Vasileios Laopodis was born in Athens, Greece and studied Physics in the Athens University and continued his post-graduate studies in Toulouse, France in Informatics (D.E.A and Doctorat de Specialite) and Business Administration (M.B.A - I.A.E), and obtained its Doctorate in Informatics (1974).
Married since 1978 with Gina Papastergiou they have two children: Maria Louisa, Cultural Consultant/Interior Architect, 36 and Akis, Internet entrepreneur, 33.
In 1988 he joined the European Commission in Luxembourg and Brussels where until his retirement in 2006 hold several positions related to policies and management of large scale programmes/ projects in Research & Technological Development and Innovation, ICTs and e-business, and impact of technology to economy, society and culture. Previously he has worked in various positions of responsibility mainly as ICT expert in the private sector (IBM, FIAT, PYRAMIS bank, consulting companies, etc), in the Higher Education (Athens Tech. Institution, Athens University of Economics and Business, University of Aegean).
He has published several books on IT, management and innovation and over 120 papers in conferences, journals, newspapers and specialized magazines mainly on ICT, e-business, innovation and social impact of technology as well as promotion and management of cultural heritage.
He has been founding member and president of the Greek Computer Society – EPY (1977), IBM Greece Employees’ Association , Vice-President of IT Centre of Social Services, Vice-President of CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies), member of IFIP WG9.2 Accountability of Computing, President of the Board of I-skills S.A., Board Member of Club Οf Rome/EU-Brussels Chapter and Europe of Cultures Forum, and member of several NGOs in Greece and abroad.
In 2006, Vasileios founded CulturePolis (former name: Europe of Cultures Forum: Adriatic-Ionian Chapter) NGO in Corfu and since then, he has been the President of CulturePolis, managing projects and initiatives on culture, sustainable development and innovation in Greece, South East Europe and Mediterranean.