Born in Cyprus, an island with an intriguing and complex linguistic scenery, Andia has always been fascinated by languages.
Her parents inflicted her passion for languages, as her mother speaks Hungarian and her father, who is in love with classic languages taught her Ancient Greek and Latin from a young age.
For as far as she remembers herself, she was curious as to why people spoke differently than one another, and was enthralled by the way people spoke in different areas of the island.
At the age of 17, she noted down unknown words to her from the Cypriot Greek dialect in a notebook she still carries with her! Back then she even tried to create her own alphabet of the dialect, which did not, until then, have a written from.
She is currently a PhD candidate of Linguistics at the University of Cyprus. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Cyprus, but her passion for languages did not stop there.
She proceeded with a second Bachelor’s Degree in Turkish and Middle Eastern studies, with a major in History and Politics and a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics. She currently works as an English teacher at the Ministry of Education and Culture and she is also an accredited examiner for official English examinations.
Being an active citizen is top priority for her, as she believes that the endeavour to empower people to change things that affect them is significant.
She is currently a Member of the Educational Council of European Youth Parliament representing Cyprus and she is the Vice President of the University of Cyprus Alumni Association.
She is also a science communicator and gives lectures and workshops for children and young adults. In 2016, she participated in the national competition of Famelab Cyprus, where she was nominated as a runner-up.
Her research interests revolve around the areas of Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics with focus on Language Acquisition and more specifically bilingualism and bidialectalism, language policy and language contact, especially between Cypriot Greek and Cypriot Turkish.
Antonis Alexopoulos is a PhD holder in Sport Sociology and currently teaches at the European University Cyprus’ and Frederick University’s Sport Science and Physical Education Programs.
He is also the President of the Cyprus Physical Education and Sport Sciences Association. Besides his scholarly activity, Dr. Alexopoulos has been involved in several activities for Social Change.
He took part in public debates and discussions on matters of secularism, science communication and critical thinking, as well as the stigma and stereotypes of mental disorders. He is a member of the Human Library Cyprus and speaker in Movember Cyprus, regarding mental health in men.
Elia Kouzari is a Senior Advisor II in Management Consulting at KPMG Cyprus and a PhD candidate at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.
Her field is Software Engineering, investigating Process Mining and Software Process Improvement.
She has worked as a Lecturer of Computing at a number of local colleges and universities, including the European University Cyprus and the Cyprus Mediterranean Institute of Management.
In the context of her job, she has been able to collaborate with organizations such as Eurostat, the IMF and the European Central Bank to help establish international standards for better systems integration.
In addition, she has been involved in numerous projects of prominent organizations in Cyprus providing guidance and solutions for their digital transformation and establishment in the local market.
Elia is a member of various organizations and professional bodies in Cyprus related to her field and among the experts of the SheExperts platform of the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in the field of Information Technology and Computing.
She received a BSc in Information Systems from the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Cyprus.