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Ready To Hear How Finance Leaders Are Driving Performance?
Finance Leaders Webinar: PART II
27 OCTOBER 2020 | 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EET)
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Christos Tavelis

Chief Internal Auditor, Deloitte Middle East

Undertaken the role of Chief Internal Auditor of Deloitte Middle East, covering 14 countries, since February 2020. Leaded the Finance function of Deloitte Cyprus for 10 yearsuntil January 2020. Over 14 years of audit experience primarily in banking, insurance, retail, manufacturing and automotive industries. Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Cyprus (ICPAC), and currently president of the Institute’s  CFO committee.

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Michalis Tsavdaridis

Group Finance Operations Manager at Google

As Group Finance Operations Manager for Google’s International Controllership, Michalis is responsible for leading the “backbone” of Google’s finance operations, its services centres, for the areas of EMEA, APAC and LATAM. He is responsible for the financial compliance of the company in these regions. In addition, Michalis is leading the transformation and strategy of these centres and he is acting as Google’s relationship manager for EMEA with its major advisory partners. Prior to Google, Michalis spent fours years with Microsoft. From 2017 to 2019, Michalis held the role of Area Senior Finance Manager for Western Europe and Ireland. He supervised all accounting, tax, treasury and compliance activities for the region and acted as main advisor to business leadership partnering in strategic decision making. As part of this role, he also played a key part in the finance transformation of the EMEA organization. From 2015 to 2017, Michalis held the role of Internal Audit Manager where he had the responsibility for the audit execution, planning and development of the EMEA Internal Audit team. Michalis started his career in 2011 with Procter & Gamble where from 2011 to 2013 he worked as Internal Auditor and from 2013 to 2015 as Finance Manager for Supply Chain and Capex responsible for Western Europe. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Piraeus and a Master of Science Degree in Economic Policy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently resides in Dublin with his family, he has lived in five countries and he is an avid sports competitor.


Lana Vukovic

Finance Director Serbia / Croatia at DXC Technology

Lana Vukovic is finance director and board member of DXC Technology, Global leader in b2b it services. She is responsible for Serbia and Croatia since 2015. Lana has more than 20 years of financial management experience in leading multinational organizations and companies. She was Finance Manager and board member of Sanofi Serbia and Montenegro, and Finance Lead of the world bank’s project for capacity building and business enabling environment in Serbia. Lana Vukovic graduated with honors from university of Belgrade, faculty of mathematics and natural sciences, and holds MBA Diploma in business and finance of Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. She is active member in American Chambre of Commerce, and Business Intelligence institute in Serbia. She was mentor in AM Cham Woman in Tech Program, and graduate students mentoring program. She is a guest speaker at many prestigious events. Lana is married and mother of a teenage daughter.

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Dr. Barnabas Acs

Sustainable Finance - Global Business Development Director at Refinitiv


Financial data expert, researcher and firm believer in sustainability being a necessity and the key to success in the 21st century. Concerned about climate change. Constantly exploring how the combination of technology, finance and data can help to foster a circular economy. Barnabas holds a Bachelors in Marketing & Market Research, a Masters in Financial Accounting and a Ph.D. in Statistics and Econometrics.

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Harry Xenophontos

Head of Acquiring & Digital Payment Services at RCB BANK LTD


A business professional with over 15 years of professional experience in Management Consulting, IT and Risk related services; including pragmatic senior management experience within the Banking and Card Services corporate environments.


A “Big 4” background that drives professional attitude and quality driven results. A leader with excellent people skills and very well known in the consulting environment and payments industry locally.

Passionate of the emerging innovation and transformation of the financial services industry, looking to empower the consumer payment experience and services, towards a better digital economy.

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Sofocles Tymvios

CFO at Swissport Cyprus Ltd.


Sofocles Tymvios is the CFO of Swissport Cyprus Ltd and the Head of Finance for the Mediterranean subregion of Swissport International AG.  He has joined Swissport in 2015 as the CFO for the Cyprus entity and in addition to managing the Finance department was also responsible for the business units of Cargo and Executive Aviation.  Currently in his dual role, he is responsible for the finance function of Swissport entities in five countries in Europe and North Africa.  Previously, he has held senior finance positions in large private and public companies in Cyprus including Cyprus Airways Public Ltd, for a period of 10 years.  He graduated from Manchester University with a BA degree in Economics and Social Studies in 1992 and joined Deloitte in London where he obtained the Chartered Accountant qualification from ICAEW in 1995.


He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC), found its CFO committee in 2015 and launched its mentoring program in 2019.

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Dr. René Rüdinger

Chief Financial Officer at ARCADIS


Dr. René Rüdingeris a world-wide internationally experienced hands-on and strategic-thinking CFO for mid- to large-scale companies in service or manufacturing industry with first class professional and educational reputation.

Studying Business Administration with focus on finance in Germany, France and Spain, René started his career in international management consulting with the PA Consulting Group in London and Frankfurt before he joined the Daimler Group as CFO in its subsidiary for diesel engine related exhaust aftertreatment systems. After his period within the Daimler Group, René created a new automotive supplier company (Albonair Group) as part of the multinational Hinduja Group, which he expanded internationally with production sites in China and India and customers around the globe. Since 2014 René is Chief Financial Officer of the Dutch stock-listed engineering service group Arcadis, where he is responsible for the Region Central Europe.

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Iria Saenz-Diez

Finance Director, Global Finance Operations Transition at The Coca-Cola Company


Executive with 25+ years’ experience in finance. Since 2001 at the Coca Cola Company and before in multinationals such as Burger King, The Walt Disney Company or Pernod Ricard having started at KPMG. Her current role at The Coca Cola Company as Director, Global Finance Operations Transition Lead implies driving transformation by implementing and owning an end-to-end process across functional silos, geographic and business unit boundaries. This role has become increasingly relevant, in line with the development of our global operating model involving Shared Service Center (SSC) strategy and Financial Services Outsourcing as well as the evolution of the process structure and ERP digitization. Iria has evolved and moved across the finance function, from local to global, from FP&A to P&L management, from SSC & process management to digital transformation including SAP ERP upgrade to SAP/ 4Hana. Driving Transformation digitizing and improving processes to make them efficient and effective is her passion.

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Ewa Woroszył

FCCA, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) cluster CFO at Dentsu Aegis Network


Offering a wealth of valuable financial management expertise, I am a change-oriented ACCA Finance professional with start up and Big 4 experience gained across 6 different countries. I am also known for leading and re-structuring financials for organisations across the globe. I specialise in embedding financial management capabilities as well as improved financial and auditing processes to drive robust governance and efficiency throughout an organisation. My executive skill set also encompasses a knack for performing comprehensive analysis of financials and strategies in order to recognise and mitigate risk along with identifying profitable business opportunities.


Due to my wide-ranging global experience, I offer in-depth knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP) and Polish tax and accounting rules. In addition, colleagues of all backgrounds have praised me for the ability to motivate teams during major projects while keeping their focus on the task at hand.

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Jean-Francois Massot

Commercial Finance VP – Energy Management BU at Schneider Electric

Here is reshaped bio : 20+ years of international experience as Finance leader working and living in Europe, USA and Asia. Mix of experience in Global Corporate roles or in Country Operations. Currently leading Finance for Commercial organization of Schneider Electric and involved in various planning  processes driving performance management.


Ales Oblak

CFO Adriatic at The Adecco Group

Ales Oblak, FCCA has 15 years’ experience in the Corporate environment (EY, Microsoft and Adecco) building Top Finance Teams, supporting Business to accelerate Profitable growth and Digitalization, driving Compliance initiatives to manage risks accordingly. He is also on the board of directors for Adecco Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia. Ales is also a member of the Slovenian AmCham Financial Committee. He is also a fellow member of the ACCA.

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Christakis Theodoulou

Deputy Group CFO at NIH Group

Christakis is the Deputy Group CFO at Nest Investments (Holdings) Ltd. He has more than 10 years of progressive experience within global and multi-billion dollar operations. His experience expands in banking, insurance, investment, real estate and other industry sectors. Part of his core qualifications are financial management, investment appraisals, financial analysis, valuations and risk management. Christakis started his career at EY where he worked as senior auditor of large financial services organisations.

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Paolo Paolino

Senior Finance Director EMEA at NVIDIA

Paolo is a senior finance leader with 15+ years work experience in the High Tech Industry spanning across multiple continents (Europe, North America) and businesses (Online, Cloud, Software, Hardware, AI). He spent 10+ years at Microsoft covering different finance roles in Italy, USA and Central and Eastern Europe, gathering solid experience in Financial Planning & Analysis and Controllership functions. He is currently working at Nvidia leading the Finance team for the EMEA Market, partnering with Sales and Marketing to drive growth across the region. Very passionate about empowering people, driving actionable business insights and leveraging new technologies. 

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Oliver Deacon

Executive Coach, Oliver Deacon Coaching

Oliver is a qualified ACC Executive Coach, a former Finance Director at Microsoft and a Fellow of the ICAEW. Beside his love of numbers, Oliver's true career passion has been building great teams and coaching individuals to achieve their full potential. He helps clients overcome the challenges of a modern finance environment. He specialises in leadership skills, personal effectiveness, modern finance and career development.


In organisations where machine learning, AI and bot automation are already core to the finance function, Oliver has over 300 hours of coaching experience with clients big tech companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Stripe, as well tech startups, to thoughtfully grow their organisations and careers in rapidly changing environments.


Oliver's clients describe his coaching style as energetic, pragmatic and inspiring - with a focus on prioritisation, impact and personal development, to get results. Oliver specialises in working with aspiring finance leaders, helping them to understand their strengths, goals and development areas, partnering with them to set their own individualised growth plans.


In addition to Microsoft, he has also led and coached international teams in Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, including Skype, Best Buy Europe and Deloitte, taking his career across the US, UK and Europe.

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