Advisory Committee

The International Forum for Peace, Security & Prosperity has constituted a special Advisory Committee of individuals with expertise in secondary education and influence in Canada and Europe. The Advisory Committee provides the IFPSP with needed expertise in crafting our strategies, methodologies, and criteria for student contests. The following are current members of the committee (click on names for more information).

Lt Col Symeon Zambas graduated from the Hellenic Air Force Academy and joined the Cyprus Air  Force in 1993. In the first part of his career he occupied operational posts in Air Defence Units and  was Commander of the Cyprus Air Defence Training Centre.  

From 31 July 2009 to 28 February 2014 he served at the Defence Policy and International Relations  Directorate of the Cyprus Ministry of Defence in the EU Council Presidency of Cyprus team and as  Desk Officer for ESDC Activities, Military Erasmus, EU Institute of Security Studies, Single European  Sky and Eurocontrol. 

During this period he designed the CSDP Olympiad and organised the first CSDP Olympiad in Cyprus.  He served twice as a CSDP Orientation Course Director and was also the Director of the fourth CSDP  High Level Course module 2013–14. He has been a member of the Implementation Group of the  European Initiative for the Exchange of Young Officers, inspired by Erasmus and a member of the  ESDC Executive Academic Board since 2009. He was appointed chairperson of the Strategic  Communication and editor of the Newsletter on the Military Erasmus initiative from 2012 to 2014. 

He has been the Military Training Manager of the ESDC from March 2014 until February 2020 and in  this capacity, he coordinated the Military Erasmus Initiative, he was the co-creator of the CSDP  Doctoral School in 2017 and its coordinator until September 2019, and the creator and first chairman  of the EU Military Secondary Schools Forum since 15 October 2019. During this period, he was also  the Coordinator for the Maritime Security, Energy Security and European Armaments Cooperation  Courses and of the CSDP Doctoral summer School 2019. 

He has followed the Nottingham University Economic and Social Research Council E.S.R.C. ‘Impact  Leaders Programme’ from September 2019 to January 2020. 

He is the co-Founder and first Chairperson of the European Citizens Association since 5th February  2020

Since March 2020 he is back to the Cyprus Ministry of Defence and he has been appointed as the  Director of the Security and Defence Academy.

Peter Boyle is the President of Valour Canada – a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to connecting Canadians with their military history and heritage. Peter’s previous roles have included management roles in the information technology, telecommunications, and heritage sectors. He has served as an officer in the Canadian Army (Reserve) since 1989 and is currently employed on a part-time basis as a Lieutenant-Colonel at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College. Peter holds an undergraduate degree from the Royal Military College of Canada and is a certified project manager (PMP). He has led battlefield tours around the world, including the War of 1812, Northwest Rebellion as well as the First and Second World War battlefields in Europe. Peter and his spouse Nancy live in Calgary. He has two adult sons, Tylar and Liam. His hobbies include spending time outdoors kayaking, hiking and fishing.

Lieutenant Colonel Carlo Uberto MASSIMO is a regular army officer of the Cavalry branch, currently serving at the Military Command of the Italian Army in Sicily, where he holds the position of Section Head for Public Information and Promotion of Recruitment. In this context, he deals with contacts with the mass media, with schools, and with numerous local issues. He works to promote the public image and recruitment for the Army in Sicily.

Lieutenant Colonel MASSIMO has had a long military career, serving in Italy and abroad. He has served in several Cavalry Operations Units (Montebello Lancers Regiment” in Rome, Lancers of Aosta Regiment in Palermo, and Lancers of Novara Regiment in the province of Udine) in both command and staff roles. He has served as commander of the demonstration and training squadron of the Cavalry School, has deployed on operational missions at home and abroad (Albania, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Lebanon), has served with NATO at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium and in High National Commands, including the Joint Forces Operational Command HQ and the Southern Military Region Command. He began his career as a commander of small armored scouting units and patrol boats. He subsequently specialized in international contingency operations with a focus on crisis management, personnel selection, recruiting, public relations, and media affairs.

Lt Col Massimo is the designated project officer for the Italian component of the current initiative, under the authority given to the Commander of the Army in Sicily as directly by the Defence General Staff.