Prof. Marinos Themistocleous, Prof. George Giaglis, Antonis Polemitis – Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies – Professional Online Certificate Courses

About the Course

The aim of this course is to provide a deep understanding on Blockchain technology and Cryptocurrencies. In doing so, the course introduces Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, assesses the disruptive nature of Blockchain, evaluates how various industry sectors are to be disrupted by this emerging technology, analyses issues related to cryptocurrencies, blockchain-based crowdfunding innovation, and relevant regulation. It also presents important case studies from various industries and reports lessons learned.

Who You Will Learn From

Prof. Marinos Themistocleous
Director, Institute For the Future (IFF), University of Nicosia

Prof. George Giaglis
General Director, Institute For the Future (IFF), University of Nicosia

Professor George M. Giaglis is Director of the Institute for the Future at the University of Nicosia, as well as a leading expert on blockchain technology and applications and advisor to many blockchain projects and technology start-ups. George has been working on digital currencies and blockchain since 2012, with his main focus being on new forms of industrial organization (programmable smart contracts, decentralized applications and distributed autonomous organizations) and new forms of corporate financing (token economy, crypto-economics, and ICOs). He has been one of the first academics to research and teach on blockchain, having: designed the curriculum of the world’s first full academic degree on blockchain (MSc in Digital Currency at the University of Nicosia); led the development of blockchain credentialing technology that has resulted in the first-ever publishing of academic certificates on the blockchain; taught on the disruptive innovation potential of blockchain, both at academic programs and in executive seminars worldwide; organized a number of prominent blockchain conferences and events, including Decentralized. Throughout his career, he has published more than 10 books and 150 articles in leading scientific journals and conferences, while he is frequently interviewed by media and invited as a keynote speaker or trainer in events across the globe.

Antonis Polemitis
CEO, University of Nicosia

Mr. Polemitis currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the University of Nicosia (UNIC) and EDEX, as a Board member of EDEX and UNICAF, and as a member of the Council of the University of Nicosia. UNIC serves 12,000+ students, along with 6,000 additional students in its affiliated academic institutions. It is the largest university in Cyprus and is the largest English language university in southern Europe.
Mr. Polemitis has two decades of experience in private equity, higher education and software development in New York, as a principal or partner at Ledra Capital, ACG Capital and Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting). He has been a principal or advisor for a broad range of corporate financings in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and India, ranging from multi-billion dollar industrial buyouts to early-stage venture capital
Mr. Polemitis helped found the world-leading Digital Currency / Blockchain Initiative at the University of Nicosia, co-taught the first university cryptocurrency course in the world and is regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Wired and other publications as an expert on cryptocurrency issues. His research at Mercer on optimal financing strategy in private equity has been published in Buyouts and cited in the Financial Times Mr. Polemitis holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with the highest distinction as a Baker Scholar, and a B.S. in International Studies, Accounting and Computer Information Systems from Indiana University, where he graduated with the highest distinction as a Wells and Chancellor’s Scholar.