The Home for Cooperation Team


  Marina Neophytou


Neophytou Marina | Director

Marina Neophytou joined the Home for Cooperation in January 2014. She holds an MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology and a BSc in Operational Research/Management Sciences from the University of London School of Economics and Political Sciences in London. Her previous experience includes Managing Director at GMT+2 Media, co-founder and president of the board of the Urban Gorillas NGO; Cyprus, Department Head of Online Lead Generation and Digital partnerships at Omnicom Media Group; London, Consultant at Towers Watson; London and Operational Research & Techniques tutor and teaching assistant at the LSE; London. Her experience lies in project management, digital performance media, communications, strategic campaign management, human capital and strategic rewards consulting. Marina is passionate about community building projects, intercultural participation and the use of creative means in bringing people and ideas together. Being an active member in several networks, she has been participating in finding and researching ways to boost the value of Arts and Culture across Europe through professional networking and collaborative projects.




Lambrou Lefki  | Programs Officer

Lefki Lambrou joined the Home for Cooperation team as employee in January 2014 and she has been supporting the Home as volunteer since it's openning in 2011 . She studied Political Science and Public Administration (BA), Public Relations(MSc) and she holds an MBA. During her studies she volunteerd in various NGO's and youth clubs in Athens . She returned back in Cyprus in 2011 and her previous experiance includes Administration Officer at Consulate of Kenya in Cyprus and Cyprus Turism Organization and Account Manager at Socailway e-Services. She is a very active member of the civil society for many years. She is invovled in many bi-communal initiatives in Cyprus such us Cyclists Across Barriers, What's On, Agridaki Youth Initiative and more with the aim to allow all communities to engage and have the opportunity to share, communicate, meet and present their culture, history and projects. 


Hayriye Ruzgar



Ruzgar Hayriye  | Communications Officer

Hayriye Rüzgar is part of the Home for Cooperation team since August 2016.  She studied Political Science and International Relations (BA) at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and Political Communication (MSc) at the University of Amsterdam. During her studies, she volunteered in various public administration institutions in north Cyprus and she was highly active in Cypriot student organizations abroad, leading many initiatives. She returned Cyprus in 2015, when she joined Kıbrıs Developments as Executive Assistant to the Marketing Director. She then joined Home for Cooperation as the communications officer.  Hayriye has extensive communication skills and media planning and she is quite experienced in PR campaigns as well as responding to events and media.



 Spyrou Marilena | Operations Officer

Marilena Spyrou is part of the Home for Cooperation team since June 2016.  She studied Public Relations with Marketing (BA) at Phillips College in Cyprus and Tourism Management (MA) at the Brighton University. Her previous experience includes Campaign Manager at GMT+2 Media, Public Relations, Communications at Urban Gorillas NGO.  She joined Home for Cooperation as the operations officer. She is experienced in financial management such as book-keeping, payroll and budgeting and she is responsible for the daily operation of the organization, and routinely reports.




The Home Cafe Team





Heracleous Lefkia | The Home Cafe Manager 

Lefkia Heracleous joined The Home Cafe team in 2014 as a part-time barista and since the summer of 2016 she has been managing the cafe. She holds a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics and an MEd in Communications, Media and Technology.  Her experience in the service sector goes back to her student years in Cyprus, Scotland and later on in Greece where she owned her own restaurant and was head of the kitchen. Lefkia has always been an active member of civil society associating with many groups and communities in support for human rights and in protection of the environment.




Bullici Okan | Barista

Okan Bullici became a part of The Home Cafe team in February  2018 as a part-time barista. He is Summer 2018 graduate on Psychology. He is planning to pursue a career as a Psychoanalyst after his specialization on Clinical Psychology and psychoanalytical training.  He was working at several different cafés trough out his university years. So it makes 5 years of experience so far! Okan is a founding member of Envision Diversity Association that promotes LGBTI and Human rights. Advocacy, grass-root activities and mental health outreach are the main activities of the association. The association has founded in 2015.




Gurel Munevver | Chef 

Munevver Gurel joined the Home Cafe team as a chef in January 2018. She holds a Diploma in Culinary Arts from Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, a BSc in Business Management from Girne American University, Kyrenia and an MSc in Gastronomy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh/Scotland. Munevver also works as a Senior Lecturer at Eastern Mediterranean University while working part time at the Home Cafe. She lectures on World Cuisine Cultures, Food Production, Kitchen Management and Traditional Cypriot Cuisine. She also works on projects related to the field of Gastronomy and follows-on innovations within the field.  Munevver is passionate about food and its power for bringing people together, she strongly believes that the Bicommunal Cuisine of Cyprus is unique and could be used as a connector to unite the Cypriots. She also conducted a research on Bicommunal Cuisine of Cyprus as a part of her masters studies and looking forward to further work on this subject.  



Karagozlu Emel | Barista 

Emel Karagozlu has joined The Home Café family in 2017 and has been working as a part time Barista at the café. She has studied at Durham University in England and is holding a BSc Business and Management degree of two years. Currently she is studying Business Administration at Eastern Mediterranean University. She is an active member of a political and cultural NGO and is supporting animal welfare NGO’s on North. She has been dancing as a folk dancer for 14 years and is doing amateur theatre. 




Loucaidou Maria | Cook

Maria Loucaidou joined the team of the Home For Cooperation in 2014. She started working as a barista at the Home Cafe and from September 2017 she is one of the two cooks whi create the food and sweets served at the cafe.

Aside her work as a cook Maria works as a sugar artist, decirating cakes and sweets. Before joining the team of the Home Cafe, Maria has worked as an architect after finishing her studies in Architecture and Design in London. 



Yalcuk Feray | Barista

Feray Yalcuk joined the Home Cafe team in August 2016 as a barista. She studied Accountancy (BAcc Hons) at Dundee University, Scotland and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Robert Gordon University, Scotland. She was working as a journalist at Yenidüzen-United Media Group before she started working with us. Feray has always been an active person in the sphere of politic in Cyprus. 


The Home for Cooperation Governing Board 



 Akansoy Erbay  | Member

Erbay Akansoy is the president of Humanitarian Relief Mission (HRM). HRM was founded in 1998 and coordinated the relationships between UNOPS and later UNDP with the Turkish Cypriot Community. At the time of UNOPS and UNDP-ACT, HRM participated and chaired the Programme Steering Committee for the Turkish Cypriot community. HRM currently is one of the two administrative partners that supports the Secretariat function of the Cyprus Dialogue Forum. Erbay has been the president of HRM since 2013. He is the co-coordinator of the Cyprus Dialogue Forum who has previously worked extensively for conflict transformation with political and non-political actors in Cyprus. Within this context, he has also worked with key actors from other conflict countries specifically from Palestine, Israel, Germany, Northern Ireland, Lebanon, Syria, Burma, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He is a devoted peace activist who believes in the power of dialogue and provides research and facilitation assistance and support to the political and non-political actors within the community.  He has a political science background with a MSc in European Management from ESC Rouen. 



Eskidjian Salpy  | Member

Salpy Eskidjian is one of the architects and facilitators of the Religious Track of the Cyprus Peace Process under the Auspices of the Embassy of Sweden (RTCYPP) based in Nicosia Cyprus and serves as the Executive Director of the Office of RTCYPP based at the Home for Cooperation, Nicosia-Cyprus. Salpy has served as Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor on peace and security for the Church of Sweden, Norwegian Church Aid, DanChurchaid based in Sweden. She has provided consultancy services to different international and national bodies including the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  From 1995-2005 Salpy worked for the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Church based in Geneva, Switzerland where she served as Programme Executive on International Affairs, Peace and Security (responsible for Middle East Policy, Disarmament and Peace building).  In 2005 she was appointed Special Representative of the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches to Jerusalem.  From 1989 -1994 Salpy served as Programme Executive on Justice, Peace and Human Rights for The Middle East Council of Churches, Headquarters based in Beirut-Lebanon and Limassol-Cyprus.  Salpy holds a Master’s diploma on Human Rights and Diplomacy from University of New South Wales, Australia, a Post Graduate Diploma from the Graduate Institute in the Hague on Development and Human Rights, BA (Hons) Sociology and Criminal Justice, The George Washington University, Washington D.C USA. 



 Inancoglu Evren | Member  

Evren Inancoglu holds an MA degree in Organizational Behaviour/Organizational Psychology from the Institute of Social Sciences of Marmara University in İstanbul and a BA degree in Economics from Anadolu University, Turkey. Evren has long been actively involved in Cyprus’ civil society and bi-communal initiatives, and since 2015 has been a member of the bi-communal gender equality technical committee. He has completed trainings in conflict resolution and gender at the Clingendael Institute in the Netherlands and at the National Action Plan Academy on Women, Peace and Security co-organized by the OSCE  in Vienna. Since 2004, Evren has worked  in the anti-corruption council in north Cyprus. He has also been writing articles for some periodicals and short stories for some magazines that are published  in Cyprus and  in Turkey.



Pachoulides Kyriakos | Member

Founding member of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, has been serving the organization since 2003 as members of its Governing Board. He has studied pedagogical studies and psychology and holds a PhD in Social Psychology. He is a primary school teacher while since 2008 is seconded to the Office of the Commissioner for Children’s Rights in Cyprus.Dr. Pachoulides combines successfully his educational background, his professional experiences and social activism, contributing for many years to the development of an inter-communal peace movement in Cyprus through his work with the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research and the Home for Cooperation. A passionate peace and human rights supporter Dr Pachoulides has dedicated his life to the promotion of long term and sustainable peace in Cyprus and the establishment of a culture of cooperation and trust among the two main communities constitutionally established on the island.