Achilles C. Emilianides is Associate Professor and Head of the Law Department of the University of Nicosia and Partner at the Law Firm Achilles & Emile C. Emilianides. He holds a PhD in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as an LLM in European Law and Integration from the University of Leicester and an LLM in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His publications include: Religion and Law in Cyprus (Kluwer: Hague, 2011), Religious Freedom in the European Union (ed., Peeters: Brussels , 2010), Welfare of the Child and Beliefs of the Parents ( ed. University of Nicosia Press, 2010), The New Private International Law of Contract (Sakkoulas: Thessaloniki, 2009), Cypriot Succession Law (Dikaionomia: Nicosia 2008), Professional Law of Advocates (Dikaionomia: Nicosia, 2007), Cypriot Law of Public Procurement (Dikaionomia: Nicosia, 2007), Cypriot Law of Marriage and Divorce (Sakkoulas: Thessaloniki, 2006), Beyond the Constitution of Cyprus (Sakkoulas: Thessaloniki, 2006), Bibliography of Cypriot Law (Power Publishing, 2005).
Michalis Kontos is a political scientist. His research interests are focused on the domains of international relations and strategic studies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree on Political Science from the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, a post-graduate Diploma on EU Development Policies from Panteion University and International Relations Institute, Athens, and a Master’s Degree on International Relations and Strategic Studies from Panteion University. He is currently a PhD candidate of Panteion University. His doctoral thesis’ title is “American post-1945 Interventionism as a Means of Hegemonism”. He is the Director of the Center for Scientific Dialogue and Research (KEDE) and member of the Academy of Political Science (New York). From April 2008 to October 2010 he worked as editor-in-chief of the “Sychroni Apopsi” (Contemporary Opinion) magazine of political analysis.
Constantinos Adamides is a Special Teaching Faculty for the Department of European Studies and International Relations at the University of Nicosia and a Research Fellow at the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs (CCEIA). Constantinos received his BSc, magna cum laude, (Major in Finance and a Minor in Political Science) from Rutgers University in 2003 and also holds an MBA (2006) and an MA (2006) in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the Political Science and International Studies Department of the University of Birmingham (UK). His area of specialization is securitization, conflict resolution and Europeanization.
Over the past five years Constantinos has worked on numerous projects both as a researcher and as a coordinator. Among others, he coordinated a Jean Monnet Modules Program, drafted, implemented and coordinated a European Commission Sponsored Program for Peace-building Partnership Support entitled “Enhancing Civil Society’s Role in Conflict Prevention and Peace-Building in Cyprus”, participates as a Researcher in an FP7 Collaborative Project “Towards a “Topography” of Tolerance an Equal Respect” and in a Research Promotion Foundation Program, “The Use of Political Symbols by Young People in the Public Sphere of Cypriot Society: Investigation of Etiology, Interpretation and Influence”. He is currently working on an RPF-sponsored PENEK project on securitization and role of routines in ethnic conflicts.
Christina Ioannou is Assistant Professor in the Department of European Studies and International Relations of the University of Nicosia. She holds a BSc degree in Economics from the University of Warwick, UK (2001), an MA in European Politics and Policy from the University of Manchester, UK (2002), which was awarded to her with distinction, and a PhD in Politics from the University of Manchester, UK (2007). Her area of specialisation is European integration, Europeanisation and social policy. Dr. Ioannou has completed a number of projects related to European politics and policy issues, and has participated in a number of conferences, colloquia and discussion networks, focusing mainly on Europeanisation, social policy, as well as European Union politics and policy issues. She is also a member of Team Europe, of the European Commission’s Representation, with expertise on European integration and EU social affairs. Recent publications include three chapters in edited volumes on the European Union and on the welfare system of Cyprus, three journal articles, and a number of European Union reports.
Yiannos Mavrommatis has graduated from the University of Cyprus (B.A Economics) and continued his studies in Panteion University of Athens in the field of International Relations. Since 2002 he is working in the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of Cyprus and in particular in the Managing Authority of the Rural Development Programme. He has excellent knowledge of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union and in particular the second pillar of the CAP (Rural Development). Since 2004 he is participating as national expert in comitology meetings of the European Commission related to rural development policy. During 2005, he worked at the DG Enlargement of the European Commission (3/2005-7/2005).
He is a founding member and member of the Board of the Cyprus Institute of Rural and Regional Development and co- editor of the “Cyprus Yearbook of Rural Development”. As a member of the Institute he participated in research programmes funded by the Research Promotion Foundation and other sources (i.e. Leonardo da Vinci programme).
Ioanna Hadjicosti graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, with the BA in Greek Philology and the specialization of Classics. She studied with the Scholarship of the Institute of National Scholarships of Greece (Ι.Κ.Υ.). She pursued her studies in Classics at University College London (MA και PhD) and was awarded the PhD for her thesis with the title Aischylos and the Trojan Cycle: The Lost Tragedies. Her research interests mainly include ancient drama and epic poetry with an emphasis on fragmentary works. She examines the authenticity of these works and their place in the literary, social, political and historical environment at the time of their composition. She also researches on the reception of ancient drama in later eras of antiquity as well as in Modern Greece. She teaches Ancient Greek and Byzantine Literature at the Open University of Cyprus since September 2008.
Since June 2007 she works as the Rare Collestions Curator at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation. She was the editor of the ‘Culture’ section of the monthly magazine Σύγχρονη Άποψη (Sychroni Apopsi).
Giorgos Kentas is an Assistant Professor of International Politics at the University of Nicosia. He holds a BA in Political Science (University of Cyprus), an MA in International Relations (University of Kent) and a PhD in Political Science (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). His research interests lie in the fields of philosophy of the social sciences, theory of world politics, the use of organized violence in world politics, EU’s foreign and security policy, the security aspects of the Cypriot state and the mediating agencies of Europeanization in Cyprus. He is associated with a number of professional associations and research networks, such as EU-CONSENT and FORNET. Since 2002 he is Research Fellow at the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs.
Demetrios G. Eliades received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2004 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, the MSc in Artificial Intelligence in 2005 from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and the PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2011 from the University of Cyprus. He is currently a Research Fellow at KIOS Research Center for Intelligent Systems and Networks. His background is in computational and artificial intelligence and their applications, and his research interests include water systems monitoring and optimization, fault diagnosis, embedded systems, pattern recognition and classification, e-learning and multi-agent systems. His research has been partially funded by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and the University of Cyprus. He is a member of IEEE, ASCE, IET, and is a registered Electrical Engineer at the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber. He co-authored a book on E-voting, arguing in favor of the use of ICT technologies for enhancing local government. In addition to his academic work, he has collaborated with G.M. EuroCy Innovations Ltd as a Senior Consultant on various ICT-related projects; furthermore, he teaches educational robotics to high-school students at G.E. English Centre Ltd. He had served as a Technology Editor in the Synchroni Apopsi magazine.