About the Donors - The Ioannou Family
The Ioannou Centre, 66, St. Giles', Oxford
creation of the Stelios Ioannou School for Research in Classical and
Byzantine Studies at the University of Oxford is a result of the
exceptional philanthropic commitment and generosity of the Ioannou
family for which the University is most grateful.
The School is named in honour of the highly successful industrialist and philanthropist, the late Stelios Ioannou. The
late Stelios Ioannou was born and raised in Cyprus and in 1940, as a
young man, he co-founded the construction company Joannou and
Paraskevaides (J&P). The company established an excellent
reputation, extending its business activity overseas and attaining
Mrs Ellie Ioannou with Lord Patten on the opening day. © Rob Judges 2007
operations spanning more than six decades, today, J&P has entered
into its third generation of successful international business. Mr
Dakis Joannou and his son Christos, together with their partners, have
consolidated the company's worldwide position in the Middle East,
Cyprus, Greece and Eastern Europe, in the fields of construction, concessions, real estate development, hotel investments and energy projects.
late Stelios Ioannou together with his wife Mrs Ellie Ioannou exercised
a wide range of philanthropic activities. These include the Christos
Stelios Ioannou Foundation, a model centre for people with learning
disabilities, established in the mid 1980s in memory of their son
Christos, as well as the Saint Christopher's Home, an organisation, founded in the late 1990s, which aims to safeguard the dignity and quality of life for people with special needs.
The Ioannou family is represented on the Chancellor’s
Court of Benefactors by Mr Christos Ioannou, son of Mr Dakis Joannou and
grandson of the late Stelios Ioannou, together with his cousin Mr Stelios
name of Mrs Ellie Steliou Ioannou, wife of the late Stelios Ioannou, is
engraved on the Clarendon Arch alongside the names of Oxford's other
The Ioannou family are the founding benefactors of the School.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Plaque
The Byzantine Rooms within the building were also made possible by a generous benefaction from The Stavros Niarchos Foundation. A plaque commemorating the Byzantine rooms is proudly displayed in the entrance to the centre on the second floor.