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Dr. George Yiapanas is appointed by the University of Nicosia as an Adjunct Faculty in the fields of Sports Strategic Management and Sports Marketing. He is the Finance Manager of GSP Stadium in Nicosia, CY, with more than twenty years of experience in the sports industry. He is also a Research Fellow at GNOSIS Mediterranean Institute for Management Science and is actively involved in funded research.

He holds a PhD in Business Administration in the field of Sports Management, an MA degree in Management, a degree in Accounting, and Certificates in Football Management, and in Security Management. He is a board member of the Cyprus Association for Sports Management [CyASM] and a Fellow member of the EuroMed Research Business Institute [FEMAB/EMRBI]. He is further a qualified stadium safety manager and a certified trainer for stadium stewards by the UEFA Stadium and Security Unit. Due to his wide professional and social contribution to sports, and his expertise in the field, he was invited in 2019 -until 2021- to become a member of the Parallel Parliament of Cyprus -a direct appointment by the President of the House of Representatives-. He also served as President of the Cyprus Squash Association for the period from 2010 to 2015.

His primary research interests lie in the areas of strategic management, sports governance, and sports safety management. His professional activities and expertise in the field allow him to take part in various projects and discussion panels. He attended numerous local and international conferences and has published a significant number of scientific papers on sports strategic management

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Sports Management

Nov 2017Nov 2021

Award Date: 14 Jan 2022

Master, Management [with distinction], University of Wolverhampton

Feb 2015May 2016

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

Certificate in Security Management, Global College

Oct 2013May 2014

Award Date: 11 Jul 2014

Certificate in Football Management, Intercollege

Sept 2006May 2007

Award Date: 10 Nov 2007

AAT in Accounting, BPP University

Sept 1996Jun 1999

Award Date: 1 Sept 1999

External positions

Research Fellow , Gnosis Mediterranean Institute for Management Science

Sept 2022 → …

Member of the Internal Quality Assurance Committee , Global College

2020 → …

Member of the Disciplinary Committee , Global College

2020 → …

Member, The Parallel Parliament of Cyprus


Fellow Member (F-EMAB), EuroMed Academy of Business

Aug 2018 → …

Lecturer, Roehampton University

Jun 2018 → …

Board member - Treasurer , Cyprus Association for Sport Management

Oct 2017 → …

Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton

Jan 2017Jun 2018

Program Coordinator (BA in Security Management) , Global College


Program Coordinator (Diploma in Security Management) , Global College


Senior Lecturer, Global College

Oct 2014Jun 2021

Chairman of the Board, Cyprus Squash Association


Board member - Treasurer, Cyprus Squash Association


Board member - Treasurer, Nicosia Squash Association


Finance Manager, GSP Stadium and Sports Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus

Oct 2000 → …


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