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Kleanthis Kyriakidis is a Commander of the Hellenic Navy, serving as Director of Studies at the Hellenic Naval War College, instructing among others IR Theory, Security Threats, Modern Strategy, Crisis Management and Leadership. He is also the Secretary General of the Hellenic Commission on Military History. Among others he has served as an advisor to the Deputy Minister of Defense and as Head of the Plans and Policy Directorate at the Naval Operations Branch.
As regards academic endeavors, he has three Masters’ Degrees, two from the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey (MS in Physical Oceanography and MA in Middle East Studies with Distinction) and a Masters in Public Administration obtained at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was presented with the Lucius Littauer Award. His PhD research (completion year 2017) is on Political Islam. He has published seven history and political science books, co-authored another six and more than 250 articles dealing with a wide scope of diverse contemporary issues mainly in American and Greek journals. He has taught to various Defense Institutions, was a guest lecturer to Universities and Institutions around the Globe and has participated in 50 international conferences.
He has been a Senior Editor for the Harvard Kennedy School Review and is a founding member of the Academy for Strategic Analyses and of the Institute for the Study of Hellenic and Arab Communities. He is a member of the Scientific Board of of the GEOPOL Institute. He is also a member of the European Consortium for Political Research, the International Political Science Association, the International Public Policy Association, the Hellenic Society of International Law & International Relations and the American Academy of Political Science.
Demetrios Tsailas is a Retired Commodore of the Senior Naval Command of Northern Greece and former director of the department of the Supreme Joint War College for Security and Strategy. Prior to this appointment, he commanded HS AXIOS while flagship for the command of SNMCMG-2 NATO flotilla. Previously, he had spent three years as Defense Attaché of Greece in Canada, and three as Aid de Camp to the President of Republic Mr. Kostas Stefanopoulos. His earlier command appointments include the Fast Patrol Ships Guided HS LASKOS and HS ANNINOS, the torpedo boats HS ESPEROS and HS TOXOTIS.
Captain Tsailas, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1981. A navigation specialist, he served as Navigating officer in patrol boats and destroyer escorts, was a navigator instructor at the Naval Officers’ Training Centre and at the Naval Academy. Operational tours as Combat and Training Officer, in destroyer escorts, had a number of operational and training appointments in that area. He holds a Masters Degree in Maritime Strategic Studies from Naval War College. He is a graduate of both the Command and Staff Course in the Naval Officers’ Training Centre. Commodore (Rt) Dimitrios Tsailas retired from Strategy International’s directorate board at the level of Director General of Strategy International.
Commmodore (Rt)Tsailas speaks English
Papapostolou Serafeim graduated from Hellenic Army Academy in 1975. He served in Armoured and Reconnaissance Units for more than 20 years. He became Commander of the 12th Armor Battalion (1993) and C’ Reconnaissance Battalion (1994-1995) in the borders area of Trace. For one year (1993-1994) he was deployed in North Iraq (Kurdistan), Commander (Suleimaniyah Sector) of UN Guards Contingent (UNGCI). He has served at the Hellenic Army HQs as Staff Officer responsible for the development of Main Battle Tanks fleet (1988-1992) and for Armaments Planning and Procurements (1997-1999). In August 1999, he moved to the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, where he became the senior officer for Operational Planning and Operations in Balkans. He served twice in the Former Yugoslavia, first (1992) as a military observer for a short period in Croatia, and second for one year, in KFOR Kossovo (2000-2001) as a Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of 34th Mech Brigade (Hellenic Armed Forces in Kossovo). After his redeployment, he appointed in Hellenic National Defence General Staff as Director of National Crisis Management Center (2001-2003).
Additionally, he has served through staff assignments primarily in operations, plans, and crisis management. His assignments include three NATO tours: one as Military Assistant to Hellenic Military Representative at NATO HQs, Brussels (1995-1997), one with Joint Command South-cent (JCSC) at Larisa Greece (2003-2004), as J5 Branch Chief and his final staff assignment was as Assistance Chief of Staff (ACOS) Support of NATO’s Rapid Deployable Corps (NRDC-SP) Valencia, Spain (2004-2007). His last active duty assignment was Chief of Staff (COS) of C’ Corps/NATO’s Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece (NRDC-GR) (2007-2009).
He graduated successfully from all the basic and advanced Armor Schools, the Hellenic Army War College and the Hellenic National Defense College, as well as Oberammergau NATO School Specific Courses. In 1999, he attended Course 94 at the NATO Defense College.
He retired from the Hellenic Army on 13 February 2009, after more than 37 years of distinguished service.
General Papapostolou is a recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat operations. For three years he was also President/CEO of ΔeltaCyrni Ltd Private Security Company (Maritime Security), consulting on global security matters and remains active in lecturing on military ops and the international security environment.
Elias Aravantinos, is a well-rounded professional with more than 10 years International experience and proven track record in ICT and Telecom Management and Consulting. A consultant and big thinker, with passion about technology management and marketing, new technologies, research and complex industrial problems.
He has worked in management consulting for large vendors and Wall Street companies, including KPMG, Lucent Technologies, ACG Research as well as Columbia Institute for Tele-Information in New York. In his early years as a Network Engineer, he worked for Intracom Telecom in European projects.
He holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer technology, and an MBA in management. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Finally, he has published various technology articles in academic books, journals and magazines, and has been a frequent speaker in academic and industrial conferences.
Savvas Papasavvas is a Cypriot military officer. He has graduated from the Hellenic Army Academy in 2005 as a Cavalry/Armor Second Lieutenant. He has graduated successfully from all the basic Armor Schools and has served in Armored and Reconnaissance Units for more than ten years. He has also been an active member of various committees making industrial and on field inspections of different types of main battle tanks. As a staff officer, he has served on the International Relations Directorate on the Republic of Cyprus National Guard General Staff whereas, among other duties, he was the point of contact with the FINABEL Committee during the state’s Presidency.
Regarding his academic education, he holds a Master of Arts (University of Nicosia) in European Studies and International Relations. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (Middlesex University London/UK). His research interests mainly focus on foreign policy decision-making, energy policy, game theory and the integration of multidisciplinarity in energy security crisis management. He has published articles in different journals, and has been a guest lecturer in various universities and institutions.
Zenonas Tziarras holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK where he taught World Politics. His doctoral thesis, “Turkish Foreign Policy towards the Middle East under the AKP: a Neoclassical Realist Account,” is the first comprehensive neoclassical realist analysis of contemporary Turkish foreign policy. He holds a BA in Mediterranean Studies & International Relations (Aegean University, Greece) and a MA in International Relation & Strategic Studies (University of Birmingham, UK). In addition, he received specialized training in International Security (University of Delhi, India), in Leadership and Conflict Resolution (Koç University, Turkey), and has a certificate in Conflict Management & Mediation Skills (Northern Ireland Open College Network).
He is co-editor of The Globalized World Post, member of the editorial board for New Middle Eastern Studies and has been an analyst and researcher for a number of think tanks and research projects in Cyprus and abroad, such as Strategy International, Diplomatic Academy (University of Nicosia), PRIO Cyprus Center, SeeD, Berghof Foundation, Strategic Outlook, etc. He taught Greek-Turkish Relations, Strategy & War, and Global Security in the Department of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus while, for two years, he worked as Associate Lecturer in Security & Diplomacy Studies for the MA in Security & Diplomacy Studies and the LLM in the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus, designing and teaching modules around the themes of security studies, conflict and crisis management, and regional geopolitics.
He published two books [In Greek]: Republic of Cyprus: Dimensions of Foreign Policy (co-edited with Marios Efthymiopoulos) and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean: Ideological Aspects of Foreign Policy (co-authored with Nikos Moudouros). His research has been also published in such academic (and semi-academic) journals as Mediterranean Politics, Journal of Applied Security Research, Asian Politics & Policy, Turkish Policy Quarterly, Hellenic Studies, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs Hellenic Edition while he also contributed chapters to a number of collective volumes [In Greek & English].
His current work in progress includes two collective volumes (on Turkish foreign policy and Cyprus foreign policy respectively) and more than five academic papers. Zenonas is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus working on International Relations theory and Turkish foreign policy under the AKP; a freelance analyst and media commentator on Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East geopolitics.
Mary Tsaousi is an experienced Business and International Affairs consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the Media and Business industry. Expert as a public & government affairs consultant. Having worked for the European Commission and has served several municipalities and ministries as Special Advisor for European Affairs and Communication.
She has worked in Communication agencies helping firms improve their performance and manage their reputation. Providing strategy, on and off line branding, digital communication, PR and public affairs. In her early years as an International Relations scientist, has worked for European projects in NGOs and Financial Organizations. Participating in TV Channels and has been a frequent speaker in academic and economic conferences. Finally she has published various journalistic articles and analysis about Political, Economic and International matters.
Skilled in Digital Strategy, Business Planning, Communication, Management, International affairs, and Business Intelligence. Strong business development professional with a Master’s Degree focused in International Relations and Strategic Studies of Panteion University in Athens and Bachelor of Economics at the Department of International European and Balkan Studies with two separate majors International and European Studies and Diplomacy in University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki.
Specialties: Communication, Lobbying, International Relations.
Dr. Pythagoras Petratos is an economist, political scientist and engineer. He is currently a Lecturer at the SAID Business School at the University of Oxford. He has completed postgraduate degrees at Cass Business School, City University, University of London and Oxford University. He was awarded a Phd from the University of London in 2009. One of his main research interests lies in defense policy and economics and particularly the economics and financing of information security. He is Visiting Fellow at Buckingham University and Visiting Professor at the University of Thessaly. He has also taught in postgraduate courses at the University of London, University of Crete and University of Peloponnese.
Dr. Petratos speaks Greek, English, Italian and German.