Pagona is a VP/Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection at Mastercard. She is responsible for legal compliance, policy and regulatory engagement on privacy and data protection for Mastercard Cyber and Intelligence solutions which inform the overall Mastercard safety and security strategy. She often advises on new technologies, such as biometric processing, artificial intelligence and digital identity. Previously, she was a researcher at the Center for IT and IP Law (KU Leuven). She is admitted to practice law in Greece. She holds a Degree in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and a MSc in European Studies from the University of Bonn (Germany).