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Executive Committee

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While the CREF Board as a whole meets once per year, substantial work is conducted through its various committees. The strategic decisions taken by the Board of Trustees regarding the development of CyI necessitate follow up actions, which are pursued by its Executive Committee. The Executive Committee, currently chaired by Dr. Andreas Pittas, provides guidance to the management of the Institute for furthering its progress.

 

Dr. Andreas Pittas (Chair, Executive Committee)
Founder and Chairman, Medochemie, Cyprus
Former Chair, Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation

Andreas Pittas trained as a medical doctor in Austria. He 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-Pesident of the European Generic Medicines Association (Brussels). He served as the Chairman of the Employers’ and Industrialists’ Federation for many years. He served as member of the Board of Directors of the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus, the Bank of Cyprus and the Cyprus Development Bank.

Andreas Pittas

Professor Dan-Olof Riska - Chair of the Board
Finnish Society of Science 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.

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Mr. George Georghiou
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. 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

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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.

George Pamporidis

Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas

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.

Phidias Pilides

Prof. Didier Roux
Delegate for Scientific Information and Communication of the French Academy of Sciences
Chair of The Cyprus Institute Scientific Advisory Council

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.

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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.

Androulla Vassiliou
Mr. Sotirios Zackheos
Executive Director, Russian Commercial Bank, 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, as an Ambassador of Cyprus in China and as Permanent Representative of Cyprus in the UN. 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.