Evangelos Pournaras

Founder & Coordinator

Research & Development

Dr. Evangelos Pournaras is an Associate Professor at Distributed Systems and Services group, School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK. He is also currently a research fellow in the blockchain industry. He has more than 5 years of experience as a senior scientist and postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zurich in Switzerland after having completed his Ph.D. studies in 2013 at the Delft University of Technology and VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Evangelos has also been a visiting researcher at EPFL in Switzerland and has industry experience at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in the USA. Since 2007, he holds an MSc with distinction in Internet Computing from the University of Surrey, UK and since 2006 a BSc on Technology Education and Digital Systems from the University of Piraeus, Greece. Evangelos has won the Augmented Democracy Prize, the 1st prize at ETH Policy Challenge as well as 4 paper awards and honors. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals and conferences and he is the founder of the EPOS, DIAS, SFINA and Smart Agora projects featured at He has raised significant funding and has been actively involved in EU projects such as ASSET, SoBigData and FuturICT 2.0. He has supervised several Ph.D. and MSc thesis projects, while he designed courses in the area of data science and multi-agent systems that adopt a novel pedagogical and learning approach. Evangelos’ research interest focus on distributed and intelligent social computing systems with expertise in the inter-disciplinary application domains of Smart Cities and Smart Grids.

Atif Ghulam Nabi

Research & Development

Atif is studying Master’s in Informatics with a special focus on Software Systems at the University of Zurich. He is also working as a research assistant in D-GESS, ETH Zurich. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore. In the past, he has been working as Software Engineer at NetSol Technologies, Inc. to develop new enterprise applications. He is interested in distributed systems, blockchain and IoT.

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