Webcast: Digital Transformation

06may12:00 pm1:00 pmWebcast: Digital Transformation

Event Details

The video is available here.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

9-10:00 am (San Francisco)

12-1:00 pm (Boston/New York)

19:00-20:00 pm (Greek-Cyprus)


  • Introduction by Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the US
  • Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of Digital Governance
  • Moderated by Michalis Bletsas, Director of Computing at MIT Media Lab


Introduction by Alexandra Papadopoulou, Ambassador of Greece to the US

Ambassador Alexandra PAPADOPOULOU is the first female Ambassador of Greece to the US. Prior to that, she was also the First Female Permanent Representative of Greece to the European Union and served in other important positions, such as Head of the Diplomatic Cabinet of the Prime Minister, Director General for European Affairs/in charge of the Greek Presidency of the EU in 2014, Head of the Greek Liaison Office in Skopje and Deputy Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations.

She also served as Head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo.

Ambassador Papadopoulou holds a Law Degree from the University of Athens and a Master’s Degree in International Relations/International Law from the University of Pennsylvania (Fulbright Scholar).

Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of Digital Governance of Hellenic Republic

Kyriakos Pierrakakis is the Minister of State and Digital Governance in the Cabinet of Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He is a Greek computer and political scientist and politician. In 2007 he earned a Master in Public Policy from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and in 2009 he earned a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Athens University of Economics and Business. He served as Director of Research at Dianeosis, an independent non-profit think tank. He produced an array of research papers with a strong focus on economic growth and understanding the prevailing perceptions and beliefs among Greeks. He has also worked on technology policy for various research institutes in Greece and abroad and headed Youth Foundation as president. He was born on 1983 in Athens. He is married with three children. He speaks English and French.

Moderated by Michail Bletsas, Director of Computing at MIT Media Lab

Michail Bletsas studied at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received a masters degree in computer engineering from Boston University. Before joining the Media Lab, he was a Systems Engineer at Aware Inc. He is one of the founders of the Greek mobile advertising and marketing company Velti S.A. and he was also one of the leaders in an effort to provide wireless networking to the island of Patmos, Greece.

Since June 23, 2010, Bletsas is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization SA (Athens, Greece).


The Hellenic Innovation Network (HIN) has a mission to accelerate technological innovation and entrepreneurship in Greece to world-class level by 2030, thereby fueling the economy and job creation. As an outgrowth of MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, HIN is a US-based non-profit organization created with the support of the Consulate General of Greece in Boston to facilitate access to resources, partners, and best practices by building bridges between the diaspora in global tech hubs and the Greek tech community. Driven by an advisory group of global innovators, HIN disseminates startup news, broadcasts educational webcasts, organizes monthly CEO group meetings, and hosts in-person pitching and networking events.

Our online platform allows for virtual connections of our members in between events, so please register at hellenic.org to become part of our community and to learn more about Greek startups in the news.

During our live webcast, please send in questions with your name, and the speakers will address them at the end. 

If you missed our prior webcasts, you can catch up here


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