Pantelis Sklias (1969) is a Professor of International Relations and International Political Economy (IPE) and since September 2018 Rector of Neapolis University Pafos. He also taught in the Department of International and European Studies – University of Macedonia (visiting lecturer) – the Department of International Economic Relations and Development – Democritus University of Thrace, Visiting lecturer and Assistant Professor from 2002-2007 – and the Hellenic Open University – 2002 until today – .
He graduated (1990) from the Department of International Relations of Panteion University in Athens. He was awarded both his MA in International Relations (1991) and his Ph.D. in International Relations and IPE (1998) from the University of Sussex (UK). He accomplished (2000) his post doctorate thesis at the Hellenic Center of Political Research of Panteion University with a fellowship from the State Fellowship Foundation. His post-doctoral research topic is “The IPE of the relations between the EU and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the ex-Soviet Union”. From 1999 until 2002 he has been a Visiting Research Fellow of the Postgraduate Center for Culture, Development and the Environment (CDE) of the University of Sussex. He was the Chairman (2013-2017) of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of the Peloponnese and Vice Chairman of the Special Research Committee of the University.
He served (2016-2018) as a member of the Board of the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (DI.P.A.E.). In the academic year 2017-2018, he was the Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies at the American University in the Emirates in Dubai. From February 2020 onwards, he has been appointed President of the Rectors’ Conference for Cypriot Universities.
Anastasia Athanasoula – Reppas is Professor of Educational Administration and Organizational Behavior at Neapolis University Pafos in Cyprus. She holds a PhD and Master’s degree from Panteion University (1992 and 1980 respectively), as well as three Bachelor’s degrees from the same University: Political Science (1977), Public Administration (1979) and Sociology (1986). She also holds a postgraduate training diploma in Open and distance education of the Hellenic Open University (2001) and a Bachelor of Pedagogy of SELETE School (currently ASPETE) (1979), where she later served as a Professor. In the period from 1-9-02 up to 21-05-04, she was a member of the Administrative Committee of ASPETE. In the period from 6-2–09 up to 2-7-10, she was Chairman of the Pedagogical Department. She was also responsible for ASPETE’ branches in Crete, Ioannina, Sapes/Komotini, and N. Aegean (Mytilene). Since 2005, she has regularly been involved in teaching and research work at the Department of Education of the University of Cyprus as a visiting Professor. She has also worked at other national (University of Thessaly, University of Western Macedonia and Aegean University) and international universities (Roehampton, England and Donou Austria) as a partner in postgraduate programs of Educational Administration. She has experience in Distance Education as Associated Academic Staff of the Hellenic Open University (14 years) and the Open University of Cyprus (6 years). She is a certified trainer of trainers in Greece and Cyprus and Certified Evaluator for the Qualification of Vocational Trainer by the HRDA of Cyprus. In 2004, she was trainer of Police Executives for the qualification of Adult Instructor during the Olympic Games and volunteer guide of the President of the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania. She was also a trainer in various Regional Teachers’ Training Centers (P.E.K.) throughout Greece and of schools of the Holy Metropolis of Toronto Canada, and in various Centres of Vocational Training in Greece and Cyprus. She has also worked with the Hellenic and Cyprus Pedagogical Institutes.
Marily (Maria) Mexi is an international expert on digital work, labour issues, and the platform economy. Based in Geneva, Dr. Mexi advises major international organizations, permanent missions and country delegations to the United Nations, as well as employers’ and workers’ organizations, on future of work issues. In this capacity, she has initiated, and currently heading, an international Initiative on Democratizing the Platform Economy, which aims to support governments and stakeholders to strengthen global governance and deepen action-oriented dialogue on the future of the platform economy. The Initiative on Democratizing the Platform Economy is hosted at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy (AHCD) of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and it is run by an advisory board composed of experts from UN agencies and the World Economic Forum.
Over the years, Dr Mexi has worked as a social policy and employment expert for the European Commission, advising governments in several countries (Croatia, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, and the Caribbean Community) on policy harmonization issues. Since 2017, she has served as a consultant at the International Labour Organization (ILO) on issues pertaining to digital platforms and social dialogue. She recently co-edited the ILO Research Brief, ”Peak-level Social Dialogue as a Governance Tool during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Global and Regional Trends and Policy Issues”, the findings of which featured in the joint ILO/OECD report on global labour markets which was acknowledged in the G20 Riyadh Summit Leaders Declaration. Dr Mexi is also a visiting research fellow at the United Nations Institute for Social Development, and an international specialist on employment and social policy at TASC – Thinking Ahead on Societal Change Platform (supported by the Government of Switzerland and embedded in the Center for Trade and Economic Integration of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies). She is the co-editor of the book Protecting Workers in the Gig Economy: A Comparative Empirical Analysis (forthcoming from Edward Elgar), and contributing author to Social Europe. Her latest Social Europe articles include: “The Future of Work in the Post-Covid-19 Digital Era” and “The Platform Economy—Time for Decent Digiwork”.
Marily Mexi holds a Doctorate degree (DPhil) in Politics and International Relations and an MPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford, an MSc in European Social Policy with Distinction from the London School of Economics, and a BA in History with High Distinction from the American College of Greece – Deree College. She has also completed post-doctoral research at the Department of Politics and International Relations of the University of Geneva.
Dr. Antonia Torrens is an Educational Psychologist having extensive experience in educational and social policy issues.
She holds a Degree in Greek and English Literature from the University of Athens (1986) as well as an M.ED (1989) and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (1992) both from the University of Sheffield at the UK.
In the past she founded and managed a school of foreign languages in Hymettus, Greece (1987 – 95) and she was the scientific director of the vocational training center MERIMNA in Piraeus (1995-2001). From 1998 and onwards she is the managing director of the Family and Childcare Center. In the period 2010-18 she served also as President of the organization.
Education and employability promotion are some of the main areas of Antonia’s expertise, having designed and supervised the implementation of more than 300 integrated projects not only at national but also at international level.
In addition, Antonia has significant expertise in the provision of support services to the elderly and mentally-ill persons, having contributed in the deinstitutionalisation of the mental health system in Greece, since 2004. She was the founder of three group houses and one day center for mentally ill people in Greece and she has transferred this knowledge to third countries via international projects.
She is also the founder and co-ordinator of the innovative platform “Live Without Bullying”, providing online counseling and training for preventing and combating school and cyber bullying.
Her professional experience spans over Europe, as well as over several developing countries and countries in transition, where she has assisted governments and non-state actors in the design and implementation of a series of innovative social policy projects (Europaid, World Bank etc).
Since 2014 she has been elected vice-president of the Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union.
Antonia is also the editor of several research papers and publications.