Cem Taneri was born in 1981 in North Cyprus.
He is a Civil Engineer since December 2003. After graduating from the University of Kansas, he worked as site engineer for 2 years in Cyprus. He enrolled in the PhD program on restoration in 2007 at Istanbul Technical University. After finishing the PhD coursework he enrolled the SAHC Masters Course during the 2009/2010 academic year.
He has been continuing the PHD thesis work and simultaneously working in the Department of antiquities in Famagusta Cyprus. He works as a supervisor on the strengthening and archaeological excavation of the remains of a partially collapsed 13th century masonry church in Famagusta Cyprus.