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Georgios Mantzouris

Program on Space Systems Engineer & Outer Space Politics,

Strategy International, Senior Scholar Analyst

 

Mr Georgios Mantzouris joined Strategy International in 2012. He is a Ph.D candidate in the University of Northern Greece in Xanthi, studying space systems engineering in the electronics engineering department. He holds a Master of Science in Space Systems Engineering (with Distinction) and a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering (with Distinction) from the University of Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. He has participated in two product teams designing satellite systems that are flying on orbit with NPSAT satellite. Currently he cooperates with various academic teams and environments designing very small satellites. His primary area of interest is the applications of microsatellites to maritime security operations. He has participated and attended various schools and conferences in Great Britain, United States and other European countries. He is a Lieutenant in the Hellenic Navy and has served in various types of naval units such as gunboats and frigates, as communications, electronics engineer and deck officer. He is a graduate of the Naval Junior War College and from other naval technical schools. His interests pursuing a Ph.D. are mainly space operations, space maritime surveillance, space law and space politics in the maritime environment. He has written various research papers and articles in national and international journals and periodicals.

Mr. Mantzouris speaks fluent English. He is married with three kids.

 

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 Amalia Kargopoulou

Research on Security issues, Junior Scholar

Editor, Strategic Paper Series Report

 

Amalia Kargopoulou joined Strategy International in 2011. She has graduated from the School of Political Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, during which she was awarded a scholarship of excellence by the State Scholarship Foundation. She continued her studies at postgraduate level in the Department of War Studies, King's College London. She specializes in the research of conflict, security and development and the complex relations between them. Amalia has also working knowledge in four different languages, Greek, English, French and Spanish.

 

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Lt. General (LTG) (Rt) Serafim PAPAPOSTOLOU

Program on NATO Operations.

Strategy International, Senior Scholar Analyst

 

Papapostolou Serafim joined Strategy Internatonal in 2012. He graduated from Hellenic Army Academy in 1975. He served in Armoured and Reconnaissance Units for more than 20 years. He became Commander of the 12th Armor Battalion (1993) and C’ Reconnaissance Battalion (1994-1995) in the borders area of Trace. For one year (1993-1994) he was deployed in North Iraq (Kurdistan), Commander (Suleimaniyah Sector) of UN Guards Contingent (UNGCI). He has served at the Hellenic Army HQs as Staff Officer responsible for the development of Main Battle Tanks fleet (1988-1992) and for Armaments Planning and Procurements (1997-1999). In August 1999 he moved to the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, where he became the senior officer for Operational Planning and Operations in Balkans. He served twice in the Former Yugoslavia, first (1992) as a military observer for a short period in Croatia, and second for one year, in KFOR Kossovo (2000-2001) as a Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of 34th Mech Brigade (Hellenic Armed Forces in Kossovo). After his redeployment, he appointed in Hellenic National Defence General Staff as Director of National Crisis Management Center (2001-2003). Additionally, he has served through staff assignments primarily in operations, plans, and crisis management. His assignments include three NATO tours: one as Military Assistant to Hellenic Military Representative at NATO HQs, Brussels (1995-1997), one with Joint Command South-cent (JCSC) at Larisa Greece (2003-2004), as J5 Branch Chief and his final staff assignment was as Assistance Chief of Staff (ACOS) Support of NATO’s Rapid Deployable Corps (NRDC-SP) Valencia, Spain (2004-2007). His last active duty assignment was Chief of Staff (COS) of C’ Corps/NATO Deployable Corps – Greece (NDC-GR) (2007-2009). He retired from the Hellenic Army on 13 February 2009, after more than 37 years of distinguished service. General Papapostolou is a recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat operations. 

General Papapostolou, Speaks English and Greek.

 

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John Karagiannopoulos

Program on International Strategies & Tactics,

Strategy International, Junior Scholar Analyst

 

Head of Administration of Strategy International since 2011, John Karagiannopoulos is a graduate of Political Science and History from the University of  Sunderland (UK). He also obtained a Masters Degree in Diplomatic Studies from the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Leicester (UK). He has developed a great interest in Public and International Affairs and is actively involved in political affairs within the boundaries of his municipality.

He speaks French and he is fluent in English language.

 

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Eleni Andreou

Program on International Legal Issues/Mediation

Strategy International, Junior Scholar (Cyprus Branch) Analyst

 

Eleni Andreou joined Strategy International in 2012. She is currently complemeting her Graduate studies at the London Business School. He is a graduate student from the University of Nicosia (Cyprus). During her studies holds the position of the Vice-President of the Law Society of University of Nicosia. She is also an active participant for the publication of a legal magazine in Cyprus.She creates and manages a website regarding recent worldwide issues which puzzle the contemporary society. Her interests are in Politics and Law Studies at a global level, with special interest in the Cyprus issue.

Ms. Andreou speaks Greek and English.

 

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Marianthi Karakoulaki CV mini Paragraph
Marianthi Karakoulaki holds a BA in Mediterranean Sciences with a major in International Relations
and Organisations, from the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies. From
September 2011 she attends the University of Birmingham, Department of Political Science and
International Studies (POLSIS) in order to study for an MA in International Relations (Security). She
participated in several NGO’s and is currently a member of “Young Professionals in Foreign Policy”.
While a student at the University of the Aegean she organised for two consecutive years the “Mare
Nostrum Convention” where she also participated as a speaker. She is currently the founder and
editor of the online magazine “The Globalised World Post” (The GW POST). Her main academic
interests include the US Foreign and Defence Policy, the US domestic policy, International Security,
Conflict Management and Peacekeeping.

Marianthi Karakoulaki

Program on International Security & Gender

Strategy International, Junior Scholar Analyst

 

Marianthi Karakoulaki Joined Strategy International in 2012. She holds a BA in Mediterranean Sciences with a major in International Relationsand Organisations, from the University of the Aegean, Department of Mediterranean Studies. FromSeptember 2011 she attends the University of Birmingham, Department of Political Science andInternational Studies (POLSIS) in order to study for an MA in International Relations (Security). Sheparticipated in several NGO’s and is currently a member of “Young Professionals in Foreign Policy”.While a student at the University of the Aegean she organised for two consecutive years the “MareNostrum Convention” where she also participated as a speaker. She is currently the founder andeditor of the online magazine “The Globalised World Post” (The GW POST). Her main academic interests include the US Foreign and Defence Policy, the US domestic policy, International Security,Conflict Management and Peacekeeping.

Marianthi Speaks English, Turkish, Basic Spanish and French.

 

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Zenonas Tziarras

Program on  Peripheral & Global Governance, Relations with Turkey

Strategy International,  Junior Scholar Analyst

SESSTL Editor and Chief Editor for the Strategic Review

Zenonas Tziarras Joined Strategy International in 2011. He is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. His Doctoral research focuses on Turkish foreign policy toward the Middle East. He holds a BA in Mediterranean Studies and International Relations from the University of the Aegean, Greece, and an MA in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK. He has attended specialization courses in International Security at the University of Delhi, India, and training courses in Leadership and Conflict Resolution at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. He has presented papers at conferences in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and the UK.  He has also been research assistant in programs on conflict analysis and resolution, while he has been an intern at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo Cyprus Centre. He co-edits the online magazine “TheGWPost” and writes regularly on Turkish, Middle East, and Eastern Mediterranean political affairs. Personal website here.

 

Zenonas speaks Greek (native), English (fluent), Turkish (basic). 

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Christos Spanomichos

Program on International Law and Conflict Resolution

Strategy International, Junior Scholar Analyst

Christos Spanomichos Joined Strategy International in 2012. He graduated from University of Piraeus, with a bachelor in International and European Studies in 2009. He was an associate, in South and East European Development Centre (SEED Centre) of the Department of Planning and Regional Development of University of Thessaly, in Greece participating in several E.U. Policy based projects. He participated, as an expert, in International and European Policy in fields of Energy, in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patrai. He had his LLM degree in Glasgow’s University focusing, among the rest, in International Disputes Settlement and Foundations of International Law.

Mr Spanomichos speaks, Greek, English and French.

 

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Commander Harvey Scott, US N (retired) 

 

CBRN, Technology and Maritime Issues

Strategy International Senior Scholar Analyst

 

Harvey Scott, Joined Strategy International in 2012. He is a 1975 graduate of the University of Hawaii with a technical background in health physics, CDR Scott began his civilian career with the Nuclear Engineering Department at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard with follow-up assignments as a health physics inspector and senior program manager with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy (DOE) and their National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA).  He also served as a technical staff member at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and upon his return to the DOE was assigned as the Health Physics Manager of their Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Geological Repository facility north of Las Vegas, Nevada.  In June 1984 CDR Scott received his commission in the Navy and during the subsequent 25 years he supported CINCPACFLT, CINCLANTFLT, EUCOM and the US Pentagon. CDR Scott served on active duty for two years at EUCOM. Was on active duty at the US Mission to the OSCE from February 2005 through September 2009. During this period he served as a Military Representative for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sequentially was the Military Representative for the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) headquartered in Vienna, Austria.  In working with the OSCE his areas of engagement included regional and border management and security with a focus on illicit transfer of weapons, drugs, WMD, contraband, counter terrorism and human trafficking in cooperation with OSCE member countries and international organizations. CDR Scott retired as a GS-14 civilian from DOE NNSA in September 2007 and from the US Navy in September 2009 and is an active member of the Health Physics Society.

Commander Scott Speaks English.

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Dr. Anna Cornelia Beyer

International Affairs, Global Governance & Inequalities at War

Scholar & Fellow Strategy International Analyst

Dr. Anna Cornelia Beyer holds a PhD (2010) in International Relations from the University of Hull, UK. She has formerly completed her ‘Diplom’ at the Free University of Berlin, Germany (2003). Cornelia Beyer joined the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Hull in 2007, after lecturing at the Universities of Tuebingen and Koblenz-Landau in Germany.Her research focuses on International Relations Theory (IR), Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, Causes of War and Violence, Global Governance Studies, and Psychology. With regard to the first, she is interested in achieving a synthesis between the major approaches to IR, in particular Realism and Constructivism. On terrorism and counterterrorism research, she takes a critical stance, trying to provide an analysis of transnational terrorism and its relation to US foreign policy. Finally, these two approaches influence her perspective on global governance. In addition, she is interested in the question how inequalities at the three levels of analysis contribute to violence and war, and how global governance can be utilised to reduce inequalities and therefore to promote a reduction in violence. In her recent research, she is attempting to utilize psychological theories and concepts to apply to IR, hegemony, and the causes of war and peace on the international level. Her publications include: ‘Violent Globalisms: Conflict in Response to Empire’ (Ashgate 2008), ‘Counterterrorism and International Power Relations: The EU, ASEAN and Hegemonic Global Governance’ (IB Tauris 2010), and ‘Inequality and Violence: A Reappraisal of Man, the State and War’ (Ashgate forthcoming).

 

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Andreas Dafnos

Program on Extremism and Political Violence

Strategy International Analyst

Andreas Dafnos joined Strategy International in 2013. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Athens University of Economics and Business. He also holds a double Masters Degree from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and the United Nations University, in Public Policy and Human Development, with a specialization in Risk and Vulnerability. In his master’s thesis, he conducted research on the phenomenon of lone wolf terrorism through the case of the Norwegian perpetrator of the 2011 attacks, Anders Breivik. His main academic interests cover the fields of radicalization, extremism and violence.

Andreas speaks Greek, English and German.

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