Assistant Professor of History, Education and Culture, Director
Protopresbyter Kyprianos Kountouris is Αssistant Professor of History of Education and Culture at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. He is also the Director of the School. He has worked for three decades in Primary Education, serving as a school Ηeadmaster in the United Kingdom and Cyprus. He has been actively involved in a great number of projects and has amble experience in the implementation of innovative programs and research projects. He received his PhD from the Department of Education of the University of Ioannina, Greece (2015) with a thesis entitled “Contribution to the History of Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary Education of Greek Community Schools in Great Britain (20th century). A Case Study: The Greek-Orthodox School of Ayios Demetrios, North London”. He also holds an MA in Teaching History from the University of London (1995), and a Diploma in Education (1992) from the same university. He is currently conducting postdoctoral research at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, on the Codex of Ayios Andronikos Church, in Dali, Cyprus. He has presented papers at international and local conferences.
Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies, Ηead of the Undergraduate Programme of Studies
Archim. Gregorios Ioannides is Assistant Professor in Liturgical studies. He teaches courses in Liturgy in the undergraduate Theology program at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. He is also in charge of the Library and Head of the Office of Pastoral Care. He currently acts as a Protosyngelos in the Holy Metropolis of Trimithous. He is a member of the Throne Committee and Head of the Ecclesiastical Deaconry and Enlightenment Office of the Metropolis, which is responsible for the initiatives of the Women’s Christian Association and the organization of readings of the Bible, speeches, lectures, conferences, student conferences and camps. Apart from his duties in pastoral and social work, he represents the Holy Metropolis of Trimithous in Synodic Committees and in the Committee of the Department of Antiquities for the preservation of the cultural heritage of the metropolitan area.
Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology, Theological School of the Church of Cyprus
Dr. Olga Solomontos-Kountouri is an Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, Head of the Master in Application of Psychology and Counseling in the Community and Head of Research and International Relations at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. She has a PhD on Developmental Psychology and a Master on Child Development from the Institute of Education, London University. She is a coordinator of National Representatives and Newsletter Editor of European Association of Research on Adolescence (EARA). She is an appointed member of the Prison Council. She develops two main research directions: The first concerns the developmental psychology of adolescence on three areas: (a) identity (b) delinquency and (c) bullying. The second line of research focusses on applied psychology on the above three areas in two target groups: (a) the education of young offenders during their imprisonment that aims at occupational and social rehabilitation and (b) the implementation of prevention and intervention programs to reduce bullying and victimization in secondary school students. With her research group implements educational intervention programs to inmates, i.e., ELMIP, CUP, SEMELI. In cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the professor Dagmar Strohmeier, she implements the Viennese Social Competence Program -ViSC in Secondary Schools in Cyprus since 2012. She is a member of many scientific organizations; she has many publications in scientific journals and presentations at international and local conferences.
Αssistant Professor of Ancient Greek Language and Literature
Dr Maria Pavlou is Αssistant Professor of Ancient Greek Language and Literature at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. She teaches at the Undergraduate Programme of Theology and is also responsible for the School’s Public Relations and Quality Assurance. Dr Pavlou read Classics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (BA, 1997-2002) and Leeds University (MA, 2003). She received her PhD from the University of Bristol, UK (2003-2007) with a thesis titled “Time in Pindar”. She has recently received an MSc in Digital Education from the University of Edinburgh (2018). From 2005 onwards she worked as a Teaching Fellow / Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Bristol (2005-2009), the University of Cyprus (2014-2018), and the Open University of Cyprus (2010-2013 & 2018), and was involved in a number of research projects at the University of Cyprus (2010-2011) and the Open University of Cyprus (2012-2015). She has also been awarded several scholarships: Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University), Μargo Tytus Summer Fellow (University of Cincinnati), National Scholarship Foundation of Greece (IKY), A. G. Leventis Foundation, Αrts and Humanities Research Council (U.K.), Fondation Hardt (Geneva), J. Costopoulos Foundation. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes and is the co-editor (with Prof. Vayos Liapis and Prof. Antonis Petrides) of Debating with the Eumenides (Cambridge Scholars 2018). Currently she is co-editing (with Prof. Antonis Tsakmakis and Dr Eleni Kaklamanou) the collective volume FramingtheDialogues: HowtoReadOpeningsandClosuresinPlato, to be published by Brill in 2019.
Dr Chrysovalantis Kyriacou is Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. A Byzantinist by training, Dr Kyriacou has taught at the University of Cyprus, European University Cyprus and Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests cover ecclesiastical history and historiography, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period. Dr Kyriacou is the author of four monographs, including Orthodox Cyprus under the Latins, 1191–1571: Society, Spirituality, and Identities (Lexington Books: New York–London, 2018).
Dr. Maria Sikki recently gained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cyprus. She previously obtained her BA in Psychology from the University of Cyprus and then she continued her postgraduate studies in Netherlands, where she gained an MSc in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology, at Leiden University. She was trained in brain stimulation techniques including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and worked as a researcher at the Developmental Psychopathology Lab of University of Cyprus. During her clinical practice, she has worked as a trainee Clinical Psychologist in various counselling centers in Cyprus.
PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Cyprus (Sep 2017 – Jun 2022)
Master Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology, Leiden University (2015 – 2016)
Bachelor Degree in Psychology, University of Cyprus (2011 – 2015)
Louiza Michail is a member of the Special Teaching Staff of the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus, responsible for the coordination and the supervision of the Postgraduate Student’s Practicum. She has also Administrative Duties in Secretarial Department of Postgraduate Studies at the postgraduate program Applications of Psychology and Counselling in the Community. Additionally, she involves in European Programs. She was a trainer in Convicts Upskilling Pathways (CUP) Erasmus KA2 program for detainees. Currently, she is involved in the The Golden Thread intervention program for detainees, as a member of the team of the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus.
She graduated from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Then she was specialized in School Counseling by studying at the University of Cyprus, where she obtained her first master degree. In 2021 she obtained her second master degree in Applications of Psychology and Counseling in the Community, at Theological School of the Church of Cyprus.
Metropolitan Kyrillos of Krini, Patriarchal Exarch of Malta
Professor of Theology
He is currently a Professor of Theology at the University of Athens. Completing his undergraduate studies in law, philology, and theology at the University of Athens, he pursued graduate studies in theology in France and Germany, obtained a master’s degree from the University of Strasbourg (France), and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg (Germany). Moreover, he obtained a second Ph.D. from the University of Thessaloniki (Greece) under the direction of Metropolitan Prof. Panteleimon (Rodopoulos) of Tiroloi.
His Eminence is fluent in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and English, in addition to his mother tongue, Modem Greek. He also possesses an advanced mastery of Ancient Greek and Latin.
The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected him as Bishop of Abydos on the 7th of February 2008, and he was consecrated to the episcopacy on the 23rd of February 2008 at the Holy Patriarchal Church of Saint George, at the Phanar (Istanbul, Turkey). On the 16th of February 2021, the Holy Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected him as Metropolitan of Krini and was appointed Patriarchal Exarch of Malta.
He is a tenured professor of theology at the University of Athens, where he holds a full- time academic chair. Additionally, he served as Dean of the Department of Social Theology from 2007-2009 and 2020-2022. Also he is Rector of the Institut d’études supérieures en théologie orthodoxe in Chambésy/Geneva.
As of 2017, he is President Emeritus of the Society for the Law of Eastern Churches after serving as its president for the better part of a decade. As an international academic authority, he has written several books and articles related to his research.
His Eminence Metropolitan Kyrillos of Krini, Patriarchal Exarch of Malta, was appointed as Orthodox Co-Chair of the Joint International Commission on Theological Dialogue between Orthodox and Lutherans.
Archimandrite Nikolaos Ioannidis is a retired professor of the Department of Theology of the Theological School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He is currently a professor of Patrology at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. He has participated as a speaker at numerous conferences both in Greece and abroad. He has supervised several post-graduate and doctoral dissertations and has participated in numerous three-member and seven-member supervising committees of post-graduate and doctoral dissertations, as well as in many three-member commissions and electoral bodies for the evaluation and promotion of Lecturers, Assistant, Associate and Regular Professors at PSPA, EPS and the Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrade. For a number of years he has been a member of a series of Synodal Committees of the Church of Greece (Divine Worship and Pastoral Work and Liturgical Renewal). He has served as Chairman of the Governing Committee of the Athens Higher Ecclesiastical Academy for a decade. He has been honoured by the Patriarchate of Moscow with the medal of St. Sergius and by the Church of Greece with the highest distinction, the “Golden Cross of St. Paul”.
Dr. Maria Sakellariou professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Ioannina. She was President of the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Ioannina from September 2013 to November 2017 and she is currently the Director of the Postgraduate Program in “Preschool Education” and Director of the Laboratory of Pedagogical and Didactic Methodology of the Department of Early Childhood Education University of Ioannina. (http://ecedu.uoi.gr). She has taught as Visiting Professor at the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Cyprus at the Postgraduate Program of Studies “Gender and New Technologies in Education”, which is implemented by the TEEPES of the University of the Aegean. She teaches at the Master’s program “Education Sciences – Critical Pedagogy and Teacher Education” at the University of Crete and Pedagogical Theories and Pedagogy and Religious Lessons at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus.
Dr. Konstantinos Nikolakopoulos is a professor of Biblical Theology, with a specialization in “New Testament” studies, at the Department of Orthodox Theology of the University of Munich. He is also guest professor at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. From 2003 to 2011 he was President of the Orthodox Department, and from 2011 to this day is Chairman of the Examining Board of the aforementioned department of the University of Munich. Since 2006, he has been publishing the German-language scientific theological journal “Orthodoxes Forum” and since 2011 the series of theological monographs “Lehr und Studienbücher Orthodoxe Theologie”. He is a member of the Committee on Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox and the Catholic churches of Germany, as well as the Dialogue Committee between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the German Evangelical Church. He participates in interdisciplinary research programs of European Universities and is a member of many scientific societies, foundations and committees. He has participated in Evaluating Committees of undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Greek and Cypriot Universities, following invitations from the institutions ADIP in Greece and DIPAE in Cyprus. He has published monographs, various studies and articles in the fields of Introduction, Interpretation and Theology of the New Testament, and, Byzantine Museology, Liturgy and Hymnology of the early Church. The Linguistic development in the Hellenistic and early Christian period is the main focus of his research activities and teaching, with a special interest in the “Common” language of the New Testament.
Dr. Elias Besevegis holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Rutgers University, NJ, USA. He has been the Head of the Department of Psychology and Director of the Graduate Program in School Psychology, University of Athens. He has taught many courses, both undergraduate and graduate, and has organized several conferences, both Hellenic and International. He has participated in many research projects in collaboration with colleagues from European and American Universities. He is the author of over 70 journal articles, book chapters and books, in Greek and in English. He is the author -or co-author – of psychometric tools and the editor of textbooks and of special journal issues in Psychology.
Dr Angeliki Leondari is Professor Emeritus of the University of Thessaly. Her area of specialization is School Psychology. She is visiting Academic Staff of the School of Theology of the Church of Cyprus. She teaches for the Master Degree of Applied Psychology Program the courses of Counseling Psychology. She is Assistant Editor of the Hellenic Journal of Psychology, member of the editorial board for the International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology, reviewer in several Greek and international scientific journals. She has been member of the Psychology Committee for I.O.R.A.I.T. (Interdisciplinary Organization for the Recognition of Academic Titles, Δ.Ο.Α.Τ.Α.Π.) (2004-2008). Member of the Scientific Committee of the Project of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality (ΓΓΙΦ), «Strengthening local government actions for the benefit of women and the fight against violence».
Her research interests include topics related to self-concept, body image, self-esteem, possible selves, achievement motivation, children’s understanding of death and death anxiety.
Dr Zisis Melissakis is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Historical Research (Section of Byzantine Research) of the National Hellenic Research Foundation. His research focuses mainly on monastic libraries, particularly Mount Athos and Patmos through palaeographical, codicological, as well as historical and archival topics. His current principal work concern the cataloguing of the manuscripts of the Monastery of St John the Theologian on Patmos, as well as the manuscripts and old printed books of the Monastery of Iviron on Mount Athos. He has participated in a number of Greek and International research projects on the Byzantine and post-Byzantine manuscript book. Since 2002 he has been teaching Greek Palaeography at the Historical Sciences Seminars of the National Hellenic Research Foundation and has delivered lectures on the same topic in various Greek universities. During the past few years, he has organized two international summer schools on Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy for the National Hellenic Research Foundation at the Monastery of Patmos.
Metropolitan of Constantine Vasilios (Karagiannis)
Metropolitan of Constantine Basil (Karagiannis) teaches Dogmatics in the Undergraduate Theology program of the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. He was elected Metropolitan of Constantia – Famagusta in 2007. He holds a PhD degree in “Ontological Distinction of Substance, Energy and Knowledge of God according to St. Maximus the Confessor” and a postgraduate Diploma from the Faculty of Theology of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He has served as a representative of the Church of Cyprus in the cross-Christian dialogue for a number of years. He has paricipated in a number of international conferences. Since 2011, he is co-organizer of the research program of the Salamis Free University of Famagusta, where, and is also the initiator of the Ayia Napa research project. He is a member of scientific associations, committees for the organization of conferences and professional services. He has a rich research resume with publications in scientific journals and many presentations in international and local conferences.
Dr John Bekos is Teaching Associate at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. He also teaches Ethics, Philosophy and Religious Education at the University of Cyprus and St Barnabas Seminary of the Church of Cyprus. He has a strong interdisciplinary academic profile (twice PhD holder in the field of Cognitive Psychology/Education and Christian Ethics) and is distinguished for his trans-disciplinary research and teaching. Since 2015 he is appointed as the Academic Supervisor for the reform of Religious Education in Cyprus. He has a good track-record of publications in top journals such as Studies in Christian Ethics, Christian Bioethics, Studia Patristica and the International Journal of Public Theology. He is also member of the Church of Cyprus Synodical Committee for Bioethics and the Cyprus National Bioethics Committee (NCBC) and substantially contributes to the publication of a series of opinions. Since 2013 Dr Bekos serves as an Ethics Review Expert in the European Commission (FP7 and Horizon 2020) and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). His scholarly work focuses on, among others, the most challenging socio-political issues like bioethical issues, the current financial and refugee crises in Europe and the role of religion in education and the modern societies. He is the author of ‘Which Ethics? Which Story? The Narrative of Divine Liturgy and the Transformation of the Human’ published in Greece by En Plo editions. His last book Euthanasia and Patristic Tradition: St John Damascene and St Symeon the New Theologian will be published by James Clarke & Co (Cambridge, UK) [forthcoming August 2019].
Dr Myria Kkali is a full-time lecturer at CIM and the Academic Director at the Nicosia Campus as well as Deputy Director at the CIM Research Centre. Her research interests include sensemaking and sensegiving practices in organisations, data-based marketing and social marketing. Dr Myria Kkali is the Program Coordinator for the BA Business Management (Marketing) in Nicosia.
Myria has been working in academia since 2012, when she was employed as a GTA in the Nottingham University Business School (Marketing department), where she received her PhD in 2018. She has been working as the Academic Director (Nicosia) at CIM since June 2017, where she delivers modules in topics such as marketing management, consumer behaviour, research methods, global marketing and contemporary marketing challenges.
She has presented her own research at the 2015 British Academy of Management Conference, held in Portsmouth in October 2016, and her conference paper was published in the conference proceedings.
Myria is very interested in bridging the gap between academia and industry and has published a number of articles in the Business Bulletin of the CIM Research Centre. She has also delivered training seminars and has participated in consulting projects.
She has developed close ties with many industry specialists since her move back to Cyprus in 2016 and has co-founded an NGO focusing on bringing about social change through music, by bringing opportunities to children and young people from low socio-economic backgrounds. Myria acts as the marketing and communications officer of the organisation.
Dr Iliada Tofaridou teaches Information Technology at the Theological School of the church of Cyprus. She teaches in the undergraduate Theology program. She has participated in international and local conferences and she has published articles in scientific magazines.
Her research interests can be classified in two areas: first, the effective use of Information Technology in Mathematics, and, second; the development of a learning models aiming to enhance learning outcomes.
Dr Andreas Foulias is Teaching Associate at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus since 2017; he specialises in Christian and Byzantine Archaeology. In 2004/2005 he worked as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Cyprus, teaching an undergraduate course on the Paleo-Christian Art of Cyprus. Dr Foulias received his PhD from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens, Greece (2011) with a thesis titled Architecture and Monumental Painting in Cyprus during the Period of Arab Raids (649-965).
He has published books and several articles in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes. He is the editor for the Publications of the second Congress, O Καθεδρικός Ναός Αγίου Ιωάννου 355 χρόνια, Ministry of Education, Church of Cyprus Theology School, 5 Μay 2017. He is also editing the Proceedings of third Congress, 150 ΧρόνιααπόταεγκαίνιατουΚαθολικούτουΑποστόλουΑνδρέαΚαρπασίας, Ministry of Education, Church of Cyprus Theology School, 3-4 November 2017. He is a member of the Open University advisory committee responsible for the “History of Cyprus” Module. He was a member of a team of Architects and Archaeologists which undertook the restoration of St. Mary’s Armenian Church (14th ce.); the project was awarded with the Europa Nostra 2015.
Dr Karolina Lambrou is a visiting lecturer at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus, where she teaches English for Theology to undergraduate students. She also works as an English teacher at the State Institutes of Further Education. She has worked in the publishing industry for many years, in Cyprus and the U.K. She has presented her work in numerous international conferences and publications.
Father Socratis Andreou holds a PhD in Theology from the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is scientific associate of the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus and teaches a spring semester elective course, entitled “Topics of Ecclesiastical Linguistics and Patristic Theology”.
StudiesPhD in Theology, Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki, 2017Master of Theology, Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki, 2011Degree of Theology, Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki, 2008
Dr Christina Hadjiafxenti is since 2020 Teaching associate at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus, specializing in the field of Byzantine Literature. She is also research assistant at the Faculty of Byzantine Studies of the University of Cyprus. From September 2018 to April 2019 she worked in the research project of the Open University of Cyprus “Byzart: Byzantine Art and Archaeology on Europeana”. From 2015 to 2017 she had a postdoc-scholarship at the Leibniz-Institute for European History in Mainz in Germany and Leibniz-WissenschaftCampus Mainz “Byzantium between Orient and Occident” (Subject of the research project: The reception of Byzantium in the Church historiography of the 19th century. A comparison between German and Greek sources). In 2017 she had also a fellowship at the Georg-Eckert-Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, Germany.
She participated in many conferences and workshops in Germany and other European countries and was teaching assistant for many semesters at the University of Leipzig in Germany.
PhD of Theology with Specialization in Biblical Studies
Dr. Amalia Neocleous is a Doctor of Theology with specialization in Bible Studies. In collaboration with the Theological School of Cyprus Church, she teaches undergraduate Theology. During the years 2009-today she teaches in Secondary Education the course of Religious whenever she is needed. She is a member of the Society of Prenatal Education of Cyprus and has been a member of the Pancyprian Union of Greek Theologians. During the years of 2000-2009 she participated in various research programs in Athens. Her research work continued in Cyprus with the publication of an article in the Apostle Barnabas Magazine entitled “Fear of God”.
Dr. George Kounnoushis is Teaching Associate at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus. He teaches in the undergraduate program of Theology the course Sociology of Religion. At the same time he works as a Theologian in Secondary Education. He has been teaching the courses Sociology of Religion and Sociology of Christianity at the Theological School “Apostolos Barnabas” of the Church of Cyprus since 2015. In 2016-2019 he worked as a Special Scientist at the University of Cyprus in the Department of Education in the course of School Experience. He is the Director of the Foundation “Central Service of Social Solidarity Tamassos” (K.Y.K.AT.) and responsible for the social programs of the Holy Metropolis of Tamassos and Orini. He has published monographs and articles in scientific journals, collective volumes, yearbooks and theological journals in Cyprus and Greece. He has also participated as a speaker in conferences in Cyprus and abroad.
Dina Mousteri, (DESS University of Lyon), is a Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor and Systemic Psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP). She is also a member of the following registration bodies:
European Family Therapy Association (EFTA-CIM),
Association of Family Therapists (UK)
European Association of Psychotherapists (EAP)
Taos Institute (USA) – she holds the title of Professor and Supervisor in Collaborative Dialogical Practices from Houston Galveston Institute and Taos Institute (USA).
She is a founding member of the Cyprus Society of Family Therapy (CySoFT), which she served as President 2007-2013. She was also a founding member of the Movement for Rehabilitation and Promotion of Mental Health, a founding member and first President of the Pancyprian Collective (unsure) of Organizations for Mental Health, a founding member of the Cyprus Society for Systemic Study, and a founding member of the Cyprus Society of Psychologists.
Dimitris Ierodiokonou is a researcher and scholar of Byzantine and traditional music at the Holy Monastery of Kykkos. Since 2016 he collaborates with the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus for the needs of curriculum design and teaching a series of lessons on Byzantine Music Performance and Byzantine Music Hymnography. He studied Harmony at the Alexandrio Conservatory in Thessaloniki, Counterpoint at the Music College of Thessaloniki and Byzantine Music at the School of Byzantine Music of the Holy Metropolis of Thessaloniki. He has also served as a psalter for a number of years in various churches in Nicosia and Thessaloniki.