Invest Cyprus Roadshow 2020 Southeast Asia Digital Series


Spyros Vassiliou, Board Member, Invest Cyprus

Spyros Vassiliou is a member of the Board of Directors of Invest Cyprus since November 2019and a member of the Cyprus Bar Association. He served as the CEO of P.I. Provident InvestmentsLtd, a Cyprus Investment firm. He is the Founder of the Law Firm Spyros Vassiliou & AssociatesLLC and Managing Partner of P.C.S. Provident Corporate Services Ltd, a fiduciary servicescompany, with headquarters in Cyprus and affiliated offices in Greece, Sweden, and the UnitedKingdom. With more than 15 years of experience in both the Legal and Financial sectors, Spyrosis a business-intelligent lawyer with investment-appetite decision making and an emphasis onstriving for excellence and high achievement. Spyros provides advice and counsel to private andcorporate clients, focusing on corporate & commercial law, trusts, estate, tax planning, and IPrights. He is also well established in cross-border commercial litigation. He is passionate aboutFin-Tech, mainly niche products and structures, and has a long-established business presence intechnology and innovation-oriented markets, particularly Sweden and the Nordic countries. Heis now an international speaker promoting Cyprus and sophisticated solutions and structures toHigh Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) and Institutional Investors worldwide.

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 and as 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 Broadcasting Corporation (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 Associationof 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

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.

Maria Clappa, Partner, Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC

Maria joined the firm in 2013 and became a Partner in 2016. Starting her career in the financial services industry as an in-house lawyer, she was later appointed the head of the legal, secretarial and compliance department at one of the largest financial groups in Cyprus. In 2011, she took over as head of fiduciary services at a fiduciary service provider in Cyprus. Currently, her practice at the firm is focused on private investments, joint ventures, property acquisitions and developments, corporate affairs and immigration law. She also has expertise in matters such as the formation, licensing and compliance of Alternative Investment Funds, CIFs and other entities and activities in the sphere of financial services. She is registered as a Certified Person on the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission. Maria has contributed articles to various publications on Investments and Business in Cyprus, Cypriot immigration Law. She has an LLB from the University of North London (1998) and was admitted to the Cyprus Bar the following year. She also holds an LLM in Venture Capital from the University of Westminster (2000).

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 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 as well 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.

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

Theo Parperis, Partner, Member of the Management Board and Head of Tax & Legal Services, PwC Cyprus

Theo Parperis is a Partner at PwC Cyprus. He is a member of the Management Board of the company and Head of Tax and Legal Services. He has vast experience in Tax and Statutory Compliance for International groups, advising and assisting International Clients with group restructuring plans, providing solutions for private clients and High Net Worth Individuals, covering their corporate and private wealth interests, family office structuring, corporate and private wealth consolidation and reporting, tax and legal support in acquisition/sale of private assets and citizenship & naturalisation services. Theo is primarily engaged with international clients operating in a broad range of sectors, including trade in oil and commodities (e.g. metals), transportation, shipping, tourism, manufacturing, information and technology. He is a graduate of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He is also a full member of STEP. Theo has also served as president of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) from June 2011 to June 2013.

Charis Kynigou, Head of Private Banking, AstroBank

Charis Kynigou started her career in Athens at an information provider firm, Moneyline TelerateS.A, as an Account Executive. After that, in 2005 she entered into Private Banking, with Citibank International plc as a Relationship Manager to Citigold. She then joined the Piraeus Bank Group asa Senior Relationship Manager for Private Banking/Wealth Management, managing Private Wealth Portfolios. In 2010 Piraeus Wealth Management entered into a Joint Venture with BNP Paribas Wealth Management S.A and then she joined BNP PARIBAS Suisse S.A as the Head of International Partnership Desk, serving Greek Clients in Zurich. She was mainly in charge of the Greek and Cypriot desk in Zurich. In February 2015 she moved back to Cyprus after 19 years of International Experience, at Piraeus Bank Group as Head of Piraeus Private Banking. She holds a Degree in Economics from Athens University of Economics and Business (ASOEE) and an MSc in Financial Economics from Cardiff University. Charis Kynigou is also a member of the Cyprus Stock Exchange Council, member of Cifa Wealth Management Committee and Chairwoman of the CSE Pension Fund.

Stephanie Panayi, Investment Promotion Officer, TourInvest Unit, Invest Cyprus

Stephanie Panayi is an Investment Promotion Officer, leading the TourInvest Unit. She joined Invest Cyprus in 2019. She is experienced in the field of foreign direct investment, investor relationsmanagement, business development and investment promotion. Her role is focused on identifyingand promoting investment opportunities available in Cyprus and ensuring the channeling ofinformation to existing or potential investors, through coordination and implementation of strategiesto attract businesses and investments into Cyprus. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’ s Degree in AppliedForeign Languages and a Master’ s Degree in MSc International Management & Business. Stephanieis also the Young BPW Cyprus Representative of the Cyprus Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW). She is fluent in Greek, English and French and conversant in Russian.