HCAP Webcast 01: Building an Innovation Culture in large State Owned Enterprises

22jun5:00 pm6:00 pmHCAP Webcast 01: Building an Innovation Culture in large State Owned Enterprises

Event Details

The link of the event can be found here.

Monday June 22, 2020

17:00 – 18:00 (Greece)

Building an Innovation Culture in large State Owned Enterprises

Discussion around the opportunities and challenges large State Owned Enterprises face in an effort to innovate using digital technologies.


Kyriakos Pierrakakis

Opening Speech: Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of Digital Governance

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 Εkaterinari Moderator: Rania Εkaterinari, CEO, Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations S.A

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. Two of the main subsidiaries of HCAP are the Greek privatization fund (HRADF) responsible for implementing the privatization program in Greece and the Public Properties Company (ETAD) responsible for managing and exploiting thousands of real estate properties across Greece.

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.

She has also worked for more than 10 years, in corporate & investment banking in London and in Athens at Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and Eurobank. In the 90s, she worked in the oil industry in the Caspian region and at the beginning of her career; she worked as an electrical engineer in Greece and in Denmark.

Mrs. Ekaterinari is a member of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council (HCGC). She is also member of the European Network for Women in Leadership (WIL) and the Council on Competitiveness of Greece (COMPETEGR).

She was member of the Energy Committee of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, member of the Supervisory Board of the Greek Independent Transmission Operator and Deputy Chairman of the Energy Committee of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Aristotle University and an MBA from City University Business School.

Speaker: Evangelos Simoudis, Founder and Managing Director of Synapse Partners

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.

He was the CEO of two startups. Evangelos is a member of Caltech’s advisory board, the Advisory Board of Brandeis International School of Business, the US Department of Transportation’s Center for Connected Cities with Smart Transportation, and SAFE’s Autonomous Vehicles Taskforce. He has served on several national and international committees on AI, and new mobility. Evangelos earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech.

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June 22, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm GMT+3(GMT+00:00)