VASIA MARKIDES Greek-Cypriot, Director and Founder of The Famagusta Ecocity Project, Filmmaker; Artist and Filmmaker; A painter originally, Vasia turned to filmmaking in 2003 when the Turkish army slackened the checkpoints separating the north and south parts of Cyprus. In 2008, she completed “Hidden in the Sand”, a chronicle of her mother’s hometown under Turkish occupation, which now remains off limits within the six square kilometer fenced off ghost district of Varosha. “Hidden in the Sand” has screened in venues and festivals across the U.S., Puerto Rico, Germany, Cyprus, Turkey, and Portugal. As a video producer, Vasia has worked with clients such as Oxfam America, Global Nomads Group and other human rights organizations. After launching the Famagusta Ecocity Project and directing a documentary about the effort, her team’s work gained worldwide media attention (CNN, BBC Magazine, BBC Outlook, Associated Press, Huffington Post, National Geographic, Boston Globe, ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, and TedX Limassol). In addition to working on her personal projects, she freelances as a videographer, video editor, and video journalist in Maine, New York City, and Cyprus.
ARMANDO GARMA-FERNANDEZ Assistant Director/Producer and co-founder of The Famagusta Ecocity Project; Architect, Animator, Filmmaker. Before diving into the world of documentaries, animations, and motion graphics, Armando spent the last six years as an architect specializing in restoration and renovation.
EMILY MARKIDES Greek-Cypriot and FAMAGUSTA NATIVE; received her doctoral degree in Counselor Education at the University of Maine, her MA in German Literature and a second MA in French Literature. She used to teach French and German courses and now teaches on the environment. She has also served as a Commonwealth Peace Consultant in Cyprus. Emily’s areas of special interest are the creation of sustainable and EcoPeace communities, spirituality, and permaculture design which melds ecology, agriculture and human settlement. She wrote her dissertation on Complementary Energetic Practices: An Exploration into the World of Maine Women Healers. She has written articles on “Creating a Stable World Peace,” “From Poetry to Community Building,” and “Energetic Healing and its Correspondence to Eastern Orthodox Spirituality.” The ideals that have inspired her work over the years, in terms of both theory and praxis, have been in the area of institution building. She has pursued those ideals in Cyprus by becoming the founder of a Women’s Studies Center/Peace Center and the International Eco-Peace Village. She also helped to launch a new program in Peace Studies at the University of Maine and served as its first Interim Director from 1988-91. Since 2004 she has founded and served as President of ESTIA, The International EcoPeace Community (www.estiamaine.org). Emily is committed to issues of personal, social and global change, spirituality, peace and ecological sustainability.
JAN WAMPLER BS in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (1963) and Masters of Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design (1963); Distinguished MIT Professor of Architecture, Fellow at the American Institute of Architects, renowned designer of sustainable communities worldwide. Recent work of Jan Wampler includes two new cities in Jinean, China, urban design in Tangshan, China and buildings in several Chinese cities. His latest projects include the Hope for Haiti, a design for a self-sustainable village, a design studio in Havana, Cuba and he is currently designing parts of new cities in Southern China. Wampler’s articles and buildings have been published in a number of architectural magazines. These include: “La Puntilla,” Progressive Architecture; “L’Emprette,” L’Architecture D’Aujourd’hui, May/June 1975; “Boston Architecture”, Andrea Leers and Alex Krieger, A&U, V. 222, March, 1989; “Thinking the City” exhibition; “Designing for Special Populations,” Architecture, January, 1987; “A Village in a House,” Space and Society, June 1984. He also authored a book in 1976, All Their Own, People and the Places They Build, the Schenkman Publishing Company, Cambridge, MA, 1976. He recently exhibited his work of the last twenty five years at MIT entitled “Open Strings for e – Search on the Journey.”
FIONA MULLEN Economist & Director, Fiona Mullen has been providing independent economic analysis to an international audience for over 20 years. She founded Sapienta Economics Ltd in 2006 and co-founded Strata Insight energy advisory in 2012. She has been the Cyprus contributor for the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) since 2001 and the economy consultant to the United Nations Good Offices mission since 2008. Prior to living in Cyprus Mullen was Senior Analyst and Director of the flagship Country Reports at the EIU. She was the Senior Analyst from 2002 until 2006 at the Financial Mirror. Mullen has written extensively on Cyprus and frequently cited in international media.
CEREN BOĞAÇ Turkish-Cypriot FAMAGUSTA NATIVE and current resident. Architect (Bachelors) & Environmental Psychologists ( Master of Science and PHD). Former visiting scholar at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. Her specific areas of expertise are architectural psychology, environmental meaning, environmental design, socio-architecture and place attachment studies. She has given lectures related to interplay between human beings and their surrounding environment for more than 10 years. She has published on the topics of environmental meaning and place attachment studies at both national and international levels. She is also involved in many civil society projects based on ‘human rights’ which were funded by the European Union and worked as project coordinator on a project that took place in London & Brighton & Manchester /UK, Brussels / Belgium and Malta / Malta which covered a 2 year period. She conducted research about ‘intercultural dialogue’ and ‘active learning’ in Prague/ Czech Republic that covered 1.5 years. She is a board member of The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism, INTBAU Cyprus Chapter. www.cerenbogac.com
NEKTARIOS CHRISTODOULOU is an urban planner and a PhD Grant Holder at the University of Cyprus. He graduated first in his class from the Department of Planning and Regional Development at the University of Thessaly, (2010) and then continued for postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge where he obtained an MPhil in Planning Growth and Regeneration (2011). He has participated in numerous urban projects in Cyprus and he is currently working on his PhD thesis entitled “Planning in Contested Cities: The case of Famagusta’’.
BERNARD AMADEI Diploma of Engineering (1977) in Applied Geology from the School of Applied Geology and Mining Engineering (Ecole Supérieure de Géologie Appliquée et de Prospection Minière) MS from the University of Toronto in 1979 and was awarded a doctorate (PhD) in civil engineering (1982), University of California, Berkeley. Founder of Engineers without Borders (USA), Professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado, and former director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a recipient of the Hoover Medal.
Rocha Medal (1984) from the International Society for Rock Mechanics. 2007 Hoover Medal. The 13th Heinz Award in the Environment (co-awardee), 2007 Membership in the National Academy of Engineering (United States) (2008) for “the creation of Engineers Without Borders, leadership in sustainable development education, and research on geomechanics.” 2009 Award of Excellence from Engineering News-Record for founding Engineers Without Borders (USA). The Obama administration, following up the president’s announcement of the program in Cairo, named Mr. Amadei one of three Scientific Envoys appointed by Secretary of State Clinton in November, 2012.
CHRISTINA ELIA Greek-Cypriot Architect; BA (Hons) in Architecture from the University of Brighton, UK and MSc in Architecture and Sustainability from KU Leuven (LUCA) University in Belgium. Her master thesis focused on ecological architecture and urban sustainability; “The Transformation from a Highway to a Sustainable Urban District”. After her graduation, she was part of a team working on the architectural competition for the medical school building facilities of the University of Cyprus. She is currently working at an architecture firm in Larnaca. She is also a member of the Board of the Cyprus Junior Chamber International.
MICHAEL LOIZIDES Greek-Cypriot, Chairman of the Board of Directors of ISOTECH Ltd since 1998. Dr Loizides is a Chemical and Environmental Engineer. Michael graduated from the National Technical University of Athens in Chemical Engineering and obtained his Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London. He received his PhD from the National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering. Since 1990 he has worked as external associate of National Technical University of Athens and as Environmental Engineer in several research projects. He has been a scientific coordinator in more than 40 EU funded projects (LIFE, Leonardo da Vinci, 5th-6th-7th EU Framework for Research, MEDA and other), international funded projects (eg by UNEP, UNDP, USAID), transnational projects (eg DAC projects), national research projects (eg Cyprus Research Foundation) and private funded projects in the field of waste management, Environmental Impact Studies, ISO 14000, Safety Management and Community Annoyance. Michael provides technical consultancy in several municipalities and communities in Cyprus on waste management and community issues. Since 2005 he has cooperated with the University of Cyprus as Research and Teaching Fellow, teaching final year Civil and Environmental Engineering students the environmental part of their capstone design project.
DESPO THOMA Despo is an Urban Designer at One Architecture + Urbanism in New York City. She holds a Bachelor‘s and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University as a Fulbright Scholar. At Columbia, she was awarded the GSAPP Prize for excellence in Urban Design for the most outstanding body of work. Despo has taught at Columbia GSAPP’s Urban Design program and has been a Guest critic at Parson’s New School of Design, City College of New York and Columbia GSAPP.
At One Architecture + Urbanism, Despo focuses primarily on coastal resilience and environmental adaptation. Her primary focus are the two coastal resilience projects that came out of the Rebuild By Design winning proposal BIG U/Dryline that reshape the future coastline and urban environment of Lower Manhattan. Most recently, Despo was selected as one of the Design Research Fellows of the Institute for Public Architecture to research and design on the topic of Live/Work for the Workforce.