Minister of National Economy and Finance
Leader of the Official Opposition Party, President of SYRIZA-PA
Stefanos Kasselakis was born in Athens in 1988. At the age of 14 he migrated to the United States, after succeeding the mathematics award in the Archimedes competition of the Greek Mathematical Society. Due to that award, he was accepted with a full scholarship as a student, at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Earning the Andreas Dracopoulos Scholarship, he completed successfully the Huntsman program studies at the University of Pennsylvania, in the fields of finance and international sciences. In 2008, while still being a student, he joined as a volunteer the staff of the -by that time- Senator Joe Biden for the Presidential elections, as well as at the think tank of the foreign policy "Center for Strategic and International Studies". In 2009 after his graduation, he was appointed at Goldman Sachs. In 2015, at the age of 26, he started his independent career in the broader maritime industry. As a self-made entrepreneur and investor in shipping business, he became the CEO of the ship-owning company "SwiftBulk". He is experienced in financial markets, commodities, startups, international trade market, shipping business, industry, fishing trade, and investment management. He carries a deep knowledge regarding entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and ESG issues. He speaks fluently Greek, English, German, French, and Spanish. In 2023, he was a candidate for parliament with SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance and a member of the Election Committee. In September 2023 he became the Leader of the Official Opposition Party in Greece, after he was democratically elected by the members of the SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance Party.
The digital economy forum 2023: Shaping Greece's Digital Future participated high-profile and distinguished speakers from Greece and abroad, European officials, entrepreneurs, and executives from both the IT and Telecommunications sector, as well as representatives from all productive sectors of the Greek economy, as well as institutional bodies and organizations.
Minister of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports of Greece
Minister of Labour and Social Welfare
Adonis Georgiadis was born on November 6th, 1972, in Athens. He is married to Eugenia Manolidou and they have two children, Perseus and Alcaeus. He graduated from the Faculty of History & Archaeology of the School of Philosophy of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. In 1993, he took over the management of publications 'GEORGIADIS-LIBRARY OF GREEK'. In 1994, he founded the Liberal Studies Center "GREEK EDUCATION". Elected MP in Athens B region in the elections of 2007 and 2009 with the LAOS political party. In February 2012, he joined the Nea Demokratia political party, having resigned from the parliamentary office. Elected with Nea Demokratia in Athens B in the national elections of 2012 and 2015. In 2011, he was Vice Minister of Shipping in the Government of Lucas Papademos and in 2013 he was appointed Minister of Health in the Government of Antonis Samaras. On July 9, 2019, Adonis Georgiadis was sworn in as Minister of Development and Investments in the Government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a position he held for 4 years. In the elections of 21 May 2023, Adonis Georgiadis was re-elected Member of Parliament for the Northern Sector of Athens. On June the 27th was sworn as Minister of Labour and Social Welfare.
Minister of Digital Governance
Dimitris Papastergiou was born in 1973 in Trikala. He graduated from the Polycladic Lyceum of Trikala and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NTUA (National Technical University of Athens). At the same time, he attended journalism courses, while he maintains strong ties with technology and the internet, a relationship that was strengthened at the Multimedia Laboratory of NTUA. In 2001 he built and presented, together with a group of his colleagues, the first integrated website for the Prefecture of Trikala, 3kala.gr. Since 2002 he has been practicing the profession of Electrical and Computer Engineer in the city of Trikala. He was involved in studies and construction of private electromechanical projects and the creation of software programs. In 2007 he entered the field of renewable energy and has constructed more than 300 private renewable energy projects. His involvement in the community began in 2002, with his election to the City Council. He was re-elected in 2006, and in 2014 he was elected Mayor of Trikkaion and member of the Board of Directors of KEDE. He was re-elected Mayor in 2019 and, in the same year, he was elected President of the KEDE. He is married to the engineer Soula Brakis and is the happy father of Faye, Kostas and Nikos. From June 2023, he is Minister of Digital Governance in the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Alternate Minister of National Economy and Finance of Greece
Nikos Papathanasis presently holds the office of the Alternate Minister of Economy and Finance and was also elected (elections 2023), as a member of the Parliament. From August 2020-May 2023 held the office of Alternate Minister at the Ministry of Development and Investment (portfolio of private and strategic investments, PPP’s & the Just Transition Fund). From July 2019-August 2020 held the office of the Deputy Minister at the same ministry with the responsibility of the portfolio of Industry, Commerce and Consumer’s Protection. During his 35year career, he served as a C-level executive for large corporations with a successful track record in developing business plans, reorganizing and streamlining operations that led to significant positive economic outcome. He received his B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and his M.A.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering (University of Toronto), followed by a Masters in Management Science (University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). He commenced his career at the DeHavilland Aircraft Company (Bombardier Aerospace) in Toronto while later he served as a member of the Hellenic Aerospace Industry BoD and executive Vice President of Olympic Aviation. During his professional years, he worked mainly in the private sector in high executive and C level managerial positions in companies in Greece and abroad. He managed companies in the fields of construction, real estate development to public transportation as he served as CEO in the Athens Line 1 metro rail system and subsequently Chairman and CEO in the Athens Metro and Light rail system for 8 years. From 2008-2010 he served as a President-elect of the Greek branch of the CEEP providing Public Services (CEEP). From 2017 holds the Chair of the President of the Institute of Democracy “Konstantinos Karamanlis”, a scientific non-profit organization. He served from 2016 until the national elections of 2019 as Director General of the presently governing political Party of “Nea Democratia”.
Deputy Minister of Finance of Greece for taxation matters
Born August 6, 1970, in Athens. Mr. Harry Theoharis was first elected in 2015 and on December 18, 2018, he joined the New Democracy party. Mr. Theoharis holds a MEng (Hon) in software engineering-first class from Imperial College, London, and has held high-ranking positions in companies of the private sector in Greece and abroad. He has also worked in start-up companies. During 2011-2012, Mr. Theoharis served as secretary general for information systems and he is known for introducing new digital services to assist the public, helping reduce bureaucracy and its resulting costs. He later (2013-14) served as a secretary general for public revenues at the Greek Finance Ministry. There, he succeeded in meeting budget revenues and producing a fiscal surplus. He is also known for launching the www.publicrevenue.gr platform to increase transparency in public administration. Mr. Theoharis was Minister of Tourism from 2019 to 2021 and the Parliamentary Spokesperson of New Democracy political party at the Hellenic Parliament from 2021 to 2023. In the national elections of May and June 2023, he was re-elected Member of Parliament with New Democracy political party and on June 27, 2023, Mr. Theoharis was appointed by the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis as Deputy Minister of Finance of Greece for taxation matters.
Deputy Minister of Digital Governance
Konstantinos Kyranakis (born 19/4/1987) is a graduate of the Law School of the University of Athens with postgraduate studies in Strategic Communication at the American College of Athens. He has worked as a freelancer in the field of digital marketing, creating websites and applications. He was a co-founder of the BrainGain initiative for the return of young people to Greece. He was elected president of the Youth of the European People's Party, from May 2013 to May 2017. In January 2017, the international magazine "Forbes" selected him among the 30 most influential young people under 30 in Europe, in the Law & Policy category. In the National elections of 2019, he was elected for the first time as a Member of Parliament in the South Sector of Athens, where he was re-elected in the elections of June 25, 2023 and on June 27 he was sworn in as Deputy Minister of Digital Governance.
MP Eastern Attica region, Head of Digital policy, SYRIZA
George Karameros is a Member of the Greek parliament with SYRIZA party at Eastern Attica region and head of Digital policy of the official opposition party. Journalist, politician and communication specialist, G. Karameros studied Journalism and Marketing in Athens and Sunderland while very soon he came in contact with the political Ecology movements. He holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Sunderland and has been a member of ESIEA since 2002. He has been working for tv stations for 25 years and has given daily input as a political commentator. He served as Deputy Regional Head of the Northern Sector of Athens in the period 2014 - 2019. He also collaborated with the Cultural Organization of the Municipality of the Tribe "Parnitha" but also the Directorate of Environment for ecological issues with the Municipality of Fili. He also worked as a communications consultant in large companies. He also teaches principles of investigative journalism at journalism schools the last fifteen years.
Director General DIGITALEUROPE
Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl is Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE, the leading digital technology industry association representing over 45,000 digital companies in Europe. She is a member of the European Commission’s Industrial Forum and High-Level Forum on European Standardisation. She is also a member of the Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group of ENISA (the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity). She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Gaia-X. Formerly, Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl served as a member of the Advisory Group to the Secretary General of NATO on Emerging and Disruptive Technologies. She was also a member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, as well as a member of the B20 Digital Transformation Taskforce, a board member of the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and the European Parliament-led European Internet Forum. In March 2023, Cecilia received the Ukraine Peace Prize on behalf of DIGITALEUROPE for its work supporting Ukraine during the war. Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl has more than 25 years of experience in the ICT industry. She previously held international positions at IBM and Oracle as well as with SMEs, building businesses across Europe and China and founding the global SAP implementation company and cloud provider GlobeIT. She served as Board Member of the Danish Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Board of the Danish ICT association (ITB).
President, Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen, and Merchants (GSEVEE)
Giorgos Kavvathas was born in Athens in 1960. He studied at the Higher Public School of Merchant Marine Officers - Engineers and Mechanical Engineering at the Higher Technical and Vocational Education Centres (KATEE). His entrepreneurial activity has been in the restaurants’, catering, and food sector since early ?90s, creating significant and successful businesses in the sector as restaurants’ and catering company owner and manager. He is strongly interested in the developments regarding Greek food and gastronomy, following them closely through his participation in relevant bodies and associations. Since 2003 he has been elected Secretary General and later on (2012) President of the Panhellenic Federation of Restaurant Enterprises. Since 2005 he has been elected Vice-President at GSEVEE and since 2013 GSEVEE President. He is a Member of the Managing Committee of the Athens Chamber of Tradesmen and he has also served as a Member of the Boards in local authorities, legal persons governed by public law, representative organisations, social bodies, and associations.
President, Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)
Vasilis Korkidis was born in Piraeus. He graduated from the Greek-French Piraeus School “Saint Paul”, continued his studies in England at the University of Southampton and got a Bachelor Degree (BSC HONORS) in Shipbuilding and Ship Management. He pursued postgraduate studies with Master's degrees in Maritime Law (LLM) and International Trade and Transport (MSC). He manages the two family-owned businesses based in Piraeus, active since 1961 in the import-export of electrical equipment and the supply of shipping and industry. He has been President of the Hellenic Confederation of Trade and Entrepreneurship, President of the Piraeus Trade Association, Vice President of the Hellenic Institute for Safety and Health at Work, Vice-President of the European Organization of Small and Medium Enterprises (UEAPME), member of the Board of the Regulatory Authority for Ports, Vice-President at the Piraeus Elderly Care Home Home and member of the Board of Directors of EuroCommerce. He is the President of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Piraeus, President of the Attica Regional Chamber, President of the Regional Research and Innovation Council, Vice-President of the Hellenic Shipyard Association, member of the Coastal Transports Council, member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Development Bank, and external member of the Board of Directors of the University of Western Attica. He was awarded with Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by the University of West Attica.
President, Hellenic Authority for Higher Education (HAHE)
Prof. Pericles A. Mitkas has been the President of the Hellenic Authority of Higher Education since Feb. 2020. He received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc and PhD in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University, USA. Dr. Mitkas was a faculty member at Colorado State University for ten years. In 1999, he joined the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he served as the University Rector (2014-2019). Among other positions, he also served as President of the Balkan University Association (2018-19) and as President of the Black Sea University Network (2018-21). His research interests include databases and knowledge bases, data mining and machine learning, software agents and intelligent systems, and bioinformatics. Prof. Mitkas has been the coordinator of numerous research projects in Greece and the US, several of which involved industrial partners.
Governor, Independent Authority for Public Revenue
George Pitsilis was born in the USA in 1975. He is a Supreme Court lawyer, with scientific specialty and significant professional experience in the entire range of Tax, Greek, International and European Law. He is a graduate of Anavryta Classical High School. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Athens, from which he also received a Master's Degree in Public Law. He also holds a DEA in Tax Law from Pantheon – Sorbonne University (Paris I). He speaks English and French fluently and also speaks German. He is married with 2 children.