By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades has appointed the members of the new National Geostrategic Council and the Energy Council.
Heading the National Geostrategic Council, tasked with assessing regional and international politics and advising the president on matters of foreign policy, will be Michalis Attalides, rector of the Nicosia University.
The Energy Council will lead by Dr. Andreas Poullikkas, professor of Power Systems at the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK).
Other members of the Geostrategic council are: Petros Zarounas international relations expert; Kalliopi Agapiou Iosifidou assistant professor of political science at the University of Cyprus and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair for 2001; Antonis Stylianou lecturer of law and head of the law department at Nicosia University; Elena Stavrou doctorate in Middle Eastern studies; Christos Iakovou head of the Cyprus Centre for Studies; Nicos Moudouros–doctorate in Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies; Theodoros Tsakiris assistant professor in geopolitics and hydrocarbons at the University of Nicosia; Constantinos Adamides assistant professor of international studies at the University of Nicosia; Niyazi Kizilyurek assistant professor of Turkish Studies at the University of Cyprus; Marios Efthimiopoulos doctorate in strategic policy; Costas Constantinou professor of international studies and head of the sociological and political studies at the University of Cyprus; Christodoulos Pelagias doctorate in political studies and law; Michalis Kontos political scientist and international relations expert; Manouk Yildidjian, Turkish studies expert.
To the Energy Council, the president appointed; Giorgos Georgiou assistant professor and head of the Centre for Sustainable Energy at the University of Cyprus; Odysseas Christou assistant professor of governance, international law and international relations at the University of Cyprus; Marios Valiantis head of the centre for green energy of the University of Nicosia; Avraam Georgiou senior lecturer of Computer Science and Information Systems at TEPAK- and Georgios Boustras dean of the business administration department at the European University.
Anastasiades also appointed ex officio members to the Energy Council; Eleni Vasiliadou head of the Natural Gas Public Company; Mike Efthimiou advisor to the president in matters of hydrocarbons; Paris Papanastasiou advisor to the energy minister in matters of hydrocarbons.
Anastasiades also appointed former Defence minister Fotis Fotiou as Commissioner for Overseas and Religious Groups, a post previously taken up by Katie Clerides who resigned citing family reasons.