the Grand Chamber. He is an attorney at law, LLM Criminal Law, active lawyer from 1998 and expert on criminal law, data protection and electronic communication secrecy law. From 2005 to 2006 he had joined the Hellenic Authority for Communication Security and Privacy as legal counselor. He has been awarded at 2010 with Konstantinos Tsirimikos prize from the Hellenic Criminal Bar Association. He has developed intense scientific and author work by participating to legal researches and conferences, he has extensively published numerous legal studies, opinions and articles to specialized legal magazines, but also to electronic and conventional Media, while he is a member of the scientific committee of legal magazines DITE and CRIMINAL JUSTICE. He is a member of the EU GDPR Expert Group, EU Data Retention Group and CoE Working Group CDPC “Artificial Intelligence & Criminal Law”. He has participated and participates as an expert in Special Legislative and Scientific Committees of the Hellenic Ministry of Justice for drafting laws in the areas of criminal law, data protection and electronic communication secrecy law.
Ministry of Digital Governance
Dionysis Kontogiorgis holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a Master’s degree in Technology Systems Management.
He has been working in the public administration since 2007 as a project coordinator in horizontal e-government and digital transformation projects. Amongst many projects, he has participated in the “Diaugeia” (Transparency) Program, the National Portal of Public Administration HERMES, the Digital Signatures and the Certification Authority of the Greek State, the Public Sector Network – SYZEFXIS II, the Public Sector Human Resources Registry, the E-Government Services and Interoperability Standards Framework (eGIF), the National Registry of Procedures, several applications of Citizens’ Service Centers and the Single Digital Portal – gov.gr.
He participated in the elaboration of National Strategies and Action Plans for e-Government, such as the Digital Transformation Book 2021-2025 as well as in the composition of legal and regulatory texts for e-government such as Law 4727/2020 – Code of Digital Governance.
He also takes part in a number of digital transformation actions, such as the Electronic Birth Declaration, the Electronic Official Declaration and Authorization, etc.
He has been the head of organizational units at the Ministry of Administrative Reconstruction and currently works at the Ministry of Digital Government as Director of the Coordination Service of the Single Digital Portal, where his main responsibilities include coordinating actions for the development of gov.gr and the EU Single Digital Gateway Portal.
He has worked in European research and development programs and represents the country as its Digital Leader (e-leader) in the OECD and as National Coordinator in the European Single Digital Gateway.
Prof. Charalambos Tsekeris is Vice Chair at the National Commission for Bioethics & Technoethics; and Research Fellow in Digital Sociology at the National Centre for Social Research (Athens, Greece). He is also Principal Investigator and Coordinator of the World Internet Project-Greece; Professor Extraordinary at the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University; and Academic Associate at the Anti-Corruption Centre for Education and Research, Stellenbosch University. He actively collaborates with the University of Athens, Panteion University, and the University of the Peloponnese, and has authored more than 120 scholarly papers and one book from the Academy of Athens (also edited 3 books from Routledge). His current research involves the power of digital and biotech ethics, as well as the dynamics of the internet and e-economy in Greece and Europe, including strategic foresight and futures perspectives.