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.
Konstantinos Komaitis is a veteran of developing and analysing Internet policy to ensure an open and global Internet. Konstantinos has spent almost ten years in active policy development and strategy as a Senior Director at the Internet society. Before that, he spent 7 years as a senior lecturer at the university of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, where we was researching and teaching Internet policy. Konstantinos is a public speaker having talked at many events around the world, including a TedX talk, and a writer having written for various outlets including Brookings, Slate, TechDirt, EuroActive. He holds two Master degrees and a doctorate and he is the author of a book on domain name regulation. He also co-hosts the “Internet of Humans Podcast”. His personal website is: www.komaitis.org
Konstantinos Chatzistamou works at EURid (.eu Domain Name Registry – www.eurid.eu) as Regional Manager for Southern Europe. He has many years of experience in the field of Internet governance and domain names, focusing on international relations on digital technology and the Internet. He has been involved in innovative online training methods and has studied Business Administration and Economics at the University of Pisa.
He volunteered to assist the E-Team Squadra Corse team at the University of Pisa (Italy) during the process of developing a business model and promoting the team in 2020/21.
Director, co-founder Vouliwatch
Stefanos Loukopoulos is the co-founder and director of the non for profit watchdog organisation Vouliwatch. He holds a BA in Political Science, an MA in International Relations and one in International Conflict Analysis. He completed his studies in the UK and Belgium. He has worked for important NGOs both in London and Brussels as well as in the European Parliament. Stefanos is a founding member of the international network “Parliamentwatch Network” and has served as a standing member of the “Council of Citizens Control” of the Greek public broadcasting service ERT. Οver the past years he is involved actively both at national and international level in the fields of open government/open parliament, civic-tech, transparency and the freedom of access to information. In addition, he often participates as a speaker in prestigious international forums such as the Council of Europe’s World Forum for Democracy and as an expert in international organisation’s projects, such as the UNDP’s “Strong and Inclusive Parliamentary Democracy (SIPD)” implemented in Kyrgyzstan.
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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.
Vice Chair, National Commission for Bioethics & Technoethics
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.
Stella Tsitsoula is a communications consultant specialized in the Tech and Cybersecurity industry who works with multi-national organizations and universities to help them understand emerging technologies, manage risk and strategize on a future roadmap to thrive in changing times. She also has her own PR and Communications agency.
For more than 25 years she holds senior management positions with extensive experience in media and communications business. Excellent background in corporate communications process design, development and scheduling. As editorial director she managed the total editorial activities of a business unit producing magazines in the fields of computers, mobile phones, digital imaging and home entertainment. She is experienced in strategy development and management with strong critical thinking and organizational skills.
Stella Tsitsoula has a B.Sc degree in Electronic Computing Systems Engineering from the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences and a PGCert in Management of Public Relations of the University of Athens. She is a member of the Greek Periodical Press Association and International Federation of Journalists.
She is an active participant at the European Cyber Security Challenge initiative, organized by ENISA acting as communications and sponsorship manager for the Greek team. Stella is also a CSFI (Cyber Security Forum Initiative) fellow, where she helps shape and influence CSFI’s cyberspace related activities through volunteering and collaborative efforts in the CSFI community.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the coordination of all the core processes and teams operating within IGF Greece. It establishes the necessary procedures to uphold the high standards required for a democratic discourse platform while at the same time arranging the logistical details for the realization of the conference.
Panagiotis PapachatzisCommunications Advisor