Stella Kyriakides worked as a clinical psychologist in the Mental Health Services of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus in the area of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from 1979-2006. Special areas of interest and training were Pediatric oncology and Child sexual abuse. In 2006, she was elected to the Cyprus Parliament and was re-elected in 2011 and 2016 for the Democratic Rally party of which she was the Vice-President. At the House of Representatives, she was the Chair of the Committee on Human Rights and Equal Opportunities for Men and Women, Vice Chair of the Committee on Health Affairs and a member of the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs.
In 2012, she was appointed Head of the Cyprus Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). She served as Representative of the PACE at the Venice Commission, as Chair of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, as chair of the Sub-Committee on Children and as PACE General Rapporteur for the Child. In 2017 she was elected President of the PACE, thus becoming the 30th President of the Assembly. She founded the First Breast Cancer advocacy organisation in Cyprus, Europa Donna Cyprus where she served as President from 2000-2015. She was also President of the European Breast Cancer Coalition Europa Donna.
She received many awards in recognition of her relentless efforts and work in support of women’s rights, children and patients’ rights and had numerous publications, research contributions/articles on children related matters and cancer in Cyprus and other European countries. On 1st December 2019, Ms. Kyriakides became the European Commissioner on Health and Food Safety.