SeeD’s inter-disciplinary and international team brings together scholars and practitioners who have worked extensively in peacebuilding, advanced data analysis, sociology, psychology, international relations and security studies. The passion and dedication of our staff drives us to find ever better ways to understand peace and conflict. We draw strength from the diverse experience of our staff members and we are committed to investing in the growth mind set of team members through constant learning. This is what helps SeeD to strive to be an innovation hub for sustaining peace.
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Dr. Alexandros Lordos
Head of Learning and Innovation
Dr. Alexandros Lordos has 15 years’ experience of developing innovative evidence-based solutions in the private sector, non-governmental sector and in government. This has involved integrating participatory polling approaches 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). He is one of the founders and a Research Director of SeeD, and was instrumental in conceptualizing the “Social Cohesion and Reconciliation” (SCORE) Index. Alexandros completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cyprus.
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Head of Policy and Partnerships
Before joining SeeD in May 2018 Christopher worked for the United Nations and NGOs for 25 years, specialising in peace and security policy. During his UN career he led major projects designed to support participatory peace-making and good governance efforts in the Balkans, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past 15 years he has advised country-level UN leaderships and governments on strategies for enhancing reconciliation, deepening good governance and building national peacebuilding capacities. In 2017 he negotiated and wrote the Liberia Peacebuilding Plan, requested by UN Security Council resolution 2333 (2016) to direct the role of the UN in supporting the country’s transition process. Christopher helped pioneer the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index in Cyprus and integrated the SCORE method into UN planning and policy-making. He is the author of several published articles on peace and development and has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.
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Dr. Ilke Dagli Hustings
Head of Operations
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. Ilke completed her PhD on “Securitisation of Identities in Conflict Environments and its Implications on Ontological Security” at the University of Warwick, and taught World Politics to undergraduate students at Warwick and Principles of International Business to master students at Exeter. Before her academic and research career, Ilke has worked closely with CSOs and SMEs in Cyprus as a project coordinator, project developer, consultant and facilitator between 2006-2012. She co-authored and coordinated myriad peacebuilding 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 is also an associate of the International Peacebuilding Advisory Team (IPAT), grantee of International Peace Research Association Foundation (IPRAF) and European Commission research grants and a Country Expert for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem). Ilke, who joined SeeD as a Senior Researcher focused on security in October 2016, assumed to role of SeeD Head of Operations position in April 2017, overseeing SeeD's global programmes, projects and research efforts.
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Data Team Coordinator
After working in astronomy, media analysis and wooden toy-making, Alexander has turned his attention to quantitative research and data analysis. His past work includes analysis of observational data from the CHANDRA X-ray space telescope and of textual data from Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot newspaper articles about the Syrian refugee crisis, which strove to introduce quantitative methods to the humanities. Alexander is exploring the use of new data streams from both traditional and social media into SeeD’s work. He is passionate about quantitative research, data analysis and visualisation, political engagement and activism, and Cypriot rapprochement.
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Learning and Innovation Officer
Meltem Ikinci holds a MSc in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from the University of Manchester. Her dissertation research focused on the role of civil society in promoting good governance. She has been active in promoting reconciliation and conflict-resolution in Cyprus over many years. Meltem provides substantive guidance to SeeD’s policy work and helps shape the methodological basis for the evidence-based approach. This involves contributing to the development of SeeD policy briefs for different SCORE country projects and leading stakeholder engagements in Cyprus. Meltem has worked as a short-term expert for the EU-funded Technical Assistance Project called “Civic Space”, which aimed to provide a comprehensive assessment of the sustainability of bi-communal projects in Cyprus. She is passionate about conducting research on civic engagement, political violence, societal resilience and prevention of violent extremism.
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Spyros Christou studied Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He
previously worked as research executive for Nielsen, performing research in North Africa, Central
Eastern Europe and Middle East. Spyros has been an executive board member of the Association for Social Reform (OPEK) and the Secretary of Cyprus Peace Council – Limassol Branch.
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Administration & HR Officer
Demetra Kallitsi completed an MA in Fine Arts at The University of Brighton, UK, 2013 and a BA in Visual Arts at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK, 2012. Kallitsi has presented her artwork in solo and collaborative art performances, art exhibitions and theatre plays; and has participated in short films and artist residencies in Cyprus, Germany, Malta, Italy and the United Kingdom. Her poetry work has been featured in literary journals (Nicosia, Athens and Zurich), music vocals and art publications (Berlin). In 2016, Kallitsi, in collaboration with Jacqueline van De Geere, co-founded The Blind Date (platform for artistic collaborations in performance art in Germany, Canada and Cyprus). In 2017, she served as the Financial Manager for PRWeile Studio, Berlin, Germany, in 2014 - 2016 as the Cultural Officer at ARTos Cultural & Research Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus and in the year 2013 as the Museum Coordinator for the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus. Kallitsi is currently the Administration & HR Officer for the Centre of Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development –SeeD, a contributor for the international art collective Broke Epoque, the Performance Art, Dance & Theatre Coordinator for Xarkis Festival and Artists Residency, and a Board Member of the cultural organisation Xarkis, Nicosia, Cyprus.
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Eastern Europe Specialist
In 2017 Oksana Lemishka completed her MPhil studies, specializing in Sociology of Media and Culture, at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie in the role of soft power in transnational dialogue with a special focus on Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. Since 2009 Oksana has been teaching at the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, Ukraine, with a primary focus on cognitive linguistics. Oksana has initiated and managed educational-cultural projects in Ukraine, including a TEDx Inspired Interdisciplinary Conference and a Ukrainian Summer School (Kramatorsk). She is the Eastern Europe Regional Specialist, with responsibility for SeeD projects and engagements in Ukraine and Moldova. She is an active member of the Cambridge Society of Ukraine and an alumna of Chevening Scholarship of the UK government.
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Dr. Maria Symeou
Adolescent Development and Youth Specialist
Dr. Maria Symeou has a degree in Psychology from the University of Greenwich, and a master’s degree from the University of Cyprus in Cognitive, Developmental, and Educational Psychology. She has worked at the University of Cyprus and other local universities in Cyprus as a Visiting Lecturer in courses mainly from the fields of Developmental Psychology, and Educational Psychology. Previous posts also include facilitator for experiential prevention workshops in Cypriot schools, and a Research Associate for EU-funded projects. Maria gained her PhD in Psychology in 2015, with her research focusing on maladaptive behaviours during the adolescent period.
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AKO Essan Emile
West Africa Specialist
Over the past 10 years, AKO has worked in the fields of peacebuilding, conflict management and community development. Prior to joining SeeD in December 2017, AKO worked as a Researcher with Interpeace Côte d’Ivoire and as a Project Manager for Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in the former conflict zones of Western Côte d’Ivoire. AKO started his professional career in 2008 as a broadcaster in a community radio station and subsequently rose to the position of Managing Director. The radio station gained a strong reputation in Côte d’Ivoire in 2013 and 2014, reflecting AKO’s commitment to promoting intergroup dialogue, reconciliation and community resilience. In 2015, he was selected as part of President Obama’s flagship program, the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (MWF-YALI). He attended a Civic Leadership Institute at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2015 and completed a Professional Practicum at the Accra-based Media Foundation for West Africa in 2016.
Ako holds an M.A. in Peace Culture and Conflict Management, an M.A. in Linguistics, certificates in Civic Leadership, Sustainable Development, Andragogy and Environmental Management in addition to completing online courses on research methodology, conflict, war, peace, terrorism and public-private partnerships.
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Maria Sikki is a PhD candidate 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 completed an internship at Leiden University where she conducted clinical and neuropsychological assessments. Her main research interests include clinical neuroscience, functional near-infrared spectroscopy, antisocial behavior and externalizing problems. She is currently working as Data Analyst at SeeD and specializes in statistical analysis.
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Yevhenii Monastyrskyi is a Ph.D. Candidate in Soviet History (Ukrainian Catholic University). His dissertation is covering an issue of public (show) trials in Early Soviet Ukraine (1919 - 1935) and its influence on mass consciousness framing. His field of interest is Soviet history, ideology and propaganda studies, and cognitive studies. In 2016 he was a graduate student at Yale University, working on his thesis about sociological methods (theory of mass consciousness) in historical research and working as an assistant in research with professors Timothy Snyder and Marci Shore. In 2017 he was Fellow at the Democracy Study Center at German-Polish-Ukrainian Society (Kyiv), where he leads historical research group (research project: "If These Streets Could Talk: Ideas and Ideologies in Toponymic Changes"). In 2018 he was a Global Dialogues Fellow at The New School (New York), where he was working on a project "Socialization of Terror: Soviet System of Procedural Justice in 1919-1921 Ukraine".
He was a participant of Russian-Ukrainian war in his hometown of Luhansk (Spring-Autumn 2014), been held in captivity by Russian Armed Forces and pro-Russian separatists. He is currently working on a book "Agony of Consciousness: Tales from City of All Forgotten," which covering the social and political reality of occupied Luhansk in times of war by using "community of fate" explanatory model to describe a contemporary society in hostilities.
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Marian Machlouzarides completed her BSc in Pharmacology and MSc in Biochemical Engineering at University College London. She has worked in health systems strengthening at an international organisation in Geneva, and as a data analyst at a cancer charity in the UK. This sparked her interest for using evidence-based practices in development, leading her to her current position in the Data Analysis team at SeeD.
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Junior Ukraine Specialist
Amie Scheerder finished her degree in International Tourism Management and Consultancy at the Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands with a specialisation in Sustainable Tourism. She received the Multatuli Thesis Award for her topic about “The Contribution of Tourism to Social Cohesion in Ukraine” where she showed her expertise in the relation between tourism and peace building as well as the influence of cultural heritage on reconciliation. During her studies she worked in the educational tourism sector in Myanmar creating connections between the tourism sector, universities, ministries and NGO’s to stimulate capacity building for underprivileged groups in society. After an internship for SeeD, she currently works as the Junior SCORE Specialist in Ukraine developing her analytical and practical peace building skills to grow within the team of SeeD.
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