Spyros Christou

Admin and Finance Officer

Spyros Christou is the Administration and Finance Officer of SeeD. He studied Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has previously worked as research executive for Nielsen, performing research in the region of North Africa, Central Eastern Europe and Middle East. Christou has been an executive board member of the Association for Social Reform (OPEK) and the Secretary of Cyprus Peace Council – Limassol Branch.

Contact email: christou@seedsofpeace.eu 


Meltem Ikinci

Programme Development Officer

Meltem Ikinci is a MSc holder in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from University of Manchester. Her dissertation research focused on the role of civil society in promoting good governance reflecting on perspectives from Northern Cyprus. Over the past 6 years, Meltem has participated in several bi-communal initiatives focused on peacebuilding, reconciliation and conflict resolution.  She is currently working as the Programme Development Officer of SeeD, and for facilitating cross-programme sharing, exchange and learning, ‘weaving’ among SeeD’s various projects, and supporting implementation of the various priorities, activities and thematic areas. She has also recently contributed to a feasibility study as part of the EU-funded Technical Assistance Project called “Civic Space”, implemented by B&S Europe in collaboration with the European Commission, with the aim of providing a comprehensive assessment of the sustainability of bi communal projects in Cyprus.

Contact email: ikinci@seedsofpeace.eu 


Dr. Ilke Dagli

Senior Researcher

Dr Ilke Dagli has a degree in European and International Politics from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, and completed her MSc in Security and Development at the University of Bristol. She has been working closely with CSOs and SMEs in Cyprus as a project coordinator, project developer, consultant and facilitator since 2006. She co-authored and coordinated myriad local projects such as The Civil Society Dialogue Project, Cyprus Community Media Centre initiative, Access Info Cyprus Project and Play for Peace Project and was closely involved with the ENGAGE Do Your Part for Peace project as a facilitator. Ilke recently completed her PhD on “Securitisation of Identities in Conflict Environments and its Implications on Ontological Security” at the University of Warwick, where she has been teaching World Politics since 2013. She has acquired several research grants for her fieldwork including one from International Peace Research Association Foundation (IPRAF). Ilke is also a Migration Fellow at the Institute of Migration, Turku, Finland and has been a Country Expert for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) joint initiative of the Department of Political Science, The University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, USA since January 2015. Currently she is working as a Senior Researcher for the Security Dialogue Project implemented by SeeD.

Contact email: dagli@seedsofpeace.eu 


Assoc. Prof. Giorgos Kentas

Senior Researcher 

Giorgos Kentas (PhD Vrije Univeriteit Brussel, 2009) is Associate Professor (tenured) of International Politics and Governance at the University of Nicosia and Director of a Graduate Program in Public Administration. He is a member of the Nordic International Studies Association and national representative to the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA). He is board member of the Security and Defense Academy at the Defense Ministry of Cyprus. He teaches Governance and Strategy in the Police Academy of the Republic of Cyprus. He served as a member of the EU Consent and FONET, two research groups funded by the European Commission. He also worked with the European Council on Foreign Relations on EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy. He taught at the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Nicosia. He participated in a number of research projects in Cyprus and abroad. He published in peer-reviewed journals and written and/or co-authored five books. His latest book is titled "Security in the context of a Cyprus settlement" (Livanis, 2013). Currently he works on a book on Strategy Planning in Public Organizations and he pursues research in regional cooperation in Eastern Mediterranean. As of October 2016 he is Senior Researcher at SeeD for the Security Dialogue Project

Contact email: kentas@seedsofpeace.eu 

Jeannine Suurmond

Senior Researcher 

Jeannine Suurmond combines work as senior researcher for SeeD with writing her PhD thesis and freelance consulting. She has 12 years of experience in peacebuilding research and practice, and is currently based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Jeannine worked as peacebuilding advisor for the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Nepal, supporting the NGO Pro Public in advising the Nepal government on peacebuilding policy and running ex-combatant integration, reconciliation, and community mediation programs.  Jeannine is a PhD candidate at the Center for Conflict Studies and Human Rights, Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University. She has an MA degree in Culture and Religion Psychology from the Free University of Amsterdam and various certificates in mediation, peacebuilding, and Nonviolent Communication. From 2014 to 2016, Jeannine co-led the implementation of the SCORE index in Nepal. Currently she is in charge of producing the third edition of the book ‘Predicting Peace – The Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Index as a Tool for Conflict Transformation.’ This publication bundles SeeD’s experience and expertise gained from five years implementation of the SCORE Index in various countries.

Contact email: jeannine.suurmond@gmail.com

Dr. Alexandros Lordos

Research Co-Director

Dr. Alexandros Lordos has a wide range of experience spanning over the past 15 years, in the private sector, non-governmental sector and in government, integrating multiple viewpoints and developing innovative evidence-based solutions, for instance the Participatory Polling approach for conflict transformation in divided societies. Alexandros has published numerous articles and research reports, such as: "A People's Peace in Cyprus: Testing Public Opinion on the Options for a Comprehensive Settlement" (2009) with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Alexandros is one of the founders and a Research Director of the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD). In this capacity, he has been a key figure behind the conceptualization of the “Social Cohesion and Reconciliation” (SCORE) Index as well as its implementation - so far - in Cyprus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nepal, Ukraine (country-wide), and currently in Eastern Ukraine, Liberia and Moldvoa. Alexandros completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cyprus.

Contact email: lordos@seedsofpeace.eu


Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sozen

Research Co-Director

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sözen has been working in the field of peacebuilding and democratization processes over the last twenty years. He has participated in first-track peace-negotiations in Cyprus, has been actively involved in second-track peace and democratization initiatives, has been providing training and education in the areas of conflict resolution, mediation and peacebuilding and has designed policy recommendations based on objective participatory research with the societal stakeholders and polling. Apart from his Research Director position at SeeD, he is a Professor of International Relations and the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at Eastern Mediterranean University, Director of the Cyprus Policy Center and member of the Greek-Turkish Forum. He is a PhD holder in Political Science from the University of Missouri- Columbia (USA).

Contact email: sozen@seedsofpeace.eu