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.
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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Dr. Ilke Dagli Hustings
Head of Programmes and Field Operations
Ilke has an MSc in Security and Development at the University of Bristol and completed her PhD on “Securitisation of Identities in Conflict Environments and its Implications on Ontological Security” at the University of Warwick. Before her academic research career at Warwick and Exeter Universities, Ilke worked 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, Cyprus Community Media Centre, Access Info Cyprus, Play for Peace and ENGAGE Do Your Part for Peace. Ilke, who joined SeeD as a Senior Researcher for the Security Dialogue Initiative (SDI) in 2016 assumed to role of Head of Programmes and Field Operations in 2017, overseeing SeeD's global programmes and research efforts.
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Senior Policy Advisor and Programme Lead for Africa
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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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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Cyprus Programme Lead & Learning and Innovation Officer
Meltem holds an MSc in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from the University of Manchester. Her dissertation focused on the role of civil society in promoting good governance. She has been actively involved in promoting reconciliation and conflict-resolution efforts in Cyprus for over a decade. She is passionate about conducting research on civic engagement, political violence, societal resilience and prevention of violent extremism. Meltem provides substantive guidance to SeeD’s institutional learning, supporting the development of conceptual and theoretical foundations of the evidence-based approach. Meltem is also the leading focal point for SeeD's partnership with the World Bank in Cyprus.
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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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Programme & Admin Officer
Demetra holds an MA in Fine Arts from the University of Brighton. She has presented her artwork in exhibitions and theatre plays; and has participated in short films and artist residencies in Cyprus, Germany, Malta, Italy and the UK. Her poetry work has been featured in literary journals (Nicosia, Athens and Zurich), music vocals and art publications (Berlin). She worked as the Financial Manager for PRWeile Studio, Berlin; as the Cultural Officer at ARTos Cultural & Research Foundation in Nicosia, and as the Museum Coordinator for the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum in Nicosia. Demetra, who joined SeeD in 2017, is part of SeeD's Cyprus team its efforts in collaboration with the World Bank, while continuing her artistic career as the Artist Residency Coordinator for Xarkis Festival and Artists Residency, and as a Board Member of the cultural organisation Xarkis in Nicosia.
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Ukraine Programmes Lead
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. 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. Before joining SeeD in 2017, AKO worked as a Researcher with Interpeace and as a Project Manager for Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in Côte d’Ivoire. 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.
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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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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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Programme and Outreach Specialist
Amie finished her degree in International Tourism Management and Consultancy at the Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. She received the Multatuli Thesis Award for her dissertation titled “The Contribution of Tourism to Social Cohesion in Ukraine” where she explored the relationship between tourism and peacebuilding 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. Following her internship with SeeD, she joined the team full time, and is currently based in Kiev focusing on improving SeeD's data visualisation and outreach toolkit.
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