Position: Head Of Innovation Center
George Panou is a Senior IT & Business executive and entrepreneur. He leads Digital Innovation and Digital Transformation for more than 20 years for Financial Institutions-Banks, Large Enterprises and Public Sector in Greece & EMEA.
He is the Head of Innovation Center at Eurobank Greece being responsible for Digital Innovation, developing digital strategies and aligning business and technology.
Mr. Panou is also a Member of the Advisory Board for the for the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP), an initiative between the European Commission and the European ICT industry. He is also a founding member and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Blockchain Hub (HBH) and the 1st Certified Blockchain Professional (CBP) by IIB Council in Greece, providing thought leadership on Blockchain and emerging technologies.
He is guest Lecturer on ESADE Business School on the MSc in Business Analytics on the Fintech and Blockchain course and also a guest Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology at Frontiers in Fintech for the Master Students. He has served as a Judge at the BeFinnovative program for Fintechs for National Bank of Greece and as a Mentor to Fintechs & Startups in VISA Innovation Program Athens Greece.
His research focus is related to Digital Innovation Initiatives for enterprises, Digital Transformation, the development of new Digital Business Models, emerging Technologies like Blockchain and AI enabled Chat-bots (cognitive computing), the impact of Digital Platforms and Ecosystems to companies and the economy in extent.
George holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from ALBA Graduate Business School, a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a Specialization in Machine Learning and Mathematics from Imperial College London.
Future Banking – the Convergence of AI, IoT & Machine Learning
The 4th industrial revolution is already here and humanity has been inundated with technological revolutions that are changing or have already changed directly or indirectly our lives. The change is not only technological but also a change in culture. Some of the fast-growing technology trends of the future are Virtual & Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Blockchain technology and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
IoT technology is one of the most important technological advancements of the future, consisting of a dense network of physical and virtual objects that can sense the environment and act accordingly (contextual effect) leveraging on artificial intelligence and decentralized blockchain technologies to provide security and trust in transactions and message exchanges.