As European countries continue to grapple with a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, they are simultaneously rolling out the largest ever vaccination programme – one of the most challenging logistical feats of the 21st Century so far.

As citizens yearn for a return to normality, this session will explore the role of digital certification – so-called ‘vaccine passporting’ – in helping to accelerate the phased relaxation of national and international COVID restrictions.

With current restrictions heavily curbing international travel and social and economic activity, the question over the viability of digital certification has risen to the forefront of policymakers’s agendas.

The latest PUBLIC-TV session will explore the viability of the technology, potential routes to market and existing use cases in a panel event bringing together a range of government, technology and startup perspectives.

Panellists currently confirmed to join the panel include:

  • Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of State and Digital Governance of the Hellenic Republic
  • Kirsty Innes, Head of Digital Government, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
  • Hasan Sheikh Faridul, Co-founder, EYN
  • PUBLIC’s CIO, Alexander de Carvalho will chair and moderate the discussion.

About the Panellists:

Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of State and Digital Governance of the Hellenic Republic

Kyriakos Pierrakakis is the Minister of Digital Governance in the Cabinet of Kyriakos Mitsotakis. He is a Greek computer and political scientist and politician.

In 2007 he earned a Master in Public Policy from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and in 2009 he earned a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from MIT. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Athens University of Economics and Business.

He served as Director of Research at Dianeosis, an independent non-profit think tank. He produced an array of research papers with a strong focus on economic growth and understanding the prevailing perceptions and beliefs among Greeks. He has also worked on technology policy for various research institutes in Greece and abroad and headed Youth Foundation as president.He was born on 1983 in Athens. He is married with three children.He speaks English and French.

Kirsty Innes, Head of Digital Government, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Kirsty Innes is Head of Digital Government at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, where her team is working to shed light on how policymakers can remake the state for the Internet era and use tech to deliver radically better public services. Before joining TBI, she spent the first part of her career in central government, including leading on competition policy at HM Treasury and heading up the Economic and Social Team at the British Embassy in Paris

Hasan Sheikh Faridul, Co-Founder, EYN

Alexander de Carvalho, CIO & Cofounder, PUBLIC

Alexander de Carvalho co-founded PUBLIC with Daniel Korski, and is the Chief Investment Officer. Alexander previously worked in investment banking and private equity for 8 years at a top-quartile fund. Subsequently Alexander has become a venture investor and entrepreneur,building the healthtech startup Doctify, and is also a non-executive board member of Heineken.