Ioannis Mazis graduated from the National Technical University of Athens, Faculty of Rural and Surveying Engineering. The subject area of his thesis is Geography and Space Analysis. He holds a Doctorat D’État in Geography, following a 4-year period of studies in Economic Geography (Geography of Freight Transports and Spatial Organisation) (D.E.A. and Doctorat d’État en Sciences Humaines-Géographie Économique) at the Postgraduate Institute of Geography, University of AixMarseille II in Aix-en-Provence, France. Ioannis Mazis is Professor of Geopolitics, and Director of the Laboratory of Geocultural Analyses (Geolab) at Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, since 2002. He is one of the Founders of Ionian University, an institution founded in 1984.
Prof. Mazis specialises in Geopolitics of the Middle East and the South Eastern/SE Mediterranean. He is the author of many books and articles on the Middle East, the Islamist Movement and the water issue in the Middle East, the theory and practice of Geopolitics, and the Secret Islamic Orders in relation to the economic and political Islam in Modern Turkey. From July 2004 until July 2008, Ioannis Mazis was the Chairman of the Academic Board of the Defence Analyses Institute (IAA), a research institution under the umbrella of the Greek Ministry of National Defence.
He was in charge of four IAA publications, including the “Defensor Pacis,” an English publication with international recognition (period: 2004-2008). He was the founder and Director (period: 2002-2010) of Laboratory of Geocultural Analyses at Ionian University (Geolab), Corfu, Greece. At Geolab, he is in charge of all the scientific researches, publications and Monograph series. Ioannis Mazis introduced to the Greek academic community the geographic analytical method of Systemic Geopolitics and the theoretical geopolitical approach of the Islamist movement. (His name in Greece in now linked to his methods and scholarly approaches). In addition to Ionian University, other teaching positions include: The School of National Security of the Ministry of Interior; The Hellenic Higher Joint Command War College; The Hellenic National Defence School; The Hellenic Navy War Academy, The Hellenic Air Force Academy, and The NATO School in Oberammergau-Germany. Previous teaching positions include the Università Autónoma de Barcelona and the Università Federico II, Naples, Italy. As Professor of Geopolitics, he participates in the annual (confirm) international post-doc seminar of the University of Naples in collaboration with the Universities of Sorbonne, Rome, Bologna, Trieste (Institute of Geopolitics/School of Foreign Politics and Diplomacy), Benevento and Novara, etc.
He belongs to the “Auditeurs” of “Fondation Méditerranéen d’ Études Stratégiques/ IHEDN” (Republique Francaise, établissement sous la tutelle du IHEDN-Rep. Française).
He collaborate with and teache at “Ιnstitut des Hautes Études pour la Defence Nationale/FMES”, (Republique Française, 1948, Établissement Public administratif, auprés du Premier ministre de la Republique). Ioannis Mazis has been a member of the Examinations Committee in the subject field of World Geography at the Diplomatic Academy of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has worked closely with Professor Amikam Nachmani in putting together several seminars at Ionian University. The themes included Middle East issues, security in the S.E. Mediterranean, Israel and the Palestinian Intifada. He participated in academic conferences as a guest speaker of Professor Efraim Imbar at the BESA Center of Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University. He also participated as a speaker in a 15-day Seminar at “The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies” of Tel Aviv University in collaboration with Professor David Menashri. He participated also in five high level seminars at the “China Institute of International Strategic Studies/CIISS” in Beijing (China) and in Athens (Greece). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, U.K. (F.R.S.A.–est. 1754). In 2003 he was invited to participate in the “International Visitors Leadership Programme” as a guest of the U.S. Department of State.