The Team

Amanda Dingli

Amanda Dingli is a Lecturer of Law at Alexander College. She has fulfilled both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in two Russel Group universities in the UK, among the top 100 institutions in the world according to QS Rankings. Specifically, she has acquired an LLB in Law from the University of Leeds and an LLM in International Law and Global Justice from the University of Sheffield. She has also followed a short programme of studies on Chinese Law at the East China University of Political Sciences and Law in Shanghai. Her initial research work has concentrated on EU Law and specifically the purpose behind the creation of the monetary union after the end of the Second World War, in contrast to the reality of its function today especially amid the 2008 economic crisis as well as the 2010 sovereign debt crisis with reference to the case of Cyprus. Her main research explored the relationship of the principles of International Humanitarian Law, as let by the Geneva Conventions, and the right to self-determination of peoples with regard to the Syrian civil conflict coupled up by projects on reconstructions pre- and post-conflict. Nowadays, her research focus has shifted towards issues of gender and the law and more prominently the rise of the MeToo movement as well as other socio-political themes like the Black Lives Matter mobilisation, the participation of youth in the commons and election-processes etc. Other than her academic strives she likes to think she is also a very creative individual having completed extensive studies in drama and fine arts from a young age.

Andreas Prodromou

Andreas Prodromou is an associate of Alexander Research Centre since 2016. He is an advocate-legal consultant and manages his own Law Office in Larnaca since 2020. His main area of practice is Corporate Law, Commercial Law, Law of Torts, Human Rights and Criminal Law. He earned his Bachelor of Laws degree at University of the West of England Bristol with First Class Honors. Additionally, Andreas Prodromou earned his Master of Laws (Corporate and Commercial Law) at University of Sheffield with Distinction. His thesis focused on Corporate Social Responsibility and Director’s Duties in UK. Andreas Prodromou is also a lecturer of law at LLB Law and LLM Level. He is interested in analyzing and researching several legal issues in the society.

Angela Kyriakou

Angela Kyriakou studied English Language and Literature (BA) at the University of Cyprus and Graphic Design (BA) at Intercollege. She followed postgraduate studies in Aesthetics & Sciences of Art (MA) at the University of Paris-Sorbonne 1, and Fine Art (MFA) at Brighton University. She then studied Philosophy of Art (MPhil) at Sussex University. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Design in Alexander College and she is also a practicing artist. She is working with 2D conceptual art, especially painting and drawing, and she is concerned with issues relating to language and meaning. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and some of her work is in private and public collections in Cyprus and abroad. Her research interests focus on analytic philosophy of art, understanding and perception of art, and art as practice. She has also published translations on poetry and philosophy.

Anna Chrysaphi

Anna Chrysaphi is the course leader of both BSc Business Administration and Finance and BSc Hospitality Management whereas at the same time she is the Director of the HRDA training Centre which she initiated and established at the college. She has completed her BA in Business Administration at Philips College and did her MSc in Entrepreneurial Studies at University of Stirling followed by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. Her interest is shared between the Small Business and Marketing. She has been teaching, coaching, coordinated and leading teams through her work at the college, the advertising agency and her family private company. She has been a member of various accreditation committees at the college and participated to the activities of the Research Centre throughout the years. She is currently completing her second master’s degree; MBA in Education Leadership, thus she is currently involved in researching education topics.

Antonis Mappourides

Antonis Mappourides is Research Associate with a background from the Health Industry. His specialisation in Public Health Policies (Open University of Cyprus) and BSc offered the premises for research. He has participated to several externally sponsored projects studying problem gambling, Virtual Sports, social media and Internet Addiction and was member of the Alexander College 2021 GOLD awarded scientific team (Cyprus Education Leaders Awards) on the relation of youth with social media and the Internet. His research interests concentrate mainly on public health policies at the national and transnational level.

Costas Christodoulides

Costas Christodoulides is the Director of Alexander Research Centre, established in April 2016 (https://alexander.ac.cy/research-centre/) and coordinator of internal quality assurance at Alexander College, Cyprus. He is a political scientist. He previously worked as Head of International and European Affairs for the C.C. AKEL. He earned his BA in Political Science and International Studies at Panteion University, Athens and his Masters in Comparative Politics at LSE (UK). His PhD (Business Administration, European University, Cyprus) focuses on new forms of institutional exploitation in Southern European States and the widening Core-Periphery disparities in the European Economic Monetary Union. His main research interests include the political economy of the European Economic Monetary Union; Core-Periphery, socio economic relations in the EU; behavioural addictions with particular interest in the impact of technology to youth perceptions. Collaborative research projects he has directed have received grants by public and private organisations in Cyprus and some of them awarded at the Cyprus Education Leaders Awards (2021, 2023). See more at https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1261-7668

Efftihia Toumazides – Katchis

Efftihia Toumazides – Katchis was born in London in 1972. She studied graphic design in the UK and has a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from UCLan and a MA in Graphic Design from the University of Wales. She has worked at various design studios in Cyprus and in the USA where she gained her experience as a graphic designer and art director. Effie has been teaching graphic design to design students for the last 13 years whilst also freelancing at her own studio. Effie has taken part in international poster competitions where she received recognition for one of her designs. She has written publications including one on the challenges and opportunities as a graphic designer. She is also a member of the Alexander Research Centre in Larnaca and has contributed in the research and publication of Education and Design Learning – Recovering from COVID -19 Isolation.

Eftychia Pitsilou

Eftychia is a graduate of the University of Essex (BA in Accounting and Finance) and holds a Masters degree from the University of Brighton in the International Finance and Capital Markets. Through her career as tax consultant in Ernst and Young she published articles in local newspapers concerning tax legislation. She is currently at Alexander College where, among others, she teaches Managerial and Financial Accounting, International Financial Management and Strategic Management. Eftychia is the course leader of Both BSc Accounting and Finance and Level 6 Diploma in Accounting and Finance.  Most recent research activity is her participation in the funded project titled ‘Small Econ Big Vision’ by Alexander Research Center. Her research interests examine survival strategies of SMEs.

Evangelos Evangelou

Evangelos Evangelou obtained his BSc in Computer Science in Essex University and his MSc in Business Management from the University of the West of England. His main focus centres in the field of Information Systems and Security in the Business Environment. He gained professional experience in the field of information systems management working in the market. He has been a member of various accreditation committees at the college and participated into research programmes and activities of the Alexander Research Centre.

Giorgos Nikou

He is game developer, earned his BSc in Computer Science with specialization in game development and MSc in Data Analytics at University of Central Lancashire Cyprus (Uclan Cyprus). Main interests are developing programs/ games for educational purposes

Maria Pallecaros-Theoklitou

Maria Pallecaros-Theoklitou is currently the course leader for the Graphic Design pathway on the BDes Design Programme at Alexander College and teaches specialized and generic modules. She completed several diplomas and a visual communication courses up to a post-Graduate level, but furthered her education and is now a Masters graduate in design from The University of the West of England.  She started her career in London working as a senior graphic designer, illustrator and project manager before moving on to her academic career in Cyprus. Her main interest area is based on the future of graphic design and the impacts technology and social transformations may incur on tactile design and printed visual media. Furthermore, as a lecturer she is also interested in design education and the use of technology to instruct students in an interactive learning environment by utilizing new technologies such as conductive ink and visual mapping.

Marianna Penga

Marianna Penga is the Senior Textile Lecturer for the Bachelor of Design Degree with Specialization in Fashion. She has a BA (hons) in Fashion and Textiles from Ravensbourne College (UK) and an MA in Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins (UAL). She also has an IPGCE Teaching Diploma from the University of Buckingham (UK). She works cross-discipline in the fields of fashion, art and interiors with a ten-year industry experience and designs for international companies abroad. Since 2004 she participated in numerous international fairs including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Her research is concerned about the future of textiles and looking at alternative ways materials are used for a more sustainable living environment; the waydesigners and biologists work together introducing groundbreaking technologies in recycled, organic, and bio-fabricated materials and how digital technology has changed the face of design, offering limitless possibilities for innovation and production.

Nikolas Defteras

Nikolas Defteras is a lecturer for the Department of Business Management of Alexander College and a member of the Alexander Research Centre. He earned his BA in Philosophy and Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and his Masters in Ideology and Discourse Analysis at the University of Essex’s Department of Government. He has an MBA from the  Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Cyprus. His main research interests include media and communication technologies’ effects on the psychological states and behavioural dispositions of people and youth in particular. Moreover, he is interested in the research of social phenomena of nationalism, racism and sexism in relation to their functionality in contemporary society and market. He has worked in a variety of research programs operated by institutions, local and international, in subjects related to Sex Trafficking the permeation of market values in social relations.

Panayiotis Elia

Panayiotis is a consultant for policy implementation at ICF Belgium and is also Associate Researcher at Alexander Research Centre and a Lecturer at Alexander College. He was awarded with the Best Young Researcher award for his research proposal, by the Cyprus Youth Organization (2018). His formal education consists of LLB (Maastricht University), LLM (University of the West of England) and LLM Labour Law and Employment Relations (Tilburg University). His research interests focus on social security and inclusion at national and EU level.

Pantelis Panteli

Pantelis Panteli studied BA (HONS) in Fashion at The London College of Fashion, and did his masters in Product Design in Fashion at the University of The West of England, Bristol. He moved to Cyprus where he started his own brand Atelier Pantelis in 1997. He exhibited and showed work, in Greece, Paris, UK, and the USA. He is also President of the Cyprus Fashion Design Association. In 2013 he joined the academic staff of Alexander College where he was made course leader. He has played a major role in the setting and running of the course since then. His interest in research is on human interaction and fashion, through social norms, and the importance of preserving Heritage through design.

Pavlina Antoniou (Alumni)

Pavlina Antoniou is a UK-trained and accredited counselling psychologist with a background in cognitive-behavioural, person-centered and EMDR therapies. Her education consists of BSc in Psychology, MSc in Psychotherapy Studies, DPsych in Counselling Psychology and a diploma in EMDR therapy with EMDR Hellas. Her doctoral thesis was about helpful aspects of therapy for depression and her therapeutic interests are around post-traumatic stress, post-traumatic growth, and helpful aspects of therapy for trauma. As a collaborator of the Alexander College, she contributed to the projects exploring gambling behaviours and the use of social media in the younger population.

Pavlos Evangelides

Dr Pavlos Evangelides has completed his studies at the University of Aegean (BS Honors in Electrical engineering), University of Bradford (PhD in Electrical Engineering). He is currently a special scientist at Technological University of Cyprus and teaches Computer Science and Gaming Development subjects at Alexander College. His research interests focus on the general theory of quantum computing. His research accomplishments also include a number of publications in journals.