Speakers: Athens

Additional speakers will be announced soon.

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Samantha Bradshaw

Samantha Bradshaw is a D.Phil. candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, a researcher on the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University and a senior fellow at the Canadian International Council. She has published several journal articles and public policy papers at the nexus of technology, governance, and politics. Samantha holds an MA in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a BA (joint-honors) in political science and legal studies from the University of Waterloo.

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Ambassador Daniel Fried

Ambassador Daniel Fried is a distinguished fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and Eurasia Center. Ambassador Fried has played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Ambassador Fried served as the US Department of State’s coordinator for sanctions policy from 2013 to 2017. Previously, he served as special envoy for the Closure of the Guantanamo Detainee Facility and was assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs under the Bush Administration, as well as special assistant to the president and senior director for European and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council. From November 1997 until May 2000, he served as ambassador to Poland, where he had developed much of his earlier career. Ambassador Fried has focused on designing and implementing US policy to advance freedom and security in Central and Eastern Europe, NATO enlargement, and the Russia-NATO relationship. Ambassador Fried holds a BA magna cum laude from Cornell University and earned his MA at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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Thodoris Georgakopoulos

Thodoris Georgakopoulos is a writer and journalist. He is the editorial director of diaNEOsis, an independent non-profit think tank in Athens. He is also a columnist at Greek daily Kathimerini, and has written for major Greek and European magazines, newspapers, and websites. He primarily writes about politics, public policy, science, and technology. He is the author of five books.

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Marianna Kakaounaki

Marianna Kakaounaki studied Psychology at Royal Holloway and Organic and Social Psychology at the London School of Economics. In January 2005 she began to work as a journalist on the program "The Envelopes" by Alexis Papakelas and later on the show "HISTORIES" (SKAI). Since 2013, she has been writing for Kathimerini and has collaborated with the Wall Street Journal, the American CBS network and the Olympic Broadcast Service, having worked as a reporter in seven Olympics. She has participated in a documentary workshop at the Maine Media Workshops in the United States, and in 2010 participated at the World Congress of Research Journalism in Geneva. In 2018, she participated in the US Department of State's International Leadership Program (IVLP).

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Kyriakos Pierrakakis

Kyriakos Pierrakakis is the director of research of diaNEOsis. In the past, he worked as innovation coordinator at Athens Information Technology (AIT), as an adviser to the Greek Ministry of Economic Development, as chairman of Greece’s Institute for Youth and as a researcher at MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) and at the Center for American Progress. He also served as a member of the Greek government’s negotiating team with the troika of lenders in 2014. Pierrakakis is a graduate of MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and of the Athens University of Economics and Business.

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Valentinos Tzekas

Valentinos Tzekas is the founder and CEO of FightHoax, a Greek technology company that provides news analysis to media and businesses worldwide. Tzekas began his career in mobile app development. He has been awarded the 25Under25 title by the Internet Society Organization, and the Leader of Tomorrow title by the St. Gallen Symposium. He is also a Kairos Society Fellow. Tzekas has spoken at the Greek Parliament, the European Parliament, South by SouthWest, the London School of Economics, and various entrepreneurship events around the world.

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Damon Wilson

Damon Wilson is executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, serving as both a thought leader and manager with responsibility for strategy and strategic initiatives, program development and integration, and institutional development and organizational effectiveness. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Wilson served as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council. Previously, Mr. Wilson served at the US embassy in Baghdad as the executive secretary and chief of staff. Prior to this posting, he worked at the National Security Council as the director for Central, Eastern, and Northern European affairs from 2004 to 2006. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Wilson served as deputy director of the private office of the NATO secretary general. Mr. Wilson completed his MA at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, where he also taught an undergraduate policy workshop on implementing NATO expansion.