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Maria Zoi Theoulaki

Director, Humanitarian Dimension

Maria Zoi Theoulaki

Director, Humanitarian Dimension

Maria Zoi is the Director of the Humanitarian Dimension. She leads the Humanitarian Dimension to contribute with analysis and regional perspectives to the work of CYIS on humanitarian threats.

Expertise

security issues, defence, human rights, cybersecurity, migration, sustainability

Languages:

English, Greek

Background

As a recent graduate of the Department of International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus, Maria brings a multifaceted range of interests to the professional landscape, propelled by a deep passion for the European Union (EU), human rights, security issues, and sustainability. Maria has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence throughout their journey, culminating in a Bachelor's Degree in International and European Studies. Their educational focus encompassed policy analysis, strategic studies, European Union politics, international affairs, international law, and conflict resolution. This diverse curriculum has equipped Maria with a comprehensive understanding of the complex dynamics that underpin global and regional governance. In terms of professional experience, Maria served as a Research Assistant at the Hellenic Institute of Strategic Studies, where they conducted in-depth research and analysis on the critical topic of cybersecurity. Their contributions resulted in the publication of a study titled "Cyberpower: The road to new defensive and offensive strategic advantages.". Complementing their academic and professional endeavors, Maria pursued continuous learning through a Professional Education and Training Certificate in Business Analysis at the Athens University of Economics and Business. This intensive program covered critical areas such as system analysis and design, modeling, functional system design, software lifecycle, project management, and Agile/Scrum methodologies. Maria’ s engagement extends beyond academia and work into active participation in conferences, seminars, and Model Regional Co-operation events. These experiences have honed their public speaking, teamwork, and analytical thinking abilities. Noteworthy achievements include an Honorary Mention in the Rhodes Model Regional Co-operation (University Edition) and participation in ThessisMUN. Maria possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills, evident in their role as a Research Team Member at Mercury Negotiation Academy Athens. Here, they contribute to various research activities and effectively fulfill assigned tasks, showcasing adaptability, time management, and attention to detail. As Maria continues to evolve professionally, she remains driven by a commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and a belief in the transformative power of effective communication, sustainable practices, and well-informed policy decisions to shape a better future for our world

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