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Ready To Meet The Finance Leaders Of The Future?
Finance Leaders Webinar: PART I
30 SEPTEMBER 2020 | 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EEST)
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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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Oleksandra Karnaukh

Finance Director Operations at Delhaize Belgium

Have +10y of experience in Finance in top FMCG companies. Build my professional carrier through intense growth, development of hard and soft skills. Started in ABInbev as Finance Specialist and grew through Business controlling roles in Nestle and ABInbev to Head of Operations Controlling in Danone. Move to Belgium brought new challenges in one of the biggest retailer in BELUX. I am passionate about people, people development, cooperation and collaboration. I see maintaining energy level in company as one of responsibilities for leaders.

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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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Stephanie Dikaiou Fessas

Director, Human Capital Consulting at Deloitte

Stephanie Dikaiou Fessas is a Director at Deloitte’s Human Capital Services and since 2005 she has been working with high-profile corporate local and international clients, leading a variety of HR engagements. For 13 years she was the Managing Director of a boutique HR Consulting firm providing a comprehensive range of customised Human Resources Services and Solutions to clients, and in January 2019 she and her team joined Deloitte in Cyprus. Some areas of expertise include salary and benefits benchmarking, corporate culture diagnostics and intervention, talent management, design and conduction of assessment and development centres, executive recruitment, bespoke learning & development programmes and executive coaching.

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Juan Jose Piedra Galan

CFO Sandoz Industrial at Novartis


Finance professional with +25y of experience in different finance roles of some multinational companies (Honda, Ferrero, Culligan, Firmenich). Currently CFO of Sandoz Industrial Products, part of Novartis Group, where have been working for +10 years in several positions and locations, including their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

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Dr. René Rüdinger

Chief Financial Officer at ARCADIS


Dr. René Rüdinger (45) is 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.

René is living in Düsseldorf (Germany) and has 1 wife, 3 kids – and a very energetic dog (Labrador).

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Mikaël Zakarian

CFO – Denmark, Iceland and Microsoft Development Center at Microsoft


Mikaël’s experience in driving digital transformation spans across many industries within both consumer and commercial segments, and with particular insight into the retail and services industries. Geographically, he has operated across markets in Western Europe, Central Europe and Asia including India.


Mikaël’s focus on developing high performing modern finance teams by leveraging diversity and emotional intelligence with focus on delivering business successes.


He has a thorough insight into global business dynamics, and he offers a profound expertise in driving digital transformation to optimize operations and to transform products and services. Mikaël has a strong track record in business creation partnering with leaders and executives across functional areas to identify innovative systems for performance measurement, launch of innovation, investment decisions, as well as strategic planning.


Mikaël Zakarian is originally from France, and he has relocated to Denmark in connection to his work in the Danish subsidiary. He holds a M.Sc. in Accounting and Finance from University Paris-Sud.


Aarti Sharma

Chief Financial Officer, Head Treasury and Company Secretary at ICICI Bank UK PLC


Aarti Sharma is a senior finance executive with over twenty five years of experience in high profile large scale multinationals in the Financial Services industry. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer, Head Treasury and Company Secretary at ICICI Bank UK PLC responsible for Finance, Treasury and Corporate Secretarial functions of the Bank. Ms. Sharma is an experienced and proven professional in Strategy formulation and implementation, Financial controls, Treasury, Corporate governance, Information Technology and Nurturing talent at various leadership positions across multiple geographies and functions. She is the Non-Executive Director on the Board of India opportunities fund, ICICI International Limited. Before joining ICICI Bank UK PLC, Ms. Sharma worked with American Express for ten years.

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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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Sofocles Tymvios

Chief Financial Officer at Swissport Cyprus Ltd, Head of Finance Swissport Med Cluster


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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Rodrigo Torres

VP & Group CFO Operations - Global Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Quality (Vehicle Competitiveness) at Groupe Renault


Experienced Chief Financial Officer with a demonstrated 20 years of global experience. Worked in various finance functions across 7 countries and different manufacturing industries. Skilled in Business Planning, Supply Chain & Project Finance, Commercial Finance (including Financing), Risk Management, and Business Process Improvement (including Shared Services). Proven great team builder with experience to lead large teams. Strong finance professional and business partner, graduated from PUC-Rio, IBMEC and Harvard executive education.

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Jill Douka

MBA, ΜCC, Director at Global Academy of Coaching


Αccredited by International Coaching Federation at the 3% of coaches globally. #1 International Bestselling and Awarded Author of 3 books, highly sought after internationally-renowned speaker, awarded mentor by the European Union, Founder Global Academy of Coaching Certificate. Accredited by International Coach Federation Author of #1 International bestseller Create Love: 7 Secrets to Manifest your Perfect Match, Author of Bestseller How to Create Your Life and Suddenly Now.

Official Member of Forbes Coaches Council. In Global Academy of Coaching Leadership Coaching Certification, students from across the globe develop their self-confidence, clarity, influence, and become exceptional life coaches, taught by the best professors in the world.  ​Global Academy of Coaching Certification is proud to be accredited by the International Coach Federation for 124 hours of coach- specification training ACSTH accreditation. This enables our Students who graduate to apply to ICF for their ACC Credential. We are very proud about the 9,4/10 feedback our graduates rated us for 2019.

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Rob Jackson

VP, Finance Operations at Sage


Rob is a finance operations and transformation professional, with experience across industry and consulting. Rob leads Group Finance Operations for Sage and is responsible for the running of three finance shared service centres, a portfolio of finance change initiatives and the maintenance and enhancement of Sage’s finance business intelligence and automation systems. Rob’s current focus is on reducing process cycle times across order-to-cash, record-to-report and purchase-to-pay, while delivering a better finance process experience for Sage’s customers, colleagues and suppliers.

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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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Antonio Pucci

CFO South Region at Bridgestone EMIA


Born in Reggio Calabria and graduated in Economy, Antonio Pucci arrives in Milan when he was 28 years old. He attends here an MBA, then he begins to work in the Financial Department of Nokia, leading company in the TLC, with a business in Italy of 1 million of mobile phones monthly sold.


After having filled several positions in the Finance area of the company, Pucci decides to join a totally different sector, joining as Senior Corporate Controller Applied Biosystems, company leader in the Biogenetics, the first company to map the human genome in 2000.


When the company was acquired by the main competitor, Pucci decides to change, joining Estee Lauder, leading company in the luxury cosmetics and fragrances, as Head of Business Controlling, bringing with him the important knowledge of the dynamics of an Headquarter, which will be the key for an effective relationship with the Senior management of the new company, both in Paris and in New York.


After having filled several financial positions in Estee Lauder, including a new Corporate role, Pucci decides to face a new challenge as CFO for the South Region in Bridgestone, leading company in the tires industry and mobility solutions.

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Eleni Manti

Director, Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte


Eleni Manti is a Director in the Financial Advisory Services (FAS) of Deloitte in Cyprus. Eleni has been with Deloitte since 2006, initially in the Audit and then in the Financial Advisory department. She has a vast experience in Corporate Finance, Transaction Services, Valuations and other Financial Advisory services. She has led a large number of projects, including Mergers and Acquisitions, Financial Due Diligence Reviews, Capital Structuring and Debt Advisory, Fair Value estimates (valuations), Forensic and Dispute work, Restructuring and Reorganisation, Fairness Opinion reports, Business plans for clients both locally and abroad.


Eleni holds a degree in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Whales, ICAEW.

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