In recognition of the importance and impact of research and innovation on economic growth and societal benefits, the Government of Cyprus has adopted a new research and innovation (R&I) governance system that reflects the necessity to draft and implement an ambitious national strategy for research and innovation. The decision was taken by the Council of Ministers in October 2018, followed by the appointment of the first Chief Scientist in January 2019.

The Chief Scientist is a role assigned within the new R&I Governance System and holds a number of ex-officio roles such as Member of the National Board of R&I (NBRI), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF)  and Chairman of Ministry R&I Coordinators’ Committee. The Chief Scientist is appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus.

The Chief Scientist post was first created in 2019 with the appointment of Kyriacos Kokkinos. The full listing of Cyprus Chief Scientists to date is as follows:

  • Dr Nikolas Mastroyiannopoulos (2020 – present)
  • Kyriacos Kokkinos (2019 – 2020)