Mr. Yannis Sirros is Director General of SEPE - the Federation of Hellenic Information Technology & Communications Enterprises since September 2001. He holds a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Hertfordshire, UK in 2002 and a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of East Anglia, UK in 1996. Yannis preceding his present position, he has held positions as an Information Technology Advisor at many key Ministries, including the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Interior and Public Administration, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. He was also a member of the organising committee, responsible for drawing up the Operational Programme for the Information Society in Greece, an EU - funded project as well as participated, as an IT specialist, in the evaluation of proposals within the EU 5th RTD Framework Programme. Mr. Sirros has started of his career 28 years ago at the Greek office of Control Data Inc. Yannis’ positions: • WITSA o Deputy Chairman since October 2018 o Vice Chairman Europe (EU and EEA) (2012-2018) o Board Member of WITSA (2001-2020) • DIGITALEUROPE o Board Member since May 2019 o Board Member (2012-2017) • European IT Observatory (EITO) o Member of the Task Force of the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO) since May 2012. Yannis appreciates the need to continuously educate the members of the ICT industry on their possibilities to grow and the wider public and business world of their potential to elevate their ICT-literacy and enablement in order to become more instrumental in fighting recession and economic downturn. Towards this end, some flagship engagements in Yannis career include the organisation of the successful the e-Skills for Jobs 2014 Grand Event, the digital economy forum, the e-Skills Week in 2010 and 2012, the ICT & Tourism conference, as well as the WCIT 2004 in Athens Greece. His expertise in both hands-on ICT programmes of large scale as well as his extensive relations with key influencers and policy makers, were valuable when appointed member of the Committee responsible for drawing up the Operational Programme for the Information Society in Greece. He has also been active in offering his skills and expertise in areas that can contribute significantly to DIGITALEUROPE’s goals and objectives. In addition to offer focus and drive in promoting the role of technology to deliver sustainable economic growth, actively leveraging all opportunities that the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union presented.