General Manager at Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus
Kyriakos Iordanou is the General Manager of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) since January 2012. He has been actively involved with the Institute for many years, serving as a Council member between 2002 to 2011, and holding the position of the Vice President for the period 2009-2011. Kyriakos’ professional career began in January 1995 in the banking sector and spanned as financial controller in public and private companies, as well as financial and business advisor to firms in Cyprus and abroad until 2004. He then worked for the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus, initially as the chief accountant and then as the internal auditor from 2004 until the end of 2011. He also served as a council member of the Cyprus Institute of Internal Auditors (2006-2011). Kyriakos qualified as a Certified Accountant in 1997 and is now a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Kyriakos is a member of ICPAC and qualified as an ACCA in 1997 and is a Fellow since 2002. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CPFA) and a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS). In addition, he is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM). Kyriakos is a holder of a Master’s in Business Administration degree (MBA).
Dr. George Theocharides
Chairman at Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)
Dr. George Theocharides (BΕng (Hons), MBA, PhD) is the Chairman of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). He has served as CySEC’s Vice Chairman between July 2020 – September 2021and was previously a CySEC Board member. As Associate Professor of Finance at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM) and Director of the MSc in its Financial Services Programme from September 2010 until July 2020, he has extensive professional experience in the financial sector. Prior, he worked as Assistant Professor of Finance at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, from 2006 until 2010. In 2006, he also worked as an International Faculty Fellow at the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Previously, he served as a member of the Bank of Cyprus Interim Board and Board Chairman of Cyprus Blockchain Technologies Ltd, among others.
Data Strategy & Governance at FedEx Express EU
Anwar is a globally recognised authority in Data Governance, Master Data Management and Information Management. For the last 15 years, he has spoken at numerous global events covering forums for Analytics, Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Mobile, Shared Services etc. Anwar’s keynotes, panels and Masterclasses are a balanced blend of cross‐functional, business and IT perspectives presented in a logical flow.
Anwar has developed his own unique Data Governance framework, implementation
approach and other unique Data methodologies. He deep‐dives into the critical areas that
companies often struggle with and prescribes ‘Data’ as the new business imperative. His
approach has been adopted by many organisations, software companies and consulting firms in
the USA, Australia, Asia and Europe.
With over 32 years of experience at TNT/FedEx Express, Anwar has a proven track record in Functional management, global project delivery, controlling core business processes, managing large teams, implementing applications and technology presented in the form of tangible top and bottom‐line benefits from the outset.
For the past decade, Anwar has dedicated much of his personal time to lecturing at university level with a personal objective of bringing ‘Data’ into mainstream education for society and industry. He has been involved with setting the curriculum for Data Science and challenging his students in a series of practical and relevant assignments.
Head of Finance - Novartis Technical Operations - Alcon Couvreur at Novartis
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”.
D. Phil, FCA, MBA, Director of Finance - Global Operations and Control at Johnson Matthey
Malcolm Finn is currently Director of Finance Operations and Control at Johnson Matthey plc (JM) where he leads on finance transformation and strategy, the financial risk and control processes and business partnering with the Group functions. Malcolm joined JM from Vodafone Group plc where he was Head of Group Reporting overseeing the consolidation, reporting and accounting, treasury finance and financial systems. Prior to Vodafone he was Global Financial Controller at Costa Coffee. He is a Chartered accountant (FCA – ICAEW) and has worked with many large organisations whilst he was at EY and Deloitte. Deeply interested in people and deeply interested in business his particular focus is on digital transformation in complex groups with global scale undergoing strategic change and renewal, finance transformation, complex transactions and readiness for new regulations.
Malcolm has a scientific academic background and has also completed an MBA. He often speaks and writes about organisation culture, the human factor and business performance and innovation.
Head RTR & Deputy Head of Financial Reporting and Accounting (FRA) - Region Europe at Novartis
+20 years of international experience in finance at Global, Region and Country level: planning, operations, controlling, taxes, treasury and audit with a background in digital solutions; currently in charge of accounting and reporting for Region Europe Shared Services Center.
Able to see the big picture and translate strategy into actionable plans delivering margin expansion and business benefits.
Recognized as results-oriented, analytical, strong finance peer, good communicator, and talent developer.
Regional Finance Director at Bridgestone EMIA
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.
Miguel Angel Orti Rodriguez
Chief Financial Officer & General Manager at ING
Miguel Orti is an International Finance Leader with more than 16 years of experience working in Banking. During most of his career he has worked for ING Group in several countries, becoming CFO of ING Ukraine in 2013 and CFO ING Austria in 2019. Starting his career in ING Direct Spain, a leading digital bank, he has been able to roll out his digital mindset during his international assignments in Amsterdam, Kiev and Vienna. However, he believes the key ingredient in every successful story is always the same: the people working on it. Miguel graduated from the University of Granada in 2005 with a degree in Economics. He has also an Master in Business Administration by IE Business School. He is Spanish, married and really busy afterwork with an eight years old daughter and a six years old son. When family allows, he loves practicing any kind of sport and preparing Argentinian “parrillas” (BBQs).
Senior Commercial Manager at NetU Group
Christos Tattis currently holds the position of the Senior Commercial Manager at NetU Group. While dealing with commercial matters both in the Private and Public Sectors, he is strongly advocating for the need of organizations to embark their digital transformation journey, adopting to the new norms and conditions. Before joining NetU in 2016, he spent 15 years in various positions in the Banking Sector at Emporiki Bank and Alpha Bank, leading various transformational projects. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from University of Cyprus and an MBA from City University of New York, Baruch College.
CFO & Corporate Director at Anticipa Real Estate
Peter McKenzie is a speaker, executive coach, and CFO 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 Courageous 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.
Founder & CEO at Datapply.ai
Stoyanka has 20+ years of experience in Enterprise Value Management, Finance Operations & Digital Transformation. Currently Founder of Datapply.ai, a SaaS platform that helps Telcos turn raw data into powerful business decisions by combining AI and big data analytics in one interactive platform with pre-built industry use cases. Former CFO of MTN Cyprus, co-leading the Digital Transformation of the company.
Stoyanka is passionate about innovation that breaks functional and systems silos, and transforms businesses towards data-driven corporate culture. Through her diverse career (MTN Group, Depfa Bank, VISION Group, etc) she has been focusing on enterprise value management by leveraging data-driven decisioning, cross-functional alignment, and deep understanding of processes. She is a strong advocate of the business case for Enterprise AI, following her participation in the Oxford University Artificial Intelligence Program and as a result of her work on Datapply.ai.
Partner at Aon Wealth Solutions
Philippos Mannaris is an experienced retirement & investment consultant and a Certified Board Level Director with Non-Executive roles across all major Financial Services industry sectors including: a Central Bank, a commercial Bank, an Investment services firm, a cross-border Pension Fund and
a Reinsurance company. Philippos graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a BSc (First Class Honours) in Actuarial Studies. He is a qualified actuary and a member of the Association of Actuaries of Cyprus and the UK. In 2020, he received a Certificate on Corporate Governance from INSEAD having completed the International Directors Banking Programme.
He joined Aon in 1999 and now leads Aon's Wealth solutions for Cyprus and the Middle East. He is
a partner of Aon's Global Wealth Practice, and works with institutional clients on the full range of actuarial and investment issues, including investment and funding strategies, fund manager selection and investment governance. He is the lead advisor for a number of large local and multinational companies and institutional investors in Cyprus, Egypt and the Middle East. He has total of 19 years of experience working with GCC clients.
He was appointed as a non-executive member of the Board of the Cyprus Central Bank in October 2013 where he served as the Chairman of the Board Investment Committee and a member of the Board Audit Committee. He was also a Board member of the National Resolution Authority for the same period. He is the Chairman of Aon’s DC Multi-employer retirement savings vehicle for Eastern Mediterranean. He is also a Non-Executive Director in an Investment services firm and a Reinsurance company and previously a Board member of the Central Bank of Cyprus and the Bank of Cyprus Group.
Senior Manager, Advisory at PWC
Nicoletta is a Transformation, Culture and Change management consultant with over 12 years of experience with private and public 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.
Nicoletta holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of York and a MPhil in Management from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. She is a certified Executive Coach (ECMM), an Associate Chartered Accountant, member of ICAEW and ICPAC.
Forensic, Anti-Money Laundering, Regulatory Compliance,
Registered Auditor and Insolvency Practitioner
Yiannis is a Consultant, in the fields of Forensic, Anti-Money Laundering, Regulatory Compliance, Registered Auditor and Insolvency Practitioner, with more than 20 years of experience.
He was engaged, for more than 2 years, as an External Technical Expert, and leading the Onsite Inspection Teams, of the AML/Supervision Department of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). He was also the Chairman and a Member, for more than 5 years, of the Economic Crime and Forensic Accounting Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) and also the Vice-Chairman, for more than 4 years, of the Promotion of the Profession and Academic Relations Committee of the Cyprus Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).
Yiannis is engaged as an External Technical Expert, in the fields of Forensic Investigations, Anti-money Laundering Investigations and Audit Investigations, by the Cyprus Police Economic Crime Unit, the Attorney General Office, the Audit General Office and the Private Sector.
Furthermore, Yiannis is a Member of the AML and Compliance Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC), a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and a Founding Member of the Cyprus #209 Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
He holds a Bachelor and a Master’s degrees in Accounitng, Economics and Finance (BA, MA), a Fellowship and Practicing Audit Certificates from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC). He is also a Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and of the International Compliance Association (ICA).
Regional Financial Controller at UBS
20+ years of experience in CFO roles and more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector.
Currently the CFO for Region EMEA and WM Europe for UBS and CFO of UBS Europe SE in Germany.
Started my career as an auditor in Cyprus with PwC, where I qualified as an FCCA and later in 2001 the CFO for UBS in Cyprus with additional responsibilities for finance teams in the Middle East.
Moved to Luxembourg in 2014 as CFO of UBS in the Benelux region and since 2016 CFO of UBS Europe SE, the European Headquarter of UBS in Germany.
Since 2016, I’m also the Regional Financial Controller for EMEA. Recently I have taken over the role of CFO For Region EMEA and WM Europe. Vast experience across all areas of finance.
Head of Cyprus & Greece at ICAEW
Christiana Diola is ICAEW’s Head of Cyprus & Greece and senior member of ICAEW’s International team. She undertakes leadership of ICAEW’s member and stakeholder activities for these countries, working in partnership with national stakeholders to advance the accountancy and finance profession. Christiana is a Fellow Chartered Accountant having qualified and with experience in major firms and corporates in the UK, Greece and Cyprus across audit and consulting for public and private sector clients. She also served as part of the Accounting Faculty of the University of Cyprus and is a member of the Cyprus-UK Business Association Board. Christiana graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
CFO/Executive Director at ECOMMBX
Georgia has held to position of Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of ECOMMBX Ltd since 2017, directly reporting to the Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director.
As a founding member of the company’s senior management, she actively participated in the digitization genesis of the company. She also set up the company’s accounting and finance departments, as well as the management Risk Committee, and Investment Committee, and is a member of all.
Other key responsibilities include ensuring that the business meets its budgetary targets and minimum capital requirements as per Central Bank Directives, while safeguarding clients’ funds in accordance with the regulatory guidelines and EU Directive.
In general, Georgia focuses on maintaining the healthy financial profile of ECOMMBX, in the interest of both the company and its clients. Her diligent budgeting, analysis, reporting and projecting skills were honed over many years in both auditing firms and banks, giving her the credentials to fulfil her duties to perfection.
Senior Manager, Risk Advisory at Deloitte
Theodora is a Senior Manager in the Risk Advisory Department of Deloitte Cyprus, specialising in Financial Institutions, as well as European Investment Firms, Investment Funds and Fund Managers. She has many years of experience in regulatory compliance and strategy, with a more recent focus in advising clients, both locally and internationally, on ESG and sustainability best practices and how to apply the new regulatory framework to their organisation’s needs and idiosyncrasies.
Theodora holds a BSc in Economics from University College London (UCL) and an MPhil in Real Estate Finance from the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC). She is also a member of ICPAC Sustainability Committee, ICPAC Funds Committee and CIFA Alternative Investment Funds Committee. She also holds a Certificate in Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies from Cambridge Judge Business School.
Director, Assurance at Deloitte
Panos leads Deloitte’s Business Assurance practice in Cyprus and also co-leads Deloitte’s ESG & Sustainability Services team. He has over 13 years of advisory, assurance and audit experience, and in the last few years has been focusing on areas of regulatory change such as benchmark reform, sustainable finance and algorithm assurance. He has experience working across Deloitte territories in the UK, US and Cyprus with clients ranging from Central Banks and Global Tier 1 banks, to regional and local financial institutions.
CEO at SOL Crowe
Panayiotis Alamanos is the CEO of SOL Crowe, one of the leading companies providing Auditing and Advisory services in Greece, and one of the top national firms of Auditors in Europe.
Panayiotis became a partner at SOL Crowe in 2010, while in 2011 he became a fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. During the period 2014 to 2017, he held the position of the Secretary General of the Economic Chamber of Greece and from 2018 to 2020, he was the President of the Federation of Mediterranean Accountants / Fédération des Experts Comptables Méditerranéens.
Panayiotis holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Science, from London School of Economics and Political Science and an MSc degree in Shipping Trade and Finance, from Cass Business School, London, UK.
He is married and the father of three children.
Giorgio De Giorgi
President at FCM - Federation of Mediterranean Accountants
Mr. Giorgio De Giorgi is currently President of FCM (Fédération des Experts Comptables Méditerranéens - The Federation of Mediterranean Certified Accountants that represents the accountancy profession in the Mediterranean area. Its membership consists of 16 professional Institutes of accountants from 12 Mediterranean countries and includes 320.000 professionals.
Mr. Giorgio De Giorgi is also a Member of the EMEA board and management committee and member of the World Board of PrimeGlobal, one of the five largest associations of independent accounting firms in the world, with 300 member firms over the globe, present in over 100 countries with more than 950 offices and 3,000 partners, actively participating in the activities of the association.
Mr. Giorgio De Giorgi is also a Member of the tax faculty of PrimeGlobal, lectures at several courses and conferences on internationalisation of companies and businesses and on international taxation, both in Italy and abroad.
AMLCO at EcommBX
Vicky is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, member of the ICPAC and CAMS member. She joined ECOMMBX as the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer on April 1st, 2021 after being with PwC Cyprus for a total of 15 years. During her career, Vicky serviced a wide range of financial services clients including credit institutions, EMIs and investment firms, offering advisory services in the areas of risk management, regulatory compliance, governance and internal controls.
Governor at Central Bank of Cyprus; Member at European Central Bank
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.
Senior VP, Strategy & Business Development at Viva Wallet
A technology and finance enthusiast, Yannis Larios joined the Viva Wallet team in 2012. He is an Electrical & Computer Engineer, holding a PhD in Operational Research on Financial Risk Management from the National Technical University of Athens. Alongside the company’s visionary founders, Haris Karonis and Makis Antypas, Yannis has been a key member of the team propelling Viva Wallet’ rapid evolution in the challenging European payments landscape, to accomplish what no neobank had accomplished before; offering truly unifying, yet localized, end-to-end advanced digital payments solutions and embedded banking services tailored to the needs of SMB in 24 countries. Viva Wallet is now the leading European cloud-based neobank, with its powerful in-house R&D team delivering groundbreaking technologies, including latest innovation “tap-on-phone Viva Wallet POS app”. Innovation serving a seamless experience in a society of invisible payments encapsulates Yiannis’ vision.
Yannis has acquired valuable experience and in-depth knowledge of the information & communications technology, digital payments and digital policies fields, having served as a Strategy Consultant for major Corporations and state institutions for nearly three decades, including the Greek Ministry of Economy & Finance with a focus on digital transformation. He has also been a prime contributor to the Greek Digital Strategy 2007-2013 and the setup of the ERDF/ ESF funded Operational Programme Digital Convergence (NSRF 2007-2013). At the same period he was appointed VP of the Greek Observatory for the Information Society (an EC-funded entity), supervising numerous surveys and reports on the status and growth opportunities of Digital Technology in Greece and Europe. Acknowledging his undisputable expertise in digital policies, he also served as the Greek delegate in EC e-policy strategy closed forums.
Business Strategist at PhilipposAristotelous
Philippos Aristotelous is an award-winning business strategist, lawyer, executive coach and author with 18 years of diverse professional experience.
During his earlier legal practice years, Philippos was a senior partner and the head of taxation in Cyprus’s largest law firm with substantial experience in practice management and with his publications, interviews and work featuring in Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, Law Business Research and elsewhere.
Currently he helps individuals and organisations drive-up their performance by bringing their core values into focus and increasing workplace engagement while fostering environments where employees can flourish.
He is the published author of the books “The MARVEL of Engagement: Turning Passive Employees into Active Ambassadors” described as "the concise bible of employee engagement theory and practice" and “The MARVEL of Happiness: Principles, Stories and Lessons for Living Fully” included in Gold Magazine’s prestigious annual “Top 10 Books To Read” List and described as “one of the most entertaining and useful guides to living a fuller life”.
Philippos is also an Associate Consultant at Great Place to Work(R)(Cyprus).
His current client base includes prominent organisations and leading firms in the professional services sector, as well as market leaders in the food and beverage, supply chain management, e-commerce, trading, transportation and logistics industries.
Check out Philippos' website: philarist.com
Director of Global Strategic Partnerships at Viva Wallet
A business professional with over 18 years of professional experience in Management Consulting, IT and Risk related services; including pragmatic senior management experience within the Financial Services industry, with focus on digital payments and fintech environments.
A “Big 4” background that drives professional attitude and quality driven results. A leader with entrepreneurial attitude and a wide network both locally and abroad. Developed and led Business Plans & Go to Market strategies through successful implementation.
Established and developed from ground zero the end to end card payments acceptance business of a bank and auxiliary electronic payment services; directing the execution for driving new digital banking products and services across the market, including value add customer tailored solutions.
Passionate of the emerging innovation and market adoption to digital transformation, looking to empower the experience economy and working cultures.