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Constantinos Herodotou

Governor at Central Bank of Cyprus

Constantinos Herodotou is the Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) and a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank. Previously he served as Executive Director at the CBC’s Board of Directors (2017-2019). He also held the position of the Commissioner of Privatisations in Cyprus (2014-2017).

Before moving to Cyprus in 2014, most of his career was in investment banking at UBS Investment Bank in London, where he rose through the ranks to head concurrently two sectors: Head of Shipping for Europe, Middle East and Africa and simultaneously Infrastructure & Project Concessions Advisory & Financing for Central & Eastern Europe. He has advised governments and global conglomerates on major financial transactions and strategy, totaling a value of over €50 billion. His experience includes among others, mergers and acquisitions, structuring and financing project concessions, listing companies on stock exchanges (NASDAQ and NYSE), structuring and raising equity and debt, corporate and financial restructurings and heading complex negotiations.

Constantinos Herodotou holds an MBA from London Business School with Distinction and a BSc in Economics from University College London with First Class Honours.

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Aleksandra Vasin

Head of Management Control and Accounting Sector,
Deputy Head of Finance at Credit Agricole Serbia

 

Highly skilled and qualified professional with over 18 years of experience in the Banking industry. I am immensely grateful for the professional development that the Bank provided me and the opportunity to see all aspects of business, starting "from the beginning", i.e. from working with clients in the Branch and then, after the arrival of the Crédit Agricole group, working in the Head Office and creating new sectors, teams and processes, first as Head of Credit Control, then Head of Retail Risk and finally, in Finance as Head of Management Control and Accounting. In addition to the privilege of meeting and working with exceptional people, it is a special pleasure to witness the constant progress and development of the Bank's operations. Currently, as Deputy CFO, actively engaged in M&A and integration with Raiffeisen Bank.

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Vladimir Tofoski

Chief Financial Officer at Eurobank Direktna Serbia

 

Vladimir Tofoski, the Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Board member of Eurobank Direktna in Serbia, is a banking professional with 20 years of experience in finance, risk management, regulatory reporting, and M&A consulting. His general focus is on business growth through adequate strategic positioning, development of business through M&A, and the use of tailor-made pricing tools in profitability optimisation. Prior to joining Eurobank Group in 2016, he held the position of the CFO of Alpha Bank Serbia, an on-site supervisor for banks at the Central Bank of Serbia, and an M&A consultant in the Citadel Financial Advisory. He is also a part-time lecturer at Valor Academy and Belgrade Open School and attended several banking conferences as a panellist. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the Belgrade University and holds a Professional Risk Manager Certificate Program (PRM). He is a member of the Serbian CFO Association.

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Nicholas Valanides

Head of Finance at Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA)

 

Mr. Nicholas Valanides is the Head of Finance of the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) in Cyprus. Before acquiring his position at DEFA he worked in the UK as a Senior Associate at Deloitte LLP in the Energy Infrastructure & Utilities Department. In the past, he also worked as a Special Bids Pricer in the Finance Department at IBM Ltd North Harbour Headquarters in Portsmouth, UK.

Mr. Valanides graduated from The English School, Nicosia. He holds a First Class BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick and a M. Phil in Finance from the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

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Alexis Alichanidis

Global Head of Finance and Accounting at Exness Group

 

Alexis Alichanidis joined Exness in 2016 as a financial controller, following his successful career in PWC. Soon thereafter, Alexis was promoted to Global Head of Finance and led the transformation of the finance function from a small team of three specialists, to a highly competent, agile, and integrated department. Today, this department adds immeasurable value to the Exness Group, through the successful management of statutory reporting and tax risks, and the delivery of actionable insights to support strategic and operational planning and decisions.

In 2021, Alexis was honored at the Cyprus CFO Awards, organized by IMH and EY, taking home the winning title for the “Finance & Technology” sector. The awards particularly singled out senior executives from companies’ financial departments, who did an exemplary job adapting to the new covid norm and successfully handled huge changes to financial budgets and strategy.

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Ariel Segev

Group CFO at Capital.com

 

Ariel holds a BA in Accounting, Management and Economics; and an MBA from Tel Aviv University. He is a certified public accountant and has more than 12 years of experience managing the financial operations of leading companies across a range of sectors including finance and technology.

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Andreas Theocharides

Director, CFO at PepsiCo (Cyprus) International

 

Andreas has been the Director and CFO of PepsiCo (Cyprus) International since June 2020. PepsiCo International is the world's second-largest food and beverage business based on net revenue, profit, and market capitalization. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, with a BA (High Honors) in Accounting and Finance and held the professional title ACA (ICAEW). He worked for KPMG in Cyprus, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and specialised in valuation projects and auditing listed companies. He then joined, as CFO, the listed Frou-Frou Group of Companies, one of Cyprus' most prominent producers in the food and beverage industry. With a decade of experience in CFO roles, Andreas has a strong background in people management and attaining organisational efficiency. He is a business-intelligent accountant with operational decision-making. He emphasises striving for excellence, and high achievement.

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Peter McKenzie

CFO & Corporate Director at Anticipa Real Estate

 

Peter McKenzie is a speaker, executive coach and C-Suite leader whose mission is to help people achieve their full potential by making the workplace a safe place to learn, grow and enjoy. For over 25 years he has worked as a C-Suite leader in the finance, banking and real estate industries across Europe. He is currently Chief Financial Officer of Anticipa Real Estate, which is owned by Blackstone, one of the world’s largest investment funds with $545 billion under management. Meanwhile his profile as an international keynote speaker has seen him inspire, educate and entertain audiences around the world on in-demand topics such as Authentic Leadership, the Real Secrets of Customer Satisfaction, and the Future of Finance In A World Of Artificial Intelligence. He is a public speaking coach at Spain's prestigious IESE business school and currently lives in Barcelona with his two teenage children and wife.

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Kostas Kontogiannis

CFO at Skroutz

 

Chief Financial Officer at Skroutz Group, the dominant E-commerce brand operating the leading Marketplace & price comparison engine in Greece. Acting as a Business Partner to the operations of the Group and as the Head of Finance and Digital Payments. Before joining the Skroutz team, I worked for 4 years at PwC Greece, Deals - Transaction Services team, specialising in the provision of Financial Due Diligence (buy side and sell side), IBRs and SPA support services to private equity and corporate clients.
During my time in Deals – Transaction Services, I have been involved in numerous Μ&Α projects mainly in the Technology, Retail, Hospitality, Energy, Insurance and Telco sectors. Before joining PwC Deals team in 2016, I worked as an Auditor in the Assurance department of Mazars Greece for 2 years providing financial audit and agreed-upon-procedures services for a number of clients in a broad range of industry sectors.
I am a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) and a member of the Greek Institute of Certified Public Accountants (SOEL). I hold a Masters Degree in Applied Accounting and Auditing from the University of Macedonia and a BSc in Economics from the University of Thessaly.

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Nchols Valanids
Alexis Alich
Ariel Segev
Andreas Theochaides
Peter McKenzie
Kostas Kontogianis
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