Byron Nicolaides

Founder & CEO

Byron has always been passionate about having a positive impact on other people lives.

Starting out as a top performer at Merrill Lynch, he later ignited his entrepreneurial journey in 1992, remaining loyal to his core values of Quality, Innovation, Passion and Integrity. Those values underpin his personal and professional life today.

Founded in 2000, PeopleCert has evolved from a small, local Greek player to a leading global organisation in the certification of professional and language skills. PeopleCert's
revenue has climbed from €1mn to €75mn, growing on average 40% per year, in the last 5 years. To date, the company has delivered millions of exams and certified millions of people across 215 countries helping them to achieve their goals and realise their dreams.

In 2019, he won the title of the Entrepreneur of the Year, at the European Business Awards, representing the United Kingdom, putting PeopleCert in the elite group of Europe's top 1% most successful companies (from a list of 120.000 enterprises). In 2020, Byron was named “Self-Made” Entrepreneur of the Year” by EY in Greece , in recognition of his positive contributions to society and outstanding global business performance.

Willing to share this experience and inspire other entrepreneurs, Byron holds several Board Member roles.

Byron has a drive to contribute to society in an effort to make a positive difference. Elected as President of CEPIS, the organisation representing 500,000 IT professionals from 31 countries across Europe, Byron is actively involved in promoting high professional standards, growing the pool of digitally skilled professionals, encouraging digital competence for the workforce and making IT good for Europe. With a constant focus on skilling-reskilling-upskilling, PeopleCert has helped millions to remain relevant, significantly raising digital literacy levels on a global scale. Through numerous CSR activities, he tries to leave a social footprint for todays generations and the ones to come.