Kyriakos Pierrakakis is a PhD candidate in Political Economy at Heidelberg University. He is a graduate of Harvard University (Master of Public Policy), MIT (Master of Technology Policy) and Athens University of Economics and Business (Bachelor of Computer Science).
He is research director of the research and analysis organization “diaNEOsis”. He has worked as a teacher and innovation co-ordinator at the AIT, as President of the Youth Institute, as a consultant at the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping and as a researcher at the Centre for American Progress in Washington and the Centre for Energy Policy and Environmental Policy Research at MIT.
Dr Pierrakakis has scientific publications in journals and conference proceedings on issues of international political economy, technology policy and political science.
He is a co-founder of a technology company, assistant researcher at Mannheim Centre for European Social Studies (MZES) and Athens University of Economics and Business (Information Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection Laboratory).
Rania Ekaterinari is CEO and member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations SA (HCAP), which is a holding company, owning a large portfolio of participations in subsidiaries, which exploit significant assets of the State as well as in a number of state-owned enterprises active in key sectors of the Greek economy.
Before these positions, she was Partner at Ernst & Young (EY) in Transaction Advisory Services and also Energy Sector leader for Southeast Europe. Between 2010 – 2015, she was Deputy CEO of Public Power Corporation (PPC), the largest Greek electric utility with 7mn customers and € 6bn revenues, and member of its Board of Directors.
Evangelos Simoudis is a seasoned venture investor, senior advisor to global corporations, and a recognized thought leader in new mobility, artificial intelligence, and big data. He is the author of the book The Big Data Opportunity In Our Driverless Future and the forthcoming Transportation Transformation.
Evangelos is the founder and managing director of Synapse Partners, a firm that invests in early-stage companies developing enterprise applications that combine AI with big data. During his long investment career, he has also served as a managing director with Trident Capital and Apax Partners. Prior to his investing and advisory work, Evangelos had more than 20 years of experience in high-technology industries, in executive roles spanning operations, marketing, sales, and engineering.