Ilias Chantzos
Senior Director, Symantec Government Affairs
EMEA, Global CIP and Privacy Advisor

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Ilias Chantzos is Senior Director of Symantec’s Government Relations and Public Affairs programmes for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Global Advisor for Critical Infrastructure and Data Protection. Chantzos represents Symantec before government bodies, national authorities and international organisations advising on public policy issues with particular regard to IT security and data risk management and availability. Prior to this role in Symantec Chantzos managed the Symantec Government Affairs Programs for EMEA and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ).

Before joining Symantec in 2004, Chantzos worked as legal and policy officer in the Directorate General Information Society of the European Commission focusing on information security policy. He covered the council of Europe Cybercrime Convention and the Framework Decision on Attacks against Information Systems. In addition, he managed a number of EU legislative initiatives relevant to information society and security, including directives on Privacy on Electronic Communications, the Data Retention Directive and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). He also represented the European Commission in various international debates and conferences.

Chantzos holds a law degree from the University of Thessaloniki and a Masters degree in Computers and Communication Law from the University of London and is a member of the Athens Bar. He served as Chair of the Executive Board of TechAmerica Europe and appointed member of the Permanent Stakeholders Group of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) for a third consecutive term. Chantzos chaired for four terms the European policy council of the Business Software Alliance, Europe. He is a member of the Young Global Leaders 2014 class of the World Economic Forum. He speaks Greek, English, Dutch and German.