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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.

Yannis Matsis

Yannis Matsis

Chairman, Invest Cyprus

From April 2017 to September 2020, Yannis Matsis was CEO of Hellenic Bank Group in Cyprus and was responsible for managing the Bank and its Insurance subsidiaries. Yannis Matsis made his career in investment banking in the City of London, building and managing global debt capital market teams spread around geographical locations such as London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sao Paulo. Prior to his current role, Yannis was Partner and a co-founder of Point Nine, a Financial Technology (FinTech) company that was subsequently acquired by Mitsubishi UFJ Group (MUFG). Yannis is currently serving as Chairperson of the Board of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency / Invest Cyprus, and also as Chairman of the Board of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics. Amongst other Board roles, he also served on the Boards of Hellenic Bank, of the European Banking Federation and as Chairman of the Association of Cyprus Banks. Yannis graduated from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, first with a Bachelor’s (B.A.) degree and then with a Master’s (M.Eng.) degree in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. George Theocharides

Dr. George Theocharides

Chairman, Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)

Dr. George Theocharides is the new Chairman of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). Previously he served as CySEC’s Vice Chairman since July 2020. As an Associate Finance Professor at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM) and Director of the MSc in Financial Service Programme from September 2010 until July 2020, he has extensive work experience in the wider financial sector. Prior to joining CIIM, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Sungkyunkwan University of South Korea from 2006 to 2010. In 2006, he has also worked as an International Faculty Fellow at the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In the past, he served as a member of the Board of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission a member of the Interim Board of Bank of Cyprus, Chairman of the Board of the Cyprus Blockchain Technologies Ltd, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus-Kuwait Business Association. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Management of The English School, from July 2016 until July 2020, a member of the Training/HR Committee of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA), as well as a non-executive member of the Board of Directors for a number of organisations and companies in the financial services sector. He is also an Associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and a Research Associate at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT). Dr. Theocharides holds a degree of BΕng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering & Electronics from the University of Manchester (U.M.I.S.T.), an MBA from the University of San Diego and a PhD in Finance from the University of Arizona.

Andreas Yiasemides

Andreas Yiasemides

President, Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) / Partner, in charge of Funds Services, PwC Cyprus

Andreas Yiasemides is the President of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association and Partner, in charge of Funds Services at PwC Cyprus. On his graduation from the University of Manchester with a firstclass 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 organization 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 President of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Fund Association (CIFA). He is also a member of the Cyprus National Advisory Council of the Charter Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

George P. Nicolaou

George P. Nicolaou

Director, Treppides Group

George P. Nicolaou is a Director at K. Treppides & Co Ltd and in particular in the International Compliance and Advisory Services department Leading the Funds and Fund Management Services including the Fund Administration Division. George holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance and is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA). He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) and member of the investment Funds Committee of ICPAC. He is also a member of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). George P. Nicolaou has more than 13 years of international robust experience in the Financial Services, Assurance and Consulting fields having worked in Cyprus, UK and Malta. Over the years he has been specialized in the financial services industry by focusing on the Banking and Capital Markets, Funds, Fund Management companies and Asset Managers. He has solid and extensive knowledge and technical expertise on Fund Management Companies including Alternative Investment Fund Managers, Funds Structuring, Authorization, Regulatory Compliance Consulting and ongoing Fund Administration.

Maria Hadjiyerou

Maria Hadjiyerou

Business Inelligence & Strategy, Invest Cyprus

Maria Hadjiyerou is responsible for Business Intelligence and Strategy at Invest Cyprus. She is passionate about assisting businesses and investors make informed, sustainable, and impactful decisions and improving the local ecosystem to allow them to do so. In her current role she works on establishing strategies and policies that will make Cyprus an even more attractive business center and further develop sectors that will diversify Cyprus’ offering, such as the Information, Technology and Communications sector. Maria spent the first 10 years of her career working with Deloitte and EY as a consultant in London (8 years) and Cyprus (2 years), specializing in M&A, business modelling, and strategic decision support. She holds a BA in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from the University of Warwick and an ACA qualification by the ICAEW. In her personal time, Maria enjoys travelling, swimming, reading, and playing the French horn and the ukulele.

 

Sarris Demetriou

Sarris Demetriou

Investment Promotion Officer, Invest Cyprus

Sarris Demetriou is responsible for Business Development at Invest Cyprus. His main priority is to promote the strategic projects of the country to foreign investors whilst assisting both project owners and investors proceed to impactful decisions in the ongoing process of the transaction. Over his 10 years’ career, he has previously worked in the oil trading industry, in the consulting industry with a big 4 company as well as in the green energy sector with a startup company in London. He started his career with the biggest retail group of companies of Cyprus in the position of the sale engineer for the Caterpillar engines. Sarris graduated from the Polytechnic School of the University of Patras in Greece with an M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering and from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland with a Master’s degree in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance. He is also a former basketball player with the National team of Cyprus.