Xenia I. Loizidou

Director

Xenia I. Loizidou is a graduate of the Civil Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens (Hydraulics Section, Harbour and Coastal Works Laboratory) and of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine of London (MSc, DIC in River, Estuary and Coastal Engineering). Since 1990 she has been working with issues relevant to Integrated Coastal Zone Management, coastal erosion control, coastal adaptation to climate changes, decision support systems, peace-building and blue growth.

She has been a member of several European and international expert groups and networks as executive coastal engineer and Integrated Coastal Zone Management expert and she has cooperated with international organizations and entities from more than 40 countries. She was executive coastal engineer at the Coastal Unit of Public Works Department in Cyprus (1992 – 1999) and since 2000 is the co-founder and Director of ISOTECH ltd Research and Consultancy (www.isotech.com.cy). She holds several offices: she is one of the founders and since 2000 Member of the Board of Directors of the NGO AKTI Project and Research Centre (www.akti.org.cy) active in the area of environment, education, peace keeping, social inclusion and awareness raising, she was for 8 years the first Chair-woman of the Environmental Committee of the Cyprus Chamber of Engineers (1997- 2002), she was Ambassador of Integrated Coastal Zone Management in Greece for the European Network of Coastal Research (2007-2011), she is a Member of the European Jury of the QualityCoast Award etc.

Since January 2014, she is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus), and since September 2015 she is an appointed Member of the Board of Directors of the Oceanographic Institute by the Senate of the University of Cyprus. Since July 2015, she is the appointed Greek Cypriot Chairwoman of the Technical Committee for Gender Equality within the peacebuilding negotiations for Cyprus. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious “Iconic Women in Business Contributing to a Better World” award by the All Ladies League during the Women Economic Forum 2016, New Delhi, India, and she also received the “Stelios Bi-Communal Award” by the Stelios Foundation for her work on using marine litter as a peacebuilding tool in Cyprus. In honor of the International Women’s Day 2014, she was named by the European Parliament’s Office in Cyprus as one of the ten Cypriot Women who are:  “active, dedicated and tireless. An inspiration to all of us”. She is the first Cypriot woman to become a member of the Women in Leadership Europe Network (WIL).  She is the author/ co-author of more than 40 published papers in Scientific Journals and International Conferences, of books (e.g. IPCC publication) and of more than 100 published Technical Reports. She has a strong presence in Cypriot Mass Media and newspapers. She is married to Panagiotis Thanassas, and she is the mother of their two daughters: Leda and Maria.

Personal contact: xenia [at] isotech [dot] com [dot] cy