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Businesses Forum

Tuesday, 25th June 2024

Four Seasons Hotel | Limassol | Cyprus

Key decision-makers from the EU’s Representative office, Government ministers and Regulators will present updates on their policies and future initiatives. We will investigate the impact of European legislation on inward and outbound investment, talk about the impact of AI, the increased regulatory reporting requirements in conjunction with Cybersecurity and ESG, investigate best practices in ESG implementation and Talent Management and many more…

Join us to celebrate these 30 years taking stock of current developments but also the future.

Focus Areas

TUESDAY, 25th JUNE 2024

MORNING

Registration & Welcome Coffee
Sponsored by AstroBank
Welcome Address
Mrs Doxia Nikia Hadjivassiliou - President of the Cyprus International Businesses Association
Welcome Address
Mr Adrian Coxon - Chief Marketing Officer and Main Sponsor - EXANTE
PANEL DISCUSSION
What's on the Horizon for Financial Markets

Moderator: Mr Adrian Coxon - Chief Marketing Officer - Exante

-Mr Demetrios Efstathiou - Chief Investment Officer - Blue Diagonal Capital

-Mrs Fiona Mullen - Director - Sapienta Economics

The EU Priorities
EU Priorities in a Changing Political and Economic Landscape - Mr Christos Paschalides - Senior Economic Advisor / Member of the EC Recovery and Resilience Task Force
Ministry of Energy Commerce & Industry
Outlining the vision and priorities of the Ministry of Energy Commerce and Industry - Mr George Papanastasiou - Minister of Energy Commerce and Industry
EU Digital Decade Program: State of Play
EU Digital Decade Program: State of Play Mr Nikodemos Damianou - Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy
Digital Security Authority
The Cyprus Digital Security Authority; Priorities and Initiatives - Mr George Michaelides -Commissioner of Communication
Registrar of Companies
The Changing Environment of the Registrar of Companies - Mrs Irene Mylona - Chrysostomou - Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property
GDPR
A five-year review and what's next - Mrs Irene Loizidou-Nikolaidou - Commissioner for Data Protection
Vision 2035
An update on the long-term Vision of Cyprus as a Model Nation - Mrs Irene Piki - Deputy Minister to the President
Networking Coffee Break
Sponsored by AstroBank
The Future of the Shipping Sector; Challenges and Opportunities
Mrs Marina Hadjimanolis - Deputy Minister for Shipping
The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission; Key Priorities of the Regulator
Dr George Theocharides - Chairman
The Cyprus Bar Association
Key Priorities of the New Presidency - Mr Michalis Vorkas - President of the Cyprus Bar Association
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus
Key Priorities of the Regulator - Mr Kyriakos Iordanou - General Manager, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus
The important role of the Cyprus Stock Exchange
The important role of the Cyprus Stock Exchange for companies’ growth and development - Mr Nicos Trypatsas - Acting General Manager - Cyprus Stock Exchange Maria Petsa - Head of Market and Listing Division - Cyprus Stock Exchange

AFTERNOON

Lunch Break
Sponsored by Enalian Consulting
PANEL DISCUSSION
Integrity: The Key Element for Real Sustainability; The Cyprus Perspective

-Moderator: Mrs Sara Gunnervik - Office Managing Partner - Kendris Ltd

-Mr Marios Skandalis - President of the Cyprus Integrity Forum (CIF) and Chief Compliance / Corporate Governance Officer - Bank of Cyprus

-Mr Marios Tanousis - CEO - Invest Cyprus

-Mr Kyriakos Iordanou - General Manager at the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus

The Impact of Technology on Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management
The Impact of Technology on Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management - Mr Mario Maroun - Product Manager, Risk & Compliance - Cedar Rose
Banking Trends in Cyprus & Greece
Presented by Mr Nondas Nicolaides - Vice President - Senior Credit Officer - Financial Institutions - Moody's
PANEL DISCUSSION
Cybersecurity - The Framework and Local Developments

Moderator: Mr Christos Danezis - Managing Director - Danezis Stories

-Mr George Michaelides - Commissioner of Communications

-Mr Christodoulos Papadopoulos - Founder & CEO - geevo

- Mr Christos Makedonas - Partner Digital Risk – Grant Thornton

-Mr Minos Georgakis - Director, Technology Consulting - PwC Cyprus

Keynote Speech
The HR Dimension - Connecting the Power of Your People - Mr Ross Pitman - Director of Business & Communications - GRS Recruitment
Networking Coffee Break
Sponsored by AstroBank
PANEL DISCUSSION
ESG Impact on Business, the Industry Perspective

-Moderator: Mrs Ioulia Ananikidou - Senior Recruitment Consultant - GRS Recruitment

-Mr Manolis Nicolaou - Legal Counsel - Columbia Shipmanagement

-Mrs Eva Solomontos - Manager at KPMG Cyprus, ESG Advisory

-Mr Constantinos Hadjigeorgiou - Sustainability Lead - Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd

PANEL DISCUSSION
AI, Digital Transformation, the EU Framework and the Way Ahead

-Moderator: Mr Ivan Sysoev, Chief AI Officer, Quadcode

-Mrs Christina Orfanidou - Director, Risk Advisory - Deloitte Ltd

-Mrs Monica Ioannidou Polemiti - Founder and CEO - Hybrid ConsulTech

-Mr Michalis Chrysostomou - Senior Product Owner, Technology Consulting - KPMG Cyprus

-Mr Stratis Pelekis - Head of Transformation - ICA EMEA South, SAP

-Mrs Monica Odysseos - AI and Data Lab Leader - Grant Thornton

PANEL DISCUSSION
Expected developments and how can Cyprus position itself on the face of an increasingly level playing field

-Moderator: Mr Omiros Pissarides - Managing Director - Ominthia Capital

-Mr Christos Theophilou - Managing Partner - TAXAND

-Mrs Margarita Liasi - Principal, Tax Services - KPMG Cyprus

-Mrs Maria Gregoriou - Vice Chairman of the Tax Planning Committee - Cyprus Bar Association

-Mr Valentinos Pavlides - Director in Tax - Baker Tilly

Closing Session
By Mr Andreas Pishias - General Manager - Cyprus International Businesses Association
Networking Drinks Reception

Meet the Speakers

GEORGE PAPANASTASIOU

Minister of Energy, Commerce
and Industry

IRENE PIKI

Deputy Minister to the President

NICODEMOS DAMIANOU

Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy

MARINA HADJIMANOLIS

Deputy Minister of Shipping

IRENE LOIZIDOU NIKOLAIDOU

Commissioner – Personal Data Protection Cyprus

GEORGE MICHAELIDES

Commissioner of Communications

IRENE MYLONA CHRYSOSTOMOU

Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property

CHRISTOS PASCHALIDES

Member of the Recovery & Resilience Task Force, Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus

MARIOS TANNOUSIS

CEO – Invest Cyprus

GEORGE THEOCHARIDES

Chairman of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission

MICHALIS VORKAS

President Cyprus Bar Association

KYRIAKOS IORDANOU

General Manager – Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus

NONDAS NICOLAIDES

Vice President – Senior Credit Officer – Financial Institutions Group, Moody’s Investors Service

MARIOS SKANDALIS

Chief of Compliance & Corporate Governance Officer – Bank of Cyprus

CHRISTODOULOS PAPADOPOULOS

Founder & CEO – geevo

NICOS TRYPATSAS

Acting General Manager – Cyprus Stock Exchange 

MARIA PETSA

Head of Market and Listing Division – Cyprus Stock Exchange

DEMETRIOS EFSTATHIOU

Chief Investment Officer – Blue Diagonal Capital

MARIO MAROUN

Product Manager, Risk & Compliance – Cedar Rose

MARIA GREGORIOU

Vice Chairman of the Tax Planning Committee  – Cyprus Bar Association 

MICHALIS CHRYSOSTOMOU

Senior Product Owner, Technology Consulting – KPMG

ROSS PITMAN

Director – Business & Communications – GRS Recruitment

MANOLIS NICOLAOU

Legal Counsel – CSM

IOULIA ANANIKIDOU

Senior Recruitment Consultant – GRS Recruitment

CHRISTINA ORFANIDOU

Director, Risk Advisory – Deloitte

MONICA IOANNIDOU POLEMITIS

Founder and CEO – Hybrid ConsulTech

FIONA MULLEN

Director – Sapienta Economics

MARGARITA LIASI

Principal, Direct Tax Department – KPMG

MONICA ODYSSEOS

AI and Data Lab Leader
–  Grant Thornton

CHRISTOS MAKEDONAS

Partner, Digital Risk – 
Grant Thornton

CHRISTOS THEOPHILOU

Managing Partner – TAXAND

EVA SOLOMONTOS

Risk Consultant – KPMG

ADRIAN COXON

Chief Marketing Officer – EXANTE

MINOS GEORGAKIS

Director, Technology Consulting – PwC 

SARA GUNNERVIK

Managing Partner – KENDRIS Cyprus / Executive Director – KENDRIS Capital

CHRISTOS DANEZIS

Managing director  Danezis Stories

OMIROS PISSARIDES

Founder and Managing Director – Ominthia Capital

CONSTANTINOS HADJIGEORGIOU

Sustainability Lead –
Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd

VALENTINOS PAVLIDES

Director, Tax Services – Transfer Pricing Services – Baker Tilly

STRATIS PELEKIDIS

Solution Advisory Strategy Lead –  EMEA South

IVAN SYSOEV

Chief AI Officer – Quadcode

Who will Attend?

INDUSTRIES

INDUSTRIES

What to expect

Top executives and international keynote speakers
from 10 industries creating a dynamic global community.

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