Katerina K. Naka MD, PhD, FESC was born in Ioannina, Greece and graduated with distinction from the University of Ioannina Medical School. She accomplished her PhD thesis in the University of Wales College of Medicine on the role of arterial stiffness in acute physical exercise in healthy subjects and heart failure in 2003. She was fully trained in Cardiology in the University Hospital of Ioannina. She has been working as an academic cardiologist in the Second Department of Cardiology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health sciences, University of Ioannina since 2006 and is currently an Associate Professor. She has been involved in pre- and post-graduate cardiology education at a national level and within the ESC. She has published ca. 120 papers and numerous abstracts with >3,500 citations and an h-index of 32 at present. Her research interests lie within heart failure, non-invasive and invasive cardiovascular imaging, atherosclerosis, machine-learning and biomedical engineering.