President & Co-founder, Homo Digitalis
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.
Data Protection Officer, ERT
Vasileios Vasilopoulos is 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.
Legal Officer, AADE
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.
International Internet Policy Consultant
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, EURACTIV. 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”.
Business Development Manager, EURid
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.
Director gov.gr, Ministry of Digital Government
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.
CEO & Senior Communications Consultant, RED.comm
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.
Director of Research and Co-founder , Internet Commission
Dr Ioanna Noula is Director of Research and Co-founder of the Internet Commission, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to advance Corporate Digital Responsibility through the independent evaluation of digital organisations. The Internet Commission’s Accountability Report is the output of a pioneering project that evaluates the practices of content moderation of prominent organisations including the BBC, Sony PlayStation, Tinder, and Twitch. Ioanna has conducted post-doctoral academic research at the intersection of the areas of citizenship education, critical literacy and childhood studies at UCL’s Institute of Education, the University of Leeds and LSE’s Department of Media and Communications where she has been a visiting fellow since 2016.
Associate Professor, University of Western Macedonia
Dr. Antoniadis Ioannis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Science and Technology of the University of Western Macedonia. His field of expertise is Governance and performance of organizations in the private sector. He is teaching courses, related to Corporate Governance and Strategy, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship.
His academic and research interests, and his published work focus on areas concerning Corporate Governance and Strategy, Digital marketing and Social Media Marketing, and the governance and applications of Blockchain technology. Currently Dr. Antoniadis is the Director of the MSc. in e-Business and Digital Marketing of the University of Western Macedonia.
Director of Digital Governance. GRNET-NIRT
Associate Researcher, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)
Senior Research Associate, Institute for Ethics in AI – Oxford University
Elizabeth M. Renieris is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Ethics in AI at Oxford University and the Founder & CEO of HACKYLAWYER, an innovative consultancy focused on law and policy engineering. As a data protection and privacy expert (CIPP/E, CIPP/US) whose work is focused on cross-border data governance frameworks, as well as the ethical challenges and human rights implications of digital identity, AI, blockchain, and other new and advanced technologies, she has advised the World Bank, U.S. House of Representatives, U.K. Parliament, European Commission, and a variety of international organizations and prominent technology companies alike on these subjects. She has held numerous prestigious fellowships, including as a former fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Renieris is also the author of Beyond Data: Reclaiming Human Rights at the Dawn of the Metaverse (MIT Press, ’23). She holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics, a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.
Spiropoulou Law Firm
Elena Spyropoulou is a Lawyer, accredited Mediator and Data Protection Officer. She studied at the Law School of the Democritus University of Thrace and at the Department of International Relations and Strategy of Panteion University.
She began her career as a lawyer in 2000 and since 2004 she has been the head of the law firm “Spiropoulou and Associates” in Athens, which specializes in the fields of technology, personal data and intellectual property.
She was successful in important court cases on issues of intellectual property, cyberbullying and personal data and is actively involved in the legislation and legal problems of the online community in Greece. She has collaborated with the D.A.R.T. Team for Digital Security of the Special Secretariat for Digital Strategy of the Ministry of Economy and Finance during the years 2005-2008.
Elena Spiropoulou has been active for more than twenty years in the field of Personal Data Protection Law, Intellectual Property and new technologies. The clients of her law firm are international and Greek companies from the fields of health, art, online stores, of insurance, tourism, digital content, etc.
Her goal is to highlight the legal aspects of the wide use of technology, such as unfair practices on the processing of personal data, restrictions on freedom of speech, fake news, the collection of personal information by automated means, etc. and the harmonization of the relevant legislation in Greece with the legal texts of other countries, taking into account at the same time the factors of economic development and technological progress.
Digital & Analytics Leader, Deloitte Digital
Konstantina studies German Law and EU Law at the Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Geneva. She serves as a Young European Ambassador for the EU’s Neighbourhood East Policy and is the COO of the Institute for Internet and the Just Society. In Brussels, she interned at the European Commission, whereas previously she worked at the Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations. She is a scholarship holder of the German Studienstiftung.
Charalambos is an undergraduate student at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens. His interests lie among the fields of personal data security, open source software and the safety of young people on the internet. He has worked extensively on online copyright laws and also holds the position of the General Secretary of the NGO Young Pirates of Europe. He is part of the SEEDIG technical team as well as the SEEDIG Youth School Organizing Team and has been a mentor at Digital Grassroots. He is the Youth Ambassador of Better Internet for Kids, and he is also a representative of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe on Internet Governance, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of IGF Greece.
Stelios is an IT professional in the Fintech industry and has a solid educational background in IT and Telecommunications (Bachelor – University of Piraeus) as well as Open e-Government (Master – Stockholm University, ongoing). Stelios has been involved in Internet Governance since 2017 and volunteered in several national, regional and worldwide efforts including the organization of the first Youth event on Internet Governance in Greece. Currently, Stelios is an IGF Greece Executive Committee member and an ICANN #NextGen fellow.
Rodanthi Alexiou is an Undergraduate Computer Science Student in the University of Athens with a great passion for Artificial Intelligence, Web and App development, Machine Learning, writing and history. Always interested in being involved in tech projects, organizing and participating in tech events and learning something new, she is a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador, a General Organizer in Google’s Developer’s Student Club and an Associate in the Operations Team in Mindspace NPO, while writing monthly articles in her blog [http://www.rodanthi-alexiou.com/] and political commentaries about international affairs and cybersecurity in the youth independent website OffLine Post. You’ll find her reading studies about the sociopolitical aspects of technology and taking courses digital transformation and how we can eliminate bias in Machine Learning projects.
Panagiotis Keramidis is a Postgraduate Fellow in the “E-Government” Master’s program at the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering of the University of the Aegean. He holds a Diploma of Engineering from the Undergraduate Program of the same department.
Since the end of 2019 he has been working as a Research Associate in the Information Systems Laboratory of the department. His academic interests focus on e-Participation, e-Democracy, Smart Cities and the Scientific Foundation of Digital Governance. His work experience includes participation in several national and EU-funded projects related to Digital Governance. He has been a member of the organizing committee of several academic events and conferences (ICEGOV, Samos Summit, International Summer School on Digital Government – opengov). He has given presentations and workshops in several academic and non-academic events and conferences (ICEGOV, IFIP EGOV 2021, Samos Summit, FOSSCOMM).
Georgia holds a Bachelor’s degree on Business Administration, majoring in foreign languages in Administration and Economics, at the University of Ioannina and has completed KnowCrunch’s Professional Diploma in Digital & Social Media Marketing. For the last 3 years she has been working as a Digital Account Manager at Boldot.
She is characterized by her fresh and modern perspective, her love for innovation and the world of Internet & communication. This reason drives her to participate in relevant projects and groups, with notable examples being the InfinityGreece Educational Organization, as Marketing Manager and Educational Program Manager, but also in the Facebook Group “Digital & Social Media Nation” as Community Administrator. Her dream is to constantly offer new ideas and contribute in her own way to the digital transformation and communication of every project she participates in. And this is what she aims to achieve within IGF Greece.
Panagiotis Papachatzis is General Manager of Red Wolf – PR & Advertising Agency. He has twenty years of experience in corporate and political communication. To date, he has held positions of responsibility in the the Prime Minister office of Greece, in recognized advertising agencies and in Organizations, in Greece and Abroad.
Panagiotis also teaches communication strategy in graduate programs at the University of Western Macedonia.