Yannis Ioannidis (UC Berkeley PhD, 1986) is the President & General Director of the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center and a Professor at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the University of Athens. His research work focuses on Database and Information Systems, Data Science, Data and Text Analytics, Scalable Data Processing, Data Infrastructures and Digital Repositories, and Recommender Systems and Personalization. He is the coordinator of several European and national projects, including OpenAIRE, which implements the European policy for open access to publications and data. His work is often inspired by and applied to data management and analysis problems that arise in industrial environments or in the context of other scientific fields (Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Biodiversity, Cultural Heritage).
Yannis Ioannidis is an ACM and IEEE Fellow, a member of Academia Europaea, a recipient of the ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award and of several research and teaching awards, including the ACM SIGMOD Contributions Award. He has just finished serving as the ACM Secretary Treasurer but remains a member of the ACM Europe Council. He is also vice-chair of ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures).