Author Profile

Akis Sklavounakis

Akis Sklavounakis

Sr Director Analyst

4 years at Gartner,  25 years' experience

Location:  United Kingdom  |  Language(s):  English, Greek

Roles and Responsibilities

Akis Sklavounakis is advising leaders on proven practices to implement enterprise Agile, DevOps, and transform their organisations from project-based delivery to product-centric delivery. His research covers practical advice on attracting, growing and retaining talent. He also helps software engineering leaders with ways to improve developer experience and implement platform engineering, in order to successfully deliver digital products and services. As a content leader for Software Engineering Leadership and Practices he works with a number of expert analysts and researchers in delivering thought leading, practical and actionable content to Gartner clients on topics such as: Engineering talent management, software development, architecture, agile product delivery, product and platform strategy, business-driven decision making and operating models for high-quality software. Mr. Sklavounakis has extensive digital transformation experience as a delivery head and coach, leading client delivery teams and managing solutions delivery in the online services, payments, financial services and banking sectors.


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Sklavounakis worked in one of the top three banks in the Middle East, Emirates NBD, as a senior programme manager. He was part of the team who spearheaded the agile transformation, led core agile initiatives and coached teams in the new way of working. Before that he headed the project management and client delivery function for First Data in the SEEMEA region. He started his career in the U.K., working for major software, telecom and media companies, leading project delivery.

Professional Background

  • Emirates NBD Bank, Senior Programme Manager, 5 years
  • First Data, Head of Project Management and Client Delivery, 7 years
  • Various U.K. Companies, Senior Project Manager, 7 years


  • M.Sc., Management Science and Computer Applications, Cranfield University, U.K.
  • Physics, University of Ioannina, Greece

Industry Awards/Accolades

  • Agile certified professional (PMI-ACP)
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMI-PMP)
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM from Scrum Alliance)
  • PRINCE2 certified practitioner (Axelos)