Christakis Mina is PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Urban Management of Kyoto University, Japan. He obtained the Diploma of Technician Civil Engineer of the Higher Technical Institute of Cyprus in 1992, the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, USA in 1996 and the Masters of Science in Engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Urban Management of Kyoto University in 2007. Before entering Kyoto University, Christakis worked as a civil engineer with American and European multinational engineering firms both in the civil engineering design and construction fields.
In 2004, Christakis was awarded the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Government Scholarship to pursue the Masters Degree in Engineering at Kyoto University. Christakis' Master’s Thesis proposed a model to evaluate the soil decontamination cost risk of contaminated land using a methodology based on Bayesian Neural Networks. During his Master’s studies he was also directly involved in several projects. One of them was the creation of a Natural Hazards Risk Identification and Mitigation tool (MIRISK) for the World Bank. In April 2007 he entered the Ph.D. program of Kyoto University where he currently researches Open Technological Standardization Processes Through Learning Networks.
Christakis is a registered professional Civil Engineer in Cyprus and member of the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Japan Society of Civil Engineers.