Michalis P. Michael, Chairman, Invest Cyprus, Cyprus Chairman, CIFA, Cyprus Andreas Yiasemides, Partner, In charge of Fund Services, PwC Cyprus Viraj Kulkarni, Founder & CEO, PIVOT Management Consulting, India Director General, Invest Cyprus Costas Michail, Director, Direct Tax, Scordis, Papapetrou & Co (Corporate Services) LLC Director & Shareholder, Centaur Trust Partner, Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC Partner, Risk Advisory & Wealth Advisory Services Leader, Deloitte Ltd Andri Michael, Partner - Financial Services and Funds Department, Kinanis LLC Board Member, Asset Management, Advisory Services, KPMG Ltd Head Wealth Management Operations, Eurobank Cyprus
Michalis P. Michael
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 (20032013). 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 Association of 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.
Angelos Gregoriades, FCA, BSc (Econ.) is the President of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA), a nonExecutive Director at the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Central Bank, as well as an Honorary Consulate for Slovakia as of May 2017. Previously, Angelos served as the Vice-Chairman of Invest Cyprus, as well as a Chairman and a Senior Partner at KPMG Cyprus. With over 30 years’ experience as a member of KPMG’s Tax network, he has participated in numerous merger, acquisition and corporate structuring/restructuring operations at both national and international levels. During that time, he also wrote many articles and presented seminars on the role of Cyprus as a regional financial and commercial cente
Andreas Yiasemides is the President of the Cyprus Indian Association and the Partner, In charge of the Fund Services at PwC Cyprus. 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 and is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Fund Association (CIFA). He is also a member of the Cyprus National Advisory Council of Charter Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).
Viraj is the founder CEO of PIVOT Management Consulting, a leader in Securities Services Consulting space besides others. Viraj has served for over 12 years as Country Head of Securities Services with Citi Bank (India and Switzerland), JP Morgan Chase and BNP Paribas. He was on the ASPAC Management Board of BNP Paribas Securities Services. He has over 29 years of in-depth and diverse exposure to emerging and advanced capital markets. In 2013, Viraj became the only Indian to be recognized by Global Custodian for leadership in India through APAC industry nomination. In May 2019, Viraj was recognized by Global Custodian as amongst the 30 Global Securities Services leaders. Viraj has been on Industry committees in India and Switzerland. He was featured/ participated in Global/Local Capital Markets events and writes on Ease of doing business.
George Campanellas is a graduate of the Department of International and European Studies of the Athens University of Economics and Business with post-graduate studies in Public Sector Management (Master’s in Public Sector Management) and Business Administration (MBA in Oil & Gas and Energy Management). Throughout his 16-year career in the public sector, he gained valuable experience working directly with the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Minister of Health. George has been actively involved in drafting the regulatory framework and incentives for attracting Foreign Direct Investment in sectors of strategic importance to the economy. Amongst others, George dealt for a number of years with the Cyprus Oil & Gas activities, as well as with the development of nationwide large-scale infrastructure projects, such as the natural gas liquefaction terminal (LNG) and the Cyprus TechnoPark. Appointed by the Ministerial Council, George also served as Project Manager for the City of Dreams Mediterranean Integrated Casino Resort, the country’s largest FDI project and the largest integrated casino resort in Europe. He also served for many years in various governmental committees. Throughout his career, he has been participating as a speaker in a number of conferences in Cyprus and abroad, presenting investment opportunities in different sectors of the Cyprus economy. Since May 2018, he holds the positions of the Director General of Invest Cyprus and the Vice President of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association.
Costas Michail joined SCORDIS, PAPAPETROU & Co in 2017 as a member of its direct tax advisory services department. Costas graduated from the University of Hull after completing his studies in Law. He is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants, and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Cyprus. He has also obtained his international tax qualification, ADIT, and became an international tax affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He has more than 11 year of experience in the direct tax profession and commenced his career in PwC, servicing as Tax advisor until 2016. Costas was promoted to Director in the direct tax advisory services department of the Firm in 2019. Over the years Costas attended various International Tax webinars and seminars (by IBFD, CIOT and others) and in 2018 he expanded his international tax qualifications by obtaining a Certificate on Transfer Pricing from the Charted Institute of Taxation. He specialises in domestic and international tax planning, tax advisory and structuring for local (Cyprus) companies as well as Multinational Groups setting up Cyprus Headquarters or Cyprus based operations.
Haig Assadourian is a Director at the Centaur Trust Group and Centaur Services (Malta) Ltd. Haig studied in the UK and is a holder of a BA (Hons) degree in Economics & Business Finance. He is fluent in Greek, English, Armenian, has a good knowledge of French, and reasonable Italian. Having been involved in a wide range of business areas, Haig has extensive experience in international trade at senior level. He spent a number of years working for multinational companies, such as Europcar & Panasonic, in a managerial capacity. He then joined NZI Investment Bank in London as manager of client relations, where he was responsible for all aspects of the Bank's relationships with its private clients, as well as heading up their Traded Options desk. In 1989, Haig returned to Cyprus as General Manager of a large trading group. The company was involved in the distribution of luxury cars (Rover, Land Rover, Jaguar) and Hyundai from Korea. The group’s activities also included the distribution of a wide range of consumer electrical products and the tourist industry, handling a large number of incoming and outgoing tourists, as well as, a chain of hotels. In 1991, Haig became the Managing Director of the group, which by then had over 200 staff and a turnover in excess of US$24 million. Haig joined Centaur Trust upon its establishment in 2006, at director level, where he is currently the head of the Business Development and client relations. He is also a director of Centaur Trust Group and Centaur Services (Malta) Ltd. Haig is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering specialist (ACAMS) and a Certified Privacy and Data Protection Practitioner with regards to GDPR.
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, immigration law and corporate affairs. She also has expertise in matters such as the formation, licensing and ongoing compliance of Alternative Investment Funds, CIFs and other entities and activities in the sphere of financial services. She is also 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).
Panikos Teklos is the Investment Management, Regulatory Risk and Wealth Advisory Services Leader of Deloitte in Cyprus and a Partner in the Risk Advisory department. He is also Managing Director of Deloitte Investment Services Ltd. He has more than 18 years of international experience in Investment Banking, Strategy, Consulting, Risk Advisory, Asset and Wealth Management. He is a specialist in structured products and complex derivatives, structured finance, funding strategies (including Public Debt Management) and structured solutions for Financial Institutions and Corporates, Regulatory and Economic Capital requirements and optimisation, and an expert in multi-jurisdictional investment fund and asset management company advisory.
Andri Michael is a Partner at Kinanis LLC. She has joined the firm in 2005 and her main areas of practice, for over 10 years, included corporate law, banking and finance, funds and capital markets. For the past few years, Andri has been leading the Financial Services and Funds department of Kinanis LLC focusing mainly on legal advisory, formation and regulatory compliance for collective investment structures and other licensed entities. She also specialises on legal advice and support for international clients for listings on capital markets as well as on legal consulting for blockchain matters. Andri holds an Undergraduate (L.L.B) and Postgraduate Degree in Law (LL.M) from the University of Southampton, UK and was admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2004. She is a member of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association and a holder of the Advanced Certificate of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission.
Antonis Rouvas 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.
Konstantinos Xanthis is the Head of Wealth Management Operations at Eurobank Cyprus since July 2016. He joined Eurobank Group’s Capital Markets & Wealth Management General Division in 2005, where he held many positions - and more specifically in the Securities Services Sector. He has over 20 years of integrated experience in banking and finance, and in-depth knowledge of capital markets, securities and the funds industry. He holds a B.Sc from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, and an MBA from ALBA Business School in Athens, Greece.
Michalis P. Michael, Chairman, Invest Cyprus, Cyprus
Chairman, CIFA, Cyprus
Andreas Yiasemides, Partner, In charge of Fund Services, PwC Cyprus
Viraj Kulkarni, Founder & CEO, PIVOT Management Consulting, India
Director General, Invest Cyprus
Costas Michail, Director, Direct Tax, Scordis, Papapetrou & Co (Corporate Services) LLC
Director & Shareholder, Centaur Trust
Partner, Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC
Partner, Risk Advisory & Wealth Advisory Services Leader, Deloitte Ltd
Andri Michael, Partner - Financial Services and Funds Department, Kinanis LLC
Board Member, Asset Management, Advisory Services, KPMG Ltd
Head Wealth Management Operations, Eurobank Cyprus