Dr. Alexandros Lordos

SeeD Head of Learning and Innovation 

Dr. Alexandros Lordos has a wide range of experience spanning over the past 15 years, in the private sector, non-governmental sector and in government, integrating multiple viewpoints and developing innovative evidence-based solutions, for instance the Participatory Polling approach for conflict transformation in divided societies. Alexandros has published numerous articles and research reports, such as: "A People's Peace in Cyprus: Testing Public Opinion on the Options for a Comprehensive Settlement" (2009) with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS). Alexandros is one of the founders and a Research Director of the Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development (SeeD). In this capacity, he has been a key figure behind the conceptualization of the “Social Cohesion and Reconciliation” (SCORE) Index as well as its implementation - so far - in Cyprus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Nepal, Ukraine (country-wide), and currently in Eastern Ukraine, Liberia and Moldova. Alexandros completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Cyprus.

Contact email: lordos@seedsofpeace.eu


Dr. Ilke Dagli

SeeD Head of Operations

Dr Ilke Dagli has a degree in European and International Politics from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, and completed her MSc in Security and Development at the University of Bristol. She has been working closely with CSOs and SMEs in Cyprus as a project coordinator, project developer, consultant and facilitator since 2006. She co-authored and coordinated myriad local projects such as The Civil Society Dialogue Project, Cyprus Community Media Centre initiative, Access Info Cyprus Project and Play for Peace Project and was closely involved with the ENGAGE Do Your Part for Peace project as a facilitator. Ilke recently completed her PhD on “Securitisation of Identities in Conflict Environments and its Implications on Ontological Security” at the University of Warwick, where she has been teaching World Politics since 2013. She has acquired several research grants for her fieldwork including one from International Peace Research Association Foundation (IPRAF). Ilke is also a Migration Fellow at the Institute of Migration, Turku, Finland and has been a Country Expert for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) joint initiative of the Department of Political Science, The University of Gothenburg, Sweden and the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame, USA since January 2015. Ilke, who started working as the Senior Researcher for the SDI in October 2016, transitioned into the SeeD Head of Operations position in April 2017.  

Contact email: dagli@seedsofpeace.eu 


Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sozen

Cyprus Strategy and Policy Advisor

Prof. Dr. Ahmet Sözen has been working in the field of peacebuilding and democratization processes over the last twenty years. He has participated in first-track peace-negotiations in Cyprus, has been actively involved in second-track peace and democratization initiatives, has been providing training and education in the areas of conflict resolution, mediation and peacebuilding and has designed policy recommendations based on objective participatory research with the societal stakeholders and polling. In his capacity as SeeD Research Director, he was involved in the initial consultation and conceptualization of the SCORE Index. Apart from his Research Director position at SeeD, he is a Professor of International Relations and at Eastern Mediterranean University, Director of the Cyprus Policy Center and member of the Greek-Turkish Forum. He is a PhD holder in Political Science from the University of Missouri- Columbia (USA). Sözen has published extensively on the Cyprus conflict. He has given dozens of invited speeches on conflict resolution – including two TED talks (TEDxNicosia 2012, TEDxEMUniversity 2014) and the Cyprus conflict in various countries and he frequently appears on both local and Turkish media, as well as international media, such as Al-Jazeera and BBC, where he comments on world events.

Contact email: sozen@seedsofpeace.eu 


John Christopher Louise

Head of Global Engagement 

Before joining SeeD Christopher Louise worked for the United Nations and NGOs for 25 years, specialising in peace and security policy. During his UN career he led major projects designed to support participatory peace-making and good governance efforts in the Balkans, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past 15 years he has advised country-level UN leaderships and governments on strategies for enhancing reconciliation, deepening good governance and building national peacebuilding capacities. In 2017 he negotiated and wrote the authorised text of the Liberia Peacebuilding Plan, requested by UN Security Council resolution 2333 (2016) to direct the role of the UN in supporting the country’s transition process. Christopher helped pioneer the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) Index in Cyprus and to integrate the SCORE method into UN planning and policy-making. He is the author of several published articles on peace and development and has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.

Contact email: louise@seedsofpeace.eu

Assoc. Prof. Giorgos Kentas

Cyprus Policy Advisor

Giorgos Kentas (PhD Vrije Univeriteit Brussel, 2009) is Associate Professor (tenured) of International Politics and Governance at the University of Nicosia and Director of a Graduate Program in Public Administration. He is a member of the Nordic International Studies Association and national representative to the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA). He is board member of the Security and Defense Academy at the Defense Ministry of Cyprus. He teaches Governance and Strategy in the Police Academy of the Republic of Cyprus. He served as a member of the EU Consent and FONET, two research groups funded by the European Commission. He also worked with the European Council on Foreign Relations on EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy. He taught at the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Nicosia. He participated in a number of research projects in Cyprus and abroad. He published in peer-reviewed journals and written and/or co-authored five books. His latest book is titled "Security in the context of a Cyprus settlement" (Livanis, 2013). Currently he works on a book on Strategy Planning in Public Organizations and he pursues research in regional cooperation in Eastern Mediterranean.

Contact email: kentas@seedsofpeace.eu 

Sophia Papastavrou Faustmann

Gender SCORE Specialist

Sophia 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.

Contact email: papastavrou@seedsofpeace.eu

Karin Schuitema

SeeD Researcher

Karin Schuitema obtained her master’s degree in archaeology of the Near East (with a focus on Mesopotamia and the Levant) as well as Mediterranean Archaeology (with a focus on Greece) at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She has been working on several archaeological and ethnographic projects in Syria, Egypt, Greece and Turkey. Additionally she has been working as a visual artist (painting, photography and ethnographic film).  She was employed on project basis, as a project researcher and a lecturer respectively at Leuven University (2009/2010) and VU University (2010). Between 2011 and 2015 she was employed as a staff member and researcher at the NIT (Netherlands Institute in Turkey) based in Istanbul, where she set up and carried out an oral history research project, in cooperation with researchers and students of Turkish and international universities, about the heritage of Tophane, an Istanbul neighbourhood, in a political, social, ethnographic context and on different levels, ranging from the individual inhabitant to the larger implications of city planning in Istanbul and Turkey’s politics thereby using ethnographic, participatory and visual methods. During her time in Istanbul she was also volunteering for several grass root initiatives, focusing on migrants and refugees. She has been a project-based assistant, coordinator and as a lecturer for NISIS (Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies) and LUCIS (Centre for the Study of Islam and Society) between 2015 and 2016. Her research interests have always revolved around the Eastern Mediterranean and themes such as heritage, history, politics, identity, migration and visual methods.

Contact email: schuitema@seedsofpeace.eu

Jeannine Suurmond

SCORE Senior Learning and Innovation Officer

As Senior Learning and Innovation Officer, Jeannine Suurmond develops new applications of the SCORE Index, strengthens institutional learning and practice, and performs as SCORE country specialist with a focus on Asia. In addition to her work for SeeD, Jeannine provides trainings on healing, mediation, and reconciliation to various organizations including the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia, where she is based. She is an advisor to the Cambodian Institute for Mediation and to Women Peacemakers Cambodia. From 2011 to 2016, Jeannine worked as peacebuilding advisor for GIZ in Nepal, advising the Nepal government and running ex-combatant integration, reconciliation, and community mediation programs in collaboration with the NGO Pro Public. As part of a research project on infrastructures for peace, Jeannine implemented the SCORE Index in Nepal. Prior to that, she worked for Kreddha: the International Peace Council for States, Peoples and Minorities, providing mediation support for track 1 and 2 intra-state peace processes in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. She also consulted for the Conflict Research Unit of the Clingendael Institute and co-founded the Pax Ludens Foundation for Training and Research in Conflict Resolution in the Netherlands. Jeannine is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication in Albuquerque, USA, and a PhD candidate at the Center for Conflict Studies and Human Rights, Utrecht University. She has an MA degree in Culture and Religion Psychology from the Free University of Amsterdam and various certificates in peacebuilding and mediation. Her publications encompass articles in academic journals, policy papers, and newspapers, on topics including mediation, restorative justice, and infrastructures for peace. 

Contact email: suurmond@seedsofpeace.eu 

Oksana Lemishka

Eastern Europe SCORE Specialist

In 2017 Oksana Lemishka completed MPhil studies at the University of Cambridge with specialization in Sociology of Media and Culture. Her research interests lie in the role of soft power tools in transnational dialogue with special focus on the EaP countries. Since 2009 Oksana has been teaching at the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, Ukraine, cognitive linguistics being her primary research field. In parallel, Oksana has initiated and managed educational-cultural projects in Ukraine, TED Inspired Interdisciplinary Conference and Ukrainian Summer School (Kramatorsk), to name a few. Currently, she occupies the position of Eastern Europe Regional Specialist at SeeD implementing SCORE peace building projects in Ukraine and Moldova. She is an active member of the Cambridge Society of Ukraine and an alumna of Chevening Scholarship of the UK government.

Contact email: lemishka@seedsofpeace.eu

Alexander Guest

Data Analyst & Data Team Coordinator

After working in astronomy, media analysis and wooden toy-making, Alexander has turned his attention to quantitative research and data analysis. His past work includes analysis of observational data from the CHANDRA X-ray space telescope and of textual data from Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot newspaper articles about the Syrian refugee crisis, which strove to introduce quantitative methods to the humanities. As well as supporting the data analysis team at SeeD, Alexander in exploring the channelling of new datastreams from both traditional and social media into the SCORE. He speaks Greek well and Turkish badly. He is passionate about quantitative research, data analysis and visualisation, political engagement and activism, and Cypriot rapprochement.

Contact email: guest@seedsofpeace.eu

Dr Derya Dilara Akguner

Urban Cohesion SCORE Specialist

Dr Derya Dilara Akguner is an urban social cohesion and resilience expert, and the research, development, and innovation head for several government, research and private institutions globally. Derya Dilara is a research associate for the Centre for Global Research, and the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, where she also teaches at the School of Global Urban and Social Studies. She was also an Endeavour Scholar, (Australian Government – Ministry of Education Award) working on her post doctorate project on Social Connectedness - Sharing and Re-creating Urban Public Spaces in Global Cities and is now working on several urban issues relating to diversity, security, sustainability, resilience, and social connectivity in global urban public spaces. 

Contact email: deryadilara@seedsofpeace.eu

Meltem Ikinci

Learning and Innovation Officer & SCORE PVE Specialist

Meltem Ikinci is a MSc holder in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from University of Manchester. Her dissertation research focused on the role of civil society in promoting good governance reflecting on Turkish Cypriot perspectives. Over the past 7 years, Meltem has participated in several bi-communal initiatives focused on peacebuilding, reconciliation and conflict-resolution. She is currently working as the Resilience and Fundraising Advisor of SeeD, for facilitating cross-programme learning, ‘weaving’ among SeeD’s various projects and support their implementation. This involves contributing to the development of the policy briefs for SCORE Cyprus, Ukraine and Liberia Projects as well as complementing the outreach efforts and stakeholder engagement in SCORE Cyprus and Ukraine Projects. In addition, Meltem has worked as a short-term expert in a feasibility study as part of the EU-funded Technical Assistance Project called “Civic Space”, implemented by B&S Europe in collaboration with the European Commission, with the aim of providing a comprehensive assessment of the sustainability of bi-communal projects in Cyprus.

Contact email: ikinci@seedsofpeace.eu 


Spyros Christou

SeeD Admin and Finance Officer

Spyros Christou is the Administration and Finance Officer of SeeD. He studied Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has previously worked as research executive for Nielsen, performing research in the region of North Africa, Central Eastern Europe and Middle East. Christou has been an executive board member of the Association for Social Reform (OPEK) and the Secretary of Cyprus Peace Council – Limassol Branch.

Contact email: christou@seedsofpeace.eu 


Demetra Kallitsi

SeeD Administrative Assistant

Demetra Kallitsi completed her MA in Fine Arts at The University of Brighton, 2013 and a BA in Visual Arts at the University of Salford, Manchester, 2012. As a visual artist, Kallitsi has participated in solo and collaborated art performances, group exhibitions, artist residencies and workshops in Cyprus, Germany, Malta, Italy and the United Kingdom and has collaborated with various artists from around the world. In 2017 she served as the Financial Manager for PRWeile Studio, Berlin, Germany, in 2014-2016 as the Cultural Officer at ARTos Cultural & Research Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus and in the year 2013 as the Museum Coordinator for the Loukia & Michael Zampelas Art Museum, Nicosia, Cyprus. She currently holds the Administrative Assistant position at SeeD. Kallitsi has coordinated, organised and participated in various conferences and training courses in the fields of culture, research, innovation and social impact in Cyprus, Greece and Germany.

Contact email: kallitsi@seedsofpeace.eu