The Leadership & Human Resource Management Conference, organised by IMH and PwC Cyprus, is the biggest gathering of HR professionals in Cyprus. It aims to combine the latest developments, expertise and knowledge from organisations around the world with local knowledge and practice and the main objective of the conference is to provide practical examples and case studies of management and human capital practices, enabling participants to gain useful knowledge and expertise that can be successfully applied to their own organisations.
If you ask any established business leader to list the main factors that have contributed to his/her company’s success, you can be almost certain that the first word you will hear is “people”. Few organisations will disagree with the familiar saying “Our people are our greatest asset” and with good reason: it’s true. We may be living in a new digital era, in which technology is threatening to take away certain jobs but, at the same time, it is an era that requires more skilled and specialised human input than ever before, ultimately leading to greater job satisfaction for growing numbers of people.
2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Leadership & Human Resource Management Conference and, this year, IMH and PwC Cyprus are organising a very special conference, which aims to discuss in detail exactly what it means to invest in people, to attract and retain the best talent and to inspire and motivate employees through leadership. In addition to keynote addresses by distinguished speakers, a series of panel discussions featuring experienced business leaders will present opinions and ideas on issues such as nurturing talent, encouraging creativity and promoting diversity in an attractive working environment within the framework of a healthy corporate culture. Investing in people means doing all this and more and the 20th Leadership & Human Resource Management Conference will provide an in-depth view of this broad and important topic.
When: Thursday, 16 December 2021 | 08:30
Where: Hilton Nicosia Hotel (formerly Hilton Park Hotel), Nicosia, Cyprus*
*This will be a physical event, held in compliance with all the public health regulations in force at the time, based on developments regarding COVID-19. To ensure the maximum safety of our guests, IMH requires all guests to be fully vaccinated in order to gain access to the event. Do not forget to present your SafePass in digital or in printed form, including the relevant QR code. The Organizers will check the validity of the certificate by scanning the QR code (indicated on the vaccination certificate).
Partner, In charge of Business Consulting, PwC Cyprus
Philippos Soseilos is the newly elected CEO of PwC Cyprus taking office on 1 January 2022. He started his career with PwC in 1989 and was admitted to partnership on 1 July 2000. He has more than 30 years of experience as a Business Consultant in a broad range of business fields with a focus on strategy issues and the successful implementation of business and digital transformation, both in Cyprus and abroad. He has worked with a large number of family businesses supporting them on the full spectrum of succession issues towards successfully transitioning to the next generation. Beyond his private sector experience, Philippos has led numerous projects relating to the reform of the public sector in Cyprus. He also has extensive experience as an Executive Coach and facilitator, as well as a conference chairman and speaker. Philippos has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) and a member of the Cyprus Human Resource Management Association (CyHRMA). He was a member of the Management Board of PwC Cyprus for 13 years and Head of People for 8 years.
#4 in Global Guru's World's Top 30 Motivational Speakers 2021, Inspirational Executive Team Coach, Author, Founder and CEO of Symmetry, UK, Record Breaking Freediver
Record breaking freediver and voted #1 Motivational Speaker outside of the US in the 2021 Global Guru rankings, Jim Lawless has inspired over a million people on five continents through his presentations. As CEO of transformation architects Symmetry, Jim is a leading thinker and practitioner in building the Future of Work and Executive Team Coach. With his team, Jim has been instrumental in the transformation of international organisations, fast-growth companies and Olympic Teams. Author of the international best seller ‘Taming Tigers’ (Random House), Jim became a televised jockey (and lost 25% of his bodyweight) within 12 months of sitting on a horse. He became the deepest freediver in British history within 8 months. Both of these ‘impossible’ adaptations were experiments to test and validate the approaches he shares. Both were done alongside his day job - as most transformations are. Jim is loved internationally for his energy, humour, engagement and his lasting impact on mindset and action. He leaves a new vocabulary behind that lives on in meetings, conversations and in thinking. Outside of his work, Jim is a dad, friend, helicopter pilot, kundalini yoga practitioner, freediver, and pianist.
CEO, Ayia Napa Marina
Stavros Caramondanis studied in the USA before joining Caramondani Group in 1992, starting as a storekeeper and working his way up through the ranks. Four years later, he was made Brand Manager, and in 2002 he became the Group’s Commercial Manager. With a Malta-based logistics company, he created Medserve Cyprus, which became a leader in providing logistics and supporting services to International Oil Companies (IOC’s). In 2012, he signed a 50-year concession agreement with the Government to develop Ayia Napa Marina. The following year, he reached an agreement with the international businessman Naguib Sawiris and his Orascom Group to jointly develop the iconic Ayia Napa Marina.
General Manager, Safe Bulkers Management Ltd
Nikos Kratimenos is the General Manager of Safe Bulkers Management Ltd., since 2017, a company based in Limassol Cyprus. His tenure with the Safe Bulkers Group started in 2014, when he joined Safety Management Overseas S.A. in Athens Greece as Internal Controls Manager and from 2016 as General Manager. With diverse studies in Business Management, HR & Organizational Behaviour, Mr. Kratimenos also holds a master’s degree in Procurement, Logistics & Supply Management and has gained broad international experience in various industries and leading multi-national companies. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Kratimenos started his Maritime career by serving as General Manager of MSC - Mediterranean Shipping Company (Albania & Balkan Region). Prior to that, between 2005-2012 he had joined Fourlis S.A., as Group Procurement Director, representing the companies such as Samsung, IKEA and Intersport. He began his diversified working background from 1997 to 2005, by holding managerial roles for 9 years in Nestle, Greece.
CEO, Swissport Cyprus Ltd
Sofocles Tymvios graduated from the University of Manchester in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social Studies. Subsequently, he worked for Touche Ross (Deloitte) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995. During the span of his 25 years career he worked in leadership positions for private, public and multinational companies based in Cyprus. Since 2015 he is working for Swissport, initially as Swissport Cyprus CFO and Swissport International Med region CFO and currently as Swissport Cyprus CEO. He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Cyprus, founded its CFO committee and introduced the Mentoring program of the Institute.
CEO & President of the Council, European University of Cyprus
Dr Christoforos Hadjikyprianou is a Fulbright scholar and holds a BSc in Industrial Technology and an MBA from Southern Illinois University, USA. He also holds a Doctoral degree from Middlesex University, UK. He has a proven executive management record of accomplishments and over 30 years of experience in the higher education sector. He is currently the CEO and President of the Council of European University Cyprus. He is also a member of Galileo Global Education Executive Committee. Previously he was the CEO of Laureate Cyprus and a member of the Executive Committee for Laureate Europe. Dr Hadjikyprianou participates actively in discussion panels and forums on issues such as economic reforms; competitiveness; talent development and innovation. Among others, he serves as a judge of the European Business Awards and a member of the Board of the Logicom Group Ltd; CAMPOSOL S.A.; the Cyprus-Jordan Association and the Cyprus-East & South East Asia Association. He also serves in various social / athletic committees and currently he is the Secretary General of the Cyprus University Sports Federation.
CEO and Chairman, PHC Franchised Restaurants Ltd
Lysandros Ioannou is the Chairman, CEO and major shareholder of PHC Franchised Restaurants Public Ltd, the leader of Restaurant, Cafés and Catering Industry in Cyprus. The PHC Group operates more than 100 units (Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, Wagamama, Caffé Nero, Jamie’s Italian, PAUL Burger King etc) in Cyprus and Greece employing more than 2300 persons. Graduate of the London School of Economics, he worked for Pepsi Cola International as Vice President Marketing (Middle East, Africa &Easter Europe) as well as Regional Vice President for Greece and the Balkans. He also worked for Procter & Gamble in different Marketing Assignments in Europe. Both the companies of the Group he leads and Lysandros Ioannou personally have been repeatedly recognised in Cyprus and abroad.
Managing Partner, Elias Neocleous & Co LLC
Elias Neocleous is the Managing Partner of Elias Neocleous & Co LLC, Cyprus’ largest and most progressive international law firm. He is a graduate of Oxford University, a barrister of the Inner Temple, and was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 1993. Elias has more than thirty years’ experience of successfully leading legal teams dealing with large, complex and innovative cross-border transactions. His main areas of practice are banking and finance, company matters, intellectual property law, international trade, tax and trusts and estate planning. Elias is a frequent conference guest speaker with many publications to his credit. He is a strong advocate for utilizing technology to benefit the client and is spearheading the introduction of ALSP to Cyprus via Neolaw.ai.
CEO, Iron Mountain
Andrea Antoniou is the Regional Managing Director of Iron Mountain Eastern and Southern Europe leading Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. She obtained a degree in Social Studies and Anthropology from Panteion University in Athens, Greece. She started her professional career at Fileminders in 2008 in the Operations Department of the company. Throughout the years, she rose to various positions within the organization, reaching the position of CEO. In 2017, the acquisition of Fileminders by Iron Mountain finds her in the position of CEO of the company in Cyprus. In 2019, she was assigned the management of the countries of Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, and in 2021 the cluster expanded to include another five countries under Andrea’s leadership.
Michael comes from a banking background with solid academic and strategic foundation in macro-economics and politics. Since the dawn of the Fin-Tech industry Michael has become a part of many leading industry projects and regulatory bodies via contribution through his network of projects. He has successfully launched with his peers the ECOMMPAY brand, was part of the project that launched the first private POS payments terminal in Cyprus and now has taken on a new venture and created the family of ECOMMBX as an EMI regulated under the CBC. Michael's favourite words that lead his vision are: “positive disruption” and “always work in the light".
Head, Human Resources, Hellenic Bank
Georgios was born in 1968. He graduated from B’ Lyceum in Paphos and studied Business Administration (B.Sc.) at the American College of Greece and then Banking Management (MBA) at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He began his career in 1993 at the Bank of Cyprus, worked for the Bank of Cyprus in Greece as HR Manager (1998-2005), for the Bank of Cyprus Group (Cyprus, Greece, UK, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Australia) as a Senior HR Manager (2005-2009) and as a General Manager of HR in 2009-2013, where main responsibilities included culture alignment across the Group and implementation of trademarked Group HR practices, adjusted to every country’s realities. He then proceeded to work as Group HR Manager of Lanitis Group of Companies, where emphasis was given on the Delayering of the Group’s Structure, the development of the Group’s Corporate Culture and the formulation of a Family Succession Planning Program. In 2015-2017, he worked as an HR Director of Baker Tilly and as a Managing Director of the HR Consulting Services of Baker Tilly in South East Europe, providing Human Resources Consulting services to companies from different industries, such as the biggest Cypriot Banking Institutions, insurance companies, retail companies, etc. On 5th December 2017, he joined Hellenic Bank to lead Human Resources.
Ancoria Insurance is an established life insurance company of Swedish origin, registered and headquartered in Cyprus since 1987. The company actively manages €300mln in client assets and caters for the saving, investment and pension needs of more than 20,000 international clients. Ancoria Insurance is recognised as the leading provider of occupational pension plans in Cyprus. In 2016, the company launched the Ancoria Pension Plan which is now the largest pension scheme in Cyprus with more than 230 employers, €75mln assets and 4,000+ employees as members.
Safe Bulkers, Inc. is a global shipping company providing worldwide seaborne transportation in the dry bulk sector and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company is the largest ship-owner of the Cyprus registry and operates from offices in Cyprus, Greece, Monaco and Switzerland. The Company is a successor to a business that first invested in shipping in 1958 and since then, holds true to a legacy with uninterrupted presence throughout several shipping cycles. At this stage the Company is pursuing a fleet renewal strategy to meet more stringent future environmental regulations related to Green House Gas emissions and nitrogen oxides emissions.
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The Conference is addressed to Human Resource Managers, including Training and Development Professionals, Labour Relations Professionals, Management and HRM Consultants, as well as CEOs, Board Members and Senior Executives from corporations in all sectors of economic activity, SME owners, Government and Local Government officials.
IMH is the largest business knowledge and information transfer organisation in Cyprus. Its services include the coordination and running of conferences, seminars and commercial exhibitions, specialist business media publishing and human resources consulting. Every year, IMH organises more than 110 conferences related to every sector of the market, commercial exhibitions and training seminars, and undertakes the entire process of five business award ceremonies. IMH publishes the only dedicated business magazines in Cyprus: the Greek language monthly IN Business and the English-language monthly Gold, which are read by tens of thousands of Cypriot and non-Cypriot professionals, managers and entrepreneurs. It also operates the magazines’ accompanying news portals, the IN Business Portal (www.inbusinessnews.com), the GOLD Portal (www.goldnews.com.cy) and the REPORTER (www.reporter.com.cy). ΙΜΗ also delivers via e-mail the IN Business Daily Newsletter, the GOLD News Daily Newsletter and the REPORTER Newsletter. The IMH Business Development Department bids for tenders published by local public sector bodies, the European Union and other international organisations. Through its activities, ΙΜΗ gives businesses a chance to develop, to network, to find new clients and business associates, to communicate with new audiences and discover growth opportunities. www.imhbusiness.com
Our more than 1,000 professionals in Cyprus with the support of our global network of more than 284,000 people in 155 countries are a community of solvers coming together in unexpected ways to deliver bold ideas, solutions which are human-led and tech-powered and meaningful experiences which deliver real-life results. The New Equation is our new global strategy and speaks to the two most fundamental and interconnected needs clients and organisations are grappling with today. The urgency to build trust and the need to deliver sustained outcomes. www.pwc.com.cy
Advanced Management Solutions Ltd (AMS) is a business and information technology consulting firm established in Cyprus on February 2001. As an authorized and certified SAP Channel Partner, AMS offers a full range of services including systems integration and consulting services. Based on our proposed solutions, organizations can quickly meet their current and future needs for proper management of information and knowledge, and utilization of technology. The key to our success is the deep understanding of the operational needs of national and international organizations both in the public and private sectors.
The Project “University Labor Market Liaison Offices” which is co-funded from the Structural Funds of the European Union and from national resources, aims to improve the association between Universities, the labor market and its needs. The Project’s focus is on placing students in businesses and organizations, as a part of their curriculum, with a view to gaining professional experience. Eight Universities participate in the Project, which is coordinated by the University of Cyprus.
15 years ago, IN Business magazine began its ongoing relationship with the business world of Cyprus, profiling leaders and organisations, publicizing issues of importance and promoting best practices. Throughout these 15 years, we have shone the spotlight on countless examples of good business, photographed thousands of businesspeople and presented the most successful Cypriot enterprises to the broader reading public. To mark the magazine’s first 15 years, the November 21 issue of IN Business will be a special multi-page anniversary edition that looks back over one and a half decades of business reporting, significant business and economic milestones, through articles, features and interviews with Cypriot business leaders and much more.
GOLD magazine was founded in 2011 as the first English-language business monthly in Cyprus. Today, it is not only synonymous with the promotion of good business practices
but it has a unique and valuable readership of High Net Worth Individuals, international company executives, English-speaking Cypriot and non-Cypriot businessmen and women. GOLD provides a comprehensive and informed overview of the local business scene, the economy and the market and has gained a reputation for its in-depth articles and revealing interviews with key local and international personalities. www.goldnews.com.cy
Hilton Nicosia Hotel (formerly Hilton Park Hotel), Nicosia, Cyprus
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