Microsoft Summit is the annual flagship event of Microsoft Hellas, where business and IT leaders gather to learn about the latest trends, challenges and future roadmap of technology.
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This year, we aim to “Empower3: Countries, Organizations , People” and transform Microsoft Summit to a platform that connects the three parts, aspires to enable them to achieve more and lead others to do the same, in this mission of rethinking the future of technology.
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Presenter
 

Sia Kosioni
Journalist/News anchor

 
Keynote Speakers

Dimitri Amiras
The first doctor who applied mixed reality and Microsoft HoloLens in reconstructive surgery. 

Peggy Antonakou
CEO of Microsoft Greece, Cyprus & Malta
Inspirational speaker and leader: during her tenure, Microsoft Hellas was recognized as best subsidiary in its size, globally.

Constantinos Daskalakis
Awarded Professor of Computer Science at MIT, curious about what future artificial intelligence entails for us.  

Toomas Hendrik Ilves
President of Estonia from 2006 to 2016, leader in driving digital transformation in e-government and cyber security.  

James Whittaker
Microsoft visionary convinced that the shortest path to a better future is through AI.  

Graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Media of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Holder of MSc in New Media, Information and Society from the LSE. She has been working as a journalist since 2000 in radio, television and newspapers. Since 2006 she is the main news anchor of SKAI TV. Currently she also presents together with Alexis Papahelas, Pavlos Tsimas and Tasos Telloglou the investigative TV show “Stories” in SKAI TV.

Dr Amiras currently works at the Imperial College NHS Trust in London, England as a consultant radiologist subspecialising in musculoskeletal radiology. In addition to his clinical duties he is lead clinician for Imaging information technology with several completed and award wining projects. He has authored a book chapter on musculoskeletal imaging, regularly lectures on the subject and has published several papers in this field. His research interest include the medical application of mixed reality and is senior author in a recent paper describing the first use of the Microsoft HoloLens in the operating theatre for reconstructive surgery. He is also proud to have represented Greece in international rugby.

Constantinos Daskalakis is a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at MIT. He holds a diploma in electrical and computer engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC-Berkeley. His research interests lie in theory of computation and its interface with economics, game theory, probability theory, learning and statistics. He has been honored with the 2007 Microsoft Graduate Research Fellowship, the 2008 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award, the Game Theory and Computer Science Prize from the Game Theory Society, the 2010 Sloan Fellowship in Computer Science, the 2011 SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize, the 2011 Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching, the 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, and the 2015 Research and Development Award by the Vatican Giuseppe Sciacca Foundation. He is also a recipient of Best Paper awards at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation in 2006 and in 2013.

Peggy Antonakou is the CEO of Microsoft Greece, Cyprus & Malta since November 2012. She has deep experience in the fields of Management and Marketing, having held key positions both in Europe and the US. She joined Microsoft in February 2012 in the role of Commercial Director. In 2017, she was awarded “Woman of the Year” in the category “Manager” at the award ceremony of “BEAUTE” magazine. During her tenure, Microsoft Hellas was recognized as the best subsidiary in its size, on a global level. Previously, she held the position of General Manager of Consumer and SMB divisions for the Southeastern Europe region in DELL S.A., achieving market leadership in many countries of her responsibility. She first joined DELL in 2002, in the Marketing Department of the company’s Headquarters in Austin, Texas. She holds a degree from the School of Business Administration of the University of Piraeus and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves served as President of Estonia from 2006 to 2016. In this post, he was key in driving the initiatives in e-government and cyber security for which the country has been acknowledged as a world-leader.

Educated in the United States, President Ilves graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1976 and received his Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. In 1984 he moved to Europe, to work at the office of Radio Free Europe in Munich, Germany, first as a researcher and foreign policy analyst and later as the Head of the Estonian Desk. Toomas Hendrik Ilves was elected President of the Republic of Estonia in 2006, and was re-elected for a second term in office in 2011.

In June 2017 – President Ilves was awarded the Reinhard Mohn Prize entitled, “Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital.” In recognition, Brigitte Mohn, a Member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann Stiftung, said “Toomas Hendrik Ilves introduced digitalization to schools and classrooms ten years before the invention of the smartphone. He realized just how important the early adoption and acquisition of digital skills were before many others did.”

During his presidency, Toomas Ilves was appointed to serve in several high positions in the field of ICT in the European Union. He served as Chairman of the EU Task Force on eHealth from 2011 to 2012. From 2012 to 2014, at the invitation of the European Commission, he was Chairman of the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board. From 2014 to 2015, he was the co-chair of the advisory panel of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2016 “Digital Dividends” and since June 2014, the chair of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Cyber Security.

Since November 2016, Ilves has co-chaired The Global Futures Council on Blockchain Technology, a working group set up by the World Economic Forum focusing on how blockchain technology can be used to improve the security of the internet. His interest in computers started at an early age – he learned to program at the age of 13, and he has been promoting Estonia’s IT-development since the country restored its independence. During recent years, PResident Ilves has spoken and written extensively on integration, trans-atlantic relations, e-government, cyber security and other related topics.

James Whittaker’s career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies and starts in 1986 as the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. James then worked as a freelance developer, most notably for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, Cisco and Microsoft, specializing in test automation. He joined the faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology where he continued his prolific publication record in software testing and security. In 2002 his security work was spun off by the university into a startup which was later acquired by Raytheon.

James’ first stint at Microsoft was in Trustworthy Computing and Visual Studio. He then joined Google as an engineering director and led teams working on Chrome, Maps and Google+. In 2012 James rejoined Microsoft.

James is known for being a creative and passionate leader and sought after speaker and author. Of his five books two have been Jolt Award finalists and one a best-seller. Follow him on Twitter @docjamesw and at his website docjamesw.com.

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