Keynote Speakers

David Foster

Founding Partner, Applied Data Science Partners | Author of 'Generative Deep Learning' (O'Reilly)/ Openstack

David Foster is a Founding Partner of Applied Data Science Partners, a data science consultancy building innovative AI solutions for clients. He holds an MA in Mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge, UK and an MSc in Operational Research from the University of Warwick. David has won several international machine learning competitions and is the author of the best-selling book ‘Generative Deep Learning: Teaching Machines to Paint, Write, Compose and Play’. He has also authored several successful blog posts on deep reinforcement learning including ‘How To Build Your Own AlphaZero AI using Keras’.

You can watch David introducing his speech here.

Norbert Kraft

Nokia / Bell Labs

Norbert Kraft works in Telecom industry since 1991. He held several positions in research, development and system engineering for wide area network equipment.

Now he is a senior researcher at Nokia Bell Labs, where he is working in the areas of network data intelligence, data mining, machine learning, big data technologies and artificial intelligence. All these technologies are key factors to derive new insights for network management and to improve customer experience in public networks.

You can watch Norbert introducing his speech here.

Ghanshyam Mann

NEC / OpenStack Technical Committee

Ghanshyam works for NEC and is currently serving as a member of OpenStack Technical Committee and as PTL of OpenStack QA. He is full-time upstream developer in OpenStack with an active contribution in many projects mainly in Nova, QA etc. He has worked in different domains like Avionics, Storage, Cloud and Virtualization etc. He started his Software career as software developer in Avionic domain with C++ for around 4 years and then started working as OpenStack upstream developer since 2012. 

He is also a frequent speaker in OpenStack summits and LinuxCon and presented talks in LinuxCon 2015, OpenStack Summit, 2015, 2016, 2017 on various topics like RESTful API, QA, Cloud Backup, Open Source Community Building etc. He has been actively involved in various PoC and solutions design around OpenStack.

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Sean McGinnis


Sean McGinnis is a developer, speaker, and open source enthusiast. He has worked on infrastructure related projects for nearly two decades, with a career spanning Dell and Huawei, focusing on storage, telecommunications, and infrastructure automation. He has been a community representative on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee (TC), and was the Project Team Lead (PTL) for the Cinder block storage project and the Release Management Team.

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Maria Roussou

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dr Maria Roussou is an Assistant Professor in Interactive Systems (Human Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality, games) at the Department of Informatics & Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In 2003 she founded and co-directed makebelieve, an experience design and consulting company. Previously, she established (in 1998) and directed (until 2003) the Virtual Reality Department at the Foundation of the Hellenic World, where she was responsible for setting up the immersive projection-based VR exhibits and managing the research, design and development of the VR programs and related visitor experiences. She holds a PhD in Computer Science (VR/HCI) from the University of London (UCL), a Master in Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Electronic Media from the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the same university, and an undergraduate degree in Applied Informatics from the Athens University of Economics and Business. Maria is a Senior Member of the ACM, and Vice-chair of the Greek ACM SIGCHI Chapter and the Greek ACM-W Chapter.

Plenary Speakers

Alexandros Ntoulas

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Alexandros Ntoulas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MSc and Engineering Diploma from the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of Patras University. In the past, Alexandros worked at Microsoft Research, Zynga, Samsung Reseach and LinkedIn, where he focused on applying and scaling Machine Learning models for applications such as Web spam detection, commercial search, social search, social gaming, Internet of Things and computational advertising. He is also the co-founder of Infocious (now Piksel). He got the best paper award in ICDE 2005, the best paper runner-up award in WWW 2009, and the best applied data science reviewer award in KDD 2017 and he currently holds 11 patents.

Ankit Gadgil

Mozilla / Redhat

Ankit Gadgil is an Open Source enthusiast who supports in Privacy by design. He is an open web advocate who believes the web should be equally accessible to all for equal opportunity. He likes engineering software through comprehensive architecture and design. Ankit is a Mozilla community mentor, Mozilla Reps Peer and a tech speaker. As a day job, he contributes code at Red Hat and enjoys working with Python and JS.

We often gloss over exactly why personal data is worth protecting. If you are not paying for the product, you are the product. As a solution are you using private browsing or incognito mode? I am afraid it’s not enough to stop the data leaks. This session is for everyone who wants to protect the data and privacy by doing more. It’s us who can take action to change our habits and start protecting our privacy and our data. We will talk about possible data threats and the ways to use your browser in a more secure way to protect your privacy. We also demo how to change Firefox’s configuration to help stop data leaks from your browser and finding an alternative to the most widely used search engines

Antonis Kalipetis

Antonis is a Docker Captain and a Senior Software Engineer at — the leading online food delivery service in Greece. He is a Python lover and developer who helps teams embrace containers and improve their development workflow. He loves automating stuff and sharing knowledge around all things containers, DevOps and developer workflows. You can follow him on Twitter @akalipetis.

You can watch Antonis' interview by Gitlab Athens meetup here.

Constantinos Halevidis


Constantinos holds a PhD and a Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. As a researcher, he has published over 10 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and over 10 articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings, most recently with Niometrics on the subject of encrypted network traffic identification.
As Vice President of Data Science at Niometrics, Constantinos leads data scientists, signature analysts, and visualisation experts in developing innovative applications that bring out the full value of Niometrics’ technology.

Darko Meszaros


Darko is a Senior Technical Evangelist. He shares his passion and technological know-how with Engineers, Developers, and various communities across the world. If it can be automated, Darko tries to do so. Most of his focus is towards DevOps and Management Tools, where automation, pipelines, and efficient developer tools is the name of the game – click less and code more so you do not repeat yourself – is what he says!

He has a long IT career in various areas, from retail, to government, to even large telcos. In AWS, Darko has worked as a Premium Support Engineer and as a Solutions Architect, having first-hand experience with AWS customers and their AWS adventures, helping them learn the ways of the cloud!

As a passionate collector of old computers, he has a collection of computers and games and they came as an inspiration to tinker with computers as much as possible! Darko comes from Serbia, but has lived in Czech Republic, Malta, Ireland and now Germany!

Emmanouil Serrelis


Dr. Emmanouil (Manos) Serrelis has been an active speaker for InfoSec and IT-related topics for more than 15 years. At daytime Manos is the head of Information Assurance and Business Continuity at INTRASOFT International providing various Information Security Services to internal and external clients, while at the evenings he transforms to a lecturer and researcher for InfoSec topics in Metropolitan College, providing and receiving knowledge and inspiration to/from his students. His research interests remain close to Information Security, but have evolved from High Availability Infrastructures, to Information Security Metrics, to Secure Social Lending, to Secure IoT devices and lately to redefining Security to accommodate environmental issues. He’s a motivated and positive thinking speaker, who wishes to leave this planet to his kids and friends in a decent condition..

Giannis Papadakis


Giannis is a Software QA Manager in Atypon with experience in Test Automation Architecture. He holds Engineering Diploma from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received M. Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from National University of Athens. He is a Test Automation Evangelist and Mentor for cross functional development teams, passionate about building high efficient tests. His passion includes alignment of cross-functional stakeholders across the product lifecycle, inspiring BDD/TDD methodology usage throughout the organization, organizing external events and workshops with well established testing communities like the Ministry of Testing.  

Giannis has extended experience in the field of Test Automation and DevOps and develops innovative testing strategies and streamline processes for Atypon’s Core Content Platform in order to reduce testing redundancy & risks leading to more than 45% efficiency gain across multiple projects. Successfully managed a diverse range of projects from conception all the way to implementation.

As a Test Automation Evangelist … he is always trying to spread the knowledge with other testing communities and be an active member in the open-source community!!

Dimitrios Glynos


Dr. Dimitrios Glynos is the Director of Product Security Services of CENSUS S.A., a company that builds on strong research foundations to provide specialized IT Security services to customers worldwide. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and in the past has worked as an IT security consultant, digital forensics expert, software developer and systems administrator. 

At CENSUS he has led security assessment projects of devices, software and infrastructure for many different sectors including software & Internet services, financial, banking, insurance, payments, healthcare, consumer electronics and telecommunications.

George Giannakopoulos

NCSR Demokritos & SciFY PNPC

George is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research fellow at NCSR Demokritos & SciFY PNPC (Greece) as well as co-founder, CEO and Chief Research Officer of SciFY, a not-for-profit Company on applying Artificial Intelligence to everyday life for the common good. He has more than 15 years of AI-related experience on industrial and EU-funded projects and has worked for more than 20 years in IT consulting and software engineering, covering domains such as AI and natural language processing (NLP), data mining, data journalism, bio-medical informatics, the semantic web and others.
He is a Member of the Board of the Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society (EETN) since January 2019, and a member of the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL).
Through NCSR Demokritos & SciFY PNPC, he has contributed to the digital and AI-transformation of organizations and groups, the tech empowerment of several start-ups and to the democratization of AI knowledge, by co-organizing a number of international and national events on the research and application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and AI. The contribution includes tens of presentations and tutorials related to AI and its application, to audiences ranging from devs, to scientists, to children.

Yiannis Kanellopoulos


Yiannis Kanellopoulos has spent the better part of two decades analyzing and evaluating software systems in order to help organizations address any potential risks and flaws related to them. (In his experience, these risks or flaws are always due to human involvement.) With Code4Thought, Yiannis is turning his expertise into democratizing technology by rendering algorithms transparent and helping organizations become accountable. Targeted outcomes of his work include building trust between the organization utilizing the algorithms and those affected by its output and rendering the algorithms more persuasive, since their reasoning will be easier to explain. He’s also a founding member of Orange Grove Patras, a business incubator sponsored by the Dutch Embassy in Greece to promote entrepreneurship and counter youth unemployment. Yiannis holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Manchester.

Konstantinos Kechagias

Athena Research & Innovation Center

Konstantinos Kechagias is an PhD student in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is working as a researcher in Athena Research and Innovation and he is passionate about the startup ecosystem. He founded a company, that was selected from the MIT Enterprise Forum of Greece as a finalist. He had scholarships from Facebook and Google and now he has a scholarship from Microsoft Azure. He is Open-Source enthusiastic and he led the open source community during the scholarship he had from Facebook. He believes in communities’ ecosystem and he is founder and chair of the University of Athens ACM Student Chapter.

Kostas Papadatos

Cyber Noesis

Information Security Executive and Entrepreneur with over twenty years experience in a multitude of cross-functional roles of Information Security. Extensive executive background combined with strong information security expertise (in both management & technical areas) and cross-industry exposure (in sectors like financial, telecoms, manufacturing, lottery, healthcare, transportation, retail, government, army etc.). He is the Founder/Managing Director of Cyber Noesis and a founding member of DPO Academy. He was the founder and President of (ISC)2 Hellenic Chapter from 2013 to 2019. In the past, he was a founding member of ENCODE and has also worked for Adacom as Business Development Director, for DQS Hellas, Space Hellas and Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus.

Highly focused with a consistent, international track record in leading and delivering demanding security projects including risk analyses, security manuals & BCP development, security architectures design & implementation, technical security & compliance audits and penetration tests. During his career he has been a keynote or invited speaker in numerous national and international conferences and the author of plenty information security related articles in specialised magazines and journals.

Has a rich mix of senior level experience in business development, sales, operations, finance, project and people management. Diversely experienced from business plan development and fund raising to startup establishment and financing, turnaround and organic growth of a company, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the sale of a company.

Holds an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway (University of London) and a number of industry certifications including CISSP-ISSMP, CISM, ISO27001 Lead Auditor, PMP, MBCI, ISO 27005 Risk Manager and Certified-DPO.

Specialties: Risk Assessment, Information Security Management, Compliance, IT Security,Business Continuity Management, Security Audits & Penetration Testing, Business Development, Sales, Project Management.

Serena Peruzzo


Serena is data scientist at Shopify, currently based in Toronto, Canada.
Previously, she has worked both in academia as an ML researcher and in the industry as a data science consultant on the Australian, British and Canadian markets.
Serena is passionate about education, community and tech for good and she splits her free time between mentoring data science students, organizing meetups and volunteering.

Prokopios Drogkaris

European Union Agency for Cybersecurity

Prokopios Drogkaris holds a Diploma in Information and Communication Systems Engineering from the University of the Aegean, Greece, an MSc in Information Systems from City University London, UK and a Ph.D. in Privacy and Security in e-Government Information Systems from the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean, Greece. He was also within University of Piraeus, Department of Digital Systems as a postdoc researcher under the supervision of Professor C. Lambrinoudakis. Currently he is an Expert in Network and Information Security at European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) working in the areas of Privacy, Cybersecurity Certification and Trust Services.

He is an author of several scientific publications, an editorial board member in International Journal on Advances in Internet Technology, IARIA Publications and has served as a member on program and organizing committees at several scientific International and European conferences


Michael Sudakovitch


Michael has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. His experience ranges from building security software solutions for network visibility and control to hardening the enterprise cloud to penetration testing in a multi-cloud environment.
At his present role, Michael develops multi-cloud security solutions for Uber Technologies’ Cloud Security team.
Michael holds a M.Sc degree in Computer Security, as well as multiple Google Cloud and AWS certifications.

Ihsan Demir


Ihsan is  involved in development of Hazelcast Open Binary Protocol from start and has implemented it in several languages (C++, Java). He has also been developing software in distributed environments over the last 10 years or more and software for about 20-years.

Rafal Leszko


Cloud software engineer at Hazelcast, author of the book “Continuous Delivery with Docker and Jenkins”, trainer, and conference speaker. He specializes in Java development, Cloud environments, and Continuous Delivery. Former employee in a number of companies and scientific organizations: Google, CERN, AGH University, and more.

You can watch Rafal introducing his speech here.

George Mitropoulos


Member of the architecture team on Nokia (v)EPC MME and 5GS AMF. George holds a PhD in Wireless Communications and a Diploma degree from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, NTUA. 

Adrian Peret


Working in the telecoms industry for 19 years, in various positions covering R&D, Technical Support, Operations, Hosting, Data Centers and Connectivity, allowed him to have a holistic view across multiple domains and their future impact across a wide range of industries. Currently working as Chief Architect Cloud in Nokia’s Mobile Networks, focused on Telco Cloud Reference Architecture.

Alexandros Soumplis


Alexandros Soumplis has more than 20 years experience in the IT sector. He has worked in various positions and was CTO for SNFCC during its construction phase up to the full migration of National Library Greece and Greek National Opera to the SNFCC infrastructure. He is currently leading a team of engineers responsible for the design, deployment and operation of a public cloud infrastructure for GRNET running on OpenStack. He is an active openstack community member and along with the GRNET team has invested heavily on Juju as the tool of choice for deploying and managing large scale OpenStack and Kubernetes clouds. He also has extensive experience working with automation tools and various technologies for highly available and scalable infrastructures for web services.  

He holds an MSc in Networking and Data Communications, an MSc in Strategic Management and numerous professional certifications such as RedHat Certified Engineer, Certified OpenStack Administrator, Certified Kubernetes Administrator and is also a certified lead auditor for ISO 20000-1, 270001 and 9000.