Dr. Theodoros Tsakiris is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nicosia specializing on the geopolitics and economics of hydrocarbons. In March 2014, Dr. Tsakiris was appointed as a Member of the Board of Directors in the Cyprus Hydrocarbon Company, the National Oil & Gas Company of Cyprus. He is also directing ELIAMEP’s Geopolitics of Energy Program and during 2013-2014 was an Associate of the Southern Europe Programme at the LSE Ideas think-tank of the London School of Economics. In September 2014 he has been appointed by the President of Cyprus to serve at the Presidential Council for Geostrategic Studies a consultative body that advises the President on geopolitical issues. He resigned from both offices in July 2015.
From January to June 2010 Dr. Tsakiris worked with the Office of the Deputy Minister for Energy of Greece as a special scientific advisor focusing on international oil & gas projects. In 2008-2009 he served as the Head of the Policy Making Unit at the Special Secretariat for International Energy Policy of the Hellenic Ministry of Development. Dr. Tsakiris also held policy-making research & advisory positions in the Greek Parliament’s Foreign & Defense Committee, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Greek Ministry of Defense through the Defence Analyses Institute.
Between 2013-2015 Dr. Tsakiris was also part-time lecturing on issues of International Energy Policy at the Diplomatic Academy of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Security College of the Greek Police Academy. He is the author of 14 monographs and over 20 book chapters and articles in English and Greek including publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Comparative Strategy, Foreign Affairs (Hellenic Edition), Perceptions, Journal of Energy Security, Agora Without Frontiers, Journal for Southeastern Europe & Black Sea Studies, and Journal of Comparative Management. Dr. Tsakiris’ work has been cited in academic publications prepared for and published by, George Washington University, King’s College London, the Geopolitics of Energy Project of the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs of Harvard University and the Energy Initiative Program of MIT.