Europe

Cyprus
Mr. George D. Roushas
Managing Director
GnosySoft Ltd

George D. Roushas is the Managing Director of “GnosySoft Ltd.” an ICT Solutions and Services company and Managing Director of “Helios and Anemos Renewable Energy Resources Ltd.” a renewable energy services company. Mr. Roushas has received a B.Sc. in Management Information Systems (Cum Laude) and a B.Sc. in Finance (Cum Laude) from Louisiana State University, USA in 2000. In 2002 he has received a Master of Applied Sciences in Management Sciences (Honors), from University of Waterloo, Canada. Mr. Roushas previously worked as Research and Teaching Associate, Project Manager, and Software Development Manager, at local and international organizations. George has extensive knowledge and experience in the following areas: management of information systems, human computer interaction (HCI), e-learning, artificial intelligence (AI), systems integration and systems re-engineering. George is a board member of numerous organisations and associations, such as the Rotary Organization of Nicosia (Nicosia-Lefkothea), Junior Chamber International of Nicosia (Lom Lefkothea),“A.K. Apoplous Learning Ltd” (non-profit), and Cyprus Computer Society.

Czech Republic
Ján Simkanič
CEO
Internet Info

Ján Simkanič is the CEO of Internet Info (www.iinfo.cz), the traditional Czech online mediahouse providing several important websites (one of them Lupa.cz - B2B website about internet and online business). He is active in the online industry as a journalist, manager and promoter for more than 15 years, he has produced dozens of events and conferences and he is the main person of the Czech Internet Awards (www.kristalovalupa.cz). He is Chairman of the board of SPIR, the Association of Czech Internet Advertising (member of the IAB Europe).

Denmark
Web Editor, MILSc.
Danish Parliament

Sanne Plichta is head of Internet activities within SF’s Parliament Group in Denmark.

She has been working with content based Internet services for more than 13 years. She has written books and articles about Internet, has been teaching Information officers in the use of the net, been Juror on different Danish and European Multimedia contests.

Sanne Plichta is external examiner at the Royal Danish School of Librarianship and member of numerous Organisations and associations concerned with Internet content, Internet based communication and Internet services.

Estonia
Ms. Katri Ristal
CEO
bEst Ventures

Katri Ristal represents Estonia – a tiny northern European country that has become one of the most advanced e-societies in the world. The country that breezes ahead with a seamless, integrated and secure online environment, allowing 24/7 access to resources and services, both governmental and private, across the full span of business and domestic life.

Katri Ristal was at the forefront of the first wave entrepreneurs after Estonia re-gained its independence in 1991. She was one of the founders of a wireless broadband company Norby Telecom which later became the leading service provider in Estonia. She worked as the head of the Estonian Design Innovation Centre and as a Director of Marketing for museums, always bringing disruption to traditional fields with her sheer innovative approach.

Katri Ristal is the Founder of two nationwide competitions: Estonia’s Best e-Service (in 2005) and Estonia’s Best Mobile Content (in 2010).

She has been Head of the Jury of both competitions till 2013 and is currently a Member of the Jury. Katri is National Expert and Member of the Jury of a global initiative, World Summit Award, and has been evaluating e- and mobile content projects around the world since 2005.

Katri Ristal promoted Estonia’s accomplishments in e-governance and has been supporting Estonian IT companies with their pursuits in export. Today Katri Ristal is promoting Estonia’s experience in building e-society by sharing experience, mediating contacts and supporting communication between interested parties.

Finland
COO
Varaani Works Oy

Juha Kaario (MSc, MBA) is the COO at Varaani Works Oy, a start-up founded in 2010. Previously he was a Senior Business Development Manager at the Nokia Research Center. He joined Nokia Mobile Phones marketing department in 1995 and moved to Nokia Research in 1997. In Nokia Research Center he has worked ten years as a research manager and senior research manager for several teams including Wearable Computing (1998-2002), Personal Content (2002-2003) and Mobile Games (2003-2007). Prior Nokia he has worked in the University of Tampere (1993–94), in the Technical Research Center of Finland (1992-93) and as a co-owner in a small enterprise (1993-1996). His interests are in cross discipline research for sustainable development, pervasive computing, social media and mobile services combined with business innovation. In addition to Varaani Works Oy , he is the Chairman of the Board in another start-up, Newelo Oy and the Chairman of Mindtrek Association, organiser of the annual Mindtrek digital future conference.

France
Mr. Denis Pansu
Coordinateur du réseau des Carrefours des Possibles
FING Fondation Internet Nouvelle Genereation
France
Mr. Arnaud Druelle
Chargé d'animation stratégique Référent communautés Image, Son, Interactivité – Jeu vidéo – Services et usages mobiles
Cap Digital, Business Cluster For Digital Content and Services

Co-founder of various startups dealing with social networks or online video, Arnaud Druelle spent several years at the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (General Directorate for Media and Cultural Industries), where he was in charge of audiovisual production, private media and advertising. In 2012, he joined Cap Digital, the French business cluster for digital content and services, where he’s in charge of several digital topics such as transmedia, smart tv, mobile apps, or cultural heritage.

Georgia
President
ICT Business Council of Georgia

George Shubitidze is member of the Georgian eGovernance Development Governmental Commission and CIO of the Free University Tbilisi. Before that, he was working as Executive Director at the Ministry of Education and Science Deer Leap Foundation and CIO of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He obtained diplomas in Finances and Banking as well as Project Management. Since 2008 he is President of the ICT Business Council of Georgia.

Germany
CEO
Alexander Felsenberg Consulting

Since 1980 different Jobs in film production, production management for TV, later director forCorporate Videos and TV-Commercials. Freelance writer and editor for TV-Programms. Author for special interest magazines on media development(book about the introduction of HDTV).
1990 - Director and later producer at Pütz und Partner GmbH Düsseldorf;
1993 - Corporatedeveloper and Manager of the first Multimedia Department at MEDOX Medien GmbH.
1995 - Research Scientist at Germans largest media research programm conducted by the German Research Society (DFG) at the University of Siegen on Interactive Media. Assistant Professor at the University of Siegen in the media faculty; later he was the Founder and Managing Director of the German Multimedia Association (dmmv) e.V. (now renamed to: German Association for the Digital Economy, BVDW e.V.)
1999 - Managing Director dmmv-service GmbHa Group Marketing and service development company for the Internet Service Companies.
2005 - Appointed as Conference Director of the ICT Africa and the 3rd African PrepCom for the UN-WSIS.
2006 - Appointed CMO for the SolarSystem Company “Systaic”. Further, he was in charge for the Europe’s largest online-marketing exhibition and congress OMD in Düsseldorf.
Since 2008 he works as a media- and marketing strategy-consultant.

Greece
Yiannis Doxaras
CEO and Co-Founder
Warp.ly

Yiannis is currently CEO and Co-Founder at warp.ly, a mobile marketing platform that combines mobile marketing with direct payments. Yiannis studied Theoretical Physics at NTUA and University of Cambridge. He has published more than 100 articles, co-authored one book about web technologies and successfully excited two companies on mobile and travel industry. He is an active hacker and gym enthusiast. 

Before starting his own ventures, Yiannis worked with various major MNO's, Banks and Government services around the world. In addition, he has coordinated research for European Community funded projects and he was also an active innovation broker in South Eastern Europe.