Our Team

Antonis Karatzias
Principal
Antonis Karatzias is the co-founder of the Cyprus Media Academy. He has worked for over 26 years in HR management. He has worked at Dias Media group for over 12 years, of which for the first 10 years, he was the human resources manager. He currently is the Innovation and Development Director of Dias Media Group. Antonis is a Trainer and Presenter of Leadership and soft skills courses, seminars and workshops for professional managers (approved by the HRDA). He has also participated in the design and implementation of EU Funded Programmes (Erasmus +, Horizon 2020, Life+ etc.), training programmes, in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and New Media skills. Antonis is an Executive and Life Coach, trained by Coach U (London, 2011) practising coaching as an internal and external coach. As the principal of the Cyprus Media Academy and an innovating thinker, Antonis strives to shape a vision of academic success for all the attendees of the Media Academy, cultivating leadership and growth in others.
Munro Forbes
Director
Munro Forbes has over 28 years broadcast experience in the United Kingdom working for ITV and the BBC and 10 years consultancy experience. He currently works for Dias Media Group as a special advisor and a founding partner of the Cyprus Media Academy. Munro Forbes is a sought-after media consultant and over the years, he has worked as an executive producer of numerous TV shows, including the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision national finals and events. During his career he has directed events, outside broadcasts and documentaries for ITV, BBC, Channel 4 and CNN. He has worked as a consultant in various parts of the world including Malta, Palestine, India, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Romania and Cyprus. He speaks 5 languages, including French, English, Greek, German and Swedish. Munro is a natural trainer for anyone interested in working in the media industry; some of his past students have gone to work in media like CNN, BBC, ITV, SKY, FOX and ALJAZEERA. He has also received the Royal Television Society Team Award for ITN’s News at Ten.
Leonidas Alexandrou
Lecturer
Leonidas Alexandrou is a self-development mentor and a high-performance corporate trainer. During the course of nearly two decades working with leading global organisations in the UK, the Gulf and Cyprus, he has successfully taught public speaking to individuals of all ages and at all levels of communication skills. Leonidas founded the self-development company, Young Future Leaders in 2014. He is currently based in Nicosia where he manages his personal training brand. Other than the tailored, executive-level corporate training he delivers, he also mentors, designs and leads workshops for jobseekers and young professionals, while he is presently serving as board secretary to the Cyprus branch of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. In collaboration with the Cyprus Volunteer Association, Leonidas also offers self-development and public-speaking workshops to students and social workers and mentors officers of the Cyprus Youth Council. Nick
Nick Walshe
Crisis Communications & Media Skills
Nick Walshe is the former Head of Global Newsgathering for Al Jazeera English, a reporter, producer, presenter and programme editor for ITN, ITV and BBC. He is currently the media partner at media971 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Nick has worked at media971 for over 7 years, where he has advised senior managers on successful TV and digital channel launches; project managed complex editorial and technical training programmes; and trained journalists in various journalism skills. Nick has trained spokespeople and senior managers to deal with the media for 25 years. He also specialises in crisis communications training in the airline industry. Based on his own experience covering the world’s biggest news stories, Nick prepares tailormade training programmes focused on the client’s industry and seniority. His media training clients include: JP Morgan, Emirates Airline, British Council, Audi, Mubadala, Hay Group and dnata. Nick has an ongoing contract training senior and middle managers at Qatar Airways in crisis communications.
Mai Davies
Radio & TV Presentation
Mai Davies is a journalist and a television and radio broadcaster, currently working as a news presenter at the BBC. She is a regular presenter of the BBC Radio Wales daily news magazine programmes, Good Morning Wales and Good Evening Wales. She has also worked as a daytime news anchor at Sky News and a political and news presenter at ITV. While working as a political and news presenter at ITV, the programme won the Royal Television Society award for the best Regional News Magazine programme. Mai is a TED speaker and also passes on her expertise as a presentation and media trainer for international training organisations, broadcasters, major companies and NGOs. She also hosts corporate events including conferences, concerts and award ceremonies.
Chrysanthos Tsouroullis
Special Guest Lecturer
Chrysanthos Tsouroullis is a pioneering news journalist with over 20 years of experience in front of the camera. He can be credited for changing the news broadcasts and making them more vibrant, more interesting and moving them to a new era. Since 2014 he has taken the reins of Sigma TV & Dias Media Group as the CEO of the largest media group in Cyprus. Chrysanthos holds a law degree and a journalism degree. He also has a degree in Crisis Management & Mass media and Leadership in Development on Economical Reforms both from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Yiannis Kareklas
Special Guest Lecturer
Yiannis Kareklas is a renowned journalist with over 45 years of experience in the field. He is currently heading the news team of Sigma TV, the No. 1 news broadcast in Cyprus. He holds a Law degree and a Master’s in Public International Law and is also an acclaimed author of 3 books. Over the years Yiannis has presented various TV programmes, news bulletins and radio shows. As a journalist, he has covered the most important phases of the Cypriot issue for the last thirty years and the most important visits of Cypriot presidents abroad. He has also covered various important events and international news, including on-the-spot visits to various countries such as Palestine and Iraq.