Nicholas set up ampersand in 2004. Until then he had served as Head of the Press and Information Section and Spokesman of the Delegation of the European Commission in Nicosia and was responsible for the elaboration and implementation of the Enlargement Communication Strategy for Cyprus. Before that he was the London correspondent of the Cyprus Weekly and the Cyprus News Agency, having also worked as production editor for Thomson International’s IFR magazines in London. Between 2000-2004 he lectured on European Affairs at the Cyprus Academy of Public Administration. In 2007 he, Andreas Hadjikyriacos and Pambos Kaskanis founded Offsite, a daily e-newspaper, the success of which resulted in 2009 in the three being awarded the MAN Magazine and Johnnie Walker Man of the Year Award for Journalism. Nicholas contributes to a range of English and Greek language news outlets and think-tank publications and has been a guest on, among others, Radio 4 and World Service news programmes. He holds a Tennis Coach Grade Certificate from the UK’s Modern Tennis International Academy. His book "Knowing One’s Place” will be released on 1 December 2017.
Maria-Christina joined ampersand in March 2011. She is our Media Affairs Editor and an avid writer and journalist. She is a regular contributor to local and European media, while she has previously worked as an intern at the European Commission Representation in Greece, as well as in newsrooms in Cyprus and Wales. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in European Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Manchester, as well as a Master's degree in Journalism Studies from Cardiff University. During the four-year BA degree she also had the opportunity to study in Italy as an Erasmus student for a year. She has a particular interest in languages and speaks Greek, English, Italian, French and Spanish, as well as some German.
Kyriakos joined ampersand in June 2007, where he assumed the duties of Head Media Reviewer and Editor for Media Reviews, and is the resident IT expert. Between 2007 and 2009 he was a frequent contributor to Offsite daily e-newspaper. He holds a degree in International Relations from Boston University with a concentration in Foreign Policy and Security Studies and an MA degree in International Relations from the University of Nicosia. During his studies in Boston he participated in Model United Nations meetings at Boston University as an advisor on strategy and held the position of Director of Activities for the Boston University Hellenic Association.
Tereza is a Marketing and Communications consultant. Since 2009 she works as project manager on campaigns and corporate programmes in Cyprus and Greece. She started working as a journalist in Cyprus in 1990 and after ten years she joined the Bank of Cyprus Department of Communications and PR in Athens as a Media Relations officer. In 2001 she took the position of Head of M&C at PricewaterhouseCoopers Athens and six years later she moved to Advocate/Burson-Marsteller, a strategic communications consultancy, as the Corporate Affairs Director. She has obtained her MSc in European Studies at the LSE and her BA in Political Science at Brandeis University, Massachusetts. Tereza started her collaboration with ampersand in 2013.
Oya Gürel has been an associate of ampersand since April 2011. She has worked for many years in the field of press and communication at institutional and political level having also served as reporter, editor and editor-in-chief of several Turkish Cypriot newspapers. She studied architecture in Ankara at Gazi University.