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Ready To To Hear More About Digital Transformation From The Experts?
Finance Leaders Webinar: PART III
25 NOVEMBER 2020 | 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EET)
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Harry Xenophontos

Head of Merchant Acquiring, Open Banking & 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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Faruk Aysoy

CFO of Eastern Europe at Lacoste & Gant

Faruk Aysoy was appointed as the CFO of Eastern Europe (EE) at Lacoste and Gant operations in June 2015. Since then he played an extensive role in exponential growth of Eastern Europe organization as well as in execution of e-commerce in EE, incorporation of Gant in Poland, and Lacoste in Slovakia. Previously he worked as a Financial Controller for 6 years at Siemens Turkey, and for more than a year, as a Financial Controlling and Reporting Director at Gant/Lacoste/Eren Holding in Turkey.

He is a CPA, and holding bachelor degrees in Industrial & Operations Engineering, and Economics from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor - USA, and a masters in Business Administration from Marmara University – Turkey.

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Jaume Figuls

Finance Director at L'Oréal

Originally from Barcelona (Spain) and graduated from ESADE, is experiencing a fast-track international experience in Finance at L’Oréal, currently responsible of Active Cosmetics Division in Portugal. Mother tongue in Catalan and Spanish, fluent in English and colloquial German and Portuguese. He defines himself as a learner on the fly, with strategic agility and a multidisciplinary team player.

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Lenka Holá Toul

CFO - Group Director Business Finance at Walmark

  • Responsible for company strategy

  • Managing and implementation of BI strategy

  • More than 16 years in finance and change management positions

  • Implemented over 20 projects focused on ERP, CRM, and BI

  • Design automation projects

  • Design and programming data architecture

  • External consultant focused on efficient driving company

  • processes

  • Publication and consultancy on conferences

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Matthias Weber 

CFO Sandoz Germany at Sandoz

Matthias Weber is Finance Director of Hexal AG, the leading Generics Company in Germany. It belongs to the Swiss based Novartis Group. He studied business administration in Germany (Dipl. KfM) and the UK (MBA) started his career in Banking and Venture Capital. Over the last 25 years he gained significant CFO and Board experience in multiple Novartis entities and businesses (Animal Health, OTC, Vaccines, Ophtalmology, Oncology, Generics) in Switzerland, France, UK, Russia and Germany. His recent focus is on ai applications in cooperation with the applied ai initiative from the Technical University Munich.

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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.

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Paolo Paolino

CFO, Sr. 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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Lubos Zitka

CFO CZ&SK at Citi

  • Currently CFO for the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Citibank Europe plc. Lubos has also significant track from PwC and ING (NN)

  • Holds university degrees from Economics and Law which he finds as ideal combination for regulated industries/future Finance challenges requiring X-disciplinary approach

  • His broad education and both the advisory and business experience allow him to solve and deliver multidisciplinary tasks typically beyond the Finance galaxy

  • Change oriented Leader with a strong business acumen when shaping Finance function within organization

  • Strong believer in the business and purpose oriented Finance function with a strong Risk & Controls approach at the same time

  • Due to the extensive embedding of centres of excellence and instant digital transformation of the Finance function within Citi, Lubos has a thorough experience with major trends and changes of the Finance heart of the company

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Kyriacos Kokkinos

Deputy Minister to the President for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy Republic of Cyprus

Kyriacos Kokkinos is the Deputy Minister to the President for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, since March 1st 2020. He previously served as Chief Scientist for Research & Innovation of the Republic of Cyprus, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Research & Innovation Foundation and Member of the National Board of Research & Innovation.

He is a distinguished professional with 30 years of experience in Executive Management, Technology and Business Consulting, served at senior Executive roles in global corporations such as IBM Europe (Executive Director & Partner) and PwC. He also served at the Board of Directors of many Organisations, including Invest Cyprus (Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency - CIPA), the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), the Cyprus Ports Authority (CPA), and the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Institute.


He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for professional excellence, including the ‘Business Leader of the Year Award’ 2016, by Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and the ‘Quality Leader Award 2015’ by Cyprus Quality Association.


His Academic qualifications include Executive MBA in Strategic Management from Henley Management College (UK) and MSc & BSc in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA).”

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Thomas Metzen

CFO Germany at SGS

Thomas Metzen is an entrepreneurial, openminded and cosmopolitan CFO with more than twelve years on C-level, worked and lived over 10 years abroad in several countries and has a good financial as well as operational background based on his long experience in insurance and TIC sector.

Thomas specializes are in turnaround realizations of VUCA assignments, enforcing finance transformation by technologies and fostering employees by motivation and qualification (“walk the talk!”). With insane implementation pace of his initiatives he forces to use progressive systems, to implement automated accounting workflows, to move to digital procedures, to establish smart operational applications and to focus on customer needs and market trends. Thomas is a powerful and transparent decision maker – maybe based on his former referee times in the German Bundesliga. He uses his personal agility, positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed.

Thomas is inspired daily by collegial commitment, common improvements and customer satisfaction. In his free time, Thomas likes to hike, travel and spend time with his family.

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Vassilios Vrachimis

Partner in Advisory, In charge of Banking and Health Industries, Head of Technology & Transformation at PwC Cyprus

Decades' worth of experience in working with banks in the UK, Cyprus and elsewhere and more recently also working with other professionals in delivering solutions to the Health industry in Cyprus.  A strong believer in the value of data in decision making he has led the development of the data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence propositions which are currently being delivered by a team of 15 experts.


As part of his internal responsibilities he heads the transformation of PricewaterhouseCoopers - Cyprus by leveraging technology and data.

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Nicoletta Psyllidou

Senior Manager in Advisory at PwC Cyprus

An experienced transformation, culture and change management consultant with experience in private and public sector sector clients in the UK, Cyprus and other international organisations.  Nicoletta is passionate about advising organisations on how to consciously shape their culture, align stakeholder behavioural priorities and expectations and leverage technology, in order to successfully manage change and achieve their strategic objectives.

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Phivos Leontiou

Chief Operating Officer at Hellenic Bank

Phivos Leontiou is holding a Bachelor degree in Economics & Accounting and a Masters degree in International Financial Management from UK Universities. His career has been in Banking for over 30 years, initially with Arab Bank Cyprus and subsequently with Hellenic Bank in Greece and Cyprus.


Under his duties of Chief Operating Officer he is responsible for Banking and Credit Operations, International Payments, Administrative Services, Fraud Management, Customer Contact Centre, Customer Suggestions and Complaints, Central Procurement and the Transformation Office, the latter including O&M, Project Management, Change Delivery Office and Business Analysis.

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Christina Orphanidou

Manager, Advisory at PwC Cyprus

Christina is a Big Data and Artificial Intelligence specialist with over 15 years of experience in the design and delivery of data-driven systems in academia and industry. In PwC, she manages the Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence team, where she leads projects on the development of algorithms and products for providing data-driven insights to clients via the use of Machine Learning and Big Data for improving operations and enhancing customer experience. She is an expert in the utilization of data insights for building customer/user experience journeys and in the development of digital transformation strategies across industries. Within PwC she is a trainer for the Data Analytics Innovation Academy. She is involved in science and technology communication and is a TEDx speaker.  Christina holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from the University of Oxford in the UK. 

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Stavros Kattamis

Partner | Head of Finance & Operations at PwC Cyprus

A business professional with over 35 years of experience at PwC. He has been leading the Finance Function for almost 30 years and the Operations function for the last 3 years contributing significantly to its digital transformation.

During his career, he has been leading various projects including amongst others, Mergers and Acquisitions, major ERP implementations and Digital Transformation projects. He believes that a modern CFO must take full advantage of the technology and transform the operating model of the finance function starting from the data collection process to the issue and distribution of information to the stakeholders. He is a fellow member of the ACCA and member of the ICPAC since 1995. He is a member of the Management Board of PwC Cyprus and the Vice Chairman of the CFO committee of ICPAC.

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Georgios Georgiou

Stringer at Bloomberg, and Radio Producer at Politis

I am business journalist, editor, columnist, TV, radio and podcast producer. I have been a stringer for Bloomberg news covering Cyprus since 2013. During week days, I co-host “Show me the Money” at “Politis 107.6” radio station and on Sundays I write an opinion column at “Politis" newspaper. I am currently working on the production of a financial literacy podcast series.

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Keith Jordan

Vice President of Innovation, Labs as a Service at Mastercard

Keith Jordan has spent over 25 years working in digital marketing, strategic management, product design, and technology futurology, consistently producing effective and award-winning work for some of the world’s biggest brands. He has an extensive background in technical innovation, mixed reality, and digital transformation, and has worked across the globe using his expertise to advise and create new routes to market and re-engineering supply chains for companies.

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