Five years after the establishment of the Shipping DeputyMinistry and after an absolutely successful term, Vassilis Demetriades is handing over his baton to Marina Glykis Hadjimanolis. The appointment of Glykis-Hadjimanolis, as head of Cyprus’ Shipping Deputy Ministry is seen as a sign that shipping will continue to enjoy a direct line to the country’s president though the deputy minister has in the past had little direct involvement in shipping unlike her popular predecessor at the ministry, Vassilis Demetriades, who was a seasoned shipping policymaker at the European Commission.
Appointee Marina Glykis-Hadjimanolis, a city councillor and lawyer in Limassol, headed up Christodoulides’ political office during the election campaign. Born in Famagusta in 1973 and after the Turkish invasion in 1974 she settled in Limassol with her family.
She is a graduate of Laniteio Lyceum B, Limassol. She studied Law at the University of Leicester, UK, where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons). She then obtained the title of Barrister at Law from the Inns of Court School of Law, London, as a member of Lincolns Inn in England.
She is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association and the Limassol Bar Association. She practiced the legal profession for many years, in a law office and also in companies as a legal advisor.
She has been an elected Municipal Councilor in the Municipality of Limassol since 2016. She actively participates in numerous committees of the Municipality and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Limassol Sewerage Board. She was a founding member of the Limassol Youth Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the city’s public and private charities. She has received honors for her social and philanthropic work.
With her own contribution, the Municipality of Limassol implemented, for the first time, a Blockchain application (chain of arrays) for the electronic issuance and verification of authenticity of documents in the Municipality, allowing the residents of Limassol to receive quality service in a digital environment.
Her political activity began from her student years as an active member of the Student Movement (MAKI) of NEDISY Limassol, then in the Vanguard of England and later in NEDISY and DISY .
During the pre-election campaign for the 2023 Presidential Elections, she held the position of Director of the Political Office of the President-Elect of the Republic of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulidis. She is the mother of three children, Haris, Melani and Christina.