Theodoros Karounos was born in Barsinikos a town near Mystras, Greece in 1953, studied in the Technical School of Sivitanidios and received his High School Diploma from the High School Equivalency Program of the State University of New York, completed the School of Contemporary studies of the City University of New York in 1979, received his B.Sc. in Computer Science in 1983 and the M.Sc. Degree in Information & Communication Systems from Polytechnic University, New York in 1985.
From 1984 to 1987 he was employed by IBM, New York, USA, as a Systems Analyst involved in the adaptation and testing of pre-commercial network management tools and the operation of the IBM international corporate data network.
From 1987 to 1990 he was a coordinator for systems support and R&D at the Informatics Development Agency of the Greek Ministry of Presidency and Special Advisor for Informatics to the Greek Minister of the Interior.
From 1990 to 2002 he was managing the R&D activities of the Network and Optimal Design Laboratory - NETMODE at the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of NTUA. His research activities include design, planning and management of communication networks.
From 1995 to 2001 he has been the Technical Manager of the telecommunications network of NTUA; the network consists of interconnected ISDN PBX's, Gigabit Internet backbone and switched Ethernet distribution. He participated in the implementation of GRNET and acted, as it's technical co-ordinator. GRNET interconnects all Universities, Technical Education Institutions and National Research Centres of Greece and provides advanced Internet services to the Academic and Research community. GRNET is connected to the Trans-European Research Network managed by DANTE. In addition, GRNET is active in establishing regional networks, interconnecting the National Research Networks (NRENs) of Greece, Italy, Israel, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, FYROM, Turkey, and Palestinian Authority etc. Along with its peer European NRENs, GRNET maintains close links to the Internet2 & CA*net3 initiatives.
During the period 1995-2000 he was active in the establishment of GUNET and in turn represented NTUA at the GUNET policy committee as well as being a member of it's technical committee.
September 2001 to December 2002 he was General Director of GRNET. He also acts as
From December 2002 to December 2004 he was Director of the managing authority of the Information Society Operational Programme.
In December 2004 he was appointed teaching assistant at the Network and Optimal Design Laboratory - NETMODE of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of NTUA.