Doctor Honoris Causa

Prof.Stefan Popov, PhD

Prof. Stefan Popov is the first awarded the honorary title “Doctor Honoris Causa” of European Polytechnical University. He was born on 5 July 1936. Prof. Stefan Popov is a Professor at EPU, a founder and head of “Architecture” major. He has taught architecture and has been guest-lecturer in Istanbul, Houston, Blacksburg, New York, Berlin, etc. He has won many architectural competitions, as well as insignia of honor from the American Institute of Architecture. Prof. Popov has been a laureate of national and international awards. He has special scientific interest in the field of methods of architectural design and training. He has more than 250 projects implemented and more than 90 scientific publications and reports. One of his most famous monographs is “Methods of Architectural Design” (1983) and “The Dwelling Place as a Pleasure” (2009).


Dr. Ghaith Ghanim Al-Suwaidi

Dr. Ghaith Ghanim Al-Suwaidi is an intellectual, lecturer, academic leader and public figure of worldwide significance. He was born on 3rd July 1973 in the Kingdom of Dubai. He was awarded Doctoral’s degree in political science from the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Al-Suwaidi started his professional and civic experience at the Human Rights Department of the Kingdom of Dubai, and later on, he headed the first government and secular human rights institution in the Middle East – a model highly appreciated by the United Nations. Presently, Dr. Al-Suwaidi is  Head of the largest Academy of Dubai and he is the President of Zayed Foundation for educational projects. At the same time, he is Chairman of the Human Rights Department of the Kingdom of Dubai and a member of the High Council of UAE, the equivalent of the Council of Ministers. Dr. Al-Suwaidi is an innovator and bearer of the idea of global regulations on human rights as an instrument against isolation and any type of discrimination. The cause for which he pays for his efforts and funds arises from his understanding that all people are entitled to a better quality of life. He developed a unique model for the exchange of best international practices, which could lead to sustainability of democratic change, including new public attitudes in defense of human dignity. For his contributions to the University’s mission to establish itself as an international academic center with a multinational student community of different ethnicities, religions, and cultures, on June 11, 2011, the Academic Council awarded Dr. Ghaith Ghanim Al-Suwaidi the title ”Doctor Honoris Causa” of the European Polytechnical University.


His Eminence Dr. Theodosius Atallah Hanna

His Eminence Teodosios is the guardian of the Christian faith, internationally recognized intellectual, public, government and academic leader. He was born in 1965 in Galilee, graduated Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, in 1991 began to serve in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Later Patriarch Diodorus did ordain and made a spokesman for the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem.


Dr. Nasr Abdalah Ali Elmallah

Dr. Elmallah was awarded Doctor’s degree in Economics and International relations gained extensive experience in marketing and management of international companies, organizations, and large strategic projects. He is a businessman, an owner of some companies in Bulgaria and Libya. Dr. Elmallah Actively promotes financial and educational social organizations in different countries, he is also a Deputy Chairman of the Bulgarian-Libyan Friendship Society in Bulgaria. The official ceremony for awarding of insignias of the honorary title to Dr. Elmallah took place during the official commemoration of the second anniversary of the European Polytechnic University on June 10th, 2012.


Dora Bakoyannis

Dora Bakoyannis is a Greek politician, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Mayor of Athens (2003 - 2006) and a member of the Greek Parliament for three terms. She is the first woman, elected Mayor of Athens and the first woman, occupied the position of Foreign Minister of Greece. In 1992 she was appointed Minister of Culture until the elections in 1992 when she was re-elected as a member of the Greek Parliament. As a mayor, she had significant achievements. She was heavily involved in the preparation of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the fight against terrorism. Ms. Bakoyannis followed her policy from the time she was Minister of Culture, for changing the lives of the citizens, modernization and improving the appearance of Athens, she also drove the ambitious project for the unification of archaeological sites.


Robert Eadie

Robert Eadie is the current Chair of Engineers Ireland Northern Region (2017-2019). He has represented the professional body on the Construction Professionals’ Council 0f Northern Ireland since 2011. This group consists of 18 professional bodies and lobbies the devolved administration in Northern Ireland on matters pertaining to the construction industry such as procurement, skills, and legislation. He is a Chartered Engineer in both the United Kingdom through the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport (CIHT) and the Republic of Ireland through Engineers Ireland (EI). He has also achieved the European Register of Engineers (Eur Ing) qualification for work across Europe. He is a Fellow of both EI and CIHT and a full member of the Association from Project Management. He is also on the Northern Ireland region committee of CIHT and has served on a number of sub-committees. In his current role as academic lead for Civil Engineering and course director for the MSc Civil and Infrastructure Engineering course at Ulster University, he has also achieved the position of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (SFHEA) and become a Fellow of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (FCHERP). He previously achieved a Ph.D. in Art Design and the Built Environment with John Wiley and Sons Prize for best literature review from Ulster University in 2009. He achieved two further prizes for his Master’s degree work at graduation – The Association for Project Management prize NI for best student in Project Management and the Lafarge Ireland prize for best project. He spent 20 years in the construction industry in consultancy, on-site and in the public sector before moving into academia. His research focuses on BIM, Procurement, and Pedagogy and he has over 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He has been a member of the Conseil International du Batiment (CIB) TG83 International Task Group on E-Business in Construction and co-authored the report into E-Business in the Bulgarian Construction Industry. He provides a yearly prize for the Best Student in Civil Engineering at the European Polytechnical University (EPU) in memory of Tsvetanka Lilova and has been instrumental in collaboration between the Ulster University and EPU.


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