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Research Centre on Interactive Media recruiting a Chief Innovation Officer

RISE, the Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems and Emerging Technologies, is currently recruiting a Chief Innovation Officer. Application deadline: 31 July 2020

Nicosia, Cyprus: 3 June 2020

The Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart System and Emerging Technologies – RISE (, empowers knowledge and technology in the region. RISE is a significant investment supported by the European Commission, the Republic of Cyprus and its founding Partners.

RISE, as a centre of excellence, cultivates a culture of innovation and creativity in an inspiring environment filled with academics, researchers, creative and onward-looking people, innovators, entrepreneurs, and practitioners. The centre operates under the moto “Inspired by Humans Designed for Humans” with the vision to produce world class research that drives innovation towards social and economic benefit while conducing excellent, internationally competitive scientific research in the areas of visual sciences, human factors and design, communication, and artificial intelligence.

Position Description

The Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) will lead a dynamic and agile team comprising of the Innovation department of the growing RISE Centre of Excellence (CoE). This team's primary role is to facilitate and accelerate the Economic and Social Impact of the activities of RISE (principally research).

Experienced in all facets of strategy, innovation, value proposition and use case identification, along with knowledge of solution design, product development and business growth, the successful applicant will be a seasoned leader who has cultivated teams across multiple industry disciplines and managed dynamic teams in fast-paced environments.

At strategic level, the CIO will be charged with the developing and overseeing the execution of the Strategic Innovation plan of RISE in order to achieve and sustained development, economic & social impact and business growth.

The CIO is expected to:

  • Lead the Innovation Department working towards the organization-wide strategy development, mission achievement, promoting a healthy organization in all aspects, and fostering cross-Departmental collaboration.

  • Work closely and cooperatively with the rest of the leadership team of RISE and ensures that issues are dealt with constructively.

Profile of the ideal candidate

Ideal candidates for the position should be conspicuously passionate about RISE's mission; posed and confident with executive presence; manifest leadership, professionalism, and interpersonal acumen. All candidates are expected to be capable of serving as a trusted advisor in the area of thought leadership, standards, professional learning and research and evaluation. Ideal candidates will possess an innovative and progressive nature and have a demonstrated track record of entrepreneurship.

Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • Doctorate or Master’s degree, and extensive experience, preferably in technology or technology management. An MBA would be of advantage.

  • A minimum of ten years of postgraduate relevant experience in innovation, technology and/or solutions development.

  • A minimum of five years executive level experience in a dynamic and fast paced environment. This could be within technology-transfer environments, higher education & research, high growth SME sector, or Large Organizations.

  • Deep understanding of significant aspects of technologies, business models, and regulations relevant for the Centre’s focus areas.

  • Demonstrated success in defining a culture of innovation and driving growth through new revenue sources.

  • Demonstrated experience in the development and bringing-to-market of programs and services within the context of sustainable business models that both fulfil mission and drive net revenue.

  • Proven track record in IPR portfolio development and management and spin-offs.


A very attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate according to qualifications and experience. Membership to RISE Provident Fund Scheme.

For more information on the requirements for the position and application process, please follow the link: Application Process

Deadline: 31 July 2020


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