Dimitris G. Angelakis joined CQT in 2009 as a Principal Investigator after being a regular visitor and collaborator of the quantum group since 2003. He was born and raised in a small farm in Chania, Crete, Greece, where his childhood curiosity for the wonders of nature led him to study physics in the University of Crete (in spite of almost everyone else’s suggestion to study engineering or medicine). In 1998 he was offered a PhD position in quantum optics under Sir Peter Knight FRS at Imperial College London. He was supported by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation throughout his studies after achieving the highest marks the country in the corresponding national exams. His PhD work in quantum light-matter interactions received the Valerie Myerscough prize in 2000, and then also Institute of Physics UK prize in 2002. In 2001 and at age 25 he was elected college research Fellow at University of Cambridge (St Catharine's JRF) and worked in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics until 2007. A year after his move to Cambridge, the Centre for Quantum Computation in Cambridge was initiated by Artur Ekert, which he joined to work in implementations of quantum simulation and computation. In 2008 he took over a faculty appointment at his hometown Technical University of Crete, where he in now a tenured associate professor of Quantum Physics at the School of Electrical and Computer Enginnering (part time since 2012). He is known among others for his pioneering work in quantum simulators using light-matter systems.