Dispute Resolution in International Construction Contracts
Dr Odysseas Ph. Michaelides
Dr Odysseas Michaelides was born in Nicosia, Cyprus in 1968. He graduated from Acropolis High School in 1986 after which he served for two years in the National Guard. In 1993 he received his diploma, with honours, in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He went on to pursue graduate studies and in 1997, he received his doctorate, with honours, in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. He was further admitted to a degree program in the Faculty of Economics, Department of Law, Economics and Political Sciences, University of Athens, from where he received a degree in Economics in 2004. He also holds the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).
In 1998 Dr Michaelides was appointed to the position of Audit Officer in the Department of Control (Audit) of the Ministry of Communications and Works, and in June 2010 was appointed Director of Control. During his tenure at the Department of Control, amongst other matters, he dealt with public procurement issues, with the examination of contractors’ claims as well as with technical and financial audit work.
He has taught graduate students at the University of Cyprus for many years, in his capacity as a Specialist Scientist and has also given a number of lectures in Cyprus and abroad on public procurement. He is the editor of the Model Contract Terms that have been adopted by the competent authority for public procurement for use in public work contracts.
He is a member of the ETEK (Technical Chamber of Cyprus) and of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI).
Between 2006 and 2011 he was a member of the Tender Board at the Ministry of Communications and Works and from 2009 until 2014, he was a member of the Central Committee for Variations and Claims. On 14 February 2012 he was appointed by the Council of Ministers as a member of the Loan Commissioner’s Fund, a position he held until 1 January 2014 when he was appointed by the Council of Ministers as President of the Council for Registration and Control of Contractors. In July 2013 he was appointed by the Council of Ministers as a Member of the Negotiating Team for the Terminal for the Liquefaction of Natural Gas.
On 11 April 2014 he was appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus as Auditor General of the Republic.