CONCORDIA is a consortium of more than 50 partners from academia, industry and public bodies. Its mission is to integrate Europe’s excellent cybersecurity competences into the network of expertise to build the secure, resilient and trusted ecosystem for European Digital Sovereignty.

Here CONCORDIA presents its service catalogue, the main interface for discovering and exploiting what CONCORDIA offers. CONCORDIA’s aim is to support and strengthen the European Digital Sovereignty with its services.

The CONCORDIA session is here with the agenda and experts’ bios below:


  • Elena Ferrari, University of Insubria


  • Sotiris Ioannidis, FORTH
  • Aiko Pras, University of Twente
  • Cristian Hesselman, SIDN
  • Frank Schubert, Airbus CyberSecurity
Elena Ferrari

Professor Elena Ferrari is a full professor of Computer Science at the University of Insubria. She received her Ph.D and M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Milano. Her research interests are in the broad area of cybersecurity, privacy, and trust. She has received several awards, including the 2009 IEEE Technical Achievement Award, the ACM CODASPY Research Award, the ACM SACMAT 10 Year Test of Time Award, an IBM Faculty Award, and a Google Research Award. She is an ACM and IEEE Fellow. In 2018, she was named one of the 50 most influential Italian women in tech.


Sotiris Ioannidis

Professor Sotiris Ioannidis received a BSc degree in Mathematics and an MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Crete in 1994 and 1996 respectively. In 1998 he received an MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Rochester and in 2005 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Ioannidis held a Research Scholar position at the Stevens Institute of Technology until 2007 and a Research Director at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) until 2020. He is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the Technical University of Crete (TUC). He has been a Member of the ENISA Advisory Group since 2017 and a Member of the National Infrastructures for Research and Technology (GRNET) Advisory Committee. He is also Chairman of the of the Committee of Ethics and Deontology of Research of FORTH and Member of the Advisory Committee for National Infrastructures for Research and Technology. His research interests are in the area of systems and network security, security policy, privacy, and high-speed networks. Ioannidis has authored more than 200 publications in international conferences and journals, as well as book chapters, and has both chaired and served on numerous program committees in prestigious conferences, such as ACM CCS and IEEE S&P. Ioannidis is a Marie-Curie Fellow and has participated in numerous international and European projects. He has been the PI of 40 European, National and DARPA projects, attracting in excess of 12 million euros for his organisation, and has been Project Coordinator in 14 of them. Currently, Dr. Ioannidis is the Deputy Coordinator of CONCORDIA.

Professor Aiko Pras

Aiko Pras is full professor of Internet Security at the University of Twente. He is research coordinator of  CONCORDIA and interested in questions like digital independence and Internet security. His research focus is on DDoS attacks and DNS security; his approach is based on Internet wide measurements.  He has chaired the IFIP Technical Committee on “Communications Systems” (IFIP-TC6) and the EU Future Internet cluster. In 2016 he received the IFIP/IEEE “Salah Aidarous Memorial Award” for providing unremitting service and dedication to the IT and Telecommunications Network Operations and Management community.


Cristian Hesselman

Cristian Hesselman directs SIDN Labs, the research team of the operator of the Netherlands’ national top-level domain, .nl. His research focuses on advancing the Internet and future networks to support the higher degrees of trust and sovereignty that digital societies need, for instance, through the design and evaluation of transparent and controllable networks as well as through large-scale infrastructure measurements. He is a member of SIDN’s leadership team, part-time Associate Professor at the University of Twente, member of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) at ICANN, and chair of the board of directors at NLnet Labs. He received a Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Twente (2005). Contact him at [email protected].

Dr. Frank Schubert

Frank Max Schubert graduated in 2007 in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. From 2007 until 2011 he was member of the scientific staff at the Institute of Communications and Navigation of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). He worked partly in the Wave Propagation and Interaction Section at the European Space Agency (ESA) in Noordwijk. From 2009 until 2012 Frank was an external Ph.D. student in the Navigation and Communications Section at Aalborg University (AAU). He obtained a Ph.D. degree from AAU in wireless communications in October 2012. Subsequently he joined Airbus Defence and Space GmbH as a system engineer for navigation signals working on GNSS receiver algorithms. In 2018 he joined Airbus CyberSecurity GmbH as Cybersecurity Architect Space and leads the Defence and Aerospace Security team since 2019.