Professor Toula Onoufriou is the President of the Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company. She is also a Professor of Infrastructure Reliability and Management in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics at the Cyprus University of Technology, the founder & Head of EMERGE Energy CoE and an Academic Visitor at Imperial College (UK). She combines experience from academia and the offshore oil and gas industry internationally where she held several positions of high responsibility (Vice-Rector, President, Head of Department, Director of Research, Head of Research Centre and Senior Consultant) and she recorded significant professional activity, contribution and recognition at national and international level.
She served as a member of national councils and expert committees advising the President and the Government of Cyprus on a national strategy for energy, oil and gas, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. She was instrumental in bringing together effectively academia, industry and government departments through the development of international and regional collaboration networks, joint industry programmes and other major research programmes. She leads several research programmes funded from national sources, the EU and industry. She is the Chairman of the Eastern Mediterranean Energy Congress Conference & Exhibition – EMC Series, initiated in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 2020 under the auspices of H.E. The President of the Republic of Cyprus.
She obtained her PhD in Offshore Structures with a scholarship from Imperial College (UK) and she is top graduate of Civil Engineering at City University (UK) where she was awarded the Renie Prize. International distinctions and recognition include the EGYPS 2020 “Women in Energy Leadership Award” for the Mediterranean and North Africa region in recognition of her contribution to the Energy industry, academia, public sector and her efforts on enhancing regional collaboration on Energy-related matters; the Stanley Gray Award by the Institute of Marine Engineers UK for the best publication in marine technology; and the award of the prestigious SmartEN Marie Curie ITN Programme on “Smart Management for Sustainable Human Environment”. Also invited Expert Speaker at many high-level international fora including United States Congress, European Commission and international conferences on oil and gas developments and smart proactive management of infrastructure systems.
She has been serving as President of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company since March 2014.