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Δουκίδης Γεώργιος, Professor at Athens University of Economics and Busines (Συντονιστής)
Georgios Doukidis is Professor of eBusiness in the Department of Management Science and Technology at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB). He holds an MSc in Operational Research and PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the London School of Economics (LSE) where he worked as lecturer in 1984-90. He has also taught in leading European Universities. He is the Director of ELTRUN -the largest eBusiness Research Center of all European Business Schools- that has participated successfully in more than 40 international R&D projects with leading Universities and global companies. His work has been recognized internationally in awards such as the European Case Study Award 2009 in "Knowledge, Information and Communication Systems Management" category and the European ECR award in "Retail Innovation with Business Analytics" in 2015. In the last 30 years he has acted as consultant or board member in more than 50 local or international organizations in the fields of e-business, business development, innovation and re-engineering, digital transformation. He was chairman of TANEO (the Greek New Economy Fund of Funds) and director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of AUEB. Currently he is council member of the National Authority of Higher Education and an independent board member of ATHEX.
Νικολαΐδης Βύρων, Founder & Group CEO, PeopleCert
Starting out as a top performer at Merrill Lynch, he later ignited his entrepreneurial journey in 1992, remaining loyal to his core values of Quality, Innovation, Passion, and Integrity. Those values have always underpinned his personal and professional life. Byron founded PeopleCert in 2000. Under Byron’s leadership, PeopleCert evolved from a Greek player to the global leader in the certification of professional and language skills. To date, the company has delivered millions of exams and certified millions of people across 220 countries, helping them to enhance their lives and careers. Following the acquisition of Axelos in 2021 for €450 million (the highest ever acquisition abroad from the Greek private sector), PeopleCert became the first unicorn of Greek origin (valuation exceeding USD1bn). In 2019, Byron won the title of the Entrepreneur of the Year, at the European Business Awards, representing the United Kingdom, putting PeopleCert in the elite group of Europe's top 1% most successful companies (from a list of 120.000 enterprises). In 2020, Byron was named “Self-Made” Entrepreneur of the Year” by EY in Greece, in recognition of his positive contributions to society and outstanding global business performance. Willing to share this experience and inspire other entrepreneurs, Byron holds several Board Member roles