George Isaias

George Isaias is the founder and executive director of the SYNTHESIS Center for Research and Education Ltd and founder of Hub Nicosia. He holds a BS in Business Administration and an MA in Government and Politics from US universities. He has been the key speaker in a number of European conferences on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He provides training on entrepreneurial and business related themes. He has been involved in educational and social projects for more than fifteen years and has a strong experience in the full cycle of projects, from project development to project evaluation. His passion is social entrepreneurship and his key interest is the development of the field of social entrepreneurship in Cyprus.  He was the key expert in the "Policy Document for the development of an ecosystem for social enterprises in Cyprus,” commissioned by the European Commission in 2016 - 2017.  He is currently the Cyprus National Researcher for the Social Entrepreneurship Mapping Study undertaken on behalf of the European Commission. He is also the Cyprus Representative in the Management Committee of the COST project "Empowering the next generation of social enterprise scholars,’ which is run by the international EMES Network. He is a recipient of the Stelios Award for Business Cooperation in Cyprus 2013; the award is set by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of easyJet. [CV]

Maria Georgiou

Maria Georgiou holds a BSc in Sociology from Panteion University in Athens, Greece and an MSc in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour from CIIM in Cyprus. During her studies, she has volunteered with local NGOs to re-engage communities in facilitating re-entry among those released from prison and those that were under community supervision. Since 2012, she has been working as a Project Coordinator/Manager for EU and UN-funded projects which predominantly focus on migrant integration, entrepreneurship, democracy, promotion of dialogue, youth engagement, media literacy and global education. Maria has experience in collaborating with CSOs in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa for the implementation of international activities. Maria is a member of the Publications and Communication Committee of the Cyprus Human Resource Management Association.

Golfo Kateva

Golfo Kateva is an Educational/School Psychologist and Systemic Counsellor. She provides counselling services to teachers, parents, children and youth with a migrant background, hearing impairments, learning and/or emotional difficulties. She is an expert in assessing learning difficulties and soft entrepreneurial skills. She undertakes research and develops educational material for inclusive education purposes. She has ten years of experience in managing EU projects related to social inclusion and integration of migrants and other disadvantaged groups such as people with hearing impairments. She is interested in Internet and mobile-based psychological interventions (IMIs), positive adaptation of young migrants, the development of resilience skills, and the promotion of intercultural competences to young people in schools.     

Alexandros Pavlakis

Alexandros Pavlakis studied in Cyprus and the United Kingdom. He holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Management from the Open University of Cyprus. His interests in healthcare include the implementation and function of the upcoming General Health System of Cyprus, the improvement of quality in healthcare and its impact on the quality of life, especially to groups at risk of social exclusion (including the ageing and migrants). He is also interested in the development of material and services that will help healthcare providers, NGOs and other pertinent organizations, utilize their assets and the country’s resources to improve the accessibility to healthcare services, the quality of health, and consequently, the quality of life to people nationwide.

Dora Heracleous

Dora Heracleous holds a BA in Modern Greek Literature, a BSc in Sociology and an MSSc in Gender Studies from Linköping University, Sweden. Dora is experienced in managing and coordinating projects which primarily focus on gender equality, social inclusion, migrant integration, sustainable development, global education, peace education and youth engagement and empowerment. She has been trained in the use of education for a culture of peace and is currently facilitating peace education workshops with Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot students across the Cyprus divide. She has also accumulated experience in quality assurance process by drafting Monitoring and Evaluation plans, designing entry and exit questionnaires and conducting in-depth interviews. Her interests include gender mainstreaming, global citizenship education, leadership for peace-making and environmental justice. Dora has extensively collaborated with youth at the grassroots level. She has been awarded the Stelios Bi-communal Cyprus Award (2018) offered by Sir Stelios-Hadjioannou Philanthropic Foundation for her feminist grassroots projects and initiatives.

Irene Kamba

Irene Kamba is the manager of SYNTHESIS’ Vocational Training Center. She is a senior trainer with more than 20 years experience both in an academic and in a corporate environment.  She holds an BA in Communication, an MA in International Mass Communication, and an MSc in Risk, Crisis & Disaster Management.  She is a certified Security Instructor both in Cyprus & Greece, as well as a First Aid instructor and a languages trainer.  For the past 2 decades she has occupied several roles, both in the public & private sector, served as Senior Consultant and Advisor, and shares a deep commitment to personal and professional development.

Ioanna Athinodorou

Ioanna Athinodorou is a trained lawyer and has practiced with the Anti-Drugs Policy Unit of the European Commission’s DG Migration and Home Affairs, in Brussels and the UNHCR, in Nicosia. Ioanna has experience in security intelligence analysis and threat evaluation relating to terrorism, insurgency and military conflicts in the MENA region, and has expertise in project development, management and coordination. She holds a Bachelor degree in Law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, an LL.M in European Law from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and an MA in Political Science with specialisation in International Relations from the University of Cyprus. Her interests and background include human rights, racism and discrimination, social inclusion, migration, and governance and security.

Eliza Danenfelde Kirpe

Eliza holds a Bachelor Degree in Culture Management and Culture Entrepreneurship, with a thesis on “Culture Events as a Tool for Social Inclusion.” Eliza is passionate about social inclusion and social innovation. She competed in the Social Innovation Tournament (SIT) organised by the European Investment Bank in 2019.  Eliza has wide experience as a European project coordinator and training facilitator. She has implemented projects and facilitated trainings on youth empowerment, social inclusion, global education,  active global citizenship and sustainable consumption and production. Her interests are relevant to social inclusion, social innovation and entrepreneurship, design and art. She believes that the combination of art, and culture in general, together with wisely used innovations are powerful tools to raise awareness and create solutions for global challenges. Eliza's native language is Latvian. She is also fluent in English and Spanish.


Dr. Stefania Savva

Dr. Stefania Savva holds a PhD in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies from the University of Leicester, UK in 2016, with a focus on developing innovative museum-school partnerships to support diversity and multiliteracies-based pedagogy for the 21st century. Following on from her undergraduate studies in Primary Education in Greece, she completed an MA in Art, Craft and Design Education in London in 2009, investigating art education curriculum for social change and inclusion. Her interdisciplinary research background, informs her approach to issues related to social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, cultural heritage, inclusive education, and technology-enhanced learning. Stefania has a number of presentations in international conferences following Scholar Grants received, while her work is featured in academic peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. At the moment, she is actively involved in the preparation and coordination of several European Consortia, to pursue funding under the HORIZON 2020 programme.

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