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Faculty and staff with global experience

A commitment to diversity and inclusion comes naturally to TIME MBE as a jointly offered program from three European Academic Institutions. Its culture is inherently collaborative and its community comprises students, faculty and staff who come from exceptionally diverse backgrounds, geographies, industries and areas of expertise. Together, this creates a rich, innovative, dynamic environment. The ΤΙΜΕ MBE program is governed by the Directors and five program boards with different tasks devoted to ensure efficient administration and academic quality. 

TIME Directors

The two Time Directors are responsible for managing TIME and for strategic decision-making. Their role is to enhance the ability of the program to achieve its vision and provide high quality business education. They develop and encourage initiatives in all aspects of TIME operations. They help achieve the program's major objectives, and work to resolve or mitigate problems and to address risks. The Directors fulfil a number of representational and organizational roles, including contact with key stakeholders such as, faculty, staff, students, and partnering Institutions.

Prof. Spiro E. Stefanou

Prof. Stefanou is Professor and Chair of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida and also holds a part-time appointment in the Business Economics Group at Wageningen University.  He has been interviewed and quoted by local, national and international news media, including the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Reuters, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), CBS News Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News, Dan Rather Reports and Marketplace.

Ass. Prof. Christis Hasapis

Christis Hassapis is an Ass. Professor at the Dept. of Economics, School of Economics and Management, at the University of Cyprus. He has served, among others, as the Group Chairman of the Bank of Cyprus Group, as a member of the Academic Council of the Economics Research Centre, as a member of the Research Center for Banking and Finance, as the Chairman of the Board of UCy Voice Radio Station, and as a Member of the Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications for Economics. 

Management Board

The Management Board is responsible for the everyday management of TIME, for academic operational decision-making and financial matters. The Management Board ensures that strategic decisions are implemented. This includes overseeing the program, faculty recruitment and retention, teaching quality, research activities, student and participant satisfaction and rankings, ensuring the commercial viability of TIME and optimizing its resources. The Board implements and reviews human resources policies for academic staff, conducts periodic reviews of subject areas and is subject to the internal regulations of partner Institutions. 

Prof. Vangelis Tzouvelekas

Prof. Tzouvelekas is Professor of Microeconomic Theory and Policy at the University of Crete and also holds a part-time appointment in Hellenic Open University teaching in their MBA course. He has received grants from the European Commission, the World Bank, the Greek Ministry of Agriculture, and the Greek Secretariat of Research and Technology to support his past and ongoing research. He has been interviewed and quoted by local, national and international news media, including the BBC International, Greek Public TV, and the regional Creta TV.

Prof. Theofanis Mamuneas

Prof. Mamuneas is the Head of the Economics Dept University of Cyprus and he holds a PhD degree from New York University. He is member of the Council Board of the Panteion University of Athens. He is member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Productivity Analysis and Research Associate of the Centre of Economics Research at the University of Cyprus and Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in Italy.

Prof. Alfons G.J.M. Oude Lansink

Prof. Oude Lansink is the Head of the Department of Business Economics of Wageningen University, which hosts 10 faculty and 25 PhD students. Moreover, he is the scientific director of the Wageningen Graduate school of Social Sciences (WASS). He has published over 200 refereed journal articles and has acted as guest editor of leading international refereed economics journals. He is a visiting professor of the Wroclaw University of Economics (Poland) and holds a courtesy appointment at the University of Florida.

Exams Board

The role of the Exams Board is to supervise and coordinate the exams procedure and it is comprised by two members from the participating Institutions. Additionally, the Exams Committee oversees the Progress Board, whose role is to review marks on the courses completed, to consider whether the students need to undertake some form of re-assessment, and decide on whether they may proceed to the internship stage and the dissertation. The members of the Progress Board, at the end of the academic term, act as a Final Board, which considers student marks and makes decisions as to whether a Masters or a Diploma is awarded.

Ast. Prof. Andreas Panagopoulos

Dr Panagopoulos is an Assistant Professor at the Economics Department, University of Crete, and the director and founder of the TECHNIS think-tank and research group. He holds a Ph.D. from University College London, an M.Sc. in Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a Naval Officers Degree from the Hellenic Naval Academy. In the past he lectured economics both at graduate and undergraduate level at Lancaster Management School and the University of Bristol. He was a lecturer at the European Political-economy Infrastructure Consortium teaching game theory for managers.  

Ass. Prof. Costas Hadjiyiannis

Costas Hadjiyiannis is an Associate professor at the Department of Economics and the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management. He studied Economics at the University of Cambridge (BA 1992, MA 1996) and Business Administration (MBA 1994) and Economics (MSc 1997, PhD 1999) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research interests are concentrated in the fields of International Trade, Environmental Economics and Industrial Organization.  He is currently a member of the Board of the Cooperative Bank of Police and Military Personnel.  

Dissertations Coordinators

The role of Dissertations Coordinators are to appoint dissertation supervisors, and to manage the whole process of dissertation writing assisting the students. In the final stages they approve thesis submission and make recommendation on the examination committee which is appointed by individual thesis supervisors. Two members, one from the University of Crete and one from the University of Cyprus are responsible for this part of the program. 

Ast. Prof. Nikolaos Giannellis

Nikolaos Giannellis is an Ast Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Crete, while he has previously taught at the University of Peloponnese and the University of Ioannina. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Crete and his M.Sc. in Economics from the University of York. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Crete. His research interests are in the broad area of International Finance. He has been a research member in European research projects and he is currently a member of the organizing committee of the “Annual International Conference on Macroeconomic Analysis and International Finance”. 

Prof. Panos Pashardes

Panos Pashardes is a Professor of Economics at the University of Cyprus and Director of the Economics Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. degree in Economics from Birkbeck College, University of London and has previously worked at City University and the Institute of Fiscal Studies, in London. He has served as member of the H.M. Treasury Interdepartmental Committee on Tax Benefit Analysis (1987-1992) and the Council of Economic Advisors to the President of the Republic of Cyprus (2004-2008). He is currently the European Commission Independent Expert on Poverty and Social Exclusion in Cyprus. He has completed a significant number of commissioned reports for the European Commission, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (London), the Cyprus government and other bodies. 

Program Assessment Committee

The Program’s Assessment Committee is comprised of three members with proven ability to perform program evaluation. The role of Program’s Assessment Committee is to assess and evaluate the running of the program. Specifically, Program’s Assessment Committee is responsible for drafting quality indexes that can advise the Directors and the Management Board as to the quality of all aspects of the program. These quality indexes include (but are not limited to), student satisfaction, student employment, student participation, teaching quality and financial issues. These quality indexes are drafted at the end of every academic year. 

Prof. Pantelis Kalaitzidakis

Pantelis Kalaitzidakis is Professor of Macroeconomic Policy at the University of Crete. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. from Columbia University, while he has wroked in the past as a Senior Research Associate for the Center for International Business Cycle Research and the World Bank, His research interest include economic growth and public spendings, labour economics and mathematical analysis.  

Ast. Prof. Nikos Theodoropoulos

Dr. Theodoropoulos is an Ast Professor of economics at the University of Cyprus and he holds degrees in Economics (BSc University of York, MSc and PhD University of Leicester). In his current research activities he examines theoretically and empirically under what conditions firms invest on training their employees under different degrees of product market competition, the relationship between employee human capital and product quality, and the effect of management delegation on firm profitability. He has worked on projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the UK Home Office, the Boston College Centre for Retirement Research, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. 

Marketing Department

The Time MBE Marketing Department aims to conduct a research and identify international trends in the higher education market and specifically in the postgraduate studies of Management and Economics. This research is followed by developing and implementing marketing strategies with the main objective to reach a targeted audience interested in an excellent educational environment.

Nikos Filippakis

Nikos Filippakis is immersed in international digital business with over 10 years of professional experience and specialized in online communications. In 2011, he graduated with a Masters in "Digital Communications, Marketing, and Business" from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he acquired a solid knowledge of digital marketing methodologies. Since then he has been working in the higher education market, applying cutting-edge digital tools for international student recruitment strategies.   

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