Members of the Board

Chair

 Dr Andriana Michaelidou, MBBS BSc MRCP

Secretary

 Dr Achilleas Lazarides, BSc PhD, PKS Fellow

Treasurer

 Ms Penelope Christophorides, BSc Economics, financial adviser


Legal team

Director

Leto Cariolou

Leto was called to the bar in England & Wales (2007) and Cyprus (2003). She specialises in human rights and criminal law. She regularly acts as expert consultant and trainer in human rights and criminal justice for the OSCE, Council of Europe, and European Union projects. She has also worked as Legal Officer for the European Court of Human Rights, the Chambers of the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

Simona Florescu

Simona is a qualified attorney and member of the Bucharest Bar Association. She is currently a PhD researcher at Leiden University in international family law and children’s rights. Simona previously worked as a case lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights and lecturer at the University of Utrecht. She has an LL.B in Romanian law, an LL.M in Comparative Constitutional Law from the Central European University, Budapest, and an LL.M. in European Law from Radboud University, Nijmegen. She is the author of many scholarly articles and a contributor to the Handbook on European Law Relating to the Right of the Child, published by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.

Öncel Polili

Öncel is a qualified attorney, member of the Nicosia north Cyprus Bar Association and founding partner of Ledra Law Office. Öncel holds an LL.M on Human Rights Law from City University London. He is the author of various reports on human rights in northern Cyprus including reports on the rights of missing persons and their families, the rights of disabled persons, LGBT rights, the rights of refugees, as well as various publications on the reconciliation of the two communities in Cyprus.

Anushka Sehmi

Anushka is an attorney admitted to practice in the state of New York. She holds both an LLB and LLM from the London School of Economics and most recently worked at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in Arusha, Tanzania. Prior to this she worked with the Legal Representative for Victims in the case of The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta before the International Criminal Court.


Project managers

Projects and Grants Manager

Marina Thomopoulou

Marina holds a BA in Ancient History and Social Anthropology and an MA in Anthropology of Art and Visual Culture from University College London.

Marina has worked as Project Coordinator for ‘Thales and Friends’ and Head of the International Missions Unit of ‘Medecins du Monde’ in Greece. In this capacity she was in charge of several international missions including distribution of humanitarian aid for tsunami victims in Sri Lanka and Sumatra and provision of medical relief for victims of the conflict in Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine. In addition, she lectures on a regular basis at the Medical School of the University of Athens on Humanitarian Aid Missions. She has also participated as scientific researcher in the following documentaries.

The more you speak, the more you cry- A documentary for Pomaks of Rhodope Mountains” by D. Kitsikoudes;

A documentary by Aliki Danezi-Knutsen on the opening of the UN crossing points in Cyprus in 2004.