Yiannis Laouris

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Yiannis Laouris was the key founder of the organization and serves as Chair of the Board. He is currently the head of the New Media Lab and the Neuroscience Lab.

Yiannis Laouris
Yiannis Laouris
Service type Board Member
Previous Key Posts CEO CYBER KIDS
Degree(s) MD, PhD (Neurophysiology), MSc (Systems and Industrial Engineering)
Field(s) of Study Medicine, Neurophysiology, Systems and Complexity Science, Technology, Education, Conflict Resolution
University(ies) University of Leipzig
Carl Ludwig Institute of Physiology
University of Arizona
Specialization(s) Peace Initiatives, Conflict Resolution, Sociology and Technology.

Role in Tech4Peace project

Founding member, together with Harry Anastasiou, Dervis Besimler, Bekir Azgin and Hrach Gregorian.

A business entrepreneur

Yiannis has


The Multimedia Factory

The Multimedia Factory was founded by Laouris, George Vakanas, the Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute and [MISnTED Ltd.]] in 1993 as a software producing company.


Ekkotek-High-tech business incubator was founded by Laouris and [MISnTED Ltd.]] in 1999 following the successful outcome of their application to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism to set up one of the first four business incubators in Cyprus.


Yiannis authored Masks of Demons, a book that exposes stereotypes between so-called "'lifelong"' enemies.


Yiannis received numerous honors and awards throughout the years[1], the most notable being:

  • Summa cum laude for his PhD (1985)
  • Provost Teaching and Medical Awards for innovation in university teaching (1991/92)
  • First Award for Innovation and Creativity by the Employers and Industrialists Federation for CYBER KIDS curriculum (1998)
  • The Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies Award for contributions in systems science (2008)
  • Honorable Mention of the Anna Lindh Award to Future Worlds Center for promoting intercultural dialogue freedom and citizenship (2011)

Key neuroscience publications

Yiannis has over 25 peered reviewed papers in neuroscience and over 65 conference presentations. The full list is available here.

Key publications in the science of dialogic design