Michalis Attalides is a prominent Cypriot academic, former civil servant and diplomat to Cyprus. Currently, he is Honorary Rector at the University of Nicosia and President of the Institute of Geostrategic Studies in Cyprus.
He has represented the Republic of Cyprus as its Ambassador in a number of capitals, including Paris, London, and at the European Union before being appointed Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also represented the Cyprus Government in the European Convention.
He has been a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester, a counterpart to the UNESCO Expert at the Cyprus Social Research Centre and a Guest Lecturer at the Free University of Berlin. Between 2011 and 2014, he held a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam at the University of Nicosia.
He has written extensively on political and social issues in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and the European Union. His books include: Cyprus: State, Society and International Environment (2009), Nationalism and International Politics (1980), and Social Change and Urbanization in Cyprus: A Study of Nicosia (1971).