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George Campanellas

George Campanellas

CEO, Invest Cyprus 
George Campanellas is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Invest Cyprus) and the Vice President of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). He has nearly twenty years of professional experience in Cyprus and abroad, working with the DG Competition in Brussels and directly with the Cypriot Ministers of Health and Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism.  George has been actively involved in the development of the oil & gas sector in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone, dealing with licensing, exploration and exploitation activities, as well as promoting bilateral and multilateral cooperation at a regional level. Throughout his career, he also had an active role in drafting the regulatory framework and running the relevant licensing procedures for attracting Foreign Direct Investment in sectors of strategic importance and large-scale infrastructure projects, such as the LNG terminal at Vasilikos Energy Center, Cyprus Techno Park, EuroAsia Interconnector and the City of Dreams Mediterranean, Europe’s largest integrated casino resort and Cyprus’ largest FDI project. 

 

Constantinos Petrides

Constantinos Petrides

Minister of Finance, Republic of Cyprus
Constantinos Petrides assumed office as Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus on 3rd of December 2019. Prior to his appointment, he served as Minister of Interior (1 May 2017 - 3 December 2019) and Deputy Minister to the President of the Republic of Cyprus since (1st March 2013 – 30 April 2017). From September 2011 to February 2013 was the Director of the Office of the President of the Democratic Rally. In 2006 he was hired at the European Commission in Brussels where he worked as an economist at the Directorate General for Agriculture and the Directorate General for Competition until September 2011. During his stay at the European Commission he served as negotiator of trade liberalization agreements between the EU and third countries and also worked on issues of public aid in the field of transportations. From 2000 until 2006 he served as Senior Officer at the Association of Cyprus Banks and as representative of the Association to the European Banking Federation and the National Euro Changeover Committee. During the negotiations for Cyprus’ accession to the EU in 2000 he worked on issues of harmonization at the Directorate for EU-Cyprus relations of the Planning Bureau. He studied Economics at the University of Nottingham and then acquired an MSc in Political Economy of Transition in Europe from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Tanguy van de Werve

Tanguy van de Werve

Director General, EFAMA, Belgium
Tanguy van de Werve is the Director General of EFAMA. Tanguy has more than 28 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining EFAMA, Tanguy headed the Brussels office of AFME, the Association of Financial Markets in Europe. He was Director General of Leaseurope (European leasing industry) and Eurofinas (European consumer credit industry); he headed the Financial Markets and Banking Supervision Department of the European Banking Federation (2000-2006) and held various other roles in the financial services industry. He has University degrees in law, international relations and financial risks management. Robert Parker, Senior Adviser, International Capital Markets Association & Asset

Andreas Yiasemides

Andreas Yiasemides

President, Cyprus Investment Funds Association

Andreas Yiasemides is the President of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) and a Partner at PwC Cyprus, in charge of the Fund Services of the organisation. On his graduation from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in Economics, he joined PwC in 1999 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (FCA). He continued his career with the Bank of Cyprus, holding various positions including heading the Custody and Trust sUnit. He then moved on to an organisation of professional services where he set up and led the Fund Services Unit.He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Cyprus and of the Central Bank of Cyprus aswell as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). He is also Vice Chairman of the Cyprus National Advisory Council of Charter Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). Andreas Yiasemides has also been elected as the President of the Cyprus India Business Association.

Panikos Teklos

Panikos Teklos

Vice-President, Cyprus Investment Funds Association
Panikos Teklos is the Vice-President, Cyprus Investment Funds Association. He is the Investment Management, Regulatory Risk and Wealth Advisory Services Leader of Deloitte in Cyprus and a Partner in the Risk Advisory department. He is also Managing Director of Deloitte Investment Services Ltd. He has more than 19 years of international experience in Investment Banking, Strategy, Consulting, Risk Advisory, Asset and Wealth Management. He is a specialist in structured products and complex derivatives, structured finance, funding strategies (including Public Debt Management) and structured solutions for Financial Institutions and Corporates and an expert in multi-jurisdictional investment fund and asset management company advisory.

Robert Parker

Robert Parker

Chairman, International Capital Markets Association & Asset Management, UK
Robert Parker is Chairman of the International Capital Markets Association and chairs the Asset Management and Investors Council. He has worked in the capital markets for approximately 45 years, starting his career in corporate finance in France, then being a member of the N M Rothschild investment team and later he was a founder of Crédit Suisse First Boston’s investment activities. After 35 years, he retired from Crédit Suisse in May 2017. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Arcus European Infrastructure and is Vice Chairman of the Quilvest Investment Committee. He gained his BA and MA in economics from Cambridge University.

Antonis Rouvas

Antonis Rouvas

Board Member, Asset Management, Advisory Services, KPMG in Cyprus
Antonis Rouvas is a Board Member at the Asset Management, Advisory Services of KPMG Ltd in Cyprus. He graduated from Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA with a BSc (High Honors) in Business and Mathematics and holds the professional titles FCA (ICAEW) and AMCT (Association of Corporate Treasurers, UK). He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and then for the multinational Credit Suisse in a number of posts, starting from Singapore with final appointment in London. In 2004, he joined KPMG as a Partner, based in Nicosia. In 2008 he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Hellenic Bank Group. He returned to KPMG in January 2018 as a Board Member, working in the field of Advisory Services.

Bryan Stirewalt

Bryan Stirewalt

Chief Executive of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), Dubai, UAE
Bryan Stirewalt was appointed Chief Executive of the DFSA in October 2018, after eight years as the DFSA’s Managing Director of the Supervision Division. From 1985 to 1996, he worked for the US Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a National Bank Examiner, specialising in policy development and implementation, problem bank rehabilitation and banking fraud initiatives. From 1996 until joining the DFSA in 2008, he worked for an international consulting and advisory firm, focusing on emerging markets development programmes in Poland, Ukraine, Cyprus and Kazakhstan. In relation to international development, Bryan plays an active role in supporting the work of international standard-setting bodies. He now serves as the Co-Chair of the Basel Consultative Group (BCG), which provides a forum for deepening the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s engagement with non-member, global supervisors on banking supervisory issues. Through this role, he also serves as an Observer at the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

Daniel Farchy

Daniel Farchy

Senior Investment Officer, Infrastructure and Business Development, European Investment Bank’s (EIB), Luxembourg
Daniel Farchy is a Senior Investment Officer in the Infrastructure and Business Development division of the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) New Products and Special Transactions Department, where he focuses on climate and environmental finance. Recently, Daniel led EIB’s investment in the green bonds asset class, including investment in a number of dedicated funds focused on green financing both in Europe and Emerging Markets. Prior to 2017 Daniel was at IFC, where he led IFC’s work with financial institutions on Climate/Green Finance in Latin America. Previously, Daniel also worked in environmental asset management companies in New York and Washington DC and as an energy economist at the World Bank. He holds Masters Degrees in Natural Sciences from the University of Oxford and in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University - SAIS.

David Zahn

David Zahn

CFA, FRM, Head of European Fixed Income Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager,Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group
David Zahn leads the management of European fixed income strategies and is a member of the Fixed Income Policy Committee. He is also a portfolio manager for a number of Global Aggregate and Global Government fixed income portfolios. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 2006, David was a senior portfolio manager at Citigroup Asset Management. David holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Maine andan M.B.A in finance from the University of Connecticut. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and is a qualified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).

Demetra Kalogerou

Demetra Kalogerou

Chairwoman, Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission
Demetra Kalogerou (BSc, MSc, MPhil) is the Chairwoman of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission,the public independent supervisory authority responsible for the overall supervision of the securities market inCyprus. She is also a member of the five-member Public Oversight Committee that supervises auditors andaudit firms. Furthermore, from September 2013 to June 2014, she served as a member of the then tripartite Resolution Authority together with the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus.Previously she served as a Senior Officer of the Cyprus Stock Exchange. Overall she has more than 15 yearsof experience in the financial sector.

Giles Swan

Giles Swan

Director of Global Funds Policy, ICI Global, UK
Giles Swan is Director of Global Funds Policy at ICI Global. Swan joined ICI Global from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in 2011. At the FSA, Swan served as a technical specialist, leading negotiations for the FSA in the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, chairing an ESMA Task Force developing Directive’s implementing measures and representing the FSA in ESMA’s Investment Management Standing Committee. Swan holds a BA, first class, from London Guildhall University and an MSc in Finance and Investment from CASS Business School.

James Duvall

James Duvall

Economist, ICI Global, US
James Duvall an Economist in the industry and financial analysis section of ICI’s research department. Since joining in 2012, Duvall has primarily participated in research examining US mutual fund fees across the industry and in retirement plans, and more recently, the costs and charges of UCITS. He also contributes to research on closed-end funds and worldwide regulated funds. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in mathematics and a BA in economics and holds a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University

 

John Sergides

John Sergides

CEO, MUFG Investor Services, USA
John Sergides is the CEO for MUFG Investor Services where he is responsible for the day to day running of the business focusing on MUFG’s strategic growth plan, building a strong organization with exceptional service to clients. Working closely with the executive team to deliver on the company’s financial, cultural and client commitments, John’s reporting lines oversee Strategy, Operations, HR and the firms Sales, Product and Marketing functions. John is a highly experienced professional with a long track record and a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. He has strong business development professional skills in transaction banking products, acquisitions, foreign exchange, options, market risk, asset management & securities.

Kyra Brown

Kyra Brown

Regulatory Development Manager, Aviva Investors, United Kingdom
Kyra Brown is the Regulatory Development Manager at Aviva Investors. She is responsible for impact analysis of EU, UK and International regulatory development, and assisting the business with interpretation, feedback, planning and implementation. She has more than 18 years’ experience in the asset management experienceextensive regulatory expertise on EMIR and other G20 reforms in the OTC derivatives market; MiFID II; and iscurrently focusing on the incoming Sustainable Finance regulations. Prior to joining Aviva, in her role as SeniorRegulatory Policy Advisor at the Investment Association, she established a working group to address theimplementation of IFR/IFD over the coming years. At Aberdeen Standard Investments, BlackRock, Walter Scottand Partners and Scottish Widows she worked in Public Affairs, Regulator y Development and Complianceroles. Kyra was Chair of the Investment Association Derivatives Committee between 2016-2018 and Vice Chairof EFAMAs Trading, Trade Reporting and Market Infrastructure Standing Committee until early 2019.

Laurent Babikian

Laurent Babikian

Director Capial Markets, CDP Europe, Germany
Laurent Babikian is Director Capital Markets at CDP Europe, having started his career in 1991 working with BankIndosuez for 10 years. In 2000, he co-founded, Afternext, a start-up incubator and coached entrepreneurs toaccelerate their business before creating Corcovado, his own consultancy company, for which he moved to Brazilin 2007. While in Brazil, he became one of the mentors of Endeavor, an international not-for-profit organisationaimed at developing sustainable entrepreneurship in emerging countries. Laurent is a member of the advisoryboard of the Low Carbon 100 index managed by Euronext and the French label Greenfin managed by the FrenchMinistry of Environment. Laurent graduated from IESE Business School i n Barcelona, holding an executive MBA in general management. He also holds a master’s in finance from the University of Paris Dauphine. He is a strong proponent of Responsible Capitalism to build forward better. 

Lex Sokolin

Lex Sokolin

CMO and Global Fintech Co-Head, ConsenSys
Lex Sokolin is the CMO and Global Fintech Co-Head at ConsenSys, a blockchain technology company buildingthe infrastructure, applications, and practices that enable a decentralized world. Lex focuses on emergingdigital assets, public and private enterprise blockchain solutions, and decentralized finance and autonomous organizations. Previously, Lex was the Global Director of Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research. Before Autonomous, Lex was COO at AdvisorEngine, and CEO of NestEgg Wealth. Prior to NestEgg, Lex held rolesin investment management and banking at Barclays, Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank. He earned a JD/MBA from Columbia University and a B.A. in Economics and Law from Amherst College. Lex is a contributor ofthought leadership to the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Bloomberg, FT, and Reuters among others. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and his writing is publicly available.

Michalis P. Michael

Michalis P. Michael

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Invest Cyprus
Michalis P. Michael is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency since January 2018. He has a long professional career in business and audit services, both as a sole practitioner andas a Partner at KPMG Cyprus. Michalis has vast experience in the Ukrainian market and he is the Chairman of the Cyprus-Ukraine Business Association from 2012 until today. Michalis has been actively involved with public life since his early career. Formerly, he served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus BroadcastingCorporation (1996-2000), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Organisation of Land Development (2000-2003), Member of the Committee for the Supervision and Development of Cooperative Societies (2003-2013). He was also Member of the Board of Directors of The Cyprus University of Technology (2014-2016), where he currently holds the position of Vice-President (July 2016-today). Michalis is a Chartered Certified Accountant,a Fellow member of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus, of which he also served as a Member of the Board of Directors.

Mussie Kidane

Mussie Kidane

Head of Fund and Manager Research, Banque Pictet & Cie SA, France
Mussie Kidane is the Head of Fund and Manager Research at Banque Pictet & Cie SA. The ten-member teamis responsible for selecting best-in-breed fund managers across all asset classes for Pictet Wealth Management globally. Mr. Kidane and his team play an active role in the portfolio cons truction of the bank’s fund-baseddiscretionary portfolio management. Mussie Kidane is also the portfolio manager of a US$2.1 billion absolute return fund run for Pictet Wealth Management clients since the product’s inception in 2007. He joined BanquePictet & Cie S.A. in 2006 as senior analyst and portfolio manager and was promoted to head the team in 2008. Previously Mussie Kidane was analyst & portfolio manager within the fund selection and multimanagementteam at LODH & Cie. He joined the firm in 2001 as a quantitative analyst reporting to the Investment ReviewBoard. Mr. Kidane graduated from the University of Geneva with double Master’s degrees in Econometrics andin Finance. He is also a CFA charter holder.

Nicolas Deschamps

Nicolas Deschamps

Head of Client Group, Architas, France
Nicolas Deschamps is the Head of Client Group at Architas. He joined Architas in January 2015. He is in charge of developing and promoting investment solutions to AXA entities and Insitutional Clients globally and managing relationships with the major asset management groups working with AXA. Nicolas is also in charge of Marketing functions and innovation globally, as well as driving Architas’ international development agenda in Asia. Nicolas managers 50 members of the Client Group Team based in London, Paris, Brussels, and has recently become the Head of ESG for Architas. Nicolas joined AXA Group in 2001 and has held various senior positions in Asset Management, Life and Savings distribution

Pasquale Capasso

Pasquale Capasso

Head of Southern Europe & LatAm ETF Capital Markets, Invesco, UK Pasquale Capasso works at Invesco and is responsible for Liquidity & Trading Services in Southern Europe and LatAm, as well as business development in EMEA for Hedge Fund clients. Before joining Invesco, Pasquale worked at MSCI Analytics and was responsible for sales and business development of portfolio risk and performance analytics to sell-side institutions and Hedge Funds. Previously, Pasquale worked at Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas in various roles on ETPs and Derivatives. Pasquale completed his Master’s degree with honours in Finance from Bocconi University and spent part of his academic career at Brandeis University, USA and National University of Singapore.

Rachel Turner

Rachel Turner

Global Head of Custody Commercial Product Management, BNY Mellon, Ireland
Rachel Turner is Global Head of Custody Commercial Product Management at BNY Mellon. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring BNY Mellon’s custody services and products support the developing needs of clients.Since 1999, when Rachel joined BNY Mellon, she has had a number of roles both locally within Ireland and witha broader EMEA responsibility. Rachel has worked in the industry since 1992, originally as a fund accountant in LGT Asset Management moving on to client facing roles in BISYS and Robson Rhodes. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin and is also a qualified accountant.

Sally Wong

Sally Wong

Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong Investment Funds Association, Hong Kong
Sally Wong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association. She represents the industry in liaising with the authorities, legislators, media and other stakeholder groups to discuss issues that have implications to the Hong Kong mutual fund market and the Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) Schemes market. Mrs. Wong is a member of the 8th Steering Committee on ChinaBond Indices Experts of the China Central Depository and Clearing Co., Ltd. and a core member of the China Ageing Finance Forum 50. She is a Vice President of Hong Kong Green Finance Association (“HKGFA”). She sits on the SFC Committee on Real Estate Investment Trusts, the SFC Public Shareholders Group, MPF Guidelines Committee and the Hang Seng Index Advisory Committee.

Sasja Beslik

Sasja Beslik

Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Finance Development, Banque J. Safra Sarasin Ltd, Switzerland
Sasja Beslik is an international financial expert known for promoting financial sustainability across the world. He has been employed by J. Safra Sarasin since 2019. Beslik won the Swedish Banking Profile of the Year award in 2016. In 2013, he received the H. M. The King’s Medal, 8th size with the ribbon of the Order of the Seraphim from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden for outstanding contributions within Swedish environmental and sustainability development within financial sector. He was chosen as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos in 2011. Stars Fund, the Nordea sustainable fund launched by Beslik in 2011, was chosen as Sweden’s best overall equity fund in 2017. His work for Nordea started in 2009, when he became head of responsible investments and corporate governance. He was named CEO of Nordea Investment Funds Sweden in 2011 and head of responsible investments and identity at Nordea Asset Management in 2013. Finally, at the beginning of 2017, Nordea placed Beslik at the head of Sustainable Finance.

Vassiliki Lazarakou

Vassiliki Lazarakou

JSD, Chair, Hellenic Capital Markets Commission / ESAs Joint Committee’s Securitisation Committee
Dr. Vassiliki Lazarakou is the Chair at the Hellenic Capital Markets Commission and the ESAs Joint Committee’s Securitisation Committee. Vassiliki has a Doctorate in Law (JSD) from New York University School of Law, NewYork, U.S.A. She also has an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law and Bachelor in Law from the Athens University, School of Law. She is a lawyer admitted at both the Athens Bar and the New York Bar Association with expertise on capital markets, M&As, privatizations, corporate and commercial law and other similar issues. She has worked for more than 20 years as a Partner at several law firms and for more than 10 years she was heading the relevant Banking, Capital Markets and Finance Department of such Firms. From 2012 -2015 she was also a First Vice-Chair of the HCMC and an alternate member of BoS.

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