Faculty and Staff

Dr Eirini Daskalaki is the Academic Director and Head of Research at ACC Akademia College. She holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), an MA in Intercultural Business Communication from the University of Central Lancashire (United Kingdom), and a PhD in Intercultural Communication and Business Strategy in the Hotel Industry from the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom). Dr Daskalaki has given presentations to international conferences and delivered workshops in Poland, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany and has produced a variety of publications. She lectures on a variety of courses related to business, communication and hospitality, and delivers academic and research workshops to students. Her research interests focus on hospitality management and education, human resource management, training and development, diversity management, intercultural communication and migration. She is an editorial team member and guest editor for the International Journal of Business and Globalisation (IJBG) and an editorial team member for the Journal of Education, Innovation and Communication (JEICOM). She is often invited to act as a reviewer for renowned international multidisciplinary journals and for book chapters for international publishers. She is also the founder and conference chair of the ‘Cultures Conference’.

Dr Costas Photiou is a Hotel Administration Lecturer/Associate Researcher at Akademia College with a specialisation in Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a PhD from Newcastle University Business School (UK) and an MBA from Kingston University Business School (UK) with both theses focusing on HRM related issues within the local banking sector. He also holds a BA in Accounting & Finance from Phillips College (Cyprus). Dr Photiou has published extensively in various papers, conference proceedings and research seminars concentrating on strategy, HRM, employee wellbeing and organizational performance themes across Europe. He is a member of the Academy of Management (USA), the British Academy of Management and the Cyprus Human Resources Management Association and is regularly called upon to review conference papers and conference symposium proposals on HRM related research.


Dr Marilena Paraskeva is an Associate Researcher at Akademia College. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Birkbeck College, University of London (UK), an MSc in Computational Linguistics & Formal Grammar from King’s College London (UK), and a BA in Greek Philology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece). She is a Special Scientist at the University of Cyprus and a Scientific Collaborator at the European University Cyprus. She has previously held the posts of Visiting Lecturer and Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of Cyprus, and Local Consultant at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Cyprus. She has published, among others, in the ‘International Journal of Multilingualism’ and ‘Sociolinguistic Studies’ on code-switching and language and gender. She has presented and talked extensively on linguistics and has also been invited to participate in formal peer reviews on topics relating to bilingualism and multilingualism. Dr Paraskeva was presented with an ‘Exceptional award' during her doctoral studies, in recognition of the student's research progress and contribution to the activities run by the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication at Birkbeck College, University of London (UK).


Efstathios Kolongou is an established Academic Consultant and Vocational Trainer specialising in the area of Hospitality and Tourism Management. He holds a BA in Administration of Tourism Enterprises and is an MA Candidate in Occupational Safety and Health (MSc). He has worked with a large variety of hotels, restaurants, cafes, and academic institutions across the island as a Specialist Consultant and Trainer in the topics of F&B, management, industry software and HR – amongst others. As a member of committees, he has guided on issues including college governance and the environment in relation to sustainable tourism. Efstathios has attended and led many seminars, and has represented various industry bodies at hospitality and tourism exhibitions. His current post is as Programme Coordinator and Lecturer for the Hotel Administration Akademia College.


Yiannis Kouis has extensive experience in Tourism and Hospitality having worked within the industry both with various bodies and high-end hotels and also as an educator on the topics. He holds a BA in Business Administration; an MA in Hotel Administration, a Teaching Certificate and is currently a Dprof Candidate in Employee Motivation. Yiannis held the post of Director of Administration at the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) as well as a Member of the Board of Directors. He has researched and been consulted on many industry papers, as well as having a vast number of articles published with topics that have included sustainable tourism, tourism marketing and alternative tourism – amongst others. He will be the Hotel Administration Lecturer at Akademia College for the academic year 2019/2020, having previously taught and lectured at: University of Nicosia; Intercollege; the Cyprus Ministry of Education’s Hotel Schools and Higher Hotel Institute, and as an instructor for the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus.


Stella Zorpa has a long and established career as an English Language teacher in addition to extensive experience in training other teachers to teach English at all levels. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature; a MSc in Educational Leadership and is a PhD Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction. Stella will teach Professional English at Akademia College for the academic year 2019/2020, and during her many years teaching and training previously worked at state schools in Cyprus and Greece and various private educational institutions. She also worked at the British Council Cyprus for over 15 years as both an English teacher and an IELTS trainer for teachers. Stella has participated in numerous seminars and conferences on diverse topics related to teaching and teacher training, including on new technologies, vocabulary and young learners.


Nicolas Constantinou teaches the Hotel Administration curriculum at Akademia College. He holds a MSc in Strategic Hotel Management from the University of Surrey (UK) and a BA in Business Studies from Leeds Beckett University (UK). Mr Constantinou has worked extensively in the local hospitality industry in the F&B and Management departments with roles including Reservations Assistant & Marketing Manager, Front Office & Duty Manager, and Head Bartender at various hotels. During his time in the industry he obtained numerous certificates for industry-related topics including Food Management, Hotel Marketing and Bartending, as well as participating in Pancyprian bartending competitions, shows and seminars.


Panayiota Koutsfofta is an expert in environmentally sustainable practices and has worked extensively in policy, field work, environmental education, awareness-raising and project management for biodiversity conservation within her role as the Policy and Communications Officer of Terra Cypria – The Cyprus Conservation Foundation. She holds a BSc in Environmental Science; an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation, and an MSc in Education for Environment and Sustainable Development. Published works include the topic of Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning - EU network of Excellence, and she also has extensive research experience within the field, having worked widely on a variety of biodiversity projects. Panayiota will take the post of Lecturer in Hotel Sustainability at Akademia College for the academic year 2019/2020.


Christos Michail is an esteemed language and linguistics expert and has worked extensively in the education, development and tourism sectors, including at private institutions and at the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. He holds a BA and an MA in Pedagogies in the English, German and Russian languages and will be a Lecturer of Russian Language for the Hotel Administration programme at Akademia College for the academic year 2019/2020. Previous notable roles include as managing Director of the Cyprus Institute of Rural Development - Project Coordinator & EU Affairs Manager. Christos has both attended and organised a variety of exhibitions and seminars within the Hospitality & Tourism and the Rural Development industries.


Elena Tsapparila is a language expert in Greek, English and German with a particular expertise in translating having worked at the Cyprus Press and Information Office as an external associate for translation in addition to her teaching experience. She holds an MA in Interpreting and Translation Studies and a BA in German Language & Literature to further broaden her teaching repertoire. She also participated in the Erasmus-Socrates Exchange Program to the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Elena will be a German Language and Literature Lecturer at Academia College for the academic year 2019/2020, having previously taught German at various educational institutions, including the governmental K.I.E. (State Institutes of Education) and Cyprus Adult Education Centres, and at private educational institutions of the region - Xenion High School in Paralimini.


Zafeiro Anastasiou holds the post of Lecturer and Student Support/Welfare – Counsellor at Akademia College. She has a MSc in Educational Psychology from the University of Nicosia (Cyprus), a BSc in Psychology from the University of Bradford (UK), and a GCDF Diploma (Global Career Development Facilitator) from the European Board for Certified Counsellors (EBBC). She has worked as a Psychology teacher & Guidance Counsellor in educational institutions on the island and on research projects covering topics such as ‘Factors Affecting Young Students in Their Career Choice’. Ms Anastasiou has attended regular conferences on Counselling and Career Guidance; has written in the local press, and regularly volunteers to work with various vulnerable groups as part of her welfare activities.


Anastasios Philippou holds the post of Lecturer for the Hotel Management course at Akademia College and is also the college’s Career Adviser. He studied Hotel and Tourist Administration at the International School of Tourism (Belgium) and has in-depth experience in many aspects of hotel management. Anastasios has lectured at colleges; consulted for tourism sector clients and has also delivered in-house training courses at 4 and 5-star hotels across the island in a wide range of industry topics. He has held numerous managerial positions in various departments of high-star hotels in Cyprus, including Sales and Marketing, Conferences and Incentives, and Food & Beverage. Anastasios has organised major tourism exhibitions around the world, as well as participating in them as a representative for the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (now the Deputy Tourism Ministry), and as part of the delegation for the many, local high-star hotels that he held positions in.


Diamanto Anastasiou is responsible for Student Support & Welfare Services at Akademia College. She holds an MA in Digital Media and Communication from the University of Nicosia (Cyprus); a Degree in Communication & Internet Studies from the Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus), and completed a certification for Successful Digital Marketing Strategies to Increase Company Sales from the Social Space Academy (Cyprus). Diamanto has worked extensively in media and promotion as a print, online, TV and radio journalist, and as a Media, Marketing & Communications Officer for various publications, organisations and companies. She has worked on theatre productions in different roles, including production, music, organisation, media and promotion and presented the research of ‘Voices of Cyprus’ - the six-month project for the African Community of Cyprus through the programme “Supporting participatory Community Media and Citizen’s Media literacy in Cyprus”.


Maria Pashia is the Seminar Administrator at Akademia College and is responsible for liaising with hotels and restaurants on the island for the organisation of trade seminars held at the college. She studied Hotel Tourism from the Austro-American Society (Austria), and Hotel Travel and Tourism in Cyprus. Her professional repertoire features a broad range of positions held in the hotel and tourism industry and in private companies, including within the areas of accounting, sales and administration. Maria speaks Greek, English and German.


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ACC Akademia College 

Eleftheria Avenue 116,

Deryneia 5380

PO Box 36118, Deryneia 5386



(+357) 23 010023

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