Professor in the Management & MIS Department (University of Nicosia)
Prof. Soulla Louca was nominated by LATTICE80 in partnership with Miss Kaya as one of the top 100 women in Fintech for 2019. She is one of the first academics to get involved in blockchain technologies (2014) when she assumed the responsibility of the Blockchain Initiative at the University of Nicosia where she served as its director until the end of 2018. The Blockchain Initiative (renamed later to Institute For the Future) has designed and developed the first MSc worldwide in Digital Currency and the technology for publishing academic certificates on the blockchain (http://block.co/ ). She has been active in organizing tech events including the Decentralized series (www.decentralized.com) as well as research.
During 2007-2014, she headed the Domain Committee for ICT for the European program COST (www.cost.eu ) for the 36 Member States of COST. Main duties were the evaluation and monitoring of the ICT Actions, which bring together more than 3000 researchers in areas like e-Society, Information Security, Networks, Nanotechnologies, etc. Furthermore, she was responsible for identifying trends, boosting pioneering research activities and help define strategies in science and technology through the organization and participation of strategic initiatives for promoting the ICT policy in Europe and beyond for the betterment and new digital experiences of European citizens. Even though her research interests for many years focused on information society (socio-economic aspects of ICT, e-learning, social integration and digital divide), due to her COST activities she had the opportunity to disperse her knowledge and work over a wide range of subjects such as personalized medicine, women in ICT, and open access. Her mandate ended successfully in September 2014.
She is a professor in the newly founded Department of Digital Innovation and a Director at the Institute for the Future at the University of Nicosia.
- Director, Institute For the Future (University of Nicosia)
- PhD in Computer Science (Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago)
- B.A in Computer Science and Mathematics (Kalamazoo College)
- MSc in Computer Science (Western Michigan University)