Neşe Yaşın | BIO

Neşe Yaşın was born in 1959 in Cyprus. She is a poet well known and read on both sides of divided Cyprus. Her poem called “Which Half?” that she wrote at the age of 17 was composed by the Greek Cypriot composer Marios Tokas and became an icon of identity, an unofficial anthem for a united Cyprus.

She has published eight volumes of poetry, one novel and a research book on literature. Selections from her poetry has been translated to more than 30 languages, published in literary magazines and anthologies in different counties. A selection from her poems have been published in English translation with the title “Rose Falling Into Night”. She has participated in poetry festivals and readings around the world. Among others she has received the Anthias Pierides Award in 1998.

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Antouanetta Katsioloudi | BIO

Antouanetta Katsioloudi was born in Kormakiti in 1951. She graduated the Pedagogical Academy (Teachers Training College) of Cyprus in 1972. She was awarded a scholarship by the British Council and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Preschool Education from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1983 and later, in 1991 she got a scholarship by the University of New York at Albany through the Cyprus Government and got a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology.

She has a life PHD, being the eldest of 12 children of the Joseph’s and Marianna’s Katsioloudi family, with four handicapped members, during the hardest time of the Cyprus History, the occupation of their village and the displacement of the family.

She worked forty years in all levels of Education, from preschool – University and also at the Pedagogical Institute for the In-service training of teachers. She retired in 2011 from the position of General Inspector of Primary Education.

Today she is an active member of the Maronite Community. She is the Chairman of KORMAKITIS TRUST, an Organization for the Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of Kormakitis as well as the National Coordinator of the Cypriot Branch of the Oecumenical Forum of European Christian Women. She is also a volunteer who supports the Day Care Centres for multi-disabled adults and raises funds for the ‘MICHALIS KATSIOLOUDIS’ Model Rehabilitation Centre for adults with hereditary spastic quadriplegia.

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Flora Alexandrou | BIO

Flora Alexandrou is coming from Famagusta, Cyprus, and she is a graduate of the University of Perugia (Italy) in Language Mediation Sciences. During her stay in Italy, she studied also foreign languages and journalism. Flora speaks, Italian, Spanish, English and French. Working since 2003 as a Correspondent of Spanish News Agency (EFE), the state news agency of Spain, she covers various aspects of life in Cyprus, including politics, business, technology, energy and sports.

Her interest focuses on social effects of the Cyprus problem. Before journalism, Flora worked as an instructor at the Cyprus Police Academy for the Italian and Spanish languages as well as a translator/interpreter.

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Rita Severis | BIO

Rita C. Severis was born in Nicosia. She studied Philosophy, at University College, London University, (BA Hons); received the Diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism and a PhD in History of Art from the University of Bristol.

Her work experience includes two years at the Press and Information Office in Greece with special assignment to the Presidency (1975-77). She subsequently returned to Cyprus where she ran her own antiques business (1977-2000) and was representing Sotheby’s in Cyprus and Greece (1987-1999).

Since 2000 she has been working as a freelance consultant on antiques and works of art and a freelance researcher, writer and lecturer. Her research interests include, travel writing and travel literature through the ages and subjects related to art in Cyprus, art and politics, art and identity and art and travel. She also works with publishing unknown travelogues on Cyprus and bringing to light unknown representations of the island. She firmly believes and works on the reconciliation platform by using culture and art as a tool for bringing the island’s communities together and points to peaceful coexistence from the past for the future.

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Antonella Mantovani | BIO

Antonella Mantovani was born in Limassol in 1971. She was raised a Latin Catholic following the tradition of her father’s Italian family origins, while her mother’s family is Armenian.

She attended the Foley's Grammar and Junior school in Limassol before gaining her degree from the University of Cambridge and completing her postgraduate studies at the College of Europe in Belgium.

After an internship in the European Commission, she returned in 1996 and has since been working in the family company, A.L Mantovani & Sons Ltd, mainly looking after its Travel & Tourism departments.

She is fluent in Greek and English, comfortable in Italian and competent in French.

In May 2016 she won the seat of Representative of the Latin Community in the parliamentary elections.

She is married with one daughter.

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