Marios believes that education is the most effective tool in promoting economic development in today’s interconnected global market. He is a scholar and an activist who believes that access to good education contributes to the reduction of poverty, the increase of opportunity for a better quality of life and the strengthening of a civil society that creates democratic and peaceful societies. Most importantly, he adores the beauty of cultural diversity and teaches about the necessity of openness to cultural understanding and the promotion of inter-culturalism. He has previously worked as the Director of Grants and Educational Programs at Teachers2Teachers-International and taught at UNC’s Curriculum in Global Studies.

Marios is currently a research associate at the Open University of Cyprus. He earned his Ph.D. in Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Studying in the School of Education’s Culture, Curriculum and Change program, his research focused on Peace Education and more specifically on how unified education systems in conflict and post-conflict countries can foster and promote social peace among their young citizens. As a recipient of the Rotary Peace Fellowship at UNC, Marios earned a Masters in School Administration and Educational Leadership and a Certificate in International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center. Finally, he holds a BA in Science of Education from the University of Cyprus in his native country. Beyond his academic work, his passion in Peace Education is reflected through his work with several NGOs in Cyprus where he volunteered and worked towards building peace on the island.