Professor Soulla Louca has received her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1994 from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She has participated and coordinated numerous projects including National Science Foundation (NSF- USA), Research Promotion Foundation (RPF-Cyprus) and European; has served as a reviewer for various international conferences/journals and has been invited several times as an evaluator for the Framework programs of the European Commission. In 2006, she was appointed by the RPF-Cyprus to represent Cyprus in the Domain Committee for ICT for the European program COST (www.cost.eu ) and in June 2008, she was elected the Chair of the Domain for the 36 Member States of COST. Her mandate ended successfully in September 2014. Main duties were the evaluation and monitoring of the ICT Actions, which bring together more than 3000 researchers in areas like e-Society, Information Security, Networks, Nanotechnologies, etc. She is one of the first academics to get involved in blockchain technologies (2014) when she assumed the responsibility of the Blockchain Initiative at the University of Nicosia. The Blockchain Initiative has designed and developed the first MSc worldwide in Digital Currency, the technology for publishing academic certificates on the blockchain (http://block.co/ ) and organized several events including Decentralized 2017 (www.decentralized.com ). She is a professor in the Management & MIS Department as well as the Director of the Blockchain Initiative at the University of Nicosia.

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