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Ready To Hear How Finance Leaders Are Driving Holistic Strategic Transformation?
The Finance Leaders Webinar
CFO 4.0
24 JUNE 2021 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EEST)
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SPEAKER PROFILES

Christos Tavelis

President of ICPAC CFO Committee 

 

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.

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.

Mitar Mrdic

National Financial Director and CFO at Kuehne + Nagel 

 

Highly organized and precise management professional. Skilled in the areas of finance and business process outsourcing and optimisation with proven track record in mentioned areas. Experienced finance consultant. Achieved great results while working under the pressure of deadlines, excellent time management. Experienced people manager. Showing great interest in project management.

Alexandra Buzgau

Head of Finance and Controlling at HELLA 

 

Result oriented CFO with a demonstrated history of more than 10 years in Finance & Controlling. Professional growth in the competitive automotive industry where I began my journey early on, while still attending my Bachelor’s in Accounting & Computer Science. Gained experience through various interesting roles in multinational companies: from Financial Analyst and Business Division Controller within Shared Service Department to Plant Controller and then Head of Finance and Controlling of a complete legal entity.

Stepping up and acting as a reliable co-pilot for the CEO in steering the business. Key strategic partner who continuously supports the decision making processes through the organization. Gatekeeper to the company’s financial information and using the figures to tell the story of opportunities, risks and overall direction. 

Riaan Turton

Senior Vice President Finance Market Access at Imperial Logistics 

 

Riaan Turton Senior Vice President: Finance: Imperial Market Access: Consumer. He previously served as CFO of Imeprial’s Southern and East Africa business. A Chartered Accountant who holds a BCom (Accounting) (Hons) degree and H Dip Company Law, Riaan has extensive experience in the fields of finance, tax, mergers, acquisitions, and risk management.

 

Before joining Imperial, Riaan held the position of CFO for Massdiscounters (Game and DionWired)(Massmart/Walmart) - an organisation in which he also served as chairman of the risk committee and finance executive sponsor for their SAP S4 Hana implementation. Prior to that, he served as CFO for organisations such as AECI and Eqstra Fleet Management.

Christos Iacovides

CFO Tropical Division at Unifrutti Group 

 

Christos is a Fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a BSc. from City University, London and a MSc. from Cass Business School, London. He has over 15+ years of experience in international organisations gained through a number of senior finance roles in the construction, education and agricultural industries.  A core part of his experience includes a successful track record of establishing and working with diverse teams across the Middle East and Asia.

Christos is based in Cyprus as the CFO of the Tropical Division of the Unifrutti Group since 2018. The Unifrutti Group is one of the largest privately held global groups in the fresh produce industry with the Tropical Division being primarily involved in the export of Cavendish bananas from the Philippines to markets across Asia and the Middle East.  

Giuseppe Malanga

CFO - Director Finance, IT & Business Operations at Roche

 

Young dynamic Manager, with consolidated experience in various international contexts, from large multinationals to private equity firms), in production and commercial sectors. Solid financial background and significant strategic business vision with leadership and experience in corporate reorganizations & change management. Orientation to results and people are combined with a passion for corporate sustainability (#Freshstart) and “Continuous improvement”

Argyris Argyrou

Founder at Foody 

 

Founder of foody.com.cy - the food ordering platform in Cyprus acquired by Delivery Hero - the global leader in the industry.

 I like to think that I am a hard working, fast learning, do-er. I am into building teams and I like to focus on Culture & Product.

In my past life I founded AtYourService, Ideas2life,  was General Manager of Waste Management & Recycling company, Group Marketing Manager in one of the top five Consumer Goods companies in Cyprus and Project manager for the first Sorting plants for municipal waste in Cyprus.

 

Before that, My studies include  an MBA, Major in Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business Schooland an MSc, Management Science at  Warwick Business School.

Nikolaos Vigos

Chief Financial & Administration Officer at Merck Business Services 

 

I joined MERCK SA HELLAS in 2005, initially working as Accounting Manager and Controller. Since 2007 working as Country CFO and recently as CAO. Experienced Global Services CFO and Chief Administrative Officer with a demonstrated history as a Country Board of Directors member working in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Skilled in Negotiation, Tax Planning, Financial Management, Business Development, and Corporate Strategy.  Ability to promote agile business solutions using reasonable care - thinking and exercise independent judgment. Focusing on developing team’s competence by promoting integrity, respect, objectivity, diversity, and corporate governance policies.

Stephen Sutcliffe

Director of Finance & Accounting at NHS Shared Business Services 

 

Stephen has 25 years’ experience working in NHS finance and is currently Director of Finance & Accounting at NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), where he is helping to shape a new era of shared services that underpin the NHS transformation agenda. He previously held various roles across a range of NHS trusts (Acute, Community, Specialist) before being appointed Director of Finance at Oldham PCT. Stephen then helped to establish the Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) and was Director of Finance at Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) before joining NHS SBS.

Dimitris Basioudis

Business Navigator, Indirect Procurement at Inter Ikea Group 

 

During the last 18 years Dimitris has been employed in the field of Business finance and Quantitative analytics. He has developed extensive Business Analysis and Commercial Finance expertise. Dimitris experience so far has enabled him to build solid Business acumen and commercial awareness, combined with a strong Finance, analytical and numerical toolkit. 

 

His role as  Business Navigator, Indirect Procurement is to lead and develop business performance management across all Categories within CAIP. He is an important ambassador for performance management and actively supports the CA management team and business teams. Dimitris plays a vital role in the APL process and closely collaborates with the categories and Category Managers.  

Harris Papakyriacou

Financial Manager at CAC Papantoniou Ltd 

 

After graduating from The Grammar School in Nicosia and Harris served  his 26 months military service, with the rank of sergeant.  He then went to the USA where he earned a BSc (Cum Laude) in Accounting from The State University Of New York at New Paltz and an MSc in Accounting from The State University οf New York at Albany, where he also received the very honourable distinction of the Graduate Academic Achievement Award in the MSc in Accounting – One Year Program.  

        

Harris is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a combined professional experience of over 27 years.  He worked in the USA for almost 3 years, as an auditor with the auditing firm Arthur Andersen LLC, and in Cyprus for 6 years as the Chief Accountant of Xerographic Systems Ltd and then Leptos Armonia Estates Ltd and for the last 18 years he holds the position of the CFO of the Papantoniou Group. 

 

Harris is married and father of a daughter. 

Michalis Charalambous

Finance Director, Remedica 

 

Mr Charalambous completed his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Kent, in the United Kingdom. Whilst working in a London based audit firm, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 2009 and then enhanced his professional skills by working as an auditor for a number of different industrial companies. Upon, repatriating to Cyprus in 2012, he was employed in the automotive industry, which, due to the economic crisis, represented a challenge but allowed him to further enhance his skills and get to know the Cypriot industrial business environment. Over the years, he has attended various seminars both in Cyprus and overseas as part of his continuous professional development. Mr Charalambous joined the Remedica family as Financial Controller in 2016 and is now the Company’s Finance Director.