The Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation (CREF) constitutes the governing body of The Cyprus Institute and as such, it holds the duty to govern CyI, to oversee the stewardship of CyI for its well-being and stability. It ensures that CyI adheres to the purposes for which it was established, and that its vision and mission are being effectively implemented. It is international in its membership and includes distinguished leaders in science, industry, policy, education and public service; it is currently chaired by Prof Dan-Olof Riska of the Finnish Society of Science and Letters.
In the latest addition to its membership, four distinguished academics have been invited, and accepted to join the CREF Board. These are:
Prof Daniel Cohen, a French economist and a Professor of Economics at the École Normale Supérieure and the Université de Paris-I and at the École d'économie de Paris. He is a member of the Council of Economic Analysis of the French Prime Minister, as well as a senior advisor to the bank Lazard. He is the author of many widely translated books, including "The Wealth of the World and the Poverty of Nations", "Our Modern Times: The Nature of Capitalism in the Information Age", "Globalization and Its Enemies" and "Three Lectures on Post-Industrial Society".
Prof Massimo Inguscio is an Italian physicist, Professor at the University of Florence and since 2016 President of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Italy (National Research Council). He is a member of the Academia Europaea, the Istituto Lombardo and the Accademia dei Lincei (2008) and Fellow of the American Physical Society (2006) and the Optical Society of America (2002). In 2005 he received the Grand Prix Scientifique of the Académie des Sciences and the Institut de France (Fondation Simon e Cino del Duca), in 2004 the Premio Enrico Fermi, in 2004 a Humboldt Research Prize and in 1995 the Laser Optronics Prize of the Italian Physical Society. In 2009 he received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. For 2014 he was awarded the Herbert Walther Prize.
Prof Iain Mattaj FRS FRSE, is a British scientist and Honorary Professor at Heidelberg University in Germany. In 2018, he stepped down from Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), a position he has held since 2005. He is currently the Director of the Human Technopole (Milano, Italy). Prof Mattaj was educated at the University of Edinburgh (BSc) and the University of Leeds (PhD) and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Sciences from the University of Leeds in 2018. He serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of The EMBO Journal.
Prof Stavros Thomadakis is a Greek economist who served as chairman of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, Professor of Finance at the University of Athens and chairman of the Public Interest Oversight Board. He was educated at Yale University, obtaining a B.A. in Economics, and at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he obtained a master's degree and a Ph.D in Financial Economics. He served as a member of the Greek Council of Economic Advisers, Economic Counselor of the Hellenic Banks Association and Chairman of the Greek Center of Planning and Economic Research. He was chairman of the Capital Market Commission of Greece from 1996 to 2004.