Board of Management

The Board of Management governs the English School. This Board is comprised of prominent local figures, including, in many cases, former pupils of the school and is appointed by the Council of Ministers of the Government of Cyprus.  

The Board of Management meets once or twice per month in order to discuss matters of broad financial or strategic importance relating to the school.  

The Board may be contacted via the Board Secretary (  
Meet our Chair and the members of the Board of Management

Dr George Theocharides, Board Chairman
Dr. George Theocharides is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM) in Nicosia. He is also the Programme Director of the MSc in Financial Services. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management of the English School in July 2016.
Currently, he is also a member of the Training/HR Committee of the Cyprus Investment Fund Association (CIFA), and a board member of the Cyprus-Kuwait Business Association. In the past, he served as a member of the Interim Board of Bank of Cyprus, chairman of the Recapitalisation Committee, and member of the Audit Committee and CISCO Ltd, as well as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).
Dr. Theocharides is a graduate of The English School.  He holds a B. Eng. (Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (U.M.I.S.T.), an M.B.A. degree (in Marketing and Venture Management) from the University of San Diego, as well as a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Arizona. Before joining CIIM he spent almost four years as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea. Prior to that, he served as an International Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management between August and December 2006.

Director, British Council

Ms. Katia Kalogeri Demetriou
Katia Kalogeri Demetriou is a senior officer at the Public Service Committee (ΕΔΥ), Cyprus Government. She completed her studies in the USA where she was granted a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and a Master in Business Administration. Just recently, she completed a Master Degree in Public Administration.
Mrs. Demetriou worked as the Project Manager of a Co-Funded Technical Assistance Project at the Cyprus Productivity Centre.   She was involved in the project “Managing Productivity and Benchmarking” in the private sector and other co-funded programs aimed in reducing unemployment. Further to that, she was the Program Manager to the Master Programs of the Mediterranean Institute of Management.
Mrs. Demetriou is married with two children, both students at The English School.

Mr. ┼×ener Elcil Hassan
Mr ┼×ener Elcil Hassan was born in Kalavasos, Larnaca in 1963. He had to migrate with his family twice due to the societal incidents and conflicts in Cyprus in 1960s and 1970s. After completing his high school education in Famagusta, he graduated from Teacher Training College in 1984 and worked in various schools as primary school teacher. In 1986, Mr Elcil Hassan started to take an active role as a unionist and he is continuing his career as General Secretary of Cyprus Turkish Teachers’ Trade Union (KTÖS) since 2001.
Mr Elcil Hassan has a sincere belief in universal humanitarian values, brotherhood and sisterhood of people around the world and he recognizes the peace as a virtue. Therefore, he puts in significant effort for re-unification of Cyprus against the ongoing invasion and division of Cyprus since 1974; demilitarizing and disarmament of the island and; contributing to the struggle of Cypriots demanding respect to their political will and human rights.
Mr Elcil Hassan always argues that peace cannot be established by armaments but only through education. Based on this perspective, he initiates the organization of numerous conferences, training seminars and projects on anti-racist education, social justice and peace education, disarmament and gender issues in education for constructing peace culture among students, teachers and school leaders. Besides, he endeavours to promote free, quality and democratic education for all in the society.
Mr Elcil Hassan has been elected to the General Assembly of European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) as country representative for Cyprus in 2008 and 2012. Moreover, he put in great effort to lead the way for a historic cooperation agreement that has been signed by 6 Teacher Unions in Cyprus representing the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. The agreement includes a rotation between the two communities on the country seat in the ETUCE Committee for periods of 2 years.
Mr Elcil Hassan has taken a pioneer role not only in the field of education but also in the Establishment Committees of Home for Cooperation, Queer Cyprus Association, Bi-communal Teachers Platform and many others in Cyprus.

Mr. Charalambos Josephides

Dr. George Kassinis
George Kassinis is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Department of Business & Public Administration of the University of Cyprus, where he teaches strategic management to professional MBA and undergraduate students. He was educated at Princeton University (MA, PhD), MIT (MCP) and Cornell University (AB and BS). His research focuses on the strategic choices organizations make in dynamic environments and the implications of these choices on competitiveness and performance. Specific research interests include: sustainability; social entrepreneurship; corporate governance; corporate social responsibility; energy; health care management; social networks; industrial ecology. He taught at Princeton and MIT as a graduate teaching fellow, held research positions at Princeton and consulted for the World Bank and a variety of private, public-sector, and non-profit organizations, in Cyprus and abroad. He is a founding member of the research Group on Organizations and the Natural Environment (GRONEN), serves on the editorial boards of various academic journals including Organization & Environment (Sage), chairs the board of directors of the University of Cyprus Center for Entrepreneurship (C4E), and serves on the board of the Research Promotion Foundation (Cyprus). His work has been published in leading journals, including The Academy of Management Journal, The Journal of Business Ethics, The Journal of Business Research, Industrial and Corporate Change, Production and Operations Management, and Strategic Management Journal, and in edited volumes and handbooks.

Ms. Mikaela Messiou
Mikaela Messiou graduated from the English School in 1996 and went on the study International Management and Business Administration with French at the University of Reading and the Ecole de Commerce de Strasbourg. She completed her MSc in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management at the University of Oxford. She joined the family business in 2002, where she is currently acting as Managing Director. She is married to Andreas Papacharalambous and has two children.  

Ms. Doris Paraskevaides
Doris Paraskevaides holds an MBA(Hons) in Economics from the University of Essex and an MBA from CASS Business School in London.
After graduating, she joined the family business group, which deals in transport, trade and development serving in various managerial posts as well as on the Board of the Nicosia Buses Public Company.
She has taught PR at the Cyprus Institute of Marketing (CIM) to post graduate students and was a consultant to the London Forfaiting Company (LFC), a U.K. listed financial company.
Mrs. Paraskevaides has sat on the board of many charitable organisations both in Cyprus and abroad.  Currently, apart from being appointed to the board of the English School in 2013, she is Vice President of ΕΣΤΙΑ (ESTIA), of the Greek Foundation of Culture of the Hellenic Republic and an Honorary Member of the Friends of Shriners Hospital.

Ms. Mariza Platritou
Mariza Platritou graduated from ‘The English School’ in 2000 and studied Accounting and Finance at the University of Warwick. She then qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2006 while working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In 2007 she was offered a position at the Central Bank of Cyprus, firstly as an Internal Auditor and from 2010 onwards in the Banking Supervision Department.   During the economic crisis of 2013 she was heavily involved in the restructuring of the banking system.  

Mr. Nicos Stylianou
Nicos M. Stylianou, Human Resources Manager Cyprus University of Technology – Life Coach
Nicos M. Stylianou holds a BSc degree in Operations Management and an MSc degree in Management Science & Operational Research from the University of Warwick. He is currently the head of the Human Resources department with Cyprus University of Technology.  He has been serving the field of HR for almost 2 decades from a number of positions in most industries (Education, Hotel, Leisure, Construction, Legal, Health and Retail).  He has been a motivational speaker and trainer for more than 10 years, on a number of fields and topics, always placing the individual at the centre.  He has trained more than 8,000 business professionals in a number of training programs from all around the world.  He was also a lecturer at the University of Nicosia, since 1997, and apart from Human Resource Management topics, he delivered O.M. and Project Management modules, at both under and post graduate levels.  He also presented a number of modules at post graduate level, for the Mediterranean Institute of Management (MiM), since 2005. In 2014 he has been accredited as a Life & Executive Coach from the International Society of Life Coaches.  He was a leading member of the Cypriot Government team, training and coaching the presidents of each committee concerning the Cyprus EU Presidency, which was proven to be a huge success.  He is an active board member in numerous associations both in Cyprus and abroad (notably the English School in Nicosia and the CyMYS).  In 2008, he received an international award for his contribution in the HR field.

Mr. Nareg Tavitian
Nareg Tavitian is a Senior Associate with KPMG Limited, Cyprus. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he is part of the Audit & Assurance Team of KPMG. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus.  He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury, with BSc Honors Degree in Computing, Operational Research and Statistics.
He has been President of the Armenian Young Men’s Association (A.Y.M.A.) from 2011 to 2013, and the Treasurer of the Association during various periods. He was also the Treasurer and currently the Secretary of the Administrative Council of the Armenian Church of Cyprus.
He is married with two children; one of them a student at the English School.
As an old boy of the School, having graduated in 1993, he accepted this post with the motto “Non Sibi, Sed Scholae”.

Ms Helen Leonidou, Board Secretary

Mr Costas Farsides, Board Accountant
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