Professor Andreas Theophanous was born in Cyprus on February 14, 1960. In 1980, he went to the USA on a Fulbright scholarship. He received his BA degree in Economics and Political Science (with distinction, baccalaureate) from Susquehanna University in 1983. In the same year he was offered an Assistantship from the Department of Economics of The Pennsylvania State University from which he received the MA and PhD degrees in Economics in 1985 and 1988 respectively. Theophanous joined Intercollege in 1993 (which was recognized as a university in 2007 and was renamed thereafter as University of Nicosia).
He served as Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Cyprus from September 1990 to February 1993. Currently he is the President of the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs and also the Head of the Department of European Studies and International Relations of the University of Nicosia. Theophanous’ areas of interest focus on Cyprus related issues, issues of governance in biethnic and multiethnic societies, EU affairs with an emphasis on issues of integration and political economy.
He has, among other things, also done pioneering work on the economic aspects of the day-after a solution to the Cyprus problem. Recently he was published policy papers on how to deal with the Cyprus economic crisis. He has served on national and international committees dealing with political, economic and research issues. He visited several European, American and other universities and think-tanks as a Visiting Professor, Senior Fellow and/or Guest Speaker. These Institutions include the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Brookings Institution, the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars, the Australian Institute of International Affairs, the Center for European Integration Studies – University of Bonn, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Begin-Sadat Center on Strategic Studies and the University of Tokyo.
Professor Theophanous has published several books and numerous articles on economic and political issues; these include work on the Cyprus problem and its economic aspects, Cyprus-EU relations, EU-Turkish relations and issues of political economy. He has also organized and participated in international symposia, conferences, seminars and professional events, and has been responsible for developing and coordinating several research projects. He is married with Androulla Theophanous and has three sons, Phedias, Andronikos and Evagoras.