They support our Institute’s actions and policies. They advise us and publish as well their work through our platform. They take part in our programs and can take part at our International Annual Conference but also private seminars and training missions.

They Are:

  • Alan Henrikson

    Strategic Advisor

    Professor Alan Henrikson Fulbright Professor, EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies Department

    Alan Henrikson is Fulbright Chair in US-EU Relations at the College of Europe during 2010-2011. He is Director of Diplomatic Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he teaches US diplomatic history, contemporary US-European relations, global political geography, and the history, theory, and practice of diplomacy. He has taught “American Foreign Policy Making” at the European Commission in Brussels. During the Spring of 2003 he was Fulbright/Diplomatic Academy Visiting Professor of International Relations at the Diplomatische Akademie in Vienna. He also has been Lloyd I. Miller Visiting Professor of Diplomatic History at the US Department of State, Visiting Professor at the National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo, and United Nations Development Programme Visiting Professor of Diplomatic History at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. Professor Henrikson received Ph.D., A.M., and A.B. degrees in History from Harvard University. He also is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he read Philosophy-Politics-and-Economics at Balliol College as a Rhodes Scholar. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He also has been an Associate and Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. His current research focus is the diplomacy of the US-EU relationship, in the larger context of relations between the United States and Europe in the world.

  • Sharyl Cross

    Strategic Advisor

    Sharyl Cross, Distinguished Professor & Director Kozmetsky Center, St. Edward’s University & Global Policy Fellow, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    St. Edward’s University & Global Policy Scholar at the Kennan Institute/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She held previous appointments as Professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany & Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dr. Cross has extensive teaching & publication experience in international relations with area concentrations on Russia/Eurasia & South East Europe. She is currently working on her next book with Paul Bolt entitled China, Russia, & Twenty First Century Global Geopolitics under contract with Oxford University Press.

  • Elias G. Carayannis

    Strategic Advisor

    Professor Elias G. Carayannis Professor Business School, The George Washington University

    Dr. Elias G. Carayannis is Full Professor of Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as co-Founder and co-Director of the Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI) and Director of Research on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, European Union Research Center, (EURC) at the School of Business of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Carayannis‘ teaching and research activities focus on the areas of strategic Government-University-Industry R&D partnerships, technology road-mapping, technology transfer and commercialization, international science and technology policy, technological entrepreneurship and regional economic development. He has consulted for a wide variety technology driven organizations in both government and the private sector, including the World Bank, the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the US Agency for International Development, IKED, the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program, the National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program, the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM), the USN CNO Office, Sandia National Laboratories‘ New Technological Ventures Initiative, the General Electric Corporate Training & Development Center, Cowen & Co, First Albany International and others. For more information please see:

  • Farid Mirbagheri

    Strategic Advisor

    Professor Farid Mirbagheri Chair of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    SM Farid Mirbagheri received his BA and PhD in International Relations from Keele University, UK. He is currently Professor of International Relations at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, holder of the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies (sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation) in the same University and the executive director of the Diplomatic Academy in Cyprus (affiliated to the University of Nicosia). His writings cover Cyprus, the United Nations as well as Islam. His latest book on War & Peace in Islam: A Critique of Islamic/ist Political Discourses is out by Palgrave.

  • Kostas Lavdas

    Strategic Advisor

    Professor Kostas Lavdas European Politics, Panteion University

    Kostas A. Lavdas is Professor of European Politics at Panteion University. He was previously Professor of European Politics and Director of the Centre for Political Research and Documentation (KEPET) at the University of Crete, where he also served as Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Personnel and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

    Born in Athens in 1964, he studied political science, political sociology, public policy and international relations in Athens, the UK (at London School of Economics and the University of Manchester), and the USA (at MIT). He has published extensively in English, German and Greek on European politics, transatlantic relations, Greek politics and policy, comparative interest group politics and applied political theory. He has taught (as a Professor, an Associate Professor and a Senior Lecturer) and researched (as a Senior Research Fellow and a Research Associate) at several universities and research centers in Europe and the USA. In 2007-2009 and again in 2014-2016 he was the Constantine Karamanlis Professor of Hellenic and European Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA, and in 2009 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, UK.

  • Nikitas Nikitakos

    Strategic Advisor

    Professor Nikitas Nikitakos Professor, University of Aegean

    Professor. N. Nikitakos is a graduate of Hellenic Naval Academy (1980) and holds a B.Sc. in Economics (University of Piraeus 1986) and 2 M.Sc. from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA (M.Sc. Electrical .Engineering. and M.Sc. in Appl. Mathematics). He spent 25 years as Naval Officer (Captain H.N. ret.) when he participated in several NATO and EU committees. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (1996). He is Professor of Shipping Informatics and Communications and was Head of the Dept. of Shipping Trade and Transport at the University of the Aegean (2006-2010). He has participated mainly as coordinator/principal researcher in several European and defense related research projects. He was AMMITEC’s (Association of Maritime Managers Information Technology Electronics and Communication) president from 2006-2010 and currently President of Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime law in Rhodes. He holds 3 international patents on renewable energies at sea and he was awarded from Lloyd’s List and EU on Maritime Technological Innovation in 2006 and 2008 respectively. He is a Hellenic Chamber of Shipping consultant participating mainly in NAV and COMSAR IMO subcommittees. He has published 5 books and many articles to referee international journals and conferences.

  • Valbona Zeneli

    Strategic Advisor

    Valbona Zeneli Professor National Security Studies Marshall Center Germany

    Dr. Valbona Zeneli is professor of national security studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Born in Albania, Dr. Zeneli is an economist with an interest in international economy, marketing and international security politics. Her academic credentials are in the field of economics, and she holds a doctor of science degree in political economy from the University of Study of Bari, Italy. She earned a postgraduate diploma on international marketing from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and graduated with honors in business administration from the University of Bologna, Italy. She is a graduate of the Marshall Center’s Leaders Program in International and Security Studies and is actively involved in the George Marshall Center Alumni Association, Albania as a board member. She is also a graduate of the Executive Education Program at Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Zeneli has served as economic advisor to the Albanian ministers of defense and economy, and as chief of protocol and economic advisor to the prime minister. She has also worked for several Albanian private companies as an international relations adviser. She started her academic career in 2003 as a part time lecturer at the Albanian-Italian University Our Lady of Good Council in Tirana; then at the New York University of Tirana and later as a full time lecturer at the European University of Tirana. Dr. Zeneli’s current research and writing interests are in the area of international economy, foreign direct investments, and the importance of the quality of institutions for development in the transition economies. She is fluent in Albanian, Italian, and English and has good knowledge of German.

  • Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou

    Strategic Advisor

    Stephanie Laulhe-Shaelou

    Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou has been actively involved in teaching, research and knowledge transfer in Europe for the past fifteen years. Based in Cyprus for most of her career, her teaching and research focus primarily on multiple aspects of European law in an interdisciplinary setting, with a particular focus on fundamental rights including in times of crisis and their future development. She has lectured, researched, supervised and transferred knowledge at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in several universities throughout Europe including in the UK. French born and educated in Law and Linguistics (two separate degrees, University of Paris), she then went on to do her LLM and PhD in Law in the UK (University of Leicester), in the broad area of EU law and European integration. She joined the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) upon its creation, in September 2012 and has played an increasingly important role in the University’s development ever since, culminating with the responsibility of Head of the School of Law and research and quality assurance lead for the University since 2016. Since June 2017, she is a Professor of European Law and Reform. She supervises numerous LLM dissertations as well as PhDs in fields related to her own research including on the financial crisis, migration crisis, Brexit studies and other current issues in EU law. View her full academic profile at

    She demonstrates international standing in the field of European/EU law through the production of numerous peer reviewed outputs, key external academic and professional appointments, memberships, collaborations, research outputs/publications, editorial work and grant capture, all in the field of European/EU law with a particular emphasis on fundamental rights and crisis implications (constitutional rights, socio-economic rights, human rights in troubled territories, EU citizenship and fundamental freedoms, EU values, EU withdrawal scenarios, etc) as well as other current institutional, social, economic, political, governance and ethical issues pointing to the need for reform at the EU and/or national level. This is completed by evidence of international standing in her professional development in an interdisciplinary setting through her creating and/or belonging to professional bodies/NPOs and her continuous active engagement and impact both at the national and international level on the proper application of EU law, the protection of fundamental rights and dispute resolution including through her role as a certified mediator since 2017. She also currently belongs to networks of experts at the academic, professional and EU level. She is an expert for the European Commission for the programme ‘Europe for Citizens’ of the DG Migration and Home Affairs, as well as for the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission, Marie Curie individual fellowship programme (MSCA-IF), where she reviews proposals by high calibre researchers in her fields of expertise. She is trained and certified in conflict resolution and mediation and is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She has secured and managed significant resources on behalf of higher education institutions and the European Union and planned from their very inception and implemented projects attached to her person and expert profile in the field of EU legal studies (Jean Monnet Actions) and innovation (Horizon 2020, Swafs). She is a certified Data Protection Officer since 2018. She also significantly contributes through her research and innovation and entrepreneur work to economic, social, community or cultural engagement projects and continuous professional development (CPD), including with policy-makers and professionals, both in Cyprus and in the rest of Europe. She is one of the founding members and directors of the non-profit organisation ICLAIM (Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Alternative and Innovative Methods) which is used as a social enterprise vehicle for social and community projects having an impact on the society (see From June 2018 to June 2019 she is a Cherie Blair Foundation Mentee under the Women in Business Mentoring Scheme as a Founder and Director of ICLAIM.

  • Despoina Afentouli

    Strategic Advisor

    Despina Afentouli, Strategic Advisor at Strategy International

    Mrs. Afentouli is the Public Liaison Officer for NATO for Southeastern Europe and Greece. She is a former Journalist at the Kathimerini Newspaper of Greece. Amongst her much primary and secondary and internationally known journalist work, Mrs Afentouli is an honorary member of Strategy International, from its day of start. Mrs Afentouli is a leading member and advisor of the Scientific Board of Strategy International.

  • Jasminka Simic

    Strategic Advisor

    Dr. Jasminka Simic, Balkans, Security and Political Science

    Jasminka Simic is a journalist and Editor in the National Radio and Television of Serbia. She holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Belgrade, in issues of Euro-Atlantic integration, from the Department of International Studies, University of Belgrade. She holds a Masters of Political Sciences, experting in European Integration and European Parliament, Decision making process, from the faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade and a BA (hons) from the faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. She Published the following books: European Parliament – An Actor In the Decision – Making Process of the European Union“, Službeni glasnik, Belgrde, 2010. In Search of a New Mission : NATO and the Yugoslav Crisis 1990-2001“, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade, 2010. Published articles such as Legislative Procedure of the European Union“ (1996), Challenges facing NATO IN THE 21st Century” in Journal “International problems”, Belgrade, (2009), NATO’s engagement in the former SFRY, 1991-2001” in Journal “International affairs”, Belgrade, (2009), She is also a participant in importance international conferences organized in Belgrade: Lectures on issues : „The International Security“, „Serbia’s European perspective“, „NATO in the New Era“: at the Faculty of Humanistic Science, Belgrade. Ms. Simic speaks English & French.

  • Igor Okunev

    Strategic Advisor

    Dr. Igor Okunev Vice-Dean, Associate Professor Moscow State Institute of International Relations

    Dr. Igor Okunev, Ph. D. in Political Science, Vice-Dean, Associate Professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Associate Professor at Higher School of Economics (Moscow). He received his M.A. (summa cum laude) in Intercultural Communication from St. Petersburg State University, holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He is the author of two books: “Federalism and language policy” and “Geopolitics and microstates” (both in Russian). He is the executive editor of a Russian journal «Comparative Politics». He has publications in Russian and English on political geography, geopolitics, federalism studies and comparative politics. He serves as program coordinator of the Research Committee on Geopolitics at International Political Science Association and board member of Russian Political Science Association.

  • Dimitrios K. Matthaiou

    Strategic Advisor

    Dr. Dimitrios K. Matthaiou Doctor, PhD University of Crete

    Dr. Matthaiou is a medical doctor in the Department of Internal Medicine at “G. Gennimatas” General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece. He conducts research on the field of Infectious Diseases. Born in Thessaloniki in 1978, he graduated from the Medical School of the University of Ioannina, Greece. He is a PhD holder on Infectious Diseases at the Medical School of the University of Crete, Greece. He is also an MBA scholarship student in the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He has published extensively in top international peer-reviewed medical journals concentrating on Infectious Diseases. His papers have received numerous citations. He also has given lectures and presented many papers in international and domestic conferences and received awards for his research work. He is an associate editor in BMC Infectious Diseases and reviewer in several peer-reviewed medical journals. He belongs to the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, in which he is a founding member of one of the society’s study groups, and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Dr. Matthaiou (MD) speaks Greek, English & German.

  • Sotiris Serbos

    Strategic Advisor

    Dr. Sotiris Serbos Foreign Policy, Assistant Professor, University of Thrace

    Dr. Sotiris Serbos is Assistant Professor in International Politics at Democritus University of Thrace, in Greece. Born in Thessaloniki in 1976, he graduated as full-scholarship student of Anatolia College. He studied International Relations at the University of Macedonia (BA), the London School of Economics & Political Science (MSc) and the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (PhD). He has worked as special advisor/expert in the Ministries of Defense (Institute for Defense Analyses), Foreign Affairs (Centre for Planning and Analysis), Economy & Finance (Management Organization Unit for Community Support Framework), Macedonia & Thrace and the University of Sheffield (South-East European Research Centre). Before joining Democritus University he taught as adjunct faculty, Public Administration and Policy at the Hellenic Open University and International Relations at the American College of Thessaloniki. His publications concentrate on international organization and European integration with emphasis placed on foreign policy analysis via the EU’s enlargement policy in South-Eastern Europe (Turkey, Western Balkans). Research interests also include Greek and Turkish foreign policy. Dr. Serbos speaks English & German.

  • Miltiadis Sarigiannidis

    Strategic Advisor

    Dr. Miltiadis Sarigiannidis International Law, Assistant Professor, Aristotle University

    Dr. Sarigiannidis is Assistant Professor in International Public Law and in International Relations at the Law Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was a member of the Department of Liberal Arts where he lectured in International Politics and was a member of the Department of Business and Economics where he lectured in International Business Law. He has presented papers at national and international conferences, and has published in the field of international law and politics. He holds a Jur.Dr. in International Public Law, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, M.A. in International Conflict Analysis, University of Kent at Canterbury. LL.M. in International Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & LL.B., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests are in International Public Law, Peace and Security, Conflict Analysis. He is a member of the Hellenic Company for International law and International Studies Association. He participates with presentations in international and national conferences and publishes in Greece and Internationally his academic and professional work. His interests amongst others include History and Philosophy of Public International Law, the United Nations System and International Conflict Resolution Management Operations and Dispute Settlement. Dr. Sarigiannidis speaks English & German.

  • Alexandros Alexiadis

    Strategic Advisor

    Alexandros Alexiadis Advisor to Business, Economic & Diplomatic issues

    Alexandros Alexiadis is a first councelor for Economic and Commercial Affairs. He was the head of the Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs of Greece in Israel, in Tel Aviv (appointed in October 2012). His last position was at the office of Economic and Commercial Affairs for Northern Greece, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic. He holds a Degree at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in French Literature. He holds a Master’s Degree in Communication of Organizations from Charles Sturt University, Australia. After finishing his military obligations, he entered and successfully graduated from the Department of Commercial Attachés of the National School of Public Administration. In 1993, He was a member at the Centre of International and European Economic Law in Thessaloniki, while with parallel duties at the Commercial and Industrial Chamber of Thessaloniki. In 1995, he was Vice Counselor for Commercial & Economic Issues at the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, Australia. In 1999 he became a First Secretary for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of Greece in Warsaw, Poland. In 2003, he was, the Second Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs and the Head of the Office for Economic and Commercial at the Consulate General of Greece in Johannesburg, RSA. In 2006 he became the Second Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs and Head of the Office for Economic and Commercial Affairs of Northern Greece, Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2007, he became the Second Counselor of Economic and Commercial Affairs and Director of the Office of the Deputy Secretary General for International Economic Relations & Economic Cooperation of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2009, he became the First Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs and Head of the Office for Economic and Commercial Affairs of Northern Greece. Mr Alexiadis Speaks English & French