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Byron Nicolaides

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Byron Nicolaides
Born (1959-07-06) July 6, 1959 (age 61)
Istanbul, Turkey
🏳️ NationalityGreek
Other names
🏳️ CitizenshipGreece, Turkey
Zografeion Lyceum, Boğaziçi University (aka Bosphorus University) (B.B.A.), University of La Verne (M.B.A.)
💼 Occupation
PeopleCert (founder & CEO), Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) (president)
💵 Salary :
🏅 AwardsAthens University of Economics and Business Entrepreneur Award (2018).[1]

Byron Nicolaides (born July 6, 1959) is a Greek entrepreneur and business leader who founded PeopleCert[2] and is the president of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS)[3], a non-profit organisation promoting the development of the information society in Europe.[4] He launched the “Creation of 500,000 IT jobs in Greece” project[5][6].

Nicolaides is a Member of the Board of Directors of the European Computer Driving License Foundation (ECDL-F).[7] He is a founding member of and serves as Member of the Board of the Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HEPIS).[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Byron Nicolaides was born in Istanbul, Turkey to Greek parents working as teachers at the Hellenic Community Schools of Turkey. He says his parents instilled in him discipline, a commitment to quality and a Greek characteristic of honor “philotimo”.[9][unreliable source?]

Nicolaides attended Zografeion Lyceum in Istanbul. He also received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of La Verne in California.[citation needed]


In 1981, Nicolaides moved to Greece[9] and later started a career at Merrill Lynch in 1987[10]. In 1992, he left his role as International Vice President of Merrill Lynch to pursue entrepreneurship.[11] In 1994, he created FutureKids[12]

In 2007, Nicolaides launched PeopleCert in the ICT sector. He is quoted as stating, “When it comes to CVs.

In 2009, Nicolaides opened the PeopleCert Innovation & Excellence Centre in central Athens to house his non-profit AFDEmp (Alliance for Digital Employability), to reskill young Greeks.[13]


  1. "Το Οικονομικό Πανεπιστήμιο βράβευσε τον Βύρωνα Νικολαΐδη, πρόεδρο της PeopleCert | Kathimerini". www.kathimerini.gr. 2018-11-29. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  2. European Business Review, pg 44-45, “When Technology, Education and Certification move side by side” https://issuu.com/ebreview/docs/ebr_04_2017
  3. "Entrepreneur behind leading professional certification firm awarded | Kathimerini". www.ekathimerini.com. 2018-11-29. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  4. "To «συνώνυμο» της πιστοποίησης". Fortunegreece.com. 2017-01-23. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  5. "33 Ευρωπαίοι γκουρού της πληροφορικής στην Αθήνα -Ολα όσα ειπώθηκαν στη Σύνοδο | ΤΕΧΝΟΛΟΓΙΑ". iefimerida.gr (in Ελληνικά). 16 May 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  6. Benakis, Theodoros (12 February 2018). "Byron Nicolaides: "The question is whether we can create half a million ICT jobs in Greece within the next 10 years!"". European Interest. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  7. "Byron Nicolaides | greekbritishsymposium.com". greekbritishsymposium.com. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  8. Papadopoulou, Eirini-Eleni (3 July 2018). ""Understanding the language of computers is critical for tomorrow's workforce"". JAXenter. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Masoura, Ritsa (5 September 2017). "A Digital Success Story Made in Greece". HuffPost. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  10. Papadogiannis, Giannis (2018-03-25). "Η εταιρεία που πιστοποιεί από... πράκτορες μέχρι τραπεζίτες, Του Γιάννη Παπαδογιαννη | Kathimerini". www.kathimerini.gr. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  11. User, Super (2014-11-09). "Ποιος είναι ο Ρωμιός από την Πόλη που πιστοποιεί ΝΑSΑ, ΕΚΤ και JP Morgan". www.newmoney.gr (in Ελληνικά). Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  12. Paleologos, Giannis (2018-03-13). "Μεταδίδοντας την επιχειρηματική σπίθα, του Γιάννη Παλαιολόγου | Kathimerini". www.kathimerini.gr. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  13. "Alliance for Digital Employability: Addressing Greece's high youth unemployment rates". www.greeknewsagenda.gr. Greek General Secretariat for Media & Communication. 2016-10-09. Retrieved 12 June 2019.

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