Confirmed Speakers include:
Chairman : Jake Moeller, Head of Lipper UK & Ireland Research, Refinitiv
Jake Moeller joined Thomson Reuters in 2013 as Head of Lipper UK & Ireland Research. Since 1998, he has specialised in mutual fund research & selection, fund-of-funds portfolio management and asset allocation strategies. He spent six years as a portfolio manager and fund selector at AIG and has been a mutual fund research specialist for Lloyds Banking Group, Towry and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He is a trustee director of the Thomson Reuters UK Pension Plan, a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI) and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia).
Adi Divgi, President & CIO, EA Global LLC, USA
Adi Divgi has been President and CIO of EA Global, his family investment vehicle, since its 2005 inception. He is also Head of Alternative Investments at Catalina, a $3+bn AUM reinsurer. Prior to his current institutional investor role, Adi oversaw the Opportunistic Fixed Income investment program at the New York City Bureau of Asset Management from March 2011 to April 2014. With approval from the 4 participating Boards of Trustees, he executed $3.6 billion in capital commitments. Adi began his credit career at Deutsche Bank, working in New York and Mexico City, and is a graduate of the Huntsman Program, with a BA in International Studies (Spanish minor) from the University of
Agathi Pafili, Senior Regulatory Policy Advisor, European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), Belgium
Agathi Pafili is a Senior Policy Advisor in the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA). She joined EFAMA in September 2012 and is currently member of the Regulatory Affairs team and the Public Policy Affairs team. She is based in Brussels and is in charge of the EU and international regulatory landscape for the asset management industry, with a focus on alternative and long-term investment funds, benchmarks and financial indices, anti-money laundering policies and the use of credit ratings. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of Euribor and of the ECB’s WG on the creation of a new unsecured overnight transactions rate. Prior to joining EFAMA, Agathi was working in the European Parliament as member of the Vice President’s cabinet, dealing with the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee’s (ECON) legislative work on financial services and monetary policy. From 2004 to 2009 Ms. Pafili worked in the European Parliament as an accredited assistant in the ECON Committee and in the cabinet of the Chair of the Culture and Educations Affairs Committee. She graduated from Law School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with a Master’s Degree in international and European law. She started her career in 2002 as a trainee lawyer in Commercial Bank of Greece. She is currently member of the Athens Bar Association.
Alexios Kartalis, General Manager, GMM Global Money Managers Ltd
Alexios Kartalis is the General Manager of GMM Global Money Managers Ltd, where he started working in 2013. Alexios graduated from the Department of Statistics of Athens University of Economics and Business (ex A.S.O.E.E) in 1991. In 2003 he got an MBA in Finance from ESCEM. He started his career from Citibank Athens, where he worked from 1994 till 1997. From 1997 till 2012 he worked at BNP Paribas Securities Services Athens, initially as Head of Securities Operations and then as General Manager.
Andreas Yiasemides, Partner, In charge of Fund Services, PwC Cyprus
Andreas Yiasemides is a Partner at PwC and 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 Trusts Unit. 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 and is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Fund Association (CIFA). He is also a member of the Cyprus National Advisory Council of Charter Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).
Andrey Movchan, CEO / Economic Program Fellow, Movchan’s Group / Carnegie Foundation for Peace and Prosperity, Russia
Andrey Movchan has been a top executive for Russian and international financial institutions since 1993. He was an executive director of Troika Dialog for six years. From 2003 to 2009, Movchan headed Renaissance Investment Management Group, which he founded, and from 2006 to 2008, he was the CEO of Renaissance Credit Bank. He also founded the Third Rome investment company, and was its CEO and managing partner from 2009 until the end of 2013 when the company was sold to strategic investors. Today Andrey leads an asset management group named “Movchan Advisers”, focused on fixed income investment strategies, investment advice and structuring. Andrey Movchan is one of Russia’s best known financial managers. He was named “the most successful CEO of an asset management company in Russia” by Forbes in 2006 and “the best CEO of an asset management company” by the Russian magazine Finance in 2008. He has won numerous awards, including the RBC Person of the Year Award in 2006, the Chivas Top 18 Financials Grand Prix in 2007, and SPEAR’s Russia Wealth Management Awards in the “Industry Legend” category in 2009. Movchan has also authored numerous publications on economics and finance. His op-eds and commentary regularly appear in the media. He won two PRESSzvanie business journalism awards in 2011 and 2013.
Angelos Gregoriades, Chairman, CIFA, Cyprus
Angelos Gregoriades, FCA, BSc (Econ.) is the Chairman and Senior Partner at KPMG Cyprus, President of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) as well as Honorary Consulate for Slovakia as from May 2017. Angelos is also the Vice-Chairman of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA). With over 30 years’ experience as a member of KPMG’s Tax network, he has participated in numerous merger, acquisition and corporate structuring and restructuring operations at both national and international level and has written many articles and presented seminars of the role of Cyprus as a regional financial and commercial center. Solution and sector experience International Corporate Tax, Banking and Financial services.
Antonis Anastasiou, Managing Director, Alter Domus Management Company, Luxembourg
Antonis Anastasiou joined Alter Domus in February 2018 and he is the Managing Director of the Alter Domus Management Company. In this role Antonis has the responsibility of the day-to-day management. He brings more than 12 years of experience in the Super Manco field where he previously held various operational and portfolio management positions focusing on alternative asset classes as well as listed investments and he has been instrumental in the set-up of 3 Super ManCos in Luxembourg. Antonis is an experienced Technical Specialist in structuring complex alternative vehicles, with 12 years Portfolio Management experience with a focus on top tier Asset Managers within the space of PERE/Infrastructure/Debt as well as tailored, specialized and exotic asset classes. Antonis has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of London. He was also awarded a Master’s Degree from the CASS Business School in London.
Dr Antonis Houry, Manager, Strategy and Business Development, Wealth Management, Eurobank Cyprus
Dr Antonis Houry is the Strategy and Business Development Manager at Eurobank Cyprus Wealth Management Unit. He joined Eurobank Cyprus in 2011, having previously worked at Citigroup and Commerzbank in London where he specialised in complex derivatives and structured products. He has extensive experience in Wealth and Asset Management and Investment Funds (UCITS and AIFs). Antonis holds a PhD in Quantitative Finance, an MSc in Communications and Signal Processing and a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, all from Imperial College London. He is a holder of the CySEC Advanced Examination Certificate. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). He is the Chairman of the FinTech Committee of CIFA.
Antonis Rouvas, Board Member, Asset Management, Advisory Services, KPMG Cyprus
Antonis Rouvas 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 the final appointment in London. In 2004, he was appointed as a Board Member at KPMG Limited, based in Nicosia and appointed Chief Financial Officer of Hellenic Bank Group in 2008. He returned to KPMG in January 2018 as a Board Member, working in the field of Advisory Services.
Ayman Abouhend, CFA, CIO, Advisable Wealth Engines, USA
Ayman Abouhend is an entrepreneurial capitalist. He has been through all stages in the Alternative investment cycle:fundraising, investing, value creation and exit realization. Ayman’s investment track record over the last 12 years includesinvesting in and the execution of successful transactions and investments in many different industries that include technology,biomedical, Real estate, Pharmaceuticals and of course Fintech. Ayman has founded/cofounded different Fintech companiesoperating in different domains ranging from risk screeners, moving through algorithmic trading and machine learning portfoliooptimization and ending with the new blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Ayman currently is a partner and ChiefInvestment Officer at Advisable Wealth Engines, an American investment holding company that operates in Insurance, RIAbusiness, and Debt Financing.
Bernadette Leuzinger, Head of Operations, Crypto Fund AG, Switzerland
Bernadette Leuzinger joined Crypto Fund AG shortly after its founding, and has contributed significantly to the company’sBernadette Leuzinger joined Crypto Fund AG shortly after its founding, and has contributed significantly to the company’sbusiness and regulatory development. Her involvement has been invaluable to the establishment of the funds, and shehas been a catalyst in the company’s recent attainment of the first asset management license granted to a cryptocurrencycompany. Prior to joining Crypto Fund AG, Bernadette has held various roles in global corporations such as Credit Suisseand IBM; her experience in one of the world’s largest banks and one of the most successful IT companies has contributedgreatly to her involvement in blockchain technology, combining expertise in both financial and technological aspects ofthe nascent industry.
Bernard Tancré, Head of Business Solutions, Investment Fund Services, Clearstream, Luxembourg
Bernard Tancré joined the Investment Fund Services department of Clearstream in June 2012 as Head of Business Solutions. Before joining Clearstream, Bernard was the General Manager of Prime Fund Solutions Fortis Banque Luxembourg S.A., then Global Head of Products and Solutions for Asset and Fund Services, BNP Paribas Securities Services. He started his career with Coopers & Lybrand Luxembourg in 1991. He worked for Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) in Luxembourg from 1996 to 2006, starting in the Global Controllers area then heading the Client Service Department.
Christos Kalogeris, General Manager, BOC Asset Management Ltd
Christos Kalogeris holds the position of General Manager, BOC Asset Management Ltd since September 2017, being inChristos Kalogeris holds the position of General Manager, BOC Asset Management Ltd since September 2017, being incharge at the BOC Asset Management subsidiary of Bank of Cyprus Group. Prior to that, Christos was Manager, AssetManagement of CISCO. Before being appointed to this role, Christos held the position of Head, Investment Strategy atBank of Cyprus. Previous to the Bank of Cyprus, Christos worked at Hellenic Bank and Laiki Bank Group serving a numberof managerial positions in Asset Management and Private Banking. He now has more than 20 years’ relevant industryexperience, and has attended numerous industry related events both as a speaker/presenter as well as participant. Christosis a graduate of the English School, Nicosia and holds a Bachelor degree in Economics while he completed his MBA atSheffield University, UK. He is also a holder of the Advanced Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission certification forall investment services / activities.
Demetra Kalogerou, Chair, 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 in Cyprus. She is also a member of the five-member Public Oversight Committee that supervises auditors and audit firms. Furthermore, from September 2013 to June 2014, Demetra served as 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 years of experience in the financial sector.
Dimitri Tsopanakos, Head of Investment Management Data & Risk Analytics, Deloitte LLP, UK
Dimitri Tsopanakos is the Head of the Investment Management Data and Risk Analytics team in the Deloitte UK and theDimitri Tsopanakos is the Head of the Investment Management Data and Risk Analytics team in the Deloitte UK and theNordics, specialising in Financial Services, Regulation and IT. He has 23 years’ experience, with a significant period of timespent working in Front office and later Operations, Risk Management and Data functions. He has also worked for 2 ofthe largest international software vendors in the Asset Management and Data Analytics space. Dimitri has a track recordof consulting with clients to establish vision and deploy Board strategies, evaluate and implement complex end-to-endsystem, data and process projects and has managed a number of local and international projects in the UK, US and EMEA.He is also an experienced speaker in global conferences and roundtables, with focus on latest data and tech trends in theinvestment management industry.
George P. Nicolaou
George P. Nicolaou, Senior Manager, Treppides Funds Services
George P. Nicolaou holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance and is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA). He isGeorge P. Nicolaou holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance and is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA). He isa member of the Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) the ICPAC and CIFA. George Nicolaou holds the position ofSenior Manager at K. Treppides & Co Ltd. He has more than 10 years of international experience in the Financial Servicesand Assurance fields having worked in UK, Cyprus and Malta. Over the years he has specialized in the financial servicesindustry by focusing in the Banking and Capital Markets, Asset Managers, Funds and Fund Management Companies. GeorgeNicolaou has solid and extensive knowledge and technical expertise on Funds Structuring, Licensing and Fund Administration.
George W. Sams
George W. Sams, CEO, Wealth Fund Services Ltd
George W. Sams is CEO at Wealth Fund Services LTD in Cyprus. Senior executive with extensive experience for more than 24 years in the entire range of Fund services, and accounting management in Collective Investments Funds (UCITS & AIF). In recent role as Head of Fund Services in Eurobank Ergasias S.A. Greece, he was in charge for promoting services in Greece, Cyprus and Luxembourg. Previously, he held roles of responsibility as CFO at EFG Eurobank Asset Management and CEO at Intertrust Mutual Fund Management Company S.A. (Interamerican Funds). He started his career in 1994 from Societe Generale Asset Management Greece S.A. as Head of Accounting Department and Internal Auditor. Assets under Management ranged from 350 million up to 10 billion €. Member of the Greek Institutional Investors Committee, Tax and Accounting affairs from 1997-2017.
Gill Lofts, Partner and Leader, Wealth and Asset Management Practice, EY, UK
Gill Lofts heads up EY’s wealth and asset management business in the UK covering Assurance, Tax, Advisory and TAS. She has over 25 years’ experience in the wealth and asset management sector, both as a professional advisor and as an industry practitioner. In industry she has held senior technology roles at both AMVESCAP and JPMorgan. Gill has been closely involved in the UK government’s Investment Management Strategy since 2013 and she also sits on the Investment Association Advisory board. She is responsible for EY’s significant WAM propositions including: Brexit, Regulatory Change, Tax technology and Disruptive technology. And, is leading our rapidly growing alternatives business across the UK. She is passionate about creating a legacy in the UK Wealth and Asset Management industry and as such, has recently authored a U.K. attractiveness.
Hadi Al Alawi
Hadi Al Alawi, Chairman and Founder, Al Hayat Group, Kingdom of Bahrain
Hadi Al Alawi is the Chairman and Founder of Al Hayat Group, which was established in the early 1990s as a holding company to oversee the diversified interests held under sole ownership, joint ventures, and equity stakes of varying sizes. Hadi is an experienced businessman with extensive regional and international networks who has successfully propelled various start-up ventures into industry leaders with record-breaking growth and expansion within highly competitive markets. Hadi is also the Managing Director of Al Alawi Group of Companies founded in the early 1930s by his late father. Today the group has emerged as one of the most diversified and highly regarded business houses in the Gulf region and beyond. He is responsible for the strategic direction and the driving force behind the development of his family’s business. He is widely recognized for the role has played in expanding the group’s portfolio towards a more diversified and globalized model. His group of companies is well diversified and active in the fields of advertising, marketing public relationships, IT and telecom, construction, general contracting, electrical and mechanical divisions, manufacturing, printing, property development, real estate and investment, travel, and fashion. Hadi is also the Executive Chairman of Fly.bh, the Chairman of Mackenzie Forbes Group, a Board Member of Innovative Film City, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Ebrahim Abdulaal Group of Companies, the Executive Chairman of Build Block Middle East, Founder and Board Member of Bahrain Family Business Association, a member and past President of the Manama Rotary Club, Founding Member of Manama Charity Fund, and a Board Member and a Shareholder of various companies worldwide. He is also advisory committee member for various organizations and he has been a featured speaker in international conferences and forums.
Harris Georgiades, Minister of Finance, Republic of Cyprus
Harris Georgiades was born in 1972 in Nicosia. He was appointed as Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus on 3rd April 2013 and was reappointed on 1st March 2018. He had the leading role in the implementation and successful conclusion of the reform and consolidation program for the Cyprus economy after the financial crisis of 2012-2013. He participates in the Eurogroup and the ECOFIN. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for the period 2014-2015 and is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund, the European Investment Bank and the European Stability Mechanism. He was selected by POLITICO as one of the 28 most-influential Europeans for 2016. He is a member of the Young Leaders for Europe community of the World Economic Forum. Prior to his appointment as Minister he was a Member of the House of Representatives with the Democratic Rally Party (2011-2013). He also served as Press Spokesman and as member of the Executive of the Democratic Rally. In parallel, he managed a family-owned hotel business (1999-2013). He studied International Relations and Economics (BA, MA, 1992-96) at the University of Reading, UK and was a post-graduate researcher at the Institute of European and International Studies, University of Reading (1996-98).
Itay Ruschkewitz, Partner and Complex Finance Leader, PwC Israel
Itay Ruschkewitz is an advisory partner and Complex Finance leader at PwC Israel. He is a well-known market leader in fund raising in the Israeli market for alternative products. During the last two years, Itay and his team were involved in raising more than NIS 6 billion in Israel, mostly for innovative funds, structured products and other alternative products Itay specializes in structuring and marketing innovative and complex financial products that suits Israeli investors’ needs, and works closely with all major banks, insurance companies and institutional investors in Israel.
Jan Brzezek, CEO & Founder Crypto Finance AG, Switzerland
Jan Brzezek, CEO & Founder of Crypto Finance AG held various positions at UBS Asset Management, Wealth Management & Investment Bank. Additionally, he was a global innovation expert and worked on the impact of new technologies on the UBS business model. He was responsible for the smart structured product proof-of-concept. Earlier he worked several years in derivatives and fixed income sales and trading for UBS in Zurich, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Prior to his career at UBS he was a derivatives expert at the SIX Swiss Exchange.
Julie Patterson, Head of Asset Management, Regulatory Change, KPMG’s Regulatory Centre of Excellence EMA, UK
Julie Patterson has specialised in the asset management and funds sector for 18 years. She leads on asset management regulatory change within KPMG’s EMA Regulatory Centre of Excellence. She publishes thought leadership and knowledge-based analyses of regulatory proposals and of the evolving political and supervisory context. She is also global lead on Brexit for the sector. Before joining KPMG, she worked for 15 years at the UK’s Investment Association and its predecessors. In 2002, she established a widened regulatory function, covering investment management regulation, buy-side dealing, segregated mandates, capital requirements and operations. In the last few years, she focused on directing the association’s work across all aspects of collective investment funds – product regulation, distribution, fund administration and financial reporting, tax and legal. She has extensive knowledge of the EU regulatory process and the increasing role of international bodies such as IOSCO. Also, through many years of working with the European Federation (EFAMA), she has acquired a broad knowledge of the different fund and distribution structures around the EU. In particular, she chairs EFAMA’s Working Group on the investor protection aspects of MiFID II and the PRIIP KID.
Konstantinos Xanthis, Head Wealth Management Operations, Eurobank Cyprus
Konstantinos Xanthis has been Head of Wealth Management Operations at Eurobank Cyprus since July 2016, having heldvarious positions in Eurobank Group’s Capital Markets & Wealth Management General Division and more specifically in theSecurities Services Sector, since 2005. He has over 20 years of integrated experience in banking and finance and in-depthknowledge of capital markets, securities and the funds industry. He holds a B.Sc from the University of South Carolina atColumbia, and an MBA from ALBA Business School in Athens, Greece.
Kyriacos Charalambides, Chief Investment Officer, Hanseatic Capital Management Limited
Kyriacos Charalambides was appointed as Executive Director – Head of Portfolio Management of Hanseatic Capital Management Limited in 2018 and is based in Cyprus. He joined Bernhard Schulte (Cyprus) Limited in 2016 and served as Project Manager for a number of investment projects prior to his current role. Kyriacos previously worked for Deloitte in the field of assurance and financial advisory across various industries including banking, infrastructure, energy, shipping and real estate. Kyriacos holds a degree in Economics and a Master’s in Finance and Economics. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a CFA Charter holder.
Marianna Costea, Compliance Manager, Alter Domus (Cyprus) Limited
Marianna Costea is the appointed Compliance Officer for Alter Domus (Cyprus) Limited. In addition to her local duties, she is also a member of the Alter Domus Group Global Compliance Team working on Group projects and Global clients. Previously, Marianna was a member of Eurobank (Cyprus) Limited, working both for the client-facing International Business Unit and subsequently for the Compliance Department, where she focused mainly on Client On boarding, Correspondent Bank Enquiries, and Transactions Monitoring. Marianna Costea is an MBA holder and a BA European Studies graduate from the University of Leicester with main concentration in Politics and French. She is also a member of the AML Committee of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) since 2017.
Memos Kotrozos, Chief Executive Officer, Eurobank Fund Management Lux, Luxembourg
Memos Kotrozos is a Senior Executive with 25 years of experience in Asset Management business. He has been Vice Chairman & CEO of Eurobank Fund Management Company Lux, subsidiary of Eurobank Group, since 2015. He has also served as General Manager in the same company from 2006 to 2014. Prior to that, he served as Senior Director of International Activities in Eurobank Fund Management, Athens, from 2004 to 2006 and as Assistant Executive Director in Achmea/Eureko Group, Paris & Amsterdam, from 2001 to 2004. He started his career as Equity Analyst and then as Senior Fund Manager in Interamerican Mutual Fund company, Athens, from 1993 to 2000. He holds a BSc with Honors in Management Information Systems & Technology.
Neofytos Neofytou, Chairman / Managing Director, CIFA Tax Committee / Redimus Services Ltd
Neofytos Neofytou is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of England and Wales. Currently, he is the chairman of the Tax Committee of CIFA and a tax advisor to the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus advising members on tax issues. For the last eight years he is acting as a special advisor to the Minister of Finance on double tax treaties issues and negotiations, as well as other local and international tax issues. He holds 30 years of experience as a partner, as well as Head of Tax Services and partner in the International Tax Services Group in a Big 4 accounting firm in Cyprus. He has extensive experience in international tax planning, on structuring operations and group structures for international clients in the banking and financial services industry (including funds and FX business) and other industries and his clients include major local and international groups. He acts as a tax advisor to selective international business groups and he is teaching on international taxation issues, with particular emphasis on substance, transparency and exchange of information.
Nitai Utkarsh, Lead - Investment Strategy & Chairman’s Family Office, India
A Financial Services professional with deep expertise in Family Office and the Investment Advisory space, Nitai is the Lead for Investment Strategy and the Chairman’s Family Office at Hero MotoCorp Ltd., the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer. One of the first professionals to work on Family Offices in India, Nitai developed the concept of Family Office Services for probably the first commercial launch in the country. Having set up teams and processes for a boutique Multi Family Office firm and subsequently for large Single Family Offices, Nitai has had opportunities to spearhead many firsts in this space. Nitai holds a degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and MBA from the Indian Institute of Management.
Omeros Nishiotis MSTA, Chief Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Fortified Capital Ltd
Omeros Nishiotis is the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Fortified Capital Ltd, a Regulated AlternativeOmeros Nishiotis is the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer at Fortified Capital Ltd, a Regulated AlternativeInvestment Funds Management Company (AIFM) with more than 23 years of experience in the field of Asset Management,Investments and Finance. Omeros has previously served as Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer in financialServices firms in Cyprus and Australia and as the Investment Manager of an International Insurance company, as well asseveral other managerial positions in Investment Firms. Since 2016, Omeros has been at the forefront of the Cyprus Fundsindustry, using his extensive industry experience for the development of the Funds industry market. Omeros is a holderof the Advanced Professional Competency Certificate for all investment services issued by the Cyprus Securities andExchange Commission. He is a member of the Society of Technical Analysts UK with a MSTA designation. Also, Omerosholds a BA (Hons) degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Essex, and a MBA in Financeand a D.I.C. in Management from Imperial College London.
Panikos Teklos, Partner, Risk Advisory and Wealth Advisory Services Leader, Deloitte Ltd
Panikos Teklos is a Partner in the Risk Advisory department and the Investment Management, Regulatory Risk and Wealth Advisory Services Leader of Deloitte in Cyprus. He is also the Managing Director of Deloitte Investment Services Ltd, a CySEC licensed and regulated entity that offers investment services. He has more than 18 years of international experience in Investment Banking (BNP Paribas, Barclays Capital and Citigroup in London, New York, Paris, Athens), Strategy, Consulting, Risk Advisory, Asset and Wealth Management. Panikos has also been an advisor, co-founder and mentor to start-ups. 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. He has extensively project managed and advised on Bank restructuring projects, NPL portfolios, Asset-Liability Management, Operational efficiency (including Branch network optimization), best market practice benchmarking, Economic and Regulatory Capital computation and optimization as well as risk analytics. Panikos is also an expert in multi-jurisdictional investment fund and asset management company advisory and was involved considerably in the structuring, capital raising and distribution of Funds. He is a certified Investment Advisor (Certificate in Investments, Securities & Financial Derivatives from SII) for HNWI, UHNWI and Institutional investors and registered in CySEC’s Public Register as a holder of the Advanced Examination Certificate of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments.
Patrik Karlsson, Director, Market Practice and Regulatory Policy, International Capital Markets Association, UK
Patrik Karlsson is the Director of Market Practice and Regulatory Policy of the International Capital Markets Association. He has been in involved in financial services policy analysis and stakeholder engagement for a long time. He joined ICMA’s buy-side practice, the Asset Managers’ and Investors’ Council (AMIC) in October 2014. Before that, he spent four years as Head of EU Government Affairs at Prudential plc and four years at the British Bankers’ Association (BBA). Patrik studied international relations and history at the London School of Economics and joined the government affairs practice of a law firm, DLA Piper LLP, in Brussels after a brief stint in Parliament with the Liberal Democrats.
Paul Forsyth, Managing Partner, Apache Partners, UK
Paul is the Managing Partner of Apache Partners, a bespoke consultancy and research business providing strategic solutions for investment management businesses. Its research focus has a particular emphasis on emerging and frontier markets. Paul has a wealth of experience extending to over 35 years in the asset management industry. Now based in the UK, he has travelled and worked extensively overseas including a 10-year spell in the UAE. Prior to Apache Partners, Paul was the founder of Forsyth Partners that managed assets of almost USD 1.7 billion in multi-manager portfolios across all asset classes. Prior to that he spent 3 years as MD of Fidelity’s offshore business in Jersey, 3 years in Fidelity’s International Business Division in London and 4 years at Rothschild, having earlier qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.He regularly chairs and presents at investment conferences and has appeared frequently on BBC World, CNBC, local TV and radio.
Peter De Proft
Peter De Proft, Director General, EFAMA, Belgium
Peter De Proft is the Director General of EFAMA (The European Fund and Asset Management Association), a position he took up in October 2007. Prior to his appointment with EFAMA, he was CEO at Fortis Investment Management Belgium (2004-2007), where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the global Fortis Investments strategy at Belgian level, and he has also previously held the position of Executive Director at Banque Nagelmackers 1747 / Groupe Delta Lloyd (1995-2004). Prior to that Peter was Director of the Fixed Income Department at Petercam (from September 1988 until April 1995) and he was also a Central Banker in the Department of Public Funds from May 1980 until September 1988. Peter has held a number of board positions in the fund & asset management industry, including Chairman of the Board of BEAMA (Belgian Asset Managers Association), Board Member and Vice Chairman of Febelfin (2002-2006); Board Member of FEFSI/EFAMA (2002-2004). He was Chairman of the International Investment Funds Association (IIFA) from May 2009 to September 2011. Other positions have included the MiFID Level 3 expert consultative group, and previously the MiFID Level 2 Consultative Working Group of Market Participants (2004-2005), and the Efficiency Expert Group of the European Commission for enhancing the single market framework for investment funds (January-June 2006). Peter was a member and Vice-Chair of ESMA’s Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG) for two consecutive terms (2011-2016). He is currently Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum (EPFSF) and serves on the Board of Directors of the European Money Markets Institute (EMMI). A trained lawyer, Peter was educated at The Free University, Brussels, where he received a degree in Law (with specialisation in economic, financial and tax law) in 1976, and an additional degree in Economic Law in 1977.
Peter Ivankay, Project Manager, Blockchain Lead, UBS Global Wealth Management Innovation, Switzerland
Peter Ivankay manages innovation projects within the Global Wealth Management division of UBS. His projects are focused on Blockchain, Digital Identity, and AI. Peter is also spearheading educational initiatives and client engagements around Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology within the organization. Prior to joining UBS, he was involved in the research of distributed ledger technologies and a seasoned speaker on the topic. Previously, he worked in the corporate finance advisory departments of Deloitte and the KBC Group. Peter Ivankay holds a Masters Degree in Banking and Finance from the University of St. Gallen, where he completed part of his studies in Digital Business at the IE Business School in Madrid. He also holds a BSc in Applied Economics.
Robert Kingsmill, Partner, Resolute Asset Management, UK
Robert Kingsmill is a Partner and Co-Founder of Resolute Asset Management, Cyprus’ leading real estate advisory andRobert Kingsmill is a Partner and Co-Founder of Resolute Asset Management, Cyprus’ leading real estate advisory andasset management firm with over 80 professionals. He is responsible for compliance, operational and risk management forthe firm, in addition their Public Sector and Asset Management practices. Prior to Resolute, Robert spent over ten yearsas a senior Real Estate lawyer at leading international firms, before joining JER Partners, a private equity investor, where hewas responsible for a setting up a CIS fund that had its holding companies in Cyprus from 2006-2009.
Robert Parker, Senior Adviser, International Capital Markets Association & Asset Management, UK
Robert Parker is a Senior Adviser to 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 ni economics from Cambridge University.
Savvas Rigas, Partner, Treppides Funds Services
Savvas Rigas is a Partner of the firm overseeing the Risk Advisory services within the International Compliance and AdvisoryServices Department and a member of the Board of Directors of the Company since 2013. He is a practising member ofthe ICPAC for audit and insolvency services, member of the Cyprus Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA), member of theChartered Institute of Securities and Investments (MCSI), member of CFA Institute and participates as a member of specialcommittees of ICPAC and CIIA. Savvas Rigas holds a BSc (Hons) in Accounting & Finance from Warwick University, he is aFellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder.
Shelley Young, CEO and Founder, InvesTAO
Shelley Yang is the founder and CEO of InvesTAO. She had extensive cross border business experience in leadingasset management industry from China. She was Deputy Global Head for Alternative Investment in Haitong Banksince April 2017 and CEO of Haitong Capital S.A. Prior to Haitong Bank, S.A., Shelley joined China Universal AssetManagement in 2012 as the Head of International Business and a Managing Director, to lead the business developmentteam for all cross border business including QDII, QFII and RQFII. Prior to China Universal AMC, she was the InternationalBusiness Director in Guotai since 2007, and afterwards the Aide to the CEO of Guotai Asset Management with a focus onQFII business. During the span in Guotai AMC, she led the launch of QDII business and the first foreign index fund in theChinese market with the introduction of the NASDAQ 100 Fund. Formerly, Shelley was a Managing Director at CitigateChina where she was responsible for IPO and M&A advisory for clients. In addition, Ms. Yang is a CFA Charterholder, andserved on the Public Awareness Committee for the CFA Institute from 2004 to 2007. She is also a member of the ICI GlobalAsia Pacific committee.
Stéphane Janin, Head of Global Regulatory Development, AXA Investment Managers, France
Stéphane Janin is currently the Head of Global Regulatory Development at Axa Managers. He has 28 years of experience in the areas of asset management and financial markets. He currently heads up Axa Investment Managers’ Global Regulatory Development directorate and internal network at worldwide level. Stéphane is a member of Axa Financial Regulation Steering Committee as well as a member of various internal topical regulatory Steering Committees. Before joining Axa Investment Managers, Stephane was Head of the International Affairs division at the AFG, the French Asset Management Association, responsible for international regulatory strategy and promotion. At EU level, Stéphane has been an elected Board Member of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) since June 2017 and the Vice-Chairman of the ICMA Asset Management and Investor Council since March 2017. He is currently chairing the EFAMA Task Force on European Long Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) as well as the ICMA Asset Management and Investor Council Working Group on fund liquidity. Stéphane graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) – “Sciences Po” in Paris, with a major in Economics.
Stuart Corrigall, BlackRock, Head of Product Structuring EMEA, UK
Stuart is Head of Product Structuring within SPM EMEA at BlackRock. Product Structuring is responsible for providing regulatory and strategic advice in relation to the structuring and range management of all BlackRock and iShares funds in EMEA, across the UK, Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland. With over 15 years industry experience, Stuart is a recognized funds regulatory expert and has advised the European Commission, ESMA, IOSCO, local regulators and industry groups on various asset management matters and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. Stuart was selected in 2017 by ESMA as an adviser to its Investment Management Standing Committee, by Irish Funds as an adviser to its UCITS Steering Group and has been retained by Thomson Reuters Practical Law Company for a number of years on its advisory board for asset management. Stuart is a qualified solicitor. He spent a decade in private practice before joining BlackRock in 2011 from international law firm Eversheds.
Suresh V Swamy
Suresh V Swamy, Partner – Financial Services, PwC India
Suresh Swamy is a Partner in PwC India. He is based in Mumbai and focuses on clients in the financial services segment. He has over 21 years of experience in tax and regulations. Suresh helps overseas clients evaluate market entry options in India, including jurisdictional analysis, claiming of treaty benefits, review of PE exposures, GAAR analysis and analysis of the offshore transfer provisions. He advises clients domestic law taxation, tax treaties, SEBI and exchange control regulations. He has also been involved in interactions with the Regulators and Capital market players to operationalize IFSC at Gujarat International Finance Tec- City Co Ltd (‘GIFT’ City). He assists GIFT City in preparing regulatory framework for IFSC that will enable various Institutions and Capital Markets players to set up their presence there. His clients include portfolio investors, venture capital funds as well as entities investing under the foreign direct investment route. He deals with large multinational banks, mutual funds, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, superannuation funds, insurance companies as well as global asset managers, wealth managers and prime brokers. He has been a speaker at various national and international forums on Indian tax and regulations, and also authored a book on presumptive taxation of non-residents. Suresh is a Commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai and a member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Tatiana Fafaliou, CEO / Director, Folloe Capital Investors Sam / Folloe Fund Vcic
Tatiana Fafaliou is the CEO of Folloe Capital Investors SAM and Director at the Folloe Fund VCIC since May 2017. She holds a BSc Degree in International Economics and Finance from the Athens University of Economics & Business and a Postgraduate Degree in Ecomonics of Transition for Eastern Europe and Russia from London School of Economics. From 2000 until 2004 she worked in JP Morgan in London on European Derivatives Trading and Asset Management, whereas from 2004 until 2007 she held the position of Investor Relations Officer in Germanos SA. In 2008 she assumed the position of Chief Investment Officer of Olympia Group. She serves as a Director in the Olympia Group of Companies.
Xavier R. Rolet
Xavier R. Rolet, Former CEO, London Stock Exchange Group, UK
Xavier R. Rolet was the CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) from May 2009 to December 2017. Under his leadership, the London Stock Exchange Group acquired MillenniumIT (2009), Turquoise Holdings Ltd (2010), FTSE Group (2011), TRS (2011), GATElab Srl (2012), EuroTLX Srl (2013), LCH.Clearnet (2013), Bonds. com (2014), Exactpro (2015), XTF (2015) and the Frank Russell Company (2014) from Northwestern Mutual, the Asset management arm of which was sold in October 2015 to TA Associates and Reverence Capital Partners. In 2016, he acquired Mergent, Inc. and the Yield-Book & Citigroup’s Global Fixed Income Index Business from Citigroup, making FTSE Russell the largest Index Company in the World with ca $15 Trillion of Assets under Benchmarks. In October 2015, LSE Group launched Curve Global, a new Futures Exchange co-owned with Barclays Bank, Bank of America, Citi, Goldman, Sachs, Societe Generale, BNP Paribas and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. The London Stock Exchange Group value rose from £800 million to £14 billion during his tenure. Prior to the London Stock Exchange Group, Xavier Rolet worked at Lehman Brothers in New York from 2000-2008 as co-head of global equity & derivatives trading, in London, as head of European and Asian equities, and in Paris, as CEO of Banque Lehman Brothers. Xavier is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, FSCI(Hon) and a member of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board of HM Treasury (FSTIB). Since Oct 2017, he is also a member of the Committee of Expert Advisers at the Department for International Trade. He was also a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group and a member of the Governor of the Bank of England’s Financial Services Forum and of the Bank of England’s Open Forum. in October 2015, he was appointed an Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In December 2015, he was appointed Echansonnier ‘A Camera Paramenti’ of the Echansonnerie de Châteauneuf-du-Pape. He was made a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of the French Republic by Presidential decree in January 2016. In July 2016, Rolet was made an Officer of the Royal Sharifian Order of Al-Alaoui by His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco. He was named in the 2017 Harvard Business Review’s List of the Best 100 CEOs in the World, was awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award by Risk Magazine and the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by Futures and Options World. In December 2017, he was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation by Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov. Xavier is also a former member of the European Securities Markets Expert Group of the European Commission, the French Government’s Conseil Stratégique de l’Attractivité (“Strategic Council for Attractiveness”), a former Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce in France and a former member of Chatham House in London.
Michalis P. Michael, Chairman, Invest Cyprus
Michalis P. Michael, Chairman, Invest Cyprus
Michalis P. Michael was appointed as Chairman of the Board of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Invest Cyprus)in January 2018. He has had a long professional career in business and audit services, both as a sole practitioner and as aPartner in KPMG Cyprus. He has a vast experience in the Ukrainian market and has been Chairman of the Cyprus-UkraineBusiness Association since 2012. Having been actively involved in public life since his early career, he has served as a Memberof the Board of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (1996-2000), Chairman of the Board of the Cyprus Organisation ofLand Development (2000-2003), a Member of the Committee for the Supervision and Development of Cooperative Societies(2003-2013) and a Member of the Board of the Cyprus University of Technology (2014-2016), where he currently holds theposition of Vice-President (July 2016-today). He is a Chartered Certified Accountant, a Fellow member of the UK Associationof Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus, of whichhe has also served as a Member of the Board of Directors.
Nicos Trypatsas, Acting General Manager, Cyprus Stock Exchange
Nicos Trypatsas, Acting General Manager, Cyprus Stock Exchange
Nicos Trypatsas was appointed as Acting General Manager of the Cyprus Stock Exchange, from May 2017. He holds theposition of the Chief Officer of the Organisation. He was recruited at the Cyprus Stock Exchange, from 1994. Since then, hewas involved in and he was in charge of, a number of new projects for the business development of the CSE (automation -dematerialisation, establishment of a central registry /depository, new markets services and products, electronic trading ona remote basis, legislative and regulatory issues, amendments/ additions, listing and trading issues and introduction of newindices, promotional activities of CSE, development of international co-operation of the CSE, administration issues etc). Hehas extensive experience regarding various issues of the Exchange and the securities market in general. He holds a B.Sc inBusiness Administration from the Athens Economics University (ASOEE) and an MBA, from Stirling University in Scotland.
Marios Tannousis, Board Member & Secretary, Cyprus Investment Funds Association
Marios Tannousis, Board Member & Secretary, Cyprus Investment Funds Association
Marios Tannousis is a Board Member & Secretary of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association. He holds the post of DeputyDirector General at the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA). He has more than twenty years of international corporateexperience, with twelve years in the international banking and financial services group Societe Generale, where he servedat various key posts. He is a Member of the Board of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)as well as the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). He also served as President of the Cyprus Finance & LeasingAssociation and Board Member in various other organizations and bodies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics andan MBA. He is also Certified for offering investment services and has a special interest in Economic Development throughInvestments especially in Banking, Financial Services and Investment Funds.