Marco Veremis was born in Athens, in 1973. He holds a BA from the University of Warwick and an MPhil from Oxford University. He started his career in 1996, as a marketing strategist with Omnicom, WPP and IPG, where he developed global communication strategies for brands such as Nestlé, Smithkline Beecham, Johnson & Johnson and Sony Electronics. In 2002, he returned to Greece and, along with Alex Vratskides, co-founded Upstream. Since then, Upstream has evolved into a leading global technology company within the field of mobile commerce, conducting business in over 45 markets. He served as Upstream’s CEO until June 2017, and today is its Executive Chairman of the Board, whilst also a partner at BigPi Venture Capital. He is an active angel investor and member of the board in technology companies such as Persado, Workable and Hellas Direct. Furthermore, Marcos Veremis is the President of SEN/Junior Achievement Greece and a Board member of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), of the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (ΙΟΒΕ), of Endeavor and of the research and policy institute diaNEOsis. He has been awarded with the EY Greek “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, in 2013.