Kyriakos Pierrakakis is the Minister of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports in the Cabinet of Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Member of the Hellenic Parliament since 2023. He is a computer and political scientist.
In 2007 he earned a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and in 2009 a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Athens University of Economics and Business. Currently, he is a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at Heidelberg University.
From 2019 to 2023 he served as Minister of Digital Governance. During his tenure, he digitized and simplified government services through the development of citizen-centric digitals platforms such as gov.gr, Greece’s single point of access to government services, digital IDs and driving licenses (Gov.gr Wallet app), and electronic healthcare and prescription records (MyHealth app). As Minister of Education, he aims to build a modern and more inclusive educational system designed to help students unlock their potential.
Kyriakos Pierrakakis was born in 1983 in Athens. He is married and has three children. He speaks English and French.
Jiří Nantl is the Deputy Minister of Education of the Czech Republic since June 2023.
He previously served as Deputy Governor of the South Moravia Region from November 2020 to June 2023 where he was in charge of Education, Smart Region and Public Health.
Jiří Nantl has been Director of CEITEC – Central European Institute of Technology, a research institute in molecular biology affiliated with Masaryk University, Brno, since 2016 as is formally on leave from this position during his appointment as Deputy Minister. He has had an extensive career in university leadership in a number of positions, and he currently is Vice Chair of Appeals Committee at EQAR (European Register of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Educations) as well as member of the Slovak Republic´s Government Research Council.
Jiří Nantl previously served as Deputy Minister of Education also from 2012 to 2013 and politically is affiliated with the Civic Democratic Party (ECR).
Elina Laavi works as the Minister’s Political State Secretary in the Finnish Government. Ministers’ State Secretaries assist the Ministers in matters related to political guidance and management.
Elina Laavi is the State Secretary for the Minister of Science and Culture Sari Multala in the Ministry of Education and Culture, where Ms. Laavi is responsible for matters related to higher education, science policy as well as culture and art policy, with the exception of church matters. Elina Laavi is also the State Secretary for the Minister of Local and Regional Government Anna-Kaisa Ikonen in the Ministry of Finance. In the Ministry of Finance Ms. Laavi is responsible for matters related to general administrative policy, employer policy, contracts, state share system and questions related to the Åland region. In addition, Ms. Laavi is responsible for the management of the state regional administration reform and the state share system reform.
Ms. Laavi has previously worked as the Chief of Public Relations in the National Coalition Party, the Head of Public Affairs in The Finnish Pension Alliance, Director at the city of Lahti and as the Cooperation Director of the municipalities around the capital region. In addition, she has established the first independent Montessori elementary school in Helsinki. Laavi has also worked as a Special Adviser to the Minister. On July 2023, Ms. Laavi was elected as the Director of Economic Development of the City of Lahti. Ms. Laavi is on leave from her position as the Director due to her position as the State Secretary.
Victor Negrescu is a Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), being part of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.
Victor Negrescu has been the rapporteur of the European Parliament for the report on Shaping Digital Education Policy and responsible of the S&D Group for the report on the European schools system, as well as an active promotor of the allocation of 10% for quality and inclusive education of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans, and 2% to the cultural and creative sector. He managed to obtain in this regard the support of the Budgets Committee members and integrated that in the official position of the European Parliament.
In his activity as MEP, he strongly advocates for consistent investments in education, culture, digitalization and youth, by Member States and the European Commission. He is the MEP with the most significant pilot projects and preparatory actions, generating in both mandates initiatives that go up to more than €90 million in the fields of education, digitalization, health, entrepreneurship, culture and media. An example in this regard is the preparatory action “Increasing access to educational tools in areas and communities with low connectivity or access to technologies”, totalling €1,2 million allocated to 80 projects involving over 100 rural schools from 10 EU countries.
As Romanian Minister Delegate for European Affairs in 2017-2018, Victor Negrescu was responsible for the preparations for the Presidency of the European Council, highlighting consistently the importance of the education and digital sectors for Europe. Victor Negrescu holds an MBA in executive business, a PhD in development cooperation and has accomplished several education programs in prestigious Romanian and international universities and education institutions. In 2009 he started teaching at the Dimitrie Cantemir University in Bucharest and since 2012 he is a lecturer at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA), where he has developed a Master's programme in English on Development, International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, as well as two research centres – the Institute for International Cooperation and Development and the Institute for Global Digital Policies. In the same time, he is currently teaching at the University of Saint Louis, the Brussels branch of the Louvain Catholique University. He was also Vice-Rector of SNSPA in 2019, the main responsibility being the coordination of projects and activities aimed at developing the European profile of the university.
Aurel Laurenţiu Plosceanu has been a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Employers' Group since 2007. Mr Plosceanu has been involved in activities across all sections of the EESC. Prior to his appointment as Vice-President for Communication, he served as President of the EESC Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship (SOC), EU Chair of the EU-Serbia Joint Consultative Committee (2020-2023) and President of the Audit Committee from 2015-2017.
In his native Romania, Mr Plosceanu has been Vice-President of UGIR (the Romanian Industrialists General Union) since 2016 and President of ARACO (the Romanian Association of Building Contractors), which is a member of FIEC (the European Federation of Construction Industries) since 2007.
Other past professional experiences include the position of CEO at ABC Asigurari Reasigurari SA from 2000 to 2007, President of the Social House of Building Workers from 1999 to 2016, member of the Board of the Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest and member of the Romanian Economic and Social Council (both from 2007 to 2011), President of the Romanian Association of SMEs in Insurance from 2005 to 2007 and Co-President of the Romanian Alliance of Employers' Confederations from 2007 to 2013.
Mr Plosceanu studied at the Bucharest Construction Institute and obtained an Executive MBA from the National Institute for Economic Development. In addition, he studied at the Law Faculty of Nicolae Titulescu University Bucharest and completed post-university studies at the National Defence College.
Inge Molenaar is the director of the National Education Lab AI (NOLAI) and associated professor of educational sciences at the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University in the Netherlands. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of technology enhanced learning taking multiple roles from entrepreneur to academic.
Her research focusses on technology empowered innovations to optimize human learning and teaching. The application of data, learning analytics and Artificial Intelligence, in understanding how learning unfolds over time is central in her work. Artificial Intelligence offers a powerful way to measure, understand and design innovative learning scenarios. Dr Molenaar envisions Hybrid Human-AI Learning Technologies that augment human intelligence with artificial intelligence to empower learners and teachers in their quest to make education more efficient, effective and responsive. In the National Education Lab AI (NOLAI) a collaboration between the Dutch government, schools, research and industry, we believe that a multistakeholder, interdisciplinary approach is essential to develop the next generation educational technologies and a shared understanding of responsible use of AI in education.
Dr Molenaar has received multiple grants among which an ERC Starting Grant to develop the first Hybrid Human-AI Regulation system to train young learners’ Self-regulated learning skills with AI and she is a Jacobs Foundation Fellow. she holds Master’s degrees in Cognitive Psychology and International Business studies and a PhD in Educational Sciences (University of Amsterdam).