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.
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.
Constantinos Adamides (PhD in Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham) is an Assistant Professor for the Department of European Studies and International Relations and for the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Nicosia. He is also a Research Fellow at the Research and Innovation Office, where he coordinates UNic’s Research Ethics Committee. His research areas are securitization, conflict resolution, energy security, and EU foreign and security policy.
He has worked on numerous projects both as a coordinator and a researcher. He has coordinated a Jean Monnet Modules Program, drafted and coordinated a European Commission Sponsored Program for Peace-building Partnership Support and participated as a Researcher in an FP7 Collaborative Project regarding religious tolerance and space allocation.
Mr Papaioakeim is the Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society Cyprus and research associate at the School of Law of the University of Nicoia. He has a Bachelor degree in History from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus. Following his Bachelor’s degree, he completed an MA in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at Lancaster University in UK. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Diplomacy and International Relations at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus and his PhD thesis examines the Defence/Military Diplomacy in Small States. His main research interests include Defence/Military Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Transformational Diplomacy, Track 2 Diplomacy, Small states, International Relations Theory, History of Diplomacy. Marinos Papaioakeim is the coordinator of the EMSI 2020 Confercence.
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.