Dr. Sofia Tsekeridou (F) is currently a Senior Research and Innovation Manager - Expert at the Research and Innovation Development Dept. of INTRASOFT International, heading the Security and Safety Lab. She previously held the position of Associate Professor at Athens Information Technology (AIT) heading the Multimedia, Knowledge and Web Technologies research group. She has acquired an Electrical and Computer Engineering Diploma and a PhD in Computer Science, both from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Dr. Tsekeridou has more than 20 years' experience in research, development & innovation activities, as Senior Researcher, Senior Project and/ or Technical Coordinator as well as Senior Technical Architect and Leader of software development teams and software integration and testing activities, in more than 40 national, industrial and EU-funded research and development projects in the areas of multimedia processing/AI, e-learning, data analytics/ data mining, information security/ cybersecurity, information retrieval/search engines/recommender systems and knowledge engineering/data science in diverse application domains (public safety and security, e-health, learning, tourism, digital libraries, media, entertainment/gaming, etc.). She has published many papers at international scientific journals and conferences and has contributed to the TV Anytime and W3C standardization bodies. She is currently involved in the IEEE P2145 Working Group on Blockchain Governance, and its sub-group on interoperability. She has served as a reviewer to many international scientific conferences and journals, as an evaluator to EU-funded and national projects and proposals, as organizing chair, tutorial speaker, and TPC member in many conferences. Dr. Tsekeridou is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece. She is an active validated member of Europol’s Data Protection Experts Network and has received personnel security clearance in 2019 from the National Ministry of Defence at EU SECRET and NATO SECRET level.