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. In September 2014 he was 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.

Since 2011 he has been directing ELIAMEP’s 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. He holds a Ph.D in Strategic Studies (2008) from Panteion University of Athens and a M.A (2002) in International Security from Georgetown University where he studied under a Fulbright Scholarship. He has also received scholarships from the EU and the Leventis and Voudouris Foundations.

From January to June 2010 Dr. Tsakiris worked with the Office of the Deputy Minister for Energy of Greece as a special scientific adviser 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 3 monographs and 31 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, Journal for Southeastern Europe & Black Sea Studies, Mediterranean Quarterly, and Journal of Transnational 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.

Dr. Tsakiris is a regular commentator on energy policy issues for SKAI TV & SKAI Radio, SBC Channel 7 and Athens 9.84 Radio. He has also been interviewed by or written op-eds on issues of international energy for Le Monde, Deutsche Welle, El Mundo and Gazprom’s bi-monthly publication Blue Fuel. He has a regular column on the Greek energy portal www.energypress.gr and the Sunday edition of Cyprus’ biggest daily newspaper Fileleftheros www.philnews.com