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Maria-Thalia Christou, joined the Cyprus Institute in September 2018. She currently holds the position of Project Officer at the Research Innovation Support Operations (RISO) at the Climate & Atmosphere Research Centre (CARE-C) and at the Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC), where she is responsible for:
- CARE-C Financial project oversight
- EMME-CARE Financial Management
- Preparation and monitoring of related CARE-C/EEWRC annual budgets and overall project financial reporting
- Identification of research and innovation funding opportunities
- Project administration/coordination and support in the development of competitive project proposals
- EEWRC - Water & Marine Resources Division project reporting and oversight
- Communication with funding agencies, the European Commission and the National Contact Points for clarifications on proposal writing and the relevant financial regulations
She was the coordinator for the Cyprus EU Presidency (2011-2012) within the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. She has previously worked at Enoros Consulting Ltd (2014 – 2018) as Project Manager designing, drafting and coordinating and implementing several EU projects under Erasmus+, Interreg, AMIF, Justice and REC programmes, EEA Grants etc. Her professional background also includes research experience (Panteion University; 2009-2010), public affairs advisory expertise, project financial management, EU Law and lobbying experience (Grayling Brussels; 2013-2014).
Maria Thalia holds a BA in International and European Studies from the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (2010), with specialization in International & European Law and an MSc in EU Politics and Government from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE; 2011). She also holds an International Master as a Policy Advisor and Project Consultant from the Institute of European Studies of the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL; 2013).
Maria Thalia is also a Member of PMI-Cyprus and EARMA, as well as of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Alumni Mentoring Network.