Milena Panagiotopoulou is European Affairs Policy Manager at the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE). She has worked on multiple aspects of the SME and Entrepreneurship policy domain and she specializes in digitalization and emerging technologies in the commerce sector. She coordinates the “Future of Retail” Conference which is the ESEE’s flagship event on navigating the new retail landscape. The conference aims to bring together national and international large and small enterprises, business associations, academia, NGO’s, political, economic and other thought leaders in an effort to address emerging challenges and influence the national agenda for responsible growth policies for the commerce sector. Ms Panagiotopoulou is currently a PhD candidate in the Entrepreneurship field at the University of Crete. She holds a Master of Science in International Business and Emerging Markets from the University of Edinburgh and a Master of Science in Health Management from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Before joining ESEE, Ms Panagiotopoulou worked as MEP and MP Parliamentary Assistant and Policy Officer in the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISTAME) with a focus on innovation policies.