The Cyprus Institute is being developed under the institutional umbrella of the Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation (CREF), which is governed by an internationally acclaimed Board of Trustees. The Board is chaired by Professor Didier Roux and includes world-renowned academics, current and former Presidents of the Republic of Cyprus, regional and international political, civic and business leaders. The Board is advised and aided by an international body of distinguished academics, the Scientific Advisory Council (SAC). The SAC is chaired by Professor David Andelman.
|Mr. Nikos Christodoulides (Honorary Chair)
President of the Republic of Cyprus
H.E. Mr. Nikos Christodoulides is the eighth President of the Republic of Cyprus.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Economics, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies from the City University of New York, Queens College, and a Master’s degree in Political Science from New York University. He holds a doctorate from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Athens.
Prof. Didier Roux (Chair of the Board of Trustees)
Didier Roux currently serves as the Delegate for Scientific Information and Communication at the Académie des Sciences. Prof. Roux also served as the Vice President of Research & Development and Innovation and Director of Innovation of the Saint-Gobain Group in France and he is a member of the French Academy of Sciences.
A chemist by training, he has explored various facets of science and its interfaces (chemistry, physics, biology, industry, etc.) and has been awarded many prizes and distinctions including the Grand Prix IBM materials, the Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences Mergier Bourdeix and the Silver Medal of CNRS.
|Prof. David Andelman (Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council)
Professor of Physics
Tel Aviv University
David Andelman is a professor of Condensed Matter Physics and Biophysics and the incumbent of the Moyses Nussenzveig chair in Statistical Physics at Tel Aviv University. His research interests include the theory of soft condensed matter, statistical and biological physics as well as environmental science and renewable energies. He serves as the head of the Breakthrough Research Grant (BRG) program of the Israel Science Foundation and also has served as the chair of the School of Physics at Tel Aviv University. He is a fellow of the American Physics Society and was awarded, among others, the Humboldt Research Award, the Bourke Award by the Royal Society, the Chinese Academy of Science Presidential International Fellowship, and the Henri de Rothschild Fellowship at the Curie Institute, Paris.
|Prof. Michael Cates
Lucasian Professorship of Mathematics, University of Cambridge.
Michael Cates was previously Professor of Natural Philosophy and Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Edinburgh. He is renowned for his work over the past thirty years on problems on soft matter. He was rewarded the prestigious Dirac Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics, the Pierre Gille de Gennes Lecture Prize of the European Physical Journal and the Weissenberg Award of the European Society of Rheology.
|Prof. Nadia Makram Ebeid
Executive Director of the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE)
Nadia Makram Ebeid was the first Special Peace Envoy of the Secretary General of the Arab League. Ebeid was Egypt’s first Minister of the Environment for a period of five years and the first woman minister to hold this position in the Arab World. One of her most notable achievements was promoting environmental awareness as well as declaring the River Nile free from polluted industrial wastewater discharge.
Dr Marina Ioannou Hasapi
Dr Marina Ioannou Hasapi is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth, since July 1st 2023. Dr. Marina Ioannou Hasapi holds a Ph.D. in Labor Relations, postgraduate degrees in both Business Administration (MBA) and in Public Sector Management (MPSM) and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance. She has previously served as the acting Permanent Secretary of the Deputy Ministry of Social Welfare, during 2021-2023 and has also served, for more than 27 years, in various positions of responsibility in the Department of Labour Relations of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance.
Dr Marina Ioannou Hasapi has served as a member in various boards, such as the Board of the European Foundation of Living and Working Conditions, the Board of the Cyprus Organization for the Marking of Precious Metals (ASSAY), and the Board of the Cyprus Human Resources Management Association. Dr. Marina Ioannou Hasapi has also taught, for many years, Labour Relations, both at the University of Cyprus as well as at the Mediterranean Institute of Management.
Prof Massimo Inguscio
Dr Michel Jarraud - Chair of the EEWRC SEP
He also served as the Chairman of UN-Water, the coordination body for all water related issues in the UN System Secretary-General Emeritus WMO (2012-2015). In 2016, he was awarded among other distinctions, with the highest distinction - Silver medal of the European Meteorological Society (EMS), for his contribution to the development of European meteorology.
Mrs. Demetra Karantokis
Demetra Karantokis is the Executive President of the Karantokis Group (Construction, Hospitality, Real Estate and Waste Management).
Mrs. Soula Kythreotou-Zavou
Soula Kythreotou Zavou studied English Literature at the American University of Beirut and Political Sciences and Public Administration at the National and Kapodistrian University .She served as a member of the Educational Service Commission and as a member and Vice-President of the Cyprus Theatrical Organization.
Prof. Stavros Malas (Ex officio)
Prof. Stavros Malas holds a BSc and PhD in Genetics from University College London. Subsequent to his postgraduate studies, he worked for the Medical Research Council-Clinical Sciences Centre at Imperial College. In 2001, he moved to Cyprus and joined the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING) where he established a research group and the first transgenic animal facility in the country. He has expertise in developing transgenic animal models, embryonic brain development, stem cell biology and molecular genetics.
|Prof. Marc Mézard
Professor, Bocconi University, Milano
Marc Mézard is a theoretical physicist. He received a PhD from École Normale Supérieure in Paris, did a post-doc in Rome, and became the head of statistical physics group in Paris-Sud University. Since 2012 and 2022 he was the Director of École Normale Supérieure. His main field of research is statistical physics and its use in various branches of science – biology, economics and finance, information theory, computer science, statistics and signal processing. In recent years, his research has focused on information processing in neural networks.
|Prof. Wajih Owais
Senator in the Jordanian Senate
Wajih Owais served as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and as Minister of Education. He was elected Vice President and then President of the Jordan University of Science and Technology. Prof. Owais chaired and shared several international committees, including the Arab Regional Secretary – Committee on Science and Technology in Developing Countries (COSTED-UNESCO)
|Dr George Pamboridis
Senior Partner of Pamboridis LLC
Dr. George Pamboridis is a corporate lawyer dealing mostly with matters related to Mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, international tax planning, but also Energy law. His extensive shipping background ranks him as one of the leading lawyers in matters of International Shipping regulation. He has also taught International Shipping Law and Energy Law at the University of Cyprus. He was appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus on in July 2015 as the Minister of Health, a position he held until the completion of his term in February 2018. He is currently the Senior Partner of Pamboridis LLC.
|Mr George Panteli
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance
George Panteli is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance. He studied Economics at the Queen Mary College of the University of London and holds Masters degree in Public Sector Management from the Cyprus International Institute of Management.
At European Union level, he is the Cyprus’ representative in the Economic and Financial Committee and the Eurogroup Working Group and the Eurogroup and ECOFIN meetings. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Stability Mechanism. At national level, President of the Board of the Cooperative Asset Management Company and a member of the Board of the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre and the Organisation of State Hospitals. He is also the Head of the Economy Working Group established for negotiating the economic aspects of a settlement to the Cyprus issue.
|Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas
Institute Professor, President Emeritus and CEO of The Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation (CREF)
Costas N. Papanicolas, the former President of CyI, is a nuclear physicist with over 35 years of experience as a researcher, an educator and a scientific administrator at the University of Illinois and the University of Athens. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europaea) and Founding member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences Letters and Arts. He is also the Advisor to the President of the Republic of Cyprus and Special Envoy on Climate Change.
|Mr Phidias Pilides
Member of Board of Directors and Investment Advisory Committees of International Groups
Phidias Pilides currently serves on the Board of Directors and Investment Advisory Committees of International Groups. He was previously the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cyprus. He has also served as the Chairman and Board Member of the University of Cyprus and as President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Mr Pilides has been appointed by the Council of Ministers member of the Public Oversight Board for the Auditing Profession and the President of the Republic has also appointed him in charge of the Technical Committee for Economic and Entrepreneurial matters relating to the intercommunal negotiations.
|Dr Janez Potočnik
Former EU Commissioner for Environment
Janez Potočnik was the Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development, Ljubljana. He was the head of the Negotiating Team for Accession of Slovenia to the EU. He also served as Director of Government Office for European Affairs, Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister responsible for European Affairs.
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs
Professor Sachs served as the Director of the Earth Institute from 2002 to 2016. He was appointed University Professor at Columbia University in 2016, and also serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sustainable Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. Sachs is Director of both the Center for Sustainable Development, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the auspices of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Mr Robert-Jan Smits
Robert-Jan Smits is the President of the Eindhoven University of Technology (since May 2019). Prior to this, he was the Director-General of Research and Innovation at the European Commission (2010-2018). In this capacity he was the architect of Horizon 2020, the 80 billion EU Research and Innovation program. Smits has also been instrumental in shaping the successor program Horizon Europe (budget: 95 billion). In his last year in Brussels, Robert-Jan Smits was the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission and developed concrete policy proposals aimed to ensure that all academic publications resulting from publicly funded research are widely available and accessible through Open Access.
Prof Stavros Thomadakis
Educated at Yale, he obtained his PhD from the Sloan School of Management, MIT. Has taught at US universities (MIT, CUNY), and researched (visiting scholar) at Stern School of Business, NYU and the School of Management at Yale.
Dr Yiannis Toumazis
|Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou
Former European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth and Former Commissioner for Health
Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou served as European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth and as Commissioner for Health. She was twice elected to the Cypriot House of Representatives and as a Parliamentarian she was an active member of the European Affairs Committee and represented the Cyprus Parliament as an alternate member at the Convention on the Future of Europe.
She was involved in the United Nations Association of Cyprus, being elected as President of it for four consecutive terms. In 1991 she was elected President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations and re-elected for two terms before being made an honorary president.
In Cyprus she has held many important posts and is on the Board of many public and private companies.
|Prof. Dan-Olof Riska
Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters
Dan-Olof Riska is an Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Helsinki. He has served as Treasurer and as President of the Finnish Society of Science and Letters. He also served as Vice President of the CERN Council, as well as Director of the Helsinki Institute of Physics. His research experience covers a wide field of theoretical and applied physics, including geophysics. He is a fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, the Finnish Society of Science and Letters, the Finnish Academy of Technical Sciences, the Finnish Academy of Science, as well as of the American Physical Society. He has served as vice president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council and on scientific advisory committees in several countries and the editorial boards of several scientific journals.
|Prof. Edouard Brézin
École Normale Supérieure, France
Former President, French Academy of Sciences
Edouard Brézin is currently an Emeritus Professor at the École Normale Supérieure, France and has previously served as President of the French National Academy of Sciences in numerous scientific administrative positions including the Presidency of the Administrative Council of CNRS. He is the recipient of many distinctions and international awards, including the Dirac Medal for his scientific contributions to theoretical physics. In 2012 he was presented with the Grand Cross of the order of Merit of Cyprus for his contribution in Sciences in the country and wider region and in 2013 he was named as "Commander of the French Legion of Honor", one of the highest distinctions of the French Republic.
|Prof. Ruth Arnon
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Former President, The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Ruth Arnon, a prominent immunologist, served as President of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities and is currently The Paul Ehrlich Professor of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Her scientific research has focused on the development of advanced vaccines, cancer research and parasitic diseases. She jointly developed Copaxone, a drug prescribed for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
|Mr. Philippe Busquin
Former European Union Commissioner for Research
Philippe Busquin served as the European Commissioner of Research (1999-2004) and as a Member of the European Parliament (2004-2009). He was the chairman of the Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel. He is minister of State since 1992 and now he is the chairman of the National Institute for Radioelements (IRE) in Belgium.
|Mr. George Georghiou
Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defense
George Georghiou is the former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defense. Mr. Georghiou held the same position for eight years (2010-2018) with the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development. He served as Secretary to the Council of Ministers (2009-2013) whilst he held various positions on numerous Boards. Amongst others he was Chairman of the Board of the Research Promotion Foundation, Chairman of the Committee of the Cyprus Innovation Award of the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation and member of the Boards of Cyprus Airways, the Human Resource Development Agency, the Statistical Council and the Kaimakli Cooperative Bank. He has extensive experience on issues of research, defence, environment, regional development and management of EU funds.
|Prof. Anastasios Giannitsis
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
Former Minister of Interior, Greece
Anastasios Giannitsis is Professor Emeritus of the University of Athens and Chairman of LAMDA Development. He served as Chief Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Greece (1994-2000) and served different terms as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, a Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister of Interior. He was Professor of Development and International Economics, University of Athens and Chairman of Hellenic Petroleum Co.
|Baroness Susan Greenfield
President of NeuroBio
Senior Research Fellow, Oxford University, UK
UK Member of the House of Lords
Susan Greenfield, CBE, is a prominent neuroscientist and member of the House of Lords in the UK. She heads a multi-disciplinary research group exploring novel brain mechanisms linked to neurodegenerative diseases such Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford. She is the recipient of numerous international awards and distinctions, including the Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur.
|Prof. Mahfouz Hany Helal
Cairo University, Egypt
Former Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt
Hany Helal served as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Egypt. He is a Professor of Engineering at Cairo University and served as the Head of Singor University in Alexandria, Egypt.
|Prof. Joshua Jortner
Former President, Israeli National Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Professor of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Joshua Jortner is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and former Heinemann Professor of Chemistry at the Tel Aviv University. He is a member and former President of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and the Humanities, and has served in many administrative posts including the founding Chairmanship of the Israel National Science Foundation. He received numerous awards and honorary distinctions including the Wolf Prize in Chemistry.
|Prof. Ioli Kalavrezou
Harvard University, USA
Ioli Kalavrezou is the Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine Art, Early Christian and Byzantine at the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, where she also served as Chair for six years. She has held professorships at UCLA and the Humbold University, Munich. Her research and publications focus on the arts of the empire of Byzantium
|Dr Petros Kareklas
Mayor of Kythrea
Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Cyprus
Petros Kareklas was previously the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order of the Republic of Cyprus. Dr Kareklas also held this position in the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Education and Culture. He has served in a managerial position in the Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB).
|Dr Symeon Kassianides
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Hyperion Systems Engineering, Cyprus
Symeon Kassianides is the founder, CEO and Chairman of the Hyperion Systems Engineering Group. He has over 20 years of experience in project execution and management in the process and manufacturing industries. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Public Company, Cyprus and as director on the Board of the Employers and Industrialists Federation.
|Prof. Linda Katehi
Chancellor Emerita, University of California, Davis, USA
Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Davis
Distinguished Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of California, Davis
Linda Katehi served as the sixth Chancellor of the University of California, Davis. Professor Katehi is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and has previously served as board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as chair of the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and as a member of the Kauffman National Panel for Entrepreneurship.
|Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus
Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and as Minister of Communications and Works of the Republic of Cyprus. She has served as Ambassador of Cyprus to the US and as Ambassador to Brazil, Lebanon, Jordan and Sweden. She was also accredited to the World Bank, the IMF, ICAO and the Organization of American States.
|Dr Anastasios Paul Leventis
Director of the Leventis Group international Companies
Chairman of the A G Leventis Foundation.
Anastasios Paul Leventis has been involved in international activities which encourage sustainable models of development. He is a Founder Trustee of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation; Honorary Vice-President of BirdLife International; a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture; a Trustee of the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Trust; a Board Member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
|Mrs. Edmée Leventis
Former Ambassadress of Cyprus to UNESCO
Edmee Leventis is a member of the Board of Directors of the A G Leventis Foundation and many other cultural, philanthropic and charity organizations in London and in Cyprus. She has served as the Ambassadress of Cyprus to UNESCO.
|Prof. Ghislain de Marsily
Emeritus Professor, Sorbonne University, France
Ghislain de Marsily, Emeritus Professor at Sorbonne University, is a pioneer in the development of stochastic hydreology and inverse methods. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences, Academy of Technologies, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Engineering, and member of the Academia Europaea.
|Mr. Manthos Mavrommatis
Chairperson, University of Cyprus Council
Former President, Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Manthos Mavrommatis is the General Manager of Mavrommatis Pumps. He is currently the Chairman of the University of Cyprus Council, a Board member of the Cyprus International Institute of Management and has previously served at the Board of the Research Promotion Foundation. . He served as Chairman of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
|Dr Andreas Moleskis
Former Permanent Secretary of the Planning Bureau Cyprus
Director of Administration and Finance, Neapolis University
Dr Moleskis formerly served as Permanent Secretary of the Planning Bureau of Cyprus. He has also served as the Secretary of the Council of Ministers, as Chairman of the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and as member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Development Bank.
|Prof. Ernest Moniz
Former Secretary of Energy, USA
Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems Emeritus and Special Advisor to the MIT President
Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer, NTI
Prof. Moniz, a Nuclear Physicist, served as Secretary of Energy, USA under the administration of President Barack Obama. He currently holds the positions of 'Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems' at MIT and has previously served as Director of MIT's Energy Initiative. He is the recipient of many prizes and awards including the Grand Cross Medal of the Archbishop Makarios III for his contribution in the development of Research and Education in Cyprus.
|Dr Andreas Pittas (Chair, Executive Committee)
Founder and Chairman, Medochemie, Cyprus
Former Chair, Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation
Andreas Pittas is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Medochemie Ltd. He is a member of a number of scientific committees and organizations overseas, such as the British Association of Pharmaceutical Physicians and he has been Vice President of the European Generic Medicines Association (Brussels).
|Prof. Herwig Schopper
Prof. Emeritus, University Hamburg
Former Director General, CERN, Switzerland
Herwig Schopper is a Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Hamburg. He served as Director General of CERN, Geneva and as Director of the DESY Laboratory, Hamburg. He was the first President of the International Interim Council of the SESAME International Laboratory, Jordan. Prof. Schopper has received numerous distinctions and awards including the Tate Medal of the American Institute of Physics, the UNESCO Albert Einstein Gold Medal and the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Cyprus.
|Prof. Ismail Serageldin
Former Director, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
Ismail Serageldin was the Founding Director of The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria and is currently Emeritus Librarian and member of the Board of Trustees. He is the advisor to the Egyptian Prime Minister on matters related to culture, science and museums. Prof. Serageldin serves as Chair or Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts.
|Dr Khaled Toukan
Director General, SESAME, Jordan
Former Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan
Khaled Toukan is currently the Director General of the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East - SESAME in Jordan. Prof. Toukan served as Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan. He has also served as Chairman of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Jordan and President of the Al-Balqa Applied University.
|Prof. Harold Varmus
Lewis Thomas University Professor, Cornell University
Nobel Laureate in Medicine
Harold Varmus, co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, is a Professor of Medicine, Cornel University. He served as Director of the US National Cancer Institute and of the National Institutes for Health. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, and is involved with several initiatives to promote science and health in developing countries.
|H.E. Dr George Vassiliou
Former President of the Republic of Cyprus
H.E. Dr Vassiliou, Doctor in Economics, was the third President of the Republic of Cyprus between 1988 and 1993. He also served as member of the House of Representatives. In 1998, he was appointed as Chief Negotiator for Cyprus' accession to the European Union, responsible for all the work of harmonization and the adoption and implementation of the acquis communautaire.
|Mr. Sotirios Zackheos
Executive Director, RCB Bank Ltd, Cyprus
Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cyprus
Sotirios Zackheos serves as the Executive Director of the Russian Commercial Bank in Cyprus. He served as a Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been honored by the Greek Republic with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix and also honored by the Slovenian Republic with the Golden Order for Services in the Diplomatic and International Field.