Ethics Board Members

Professor Ruth Fee PFHEA
Professor Ruth Fee PFHEA

Professor Fee is a Professor of Public Services Education and began her career at Ulster University in 1992 as a researcher in public procurement and has recently completed a five-year term as Associate Dean for Education within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Fee takes an active role in learning, teaching and civic engagement within Ulster University that includes access to Higher Education and widening participation, accreditation of prior and work-based learning, and working with a range of collaborative partners of Ulster University including the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the Northern Ireland Prison Service, Health and Social Care Trusts and regional colleges.

Professor Fee is currently Director of Policing at Ulster University and is the lead agent for educational partnerships with the Police College NI. At an international level she has designed programmes with a range of providers and has established relationships with a number of US and Canadian institutions including Rider University and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Professor Fee has a worked on a series of European Commission projects within the security domain contributing to the development of social, ethical, legal and privacy framework across a diverse portfolio of projects encompassing policing, counterterrorism, cyber security and digital forensics. Projects within the H2020 portfolio include INSPEC2T, ASGARD and GAP.

She is currently a member of the independent ethics/advisory boards within ITFLOWS, APPRAISE and RESCUER. Professor Fee is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the UK Higher Education Forum for Policing and the associated Research Hub. She is a member of the QAA Advisory Group for the first UK Subject Benchmark Statement for Policing.

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Emma Teodoro
Dr. Emma Teodoro

Dr. Emma Teodoro received her PhD degree in Political Science and Public Law in 2015 from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. Currently, she is a senior researcher at the Institute of Law and Technology (IDT-UAB) housed at the UAB Law Faculty. She has a wide expertise assessing ethical and legal implications of data-driven technologies of EU FP7/H2020 in the field of Security, Justice and Industry projects such as: CAPER (261712-FP7-SEC-2010-1), SAVASA (285621-FP7- SEC- 2011-1), PREACT- (607881-FP7-SEC-2013.7.2-1); TAKEDOWN - (700688-H2020-FCT- 2015), SPIRIT- (686993-SEC-12-FCT-2016-2017); LYNX (780602-H2020-ICT-14-2016-2017); ITFLOWS  (882986-H2020-SU-BES 01-2018-2019-2020), and OPTIMAI (958264-H2020-(IA)DT-FOF-11-2020). Her participation in EU projects focussed on identifying EU/National ethical and legal applicable framework; assessing the potential risks posed by the foreseen research activities from an ethical, legal and social perspective; setting up a monitoring and enforcement strategy to ensure that the outcomes project comply with the legal, ethical and societal requirements identified for the project; and providing continuous legal and ethical advice and support to the project’s Consortium. She also serves as independent ethics advisor of the Ethical Advisory Boards in EU Security projects. 

Besides, her research areas cover legal organizations, judicial systems, ethnography of legal institutions and legal organizations, audio visual ethics codes of professional practices, law and image, privacy and data protection. As senior researcher of the IDT-UAB she is also able to contribute significantly to the organization of specialized workshops, and the dissemination of the project findings and results through scientific publications and presentations in the main Data Protection and Law & Technology Conferences and Workshops. 

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Professor Panayotis J. Tsakonas

Panayotis Tsakonas is Professor of International Relations, Security Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). He is also Director of the MA Program in “International and European Governance and Policy”, Director of the “Institute of Migration and Diaspora Studies” and Head of the “Programme on Security” at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP).

He studied political science, international relations and security studies at the Panteion University of Athens and Reading University, Great Britain. He has been Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations, Athens (1993-96), post-doctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (1998-99), NATO Research Fellow (1999-2000), Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale University (2003) and Academic Visitor at St Antony’s College, Oxford University (2015).

He has 25 years of academic experience in various Universities in Greece (he has taught for 15 years at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, 2003-2018), Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Turkey. He has also been an invited speaker at a number of academic and policy-oriented institutions, expert meetings around the world and at several international conferences, including BISA, ISA, WISC, ECPR, ASN, LSE "Millennium Conference", Wilson Center-Washington DC.; Wilton Conference-London; Cicero Foundation-Paris; Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS)-Brussels, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies -China etc.

Professor Tsakonas has served as a member of the Academic/Scientific Boards and Boards of Directors of various institutions in Greece and abroad, e.g., European Organization for Security/EOS, Brussels (2016-2018), the Senate of the Euro-Mediterranean University/EMUNI, Slovenia (2011-2013) and the European Security and Defence College/ESDC, Brussels (2017-today). Apart from his academic experience Professor Tsakonas has been involved in Greece’s policy making in the fields of defense policy, foreign policy, and internal security policy. He worked as Scientific Advisor at the Ministry of National Defense (1996-1998), as Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999-2003) and as President of the BoD of the Center for Security Studies/KE.ME.A, the think-tank of the Ministry of the Citizen Protection (2016-2018).

Prof. Tsakonas has served for a decade as the co-editor of the academic journal: Etudes Helléniques/Hellenic Studies. He is the co-director of the book series: International and European Studies with Gutenberg Publications and he has also served as external referee for several academic journals, including: Cooperation and Conflict, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Society, International Migration, Cambridge Review of International Affairs and Mediterranean Politics.

His research and published work (books, monographs, contributions in edited volumes and articles in peer-reviewed academic journals) have been published in Greek, English, German, French and Italian and are mostly related to theory of international relations and foreign policy analysis (FPA), regional security issues, Greek foreign and security policy and Greek-Turkish relations. His publications in professional journals include, inter alia: Etudes Helléniques, Turkish Studies, Journal of Modern Hellenism, Journal of Southeast Europe and Black Sea Studies, Millennium, Politics: The Journal of the British Political Studies Association), Security Dialogue,The Hague Journal of Diplomacy, Welt Trends-Das Außenpolitische Journal etc. He has authored/co-authored and edited/co-edited 12 books. His book: The Incomplete Breakthrough in Greek-Turkish Relations. Grasping Greece’s Socialization Strategy (Palgrave-Macmillan, New York, 2010) was nominated by the Modern Greek Studies Association for the “Edmund Keeley Book Prize”.


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Vasileios E. Papakostas
Vasileios E. Papakostas

Vasileios E. Papakostas holds the rank of the Police Colonel and he is currently serving as the Director of the Cyber Crime Division of the Hellenic Police Headquarters.

He graduated with honors from the Officers’ School of the Hellenic Police Academy, in 1997, from the School of Continuing Education & Training of Hellenic Police Officers, in 2010 and the Police Colonel Training School in 2019.He holds a master’s degree from the Department of Engineering Information & Communication Systems of the University of Aegean. He is a PhD Candidate of the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering of the University of the Aegean, in the Thematic Area of Artificial Intelligence. He holds a PR 320 certification: ISO 27001:2013 Lead Auditor (Information Security Management Systems - ISMS), Chief Inspector Auditor. He has been certified as an Adult Educator, in matters of Provisioning of Security Services, by the National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance of the Ministry of Education.

He is specialized in Computer Programming and has served for 13 years as a Manager and Project Manager in the IT Department of the Hellenic Police Headquarters, in the field of Information Systems design and development of Computer Applications, as well as in the field of creation and support of the appropriate Technical and Operational Infrastructure of Informatics.

Finally, he has participated in a variety of specialized trainings in cybercrime, in the field of legal, network and information security, research methodologies, but also computer science, mainly in the analysis and development of database management systems development and security IT, as well as training in Objective Management and Human Resource Management.

He has been honored with the Medals: Medal of Prosperous Service of the Third Class, Medal of Police Value of the Second Class, Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, Gold Cross of the Order of Honor and First Class Command Medal.

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Efthymios Lyssaris
Efthymios Lyssaris

Efthymios Lyssaris is a Police Major, with more than 13 years of leadership experience as the head of the “Electronic & Telephone Communication Security & Protection of Software and Intellectual Property Rights” Unit of the Cyber Crime Division of the Hellenic Police.

He graduated from the Police Officers Academy, while continuing his studies at the School of Law - National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He holds a Master's degree in Technology and Management of Information and Communication Systems at the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering (ICSD) University of the Aegean.

Efthymios Lyssaris has experience as speaker during various seminars, conferences and workshops in the area of Cybercrime, Information Security and Personal Data Protection (e.g.Police Academy, National School of the Judiciary, National Center for Public Administration and Local Government) both from technological and law perspective.

He has participated in numerous cyber security and cybercrime -related EU projects, contributing to End-user requirements, platform development, pilot testing, as well as Legal, Ethical and Data Protection Management. He has also authored and published various research papers in academic journals and made contributions to edited collection.

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