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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. 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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