Vassilis Kopanas
Senior Expert at DG CONNECT, European Commission

Vassilis Kopanas is a Senior Expert at DG CONNECT, European Commission, with a responsibility to mainstream digital in European Union’s external policies, such as Enlargement, Neighbourhood, Trade and Development.


Since 2013, Mr Kopanas played a key role in developing the relations between the European Union and its six eastern Neighbours (Eastern Partnership region) in the area of the digital economy and society. Achievements in this area include:

  • the Eastern Partnership Ministerial meetings on the Digital Economy in 2015 and 2017;
  • the Eastern Partnership panel on the Harmonisation of Digital Markets, with its thematic networks, including on digital trust and cybersecurity;
  • EU4Digital, the first European Union funded action in the area of the digital economy in the Eastern Partnership region.


Before that and since 1998, Mr Kopanas held the posts of Project Officer and Programme Officer in DG CONNECT, responsible for a portfolio of European Union funded research ICT projects and for the Advisory Group to the ICT part of the Framework Programmes for Research. Before joining the European Commission, Mr Kopanas held ICT related posts in the private sector in Greece.


Mr Kopanas holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece; he also holds MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology, UK

Who is the Conference for?

Government decision makers and strategists from countries implementing national e-Governance strategies,

Donor organisations supporting development of open, transparent and efficient governance practices via IT solutions

Companies developing e-Governance applications and assisting governments with their implementation

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