Successful stories Cyprus

In this section, successful stories of women in Technology in Cyprus will be shared, in order to inspire young people within their field and beyond.

Konstantina is a medical geology expert and her mission is to help people introduce scientific knowledge into their daily and work life in order to make healthier choices. She studied geology and she was awarded with two Master degrees: Environmental Geology and Environmental Health. For the past 14 years she was working in diverse professional environments: consulting, research and NGO. She is now a freelance researcher and educator and she also runs her own blog and podcast series to inspire women to follow sciences.

SOPHIA PAPASTAVROU FAUSTMANN

Sophia Papastavrou was born in Athens, Greece and raised in Ghana, West Africa by Cypriot parents. Sophia immigrated to Canada where she earned a Master of Arts in Sociology at Queen’s University. She also holds a Bachelor of Education at Brock University and a Bachelor of Art (Hons) in Social Anthropology from York University. She has been a consultant with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Operations for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Croatia. Sophia has been awarded with a PhD from University of Toronto with a focus on Cypriot diaspora, gender and conflict. She is a gender and international development expert who has experience working with the UN, OSCE and CSOs in the MENA Region including internships with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Communications at the UN Secretariat in New York. She recently held the position of Technical Lead at World Vision International, Middle East and Eastern Europe Regional Office, specializing in gender mainstreaming in the humanitarian context, gender capacity building and grant acquisitions for the Region. Sophia is in the final stage of completing her PhD at the University of Toronto, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) on women’s organizing for peace in Cyprus and the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Galatia is a Senior Android Developer, a specialist in computer science, and holds a Masters in Mobile Application Development. She’s already been instrumental in developing a number of apps for the Android platform itself and worked for several years in London with great success in the start-up industry. And now, with the help of fellow woman in tech Melpo Pittara (a specialist in eHealth, Machine Learning and Virtual Reality, and a PhD Candidate of the Department of Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen) she’s launching Women Techmakers Cyprus: a community which aims to ‘connect, empower and encourage each and every single woman in tech to understand and pursue her passion in any technology related field.

Myrto Skouroupathi is a Specialized Environmental Engineer and a member of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK). She completed his postgraduate studies in Environmental Engineering from University College London (UCL) in 2016 and since then, she has worked on community projects related to sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy sources.

In 2017 she started working at the Cyprus Energy Agency, an NGO in Cyprus, as an Environmental Engineer and Office Administration officer. She is involved in European co-funded projects as a technical expert and educator. She is managing a mobility scheme on climate innovation, a project to reduce youth unemployment through green jobs, and provides technical assistance to projects on circular economy, energy efficiency and climate change addressing and adaptation. She is also a climate activist and has been involved in peace building activities in Cyprus.

Christina Shiaelas is a first-generation Cypriot, born and raised in New York City. Christina completed her undergraduate degree at New York University (NYU) where she majored in Mathematics and Political Science. She went on to Columbia University to complete her Master’s degree in Mathematics Education.

Christina worked as a Mathematics Teacher and Technology Integrationist at Convent of the Sacred Heart, a prestigious independent school in Upper East Side, Manhattan. Christina implemented a school-wide paperless classroom through a 1-1 iPad program and worked closely with faculty/students to integrate technology into classroom organization, instruction and projects. She has immense knowledge in Google for Education and Microsoft Education.

In addition, Christina developed a maker’s lab and curriculum where students worked with 3D printers, robotics, circuitry, programming and virtual reality. Extremely passionate about designing curricula that fosters a love for lifelong learning, Christina integrated technology into design-thinking activities as a way to encourage problem solving, critical thinking and resilience in her students.

Christina serves as the Cyprus Liaison to the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Last year, Christina joined The Heritage Private School in Limassol, Cyprus.

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