Invest Cyprus Roadshow 2020 Vietnam - Digital Series


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.

Nanette Kalava, Partner – Corporate & Commercial Department, Kinanis LLC
Nanette Kalava is a Partner at Kinanis LLC and heads the Corporate and Commercial Department of the firm. Before joining Kinanis LLC in 2007 she was employed by two of the Big Four accounting firms in Greece and Cyprus where she gained valuable experience on international taxation consulting. Her main areas ofpractice are Corporate and Commercial Law, Banking and Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Reorganisations, Trusts and Estate Planning offering legal advice to a broad range of international clientsas well as international law firms on Cyprus Law matters. Nanette has extensive experience in the settingup of Cyprus International Trusts and has also participated as panel speaker on Succession Planning inthe China Offshore Summit held in Shanghai. She has an Undergraduate degree (B.Sc.) in Economics and Politics from University of Bristol, UK, a Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) from BPP Law School, UKand a Master’s Degree (M.Sc.) in Law and Accounting from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Nanette is also a Certified Trainer of Vocational Training accredited by the Human ResourceDevelopment Authority in Cyprus.

Maria Clappa, Partner, Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC
Maria Clappa 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 compliancedepartment at one of the largest financial groups in Cyprus. In 2011, she took over as head of fiduciaryservices at a fiduciary service provider in Cyprus. Currently, her practice at the firm is focused on privateinvestments, joint ventures, property acquisitions and developments, immigration law and corporate affairs. She also has expertise in matters such as the formation, licensing and ongoing compliance of AlternativeInvestment Funds, CIFs and other entities and activities in the sphere of financial services. She is alsoregistered 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.

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.