Dr. George Theocharides is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM), a Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT), and a Director at Goal Portfolios Ltd. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Cyprus Blockchain Technologies Ltd, a non-profit organisation established as a collaboration among academic institutions, local regulators, financial institutions and banks, as well as other technology associations and companies. Dr. Theocharides serves as the Programme Director of the MSc in Financial Services at CIIM and Chairman of the Board of Management of The English School, Nicosia, a selective and highly prestigious secondary school. Currently, he is also a member of the Training/HR Committee of the Cyprus Investment Fund Association (CIFA).
In the past, he served as a member of the Interim Board of Bank of Cyprus, chairman of the Recapitalisation Committee, and member of the Audit Committee and CISCO Ltd, a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), as well as a Board member of the Cyprus-Kuwait Business Association. Dr. Theocharides holds a B. Eng. (Hons) degree in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (U.M.I.S.T.), an M.B.A. degree (in Marketing and Venture Management) from the University of San Diego, as well as a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Arizona. Before joining CIIM he spent almost four years as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea. Prior to that, he served as an International Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management between August and December 2006.
Dr. Theocharides research and teaching interests are in the fields of fixed-income markets, investments, international finance, and derivatives. He has provided numerous in-house and open seminars in finance-related topics in Cyprus and abroad. He also appears regularly on TV and radio programs and is a frequent contributor to local newspapers, magazines, and internet media outlets on issues related to the local, regional, and world economy.