Advisory Board

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Aristotelis Tzafalias
Policy Officer
DG Connect - European Commission

Aristotle Tzafalias is a Policy Officer in the Unit 'Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Policy' within the European Commission in Brussels (Directorate-General Communication Networks, Content and Technology) which he joined in 2012.

His work is focused on the implementation of the European Cybersecurity Certification Framework and the Cybersecurity Act. Previously he has been involved in many other aspects of the European Commission’s such as the Computer Security Incident Response Teams Network, the European Blueprint for coordinated response to large-scale cross-border cybersecurity incidents and crises. Aristotle also works closely with other Commission Services and the European External Action Service on cybersecurity policy in areas such as financial services, trade, cybercrime and law enforcement.

Before joining the European Commission, he was employed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Greece where he was an advisor to the Ministry's CISO and liaison with the Greek National Security Agency and National Accreditation Authority on matters of compliance and accreditation. Aristotle has served in the Greek Embassies in Islamabad and Damascus.

He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete in Heraklion.

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Erik R. van Zuuren
Chairman of the summit

Erik is activily engaged in several jobs / activities, which activities include:

  • Founder TrustCore.EU
  • Topic Leader ITSE-S2 “Security Practices” at Solvay Brussels School
  • Security advisor and architect at BNP Paribas Fortis - Global Security
  • Advisor/Expert on Trust/eID/eSig/eSeal/Blockchain at Flemish Government
  • Expert / PM regarding (Qualified) Trust Services related guidelines for ENISA

Since January 2015 Erik left a big4 to start up TrustCore.EU and is currently active in the roles mentioned in the list above. Erik has years of experience/expertize in amongst others: Governance/Risk/Compliance, eGovernment/eBusiness/eBanking, Trust Services and Trusted/Trustworthy (eco-)systems, Enterprise (Security) Architectures, Service Oriented Architectures and Cloud Platforms, Information & CyberSecurity (Management) etc. Erik's engagements include activities in public sector (Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal ICT Department (Fedict), the eGov & ICT agency of the Flemish Gov, DG Connect, DG Employment, DG RTD, EC-ISA, etc.) as well as activities in a diverse spectrum of private sector organizations (incl. NBB, ING, KBC, Electrabel Suez, Infrabel, DeLijn, BPost, Euroclear).Erik's achievements include being one of the fathers/authors of the blueprint for the Belgian Personal Identity Card Project (BelPIC) and being one of the fathers of key egov-supporting services at the Flemish government (wide range of (trust-)services wrt e-identification / e-authentication / authorisation / e-signing / stamping, etc). Currently Erik is focusing on Enterprise (Security) Architecture, on the effects/implementation of the eIDAS-Trust Regulation and on the upcoming Payment Services Directive 2.

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