Dr. Zoi – Tzoanna Ekaterinidi is the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Software Competitiveness International SA & Software Competitiveness International GmbH and has over 25 years of experience in Software and the international ICT market.
Dr. Zoi Ekaterinidi, born in Athens, is a graduate of the German High School of Athens. She studied Electrical & Electronics Engineering at the Technical University of Munich – Germany (DAAD Scholarship) and Physics at the University of Athens. She completed her PhD in Natural Sciences and Computer Science at the University of Athens, in cooperation with Imperial College London – UK and has completed Advanced Management Studies from Duke University USA.
She worked for 20 years at Siemens Greece, as Software Engineer and Project Manager. Later on, as General Manager of the Software Center of the Company, she managed its expansion from 15 to 800 engineers within 9 years. She established it as an international Software Center in the area of Telecommunications, and then became the General Manager of Siemens IT Solutions & Services in Greece. In 2010 she established Software Competitiveness International SA, and in 2019 Software Competitiveness International GmbH, currently managing both.
Dr. Ekaterinidi has received several awards: The “Manager of the year 2003” award from the ECO-Q Organization for business excellence in Greece, the “Manager of the year 2004” award from the Greek Information & Telecommunications Forum, the “Top + award for Global Competitiveness for Software Offshoring” by Siemens AG in 2004 (team award), the “Business Award 2013” by the Chamber of Lassithi – Crete Greece, and has been named by Siemens AG as “a Siemens-Innovator” globally, in 2007.