Evie Zambetakis holds a BA in Political Science from Rice University and an MA in International Security Studies with a focus on energy security and geopolitics from Georgetown University. Before joining the University of Nicosia to lead university partnership development for North America, Evie was a co-founding member of the Energy Security Initiative at Brookings, with lead responsibility for research on the geopolitics of energy security for the Arctic, Europe and former Soviet Union. Her publications include “The Geopolitics of Energy” in an edited volume on Energy Security by Brookings Press, and “The Geopolitics of Arctic Melt” in International Affairs by Chatham House. Evie’s prior experience includes public affairs with the US Department of State, the US Department of Defense, and the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Thanos KoulosAssociate Director
Dr. Thanos Koulos holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Cyprus, an MSc in Nationalism and Ethnicity from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cyprus. He is a Lecturer of Political Sociology and European Studies at the Department of Politics and Governance at the University of Nicosia, and the Manager for International Development of the School of Law. His research interests include nationalism and ethnic conflicts, national identities and European integration and the nationalization of space in Eastern Mediterranean.
Prof. Andreas Theophanous received his BA degree in Economics and Political Science (with distinction, baccalaureate) from Susquehanna University in 1983. In the same year he was offered an Assistantship from the Department of Economics of The Pennsylvania State University from which he received MA and PhD degrees in Economics in 1985 and 1988 respectively. He served as Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Cyprus from September 1990 to February 1993. He is Professor of Political Economy, President of the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs and the Head of the Department of Politics and Governance of the University of Nicosia. He is the author of several books and many articles as well as policy papers. He visited several European, American and other universities and think-tanks as a Visiting Professor, Senior Fellow and/or Guest Speaker. These Institutions include the ELIAMEP in Greece, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Brookings Institution, the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars, the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Center for European Integration Studies – University of Bonn, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Begin-Sadat Center on Strategic Studies and the University of Tokyo. Theophanous has published several books and numerous articles on the Cyprus problem and its economic aspects, Cyprus-EU relations including the current economic crisis, issues of governance in biethnic and multiethnic societies, European integration, political economy and EU-Turkish relations.
Prof. Achilles C. Emilianides is Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law of the University of Nicosia, as well as a practicing advocate. He is the Editor in Chief of the ‘Cyprus and European Law Review’ and the Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society Cyprus Branch. Major recent publications include: An Introduction to the Bibliography of Cypriot Law (2017), Labour Law in Cyprus (2016), The Republic of Cyprus and the Doctrine of Necessity (2016), Elements of Greek and Cypriot Law on Religion (2016), Cypriot Succession Law (2015), Media Law in Cyprus (2015), Private International Law in Cyprus (2015), Law and Religion in Cyprus (2014), Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Cyprus (2014), Constitutional Law in Cyprus (2013), Family and Succession Law (2012).
Dr. Christina Ioannou is Associate Dean of the School of Law of the University of Nicosia and Associate Professor of European Politics and Labour Law. She holds a PhD and MA from the University of Manchester and a BSc from the University of Warwick. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Cyprus Review. She is also the co-ordinator of the MA programme in Law and Politics in the European Union, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Centre of European Dialogue and Research. She acts as a consultant on labour and employment law issues with the Law Firm A. & E. C. Emilianides, C. Katsaros and Associates LLC. Her areas of specialisation include labour law, European integration, Europeanisation and social policy. She has participated in a number of EU funded projects, as well as a number of conferences, colloquia and discussion networks. Her latest publications include articles in international peer reviewed journals, book chapters and the book monograph Labour Law in Cyprus, which is published as part of the International Encyclopaedia of Laws Series (Kluwer Law International: Hague, 2016).
Dr. Odysseas Christou holds a PhD in Government from The University of Texas at Austin. He is an Assistant Professor in Government, International Law and International Relations at the University of Nicosia and coordinator of the Joint Doctorate in Human Rights, Society, and Multi-Level Governance with the University of Padova, the University of Zagreb, the University of West Sydney, and the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens. He has previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the Texas Lutheran University, and the University of Cyprus. He is a member of the International Studies Association, and the Standing Groups on International Relations, Political Violence, and Southern European Politics of the European Consortium of Political Research. He has served on the boards of the Cyprus Association of Political Science, the European Network for Conflict Research, and the Cyprus Energy Strategy Council appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus. His research interests and recent publications focus on the organization of political violence, energy security, and the evolution of welfare states and social rights in Europe.
Dr. Michalis Kontos holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, a post-graduate Diploma in EU Development Policies from Panteion University and International Relations Institute, Athens, a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Panteion University, Athens and a PhD in International Relations from Panteion University, Athens. His research interests include theory of international relations, great power politics, balance of power in the Middle East, politics of the Cyprus problem, European integration and international law. In September 2016, he was hired as a full-time faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor at the University of Nicosia, Department of Politics and Governance, School of Law. He is associated with the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs (University of Nicosia). He served as a member of the Geostrategic Council of the Republic of Cyprus. He is author, co author and/or co-editor of several monographs, edited volumes, peer-review articles and book chapters.
Dr. Victoria Pistikou is Editor of the Eastern Mediterranean Geopolitical Review and Eastern Mediterranean Policy Notes of the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, at the University of Nicosia and Research Fellow at the Center for International and European Political Economy and Governance at the University of the Peloponnese. She is also adjunct Lecturer at the Department of International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus. She was awarded her Ph.D from the University of the Peloponnese (Department of International Relations and Political Science). The title of her Ph.D thesis is «Economic Interdependence and National Security». She graduated in 2009 from the Department of Political Science and History at Panteion University, while holding a MA from the same University in “International Relations and Strategic Studies” (2011). She has participated in numerous scientific conferences in Greece and abroad and has publications in scientific journals. Her research interests include the study of international economic relations and security issues as well as International Political Economy.
Anna is an Institutional Relations Associate with the University Partnerships team at the University of Nicosia Global Semesters, where she is responsible for developing and supporting relationships with North American institutions. Prior to joining the University of Nicosia, Anna was the Quality of Education Manager and Department Head of Economics, Management and Communication as well as a Marketing and Communication consultant for several academic institutions in Greece. She was also an Academic Researcher and Project Manager for multiple EU-funded community action programs under the University of Macedonia. Her publications include “Trade in the European Union” and “Institutions and Operation of the European Union” by Giourdas Publishing. Anna received her Bachelor in International European Economic and Political Studies and a Master in Business Administration (M.B.A) at the University of Macedonia in Greece.
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