meet the team

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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 twenty years and has a strong experience in the full cycle of projects, from project development to project evaluation. He is considered by many the pioneer of the social entrepreneurship movement in Cyprus, as he organised the first initiatives to promote the field of social enterprises in the country. Some of his key recommendations have formed the basis of the forthcoming legal framework as well as Cyprus' Action Plan for the development of an ecosystem of social enterprises. 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]

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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. Golfo 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.     

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Maria Georgiou

Maria Georgiou holds an MSc in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour from CIIM in Cyprus and a BSc in Sociology from Panteion University in Greece, specializing in Comparative Criminology, Criminal Justice and Juvenile Criminal Law. She has extensive experience in developing, coordinating, and monitoring large-scale international projects which focus on the promotion and protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law (UNDEF, EIDHR, EuropeAid). For the past few years, Maria has been overseeing the development and implementation of projects that aim to provide educational and employment opportunities for refugees. Her interests include designing activities to ensure the safety and well-being of all those involved in the protection and care of unaccompanied and separated children.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 expertise in security intelligence analysis and threat evaluation relating to terrorism, insurgency and military conflicts in the MENA region, and working knowledge of new security challenges such as Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE), radicalisation, and indoctrination techniques and methods. Ioanna also has experience in project development, management and coordination. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in law, an LL.M in European Law, and an MA in Political Science with specialisation in International Relations. Her interests and background include radicalisation and extremism that may lead to terrorism, human rights, racism and discrimination, migration, and governance and security.

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Eliza Danenfelde Kirpe

Eliza Danenfelde Kirpe is project manager and Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Culture Management and Entrepreneurship, with a thesis on Culture Events as a Tools for Social Inclusion. Additionally, Eliza's key interests are related to social innovation and creative industries. She is the finalist of the Social Innovation Tournament organised by the European Investment Bank in 2019. 

Eliza has wide experience as a European youth project coordinator and facilitator. She has implemented projects and facilitated workshops on social inclusion, entrepreneurship, youth empowerment and sustainable development ( mainly related to responsible consumption and production, and sustainable cities and communities). Eliza has exploited her entrepreneurial & creative spirit mainly while organising events (concerts, festivals and theater performances at local and international levels) and developing and implementing art workshops for disadvantaged youth and adults, including blind and visually impaired children and people with intellectual disabilities in Latvia, Spain and Cyprus.

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Stella Philippou

Stella Philippou is the Financial Director of SYNTHESIS. Her main responsibilities within the Company include: detailed budget preparation and management, project management, cash flow management, payroll, preparation of financial accounting and project financial reports. Her responsibilities also include supervision and approval of time-recording of associates of the organization and cooperation with the external auditors. She is accountable to the Board of Directors, associates, service providers and key stakeholders within the Company. 

 

Stella holds MSc in International Business (2008) and BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance (2007) from London South Bank University (U.K.). Also, she holds a Diploma in Accounting and Finance (2005) from the The Philips College in Nicosia (CY). Stella graduated from "Ethnomartyras Kyprianos Lyceum" (2003). Stella is also a member of the ACCA from the year 2014.

associates

Dr. Christiana Papamichael

Dr. Christiana Papamichael holds a B.Sc (Hons) and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UK universities. During her studies she worked in human clinical trials which led her to pursue a career in managing all aspects of complex international clinical research in children and other vulnerable groups often in under-resourced settings. Christiana has 10 years’ experience in managing multimillion projects, strategizing and consulting on high caliber research, data management, analysis and quality assurance of academic and research of EU, UN and commercially funded projects. She has expertise in pubic engagement and capacity building activities and has facilitated the development of several research protocols, grant proposals and manuscripts. Moreover, Christiana has extensive experience in auditing, monitoring and quality assurance in large-scale European funded projects. She is mainly interested in project management, research facilitation, training individuals and organisations aiming for capacity development and integration of research methods, particularly on large scale, international projects such as those funded under the UNITAID, UK Aid and Horizon 2020.

Dr Nicos Souleles

Dr Nicos Souleles works in Art and Design Higher Education (HE) since 1995. During this time he served in various roles including head of department, course leader and external examiner for various HE institutions. His interests cover educational research, technology-enhanced learning in art and design, design education and design for social change, innovation and social entrepreneurship. Since 2017 he delivers the only cross-disciplinary and cross-departmental HE study unit (Introduction to Social Design, Innovation, and Social Entrepreneurship) at Cyprus University of Technology, where groups of students work collaboratively to address social challenges at their local level. Together with a small group of good friends they run the ‘Art Design: elearning lab’ working on research projects in the areas of multiliteracies, curriculum development for the Third Sector, and Cultural and Arts Entrepreneurship for marginalised women.

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.

Professor Patrick Humphreys

Professor Humphreys is Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was the Director at LSE of the EU FP7 Project “CADIC, Cross-enterprise ,'Evaluation and Development of Intellectual Capital (www.cadic-europe.org). Previously he directed the project “Creative Partnerships: Pathways to Value” for the Arts Council England and led the RTD team for the European Union’s Framework 6 Project “InCaS: Intellectual Capital Statement, Europe”. He is responsible for the LML’s joint initiative with Zen Zone Media Lab, Beijing on “Spritivity Workshops”. He has expertise in innovative and creative decision-making, multimedia case study production and decision support for the collaborative authoring of outcomes. He has led a variety of projects on Small and Medium Enterprise improvement and industrial sector development, enhancement of resources for health, culture, development, and networking in local, national and International contexts. He has been involved in initiatives involving organizational transformation and sector development in many countries. He is Co-Editor (with Frederic Adam) of the Encyclopedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Technologies (IGI Global, 2009). He is International Chairman of The International Creative Industries Alliance.

Ana Margarida Ferreira

Ana Margarida Ferreira holds a degree in Industrial Design (1995, IADE), a Postgraduate degree in Product Design (1996, Glasgow School of Art / CPD) and a Ph.D. in Production Engineering/Industrial Design (2008, UBI). She is Assistant Professor at IADE - Universidade Europeia, Portugal, (https://www.iade.europeia.pt/en/iade/about-us), member of the Scientific Board of the same University and Coordinator of ID:CoLab (R&D LAB) from UNIDCOM /IADE (https://www.unidcom-iade.pt/). She is also associate researcher of Brazilian LOGO/ UFSC and ECOAR/UFRN research Labs, and of Cypriot Art + Design: elearning Lab – Design for Social Change/CUT. Ana Margarida is the director and lecturer of academic courses such as Research Methodology, Design, Creativity, Innovation, Sustainability or Production Design (Ph.D., Master and BA Design courses). Currently, she is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the field of Social Design at CUT. She collaborates with Scientific and Editorial Committees of specialized Journals or Design Conferences and is invited to Evaluation Committees, such as the National Handicraft Award 2017, as specialist. She is also invited to make communications in various forums in the thematic areas of Creativity, Design, Innovation and Sustainability. Since 2018, she is an associate member of Synthesis – Center for Research and Education.

Chrystalla Pallari

Chrystalla Pallari holds a BA Hons Degree in Business Administration & Management and Accounting & Finance from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom. She is a Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) since 2006 and Fellow Member since  2011. Her long experience in the finance sector comprises services  in areas such as accounting, audit, preparation of financial statements,  financial support and financial consulting. Her passion and love, however, is Human Empowerment and Growth and to assist professionals and individuals to achieve their goals/dreams or enhance a balanced life. In 2019 she was awarded the EMCC European Quality Award (EQA) Coaching/Mentoring Program (foundation level) by Bluesky International.

Irene Antoniou

Irene Antoniou is a teacher with advanced studies on special and inclusive education. She has studied in Cyprus and the United Kingdom. She has particular experience with children and youth with disabilities or special needs. She has been particular experience with children with autism, Her passion is using arts for empowerment. She has been trained in mentoring methodologies and is delivering training programmes on social and emotional learning. She has been the project administator for the project "Pan European Peer Education” (PEPE) and “Future Europe” (FutEur).   

SYNTHESIS Center for Research and Education 

Tagmatarchi Pouliou 33, Nicosia 1101, Cyprus 

Tel/Fax: +357 22252315  

info@synthesis-center.com

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