President, Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) / Partner & Head of RCR and in charge of Funds, PwC Cyprus Andreas Yiasemides is a Partner at PwC and Head of Risk, Compliance & Regulation Advisory. He previously served for 5 years as Partner in charge of the Fund Services department. He joined PwC in 1999 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) before continuing his career with Bank of Cyprus, holding various positions, including heading the Custody and Trusts Unit. He then moved to a professional services provider where he set up and led the Fund Services Unit. He is President of the Cyprus Investment Fund Association (CIFA).
Vice President, Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) Panikos Teklos is the Vice President of CIFA and Chief Executive Officer of a private company specializing in financial advisory services, financial technology, private equity and multi-family office services. He has more than 22 years of international experience in Investment Banking, Strategy, Consulting, Asset and Wealth Management. He is a specialist in Governance, Risk & Regulation, Investment Management, FinTech & RegTech, structured solutions and business advisory for Financial Institutions, Family Offices, HNWI/UHNWI and Corporates. He holds a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Finance and Economics.
Vice Chairman, Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission George Karatzias is the Vice Chairman of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission. He led Alter Domus fund services in Cyprus until 31 December 2020, having joined in 2011. He also served as a board member and the vice-chairman of the Fund Administrators Committee of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). He was also a member of the Funds Committee of ICPAC (Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus). He is a Fellow member of ACCA and holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and Financial Services from the University of Exeter. He has accumulated significant experience in international fund structuring, management as well as provision of ancillary, middle and back-office services including fund administration.
Chief Scientist for Research, Innovation and Technology, Republic of Cyprus Demetris Skourides is the Chief Scientist for Research, Innovation and Technology of the Republic of Cyprus, and ex officio Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Research and Innovation Foundation. Demetris holds a BA in Computer Science, from Arizona State University (USA) and an MBA from Henley Management College (UK). He has worked with technology giants Oracle and Amazon Web Services, in executive positions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the Asia-Pacific Countries. Among other things, he has been trained in digital transformation, artificial intelligence, data monetisation and sales, in programs at Columbia, Stanford, MIT and Harvard Universities respectively.
CEO, Invest Cyprus Marios Tannousis is the CEO of Invest Cyprus. He has over 24 years of international corporate experience, including 12 in the international banking and financial services group Societe Generale, where he served in various key posts. He is a Member of the Boards of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) and the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). He holds a degree in Economics and an MBA. He regularly represents Cyprus at international conferences.
Director, Risk, Compliance and Regulation (Fund Services), PwC Cyprus
JASPER VAN HEESCH
Private Equity Sector Senior Analyst & Coverage Director, RSM UK Jasper van Heesch is a director in RSM UK's private equity practice and is based out of the London office. He was selected for the firm's Industry Eminence Program in 2022 to serve as a senior analyst covering the global private equity space. He works alongside the firm's chief economist and other program participants in the UK and US to analyze trends and themes shaping the PE landscape for middle market businesses. Jasper also has a coverage role where his focus there is to help the firm's international PE clients benefit from the consulting, tax and audit expertise that lies in RSM UK and its global network.
Vice President, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Europe, Capital Group, Belgium Agathi Pafili is Vice President at Capital Group and is head of Europe government and regulatory affairs. She has 20 years of policy and industry experience and has been with Capital Group for more than 3 years. Prior to joining Capital, Agathi was a senior policy advisor at the European Funds and Asset Management Association. Before that, she worked in the European Parliament as policy advisor for Members of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and a cabinet member of the Chair of the Culture and Educations Affairs Committee. She holds a master's degree in international and European law and is a member of the Athens Bar Association. Agathi is based in Brussels.
Chief Operating Officer, Swissquote Bank SA Lino Finini has graduated as IT engineer in 1987 and has started his career as a developer with Banque Indosuez (Switzerland) in 1988. After several years of experience in the banking sector, he enlarged his experience as senior consultant in the software and hardware architecture with LaserCom (Switzerland) Ltd. in 1996. He joined Swissquote Group Ltd. in 2001 to actively contribute to the inception and growth of Swissquote Bank Ltd. Within Swissquote Group, Lino has successfully operated in different roles and has joined the group Executive Management in 2019 as Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities are in the field of all IT services, Information Security, Middle and Back Office, facilities and Fund custody business. He is the sitting chairman of Swissquote Financial Services (Malta) Ltd.
Partner, Risk Advisory Leader, Deloitte Cyprus Clea Evagorou is a Partner within DME and leads Risk Advisory for Cyprus. Clea specialises in Banking and Financial Services. Clea joined Deloitte in 2016, having spent over a decade working in the UK Financial Services across a variety of roles, specialising in structured finance, corporate restructurings, and Treasury strategy. She is a member of Deloitte’s Banking Union Centre in Frankfurt and Centre for Resolution Excellence in Brussels. Clea holds a BA in Economics (Accounting & Finance) from the University of Manchester. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Tax Advisor and a Member of the UK’s Institute of Consulting.
Associate Chief Counsel, Securities Regulation, Investment Company Institute (ICI) Global, USA Eva M. Mykolenko is Associate Chief Counsel, Securities Regulation with the Investment Company Institute and ICI Global. Mykolenko advocates on behalf of global regulated funds and their investors to securities regulators and multinational organizations in the United States and abroad. She started with the Institute in 2008 after more than eight years in private practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP. While in private practice, Mykolenko advised mutual fund, hedge fund, and investment adviser clients on a variety of compliance, regulatory, and transactional matters. Mykolenko received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Head, Investment Advisory Wealth Management, Eurobank Cyprus Savvas Christodoulou currently serves as the Head of the Investment Advisory Unit at the Wealth Management Division of Eurobank Cyprus. In this role, he is responsible for implementing the investment advisory process, utilizing instrument selection methodologies, conducting look-through analyses of investments, maintaining various model portfolios and strategies, and participating in investment committees. Prior to this position, he held various roles in the financial services sector, accumulating 17 years of professional experience. From 2015 to 2018, he worked as a Portfolio Analyst at BOCAM. Before that, he spent 8 years in positions within the Risk Management division of the former Laiki Bank and Bank of Cyprus. During the early stages of his career, he served as a Fund Manager at the Asset Management Department of the SFS Group. Savvas holds a Bachelor's degree in Management Science from the University of Cyprus, an M.B.A. from C.I.I.M, and a Master's degree in Finance from the University of Cyprus. He is a CFA Charterholder and also holds the CySEC's Advanced Certification.
Economist, International Monetary Fund, USA Corrado Macchiarelli is an Economist in the IMF’s Money and Capital Markets Department. Before, Corrado was Manager for Global Macroeconomics Research at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and an Associate Professor in Finance and Economics at Brunel University in London. Between 2015 and 2020, Corrado has been working as part of a team of monetary policy experts for the European Parliament. Previously, he was an Economist in the ECB’s Euro Area Macroeconomics Developments Division. Corrado holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Turin-Collegio Carlo Alberto and a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the London School of Economics.
Investment Strategy & Advisory Manager, CISCO - Bank of Cyprus Ltd Tasos serves as the Investment Strategy & Advisory Manager for the Cyprus Investment & Securities Corp. Ltd (CISCO) and sits as the Vice Chairman of the Bank of Cyprus Wealth Services Investment Committee. An experienced financial market professional with over 25 years of experience specialising in cross-asset macro strategies, Asset Management and proprietary trading systems operating within regulated markets. He is responsible for the Investment Strategy function of CISCO & Bank of Cyprus Group while managing the Private Banking Advisory Model/Bespoke portfolios and select Institutional Asset Management mandates. Tasos holds a BA degree in Accounting from Middlesex University and CySEC advanced certificate.
Dr. XIAOLIN CHEN
Head of International, KraneShares, UK Dr. Xiaolin Chen is the Head of International at KraneShares and manages the firm's business outside of the United States. She oversees efforts to solidify KraneShares' thought leadership throughout the industry. Before joining the firm, Xiaolin was responsible for managing $70 billion in client portfolios at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Dr. Chen has extensive experience developing strategic asset allocation for clients globally investing across traditional and liquid alternative investments. Having lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and the U.S., Xiaolin brings an unparalleled market insight to her client engagements worldwide. Xiaolin Chen is a regular speaker on CNBC and Bloomberg among various broadcast and online media, and a frequent contributor to national and international publications. She also holds a Bachelor and PhD’s Degree in Computer Science obtained from Nottingham University in the United Kingdom.
Director, Portfolio Valuation, Kroll Advisory Ltd UK Vasileios Perakakis is a Director in the London office of Kroll and a team member of the Portfolio Valuation service line. Vasileios has worked with a wide variety of alternative investment managers, including private equity, hedge funds, private debt funds, and other industry-specific investment funds worldwide. He has extensive experience in the valuation of a range of alternative asset classes, including portfolios of illiquid private debt instruments, common and preferred equity, asset backed securities, distressed investments, securitizations, contingent claims and other structured products. Vasileios has collaborated with Greek banks on several engagements, including the valuation of non-performing loans and the liquidation of distressed companies.
Treasury and Investment Junior Director, ECOMMBX Harry is a certified asset manager, appointed as the Treasury and Investment Director to reinforce the ECOMMBX team and prepare it for the expected growth that the company is steering towards. He combines his previous experience in leading international investment and trading firms with a stellar track record in asset and project management related to digital wealth platforms and associated solutions and applications. Harry is Managing Treasury and Investment operations and is responsible for preparing, reviewing, and reporting all Treasury and Investment activities, identifying and quantifying strategic and financial risks related to the Treasury and Investment activities, carrying out foreign exchange transactions and investments on behalf of the Company. With an eye to the future and a capacity to rise to this industry’s challenges, he is a valuable asset to the ECOMMBX leadership.
Head of Wealth Management and Executive Director, Athlos Capital Investment Services Ltd Sara is the Head of Wealth Management and Executive Director at Athlos Capital. Her career started in 2006 at Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management Division in London. In 2010 she returned to Cyprus and was hired as a Senior Private Banker at Bank of Cyprus. In 2017 she left to run a Cyprus Investment Firm which she headed until 2020 when she joined Athlos Capital. She has extensive experience managing Ultra High Net Worth Individuals’ portfolios both under execution and advisory services. Sara holds a BSc in Business Management from King’s College London, University of London and an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Bayes (formerly Cass Business School).
Board Member, Head of Asset Management Services, KPMG Limited Petros joined KPMG in Cyprus in 2004 and became a Board Member in 2023. At the same time, he was appointed as Head of the Asset Management team of the firm. He has also experience in providing audit services to local and international listed and private companies trading in a variety of industry sectors, such as Investment Funds, Banking, Insurance, Energy, Mining, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical, Technology and General Trading. His clientele included companies listed in the Cyprus Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange and Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Petros is the co-founder and Vice Chairman of the KPMG Cyprus Audit Committee Institute.
Senior Economist, European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), Belgium Thomas Tilley is a Senior Economist at EFAMA with an extensive background in central banking and macro-economic statistics, both at the European Central Bank and the National Bank of Belgium. He closely follows developments in a variety of investment fund trends (net fund sales, fund ownership, cross-border funds and more), both at a European and national level. He also coordinates EFAMA’s yearly flagship Fact Book and Asset Management Report publications. In addition, he is responsible for EFAMA’s data collection on ESG and the contact point for the European Fund Classification.
KAMBIS KOHANSAL VAJARGAH
Head of Startup-Services, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Kambis Kohansal Vajargah is Head of Startup-Services at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. He is the founding partner of several startup companies, including whatchado, Saturo, Carployee, Freebiebox or ALVERI and angel investor at Gateway Ventures and Founders of Europe. The World Economic Forum has chosen him as a European Digital Leader guiding the digital transformation of Europe. Besides, he is advisory board member at SXSW Pitch, juror at the World Summit Awards and European Youth Award and has been named Austrian ambassador for integration. Since 2011, he has been actively advising startups from all over the world how to scale up their ventures globally. His motto: Believe. Execute. Learn.
Board Advisor, Swissquote Capital Markets Ltd Sophocles Parapanos is an experienced professional with 35 years of Debt Capital Markets, Trade Finance and Investment experience in addition to broking / facilitating transaction amongst a wide spectrum of investors. He maintains thorough knowledge of prevailing market conditions in Cyprus, Greece, South Eastern Europe and the CIS. He has proven skills in facilitating / structuring / executing complex transactions in fixed income / trade finance / distressed situations. He serves on a number of Boards that include Swissquote Capital Markets ltd, a CYSEC regulated Alternative Investment Fund in addition to a diversified International Investment group. He graduated from the Arkansas State University, USA and he obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Northern Illinois University, USA. He is the General manager of the Consulting Firm, Emercis Frontier Ventures Ltd.
Managing Director, Head of Global Markets, UK Edward Glyn joined Calastone in 2014 and is responsible for managing and developing key client relationships across global markets. Before joining Calastone, he spent nine years at SWIFT, most recently heading up the 100m transaction funds business across EMEA and leading the regional sales team managing SWIFT’s investment management, custody and asset servicing offerings. Prior to this, he spent a number of years in key commercial and strategic roles at Investia (former parent of JPMorgan FundsHub), ERI Bancaire, Thomson Financial and Tajan.
Marios P. Charalambides
Partner, Head of Financial Services, RSM Cyprus
Secretary General, EuropeanIssuers, Belgium Florence leads the Brussels team with strategic and operational know-how from her work at the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA), where she was responsible for the management of relations with the European Commission and other European institutions and organisations, as well as media communication and events’ organisation. She also holds previous experience on the liability portfolio management and treaty analysis, due to her previous engagement with Mapfre Re. She holds a degree in law, an executive MBA from Louvain School of Management and a post-graduate degree in law and economics from ULB as well as a certificate in risk management and a Director Effectiveness certificate from Guberna. She is also past president of ESAE (European Society of Association Executives) and Vice president of the FAIB (Federation of International Associations in Belgium).