In my current position as director of EKT, I have a number of responsibilities, ranging from the smooth running and excellent performance of the organisation to representing it in its dealings with the outside world. I am well aware that, to a certain extent, how I am seen reflects on how EKT is seen. It is for this reason that I endeavour to keep abreast of the many developments worldwide that may affect the organisation internally and externally; nationally and internationally.

During my more than twenty- five-year professional career, I have worked for a number of public organisations, all of which have understood the significance of R&D for academics, researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs in the modern world. This significance, now, more than ever, cannot be ignored if any organisation or country wishes to sustain growth. Fully realising this need, I bring all my past experience and expertise to bear on my post as director here at EKT.

Immediately prior to my current position, I was, from 1997-2013, head of the organisation's Department for Strategy and Planning. As such, my  responsibilities not only  included the development of strategy for the institute, but also the co-ordination and implementation of large-scale information infrastructures designed to manage vast volumes of digital content and the provision of high-level electronic services  with an overall budget in the region of 50 million Euros. In order to carry out these projects successfully, it was necessary to co-operate with a wide network of organisations, which gave me great insight into the R&D environment of Greece, the EU and globally.  Many of these collaborations were long-term, leading to fresh collaborations with eminent researchers and cultural organisations in new areas both nationally and abroad, the aim being to constantly contribute to an ecosystem which fosters the production and reuse of scientific content.

I have realised that the best way to achieve sustainable production and reuse of any content is to support it through easy access to open data, availability of knowledge and advanced technology. Being a staunch advocate of all three areas I have always aimed to pursue policies which make as much data, information and content as possible open. As Vice President of GFOSS, I also strongly support the use of open software and open hardware.

From the very beginning of my career, I have followed European policy in my actions, frequently taking part in international projects and fora. This has led to my undertaking a variety of initiatives, for example, in the areas of digital libraries and repositories, ePublishing, and research indicators, resulting in the creation of state-of-the-art infrastructures for the management, dissemination and maintenance of content, which is essential not only to cover the needs of the scientific community but also as capital to strengthen the economy and social prosperity. At EKT, services supporting these areas are provided through the National Information System for Research & Technology [NISRT] which targets the whole of the academic and scientific environment of the country, enabling Open Access to a wide array of services, all of which have one central purpose – to facilitate access and reuse of quality content and knowledge.

Success in today's world is dependent on the use of advanced technology, an area I have actively contributed to throughout my career. During this period, Greek businesses realised that they needed technological tools to improve innovation, production and monitoring. From 1997-2004, one of my first responsibilities at EKT, was the Hellenic Innovation Relay Centre, the main purpose of which is to support the use of technology and innovation by Greek organisations using the wider, well -developed  European network. Even earlier, before joining EKT, from 1995-1997, I represented Greece as a national expert in the programme 'INNOVATION,' the aim of which was to create policies for the expansion of the use of technological tools by SMEs for financing and innovation as well as the development of innovative activities within R&D.

In the search for new ways to boost the growth of a country, policy makers are looking more towards regional development. Having long recognised the contribution that regions can make. I welcome Smart Specialisations policies. I believe it is essential to recognise that smaller regions have something unique to offer which will not only help that particular area to develop economically as well as socially, but will ultimately have a positive effect nationally even internationally.

Little can be achieved in isolation. I believe that value chains, virtuous cycles and knowledge capital based on the idea of 'open' are essential to sustainable growth. Fostering a climate of co-operation is basic to my strategy. Here at EKT, I actively promote teamwork between personnel, while when working with people or organisatons with different backgrounds, I stress the mutual benefits to be gained through collaboration. Co-operation alone, though, is not sufficient for success, as without organisation, this cannot be guaranteed.

Returning to my opening statement, a successful organisation needs to be dynamic and to achieve this, new areas for development must be explored. As director, I strongly believe it is my duty to reach out in different directions to discover and harness those promising new areas. One such area, which is still in its infancy, is the Science of Science and Innovation Policy.  Incorporating this concept into our activities will enable improved understanding of needs and the provision of improved services. Ultimately, my holistic approach requires that I remain open to the potential of new ideas and ways of improving the organisation I am responsible for and the services which we can offer the scientific, academic, cultural and business communities.