5th Cyprus Anti-Fraud Conference
The fight against fraud is endless and the challenges are continuous. Technology has reshaped the face of crime and tackling company fraud, cultivating corporate culture and behavior, understanding deception, chasing assets, and protecting the victims is more essential than ever before. The 5th Cyprus Anti-Fraud Conference will once again provide professionals with the necessary tools, insights, and knowledge to help them navigate through the complex structures of financial crime.
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George Zornas is the Group Internal Audit Director of BoC since January 2015. Mr. Zornas has more than 13 years of experience in internal audit and fraud investigations. He has also extensive experience in Assurance and Corporate Finance, having worked with PwC (Greece) for 10 years. Mr. Zornas is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) and he is currently serving as the president of the Cyprus Chapter of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Mr. Zornas also holds an MBA in Financial Studies and a BA (Hons) in Industrial Economics, both from the University of Nottingham.
Alex Rothwell joined the NHSCFA as CEO last autumn after a 30yr policing career focused on organised crime, fraud and cyber-crime. From 2017-21 Alex was the Deputy National Coordinator for improving the policing response to economic crime and led the coordination of investigation and training for policing. Alex was also actively involved in improving the wider UK response to economic crime, working closely with private and public sector organisations to shape and deliver on the UK’s Economic Crime Strategy. Alex is now responsible for ensuring the NHSCFA fulfils its vision, strategy and objectives to counter fraud against the NHS.
Panos Kyriakides, a communicator by nature, has learnt throughout his career to effectively engage with people and professionals from all industries and backgrounds. This trait allows him to perfectly capture the needs and expectations of customers at all levels, allowing him to build sound and long-term partnerships. With a wealth of more than twenty years of experience in the Financial and Banking sector, Panos has gained valuable insights in addressing the needs of companies for digital transformation & regulatory technology, assisting them to comply with the regulatory frameworks. He is highly experienced in analysing and understanding clients’ needs, promoting business products and services to potential clients while strictly streamlining processes in line with regulations and ensuring compliance to enforced practices and policies. Panos is currently the Senior Commercial Manager of eBOS.
Marianna Vintiadis, a Cambridge trained economist, is a co-founder and CEO of the corporate intelligence firm, 36Brains. Early in her career Marianna joined the US investigations and intelligence firm Kroll, where she rose to become Head of Southern Europe. She left in 2020 to found 36Brains. Grasping the transformative value that big data will have on the corporate intelligence sector, Marianna has set up a budding European champion in the industry, with offices in Milan and Berlin. Marianna is a member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International Italy, a member of the Executive Committee of the Adam Smith Society and a director of the ACFE Italy Chapter.
Andreas is the Head of SAS Customer Advisory for Greece and Eastern Europe (GEE), managing presales activities for Analytics technology across the region. Within this role, he is heading a team of Analytics experts that are responsible for the design, planning, and adoption of solutions that enable organizations to create valuable insights from their data, and use it efficiently to improve their processes, decisions, and business actions. He has over 10 years of experience in the field of Information Technology, with a focus on IT solution design and architecture of business applications, and has collaborated with class-leading customers across a range of different sectors, including Banking, Insurance, Energy & Utilities, Telecommunications, and Retail.
Evangelia Dimitroulia, leading industry expert and instructor in Fraud Investigation, Internal Auditing, AML, Compliance, Fraud Risk Management, Internal Control Frameworks, and Ethics. Authorized Trainer for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (www.acfe.com), President Emeritus ACFE Greece and former member of the ACFE Chapter Leaders Committee. Evangelia currently works as Chief Compliance Officer for Ellaktor Group. She holds a BSc in Accounting & Finance and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and a Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA). She also holds a Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), a Certification in Risk Management
Peter Tutton is an Associate Managing Director in the Forensic Investigations and Intelligence practice, based in London. Peter is a qualified accountant, Fellow of ACCA, Certified Fraud Examiner and has BA (Hons) in Financial Economics from the University of Liverpool. Prior to joining Kroll in 2017, Peter spent 13 years at a Big Four accountancy firm, starting in Financial Services Audit team before spending 10 years within the Fraud Investigations unit. Peter has extensive experience in conducting investigations into fraud and regulatory misconduct within the financial services sector in the UK and overseas. Peter’s key clients have included Retail, Commercial, Private and National Banks, government departments and national financial service regulators.
Alberto Quasso’s academicals include a Ph.D. in European Public and Tax Law and he qualified as a Doctor in Economics and Commerce and Doctor in Law, providing a multi-angled approach that has been effective when working for the Italian Government (Guardia di Finanza – Tax and Finance Police) and invaluable in the last years during the assignments with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on big clients. He is CFE; he is a University adjunct professor in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Audit at the LIUC University based in Castellanza (VA) – Italy and a speaker in several workshops and training about fraud prevention and investigation, AML-CFT, and financial crimes.
Mary Breslin is the Founder of Verracy and an internationally recognized speaker and training facilitator for Internal Audit, Risk and Fraud. When she is not speaking publicly or facilitating trainings, Ms. Breslin conducts fraud investigations and provides management consulting for internal audit and fraud. Ms. Breslin has over 25 years of experience in Internal Audit, Fraud, Accounting and Management, including working for global companies like Costco, Barclay’s Capital, ConocoPhillips, and Boart Longyear. She has implemented and managed audit programs in more than 50 countries. Additionally, she has led fraud investigations in numerous countries spanning six continents. Ms. Breslin attended Rutgers University and University of Phoenix. She has a BS in Accounting and an MBA. She completed her MBA from the University of Phoenix while living abroad after accepting an Ex-pat assignment and moving to Italy. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Mike Jones "H4unt3d Hacker" started his career in the military as a Signal Intelligence Operator in the US Navy at the US Joint Forces Intelligence Command. Immediately after leaving the active duty military Mike put on civilian clothes and went to work as a department of defence contractor for the US Joint Forces Command defending the US Navy's Atlantic fleet. After leaving Virginia Mike monitored large networks Like Verizon as well as leading red teams for such companies as Mantech Intl. defence contracting company. Mike has lead red teams, built secure operations centers as well as provided threat intelligence for large financial institutions such as Bank of America. Mikes background is key to his success. His motto in security is "in order to defeat an enemy you must learn and become your enemy". Mike also does privately consulting performing penetration tests and intelligence gathering.
The Bank of Cyprus Group is the leading banking and financial services group in Cyprus, providing a wide range of financial products and services which include retail and commercial banking, finance, factoring, investment banking, brokerage, fund management, private banking, life, and general insurance. On 31 December 2021, the Bank of Cyprus Group operated through a total of 90 branches in Cyprus, of which 10 operated as cash offices. Bank of Cyprus also has representative offices in Russia, Ukraine, and China. On 31 December 2021, the Group’s Total Assets amounted to €25.0 bn and Total Equity was €2.1 bn. The Bank of Cyprus Group employed 3,438 staff worldwide. The Bank of Cyprus Group comprises Bank of Cyprus Holdings Public Limited Company, it’s subsidiary Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited and its subsidiaries.
eBOS is an innovative client-focused software company providing state-of-the-art RegTech and Fintech solutions that automate risk and compliance management for organisations on a worldwide basis and lead them to digital transformation. With a product portfolio of numerous web-based, technologically advanced, and customisable regulatory technology applications, we pride ourselves for being the pioneers in RegTech and Fintech. Our core offering – WiseBOS Suite, is a revolutionary fully integrated business aligned solution, designed to help manage risk, carry out customer due diligence and follow the best security standards, easily adaptable to the ever-changing business needs of companies. EU headquartered in Cyprus, eBOS operates within a network of representative offices closely collaborating with strategic partners in the rest of Europe, in the MENA region and in the USA.
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The Conference is addressed to professionals from the following:
• Accounting, audit and tax firms
• Insurance and re-insurance firms
• Law firms and legal consultants
• Financial services providers
• Consulting firms
• Law enforcement agencies
• Relevant regulatory authorities
Being one of the 197 chapters of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the Cyprus Chapter of the ACFE is an anti-fraud organization that serves professionals, students, and communities in Cyprus. The objective of the Cyprus Chapter of ACFE is to promote improved fraud detection and deterrence. This is achieved through the enhancement of knowledge, promotion of networking opportunities, and support for its members and the business, academic, and government community.
Through its representation of ten member banks, that hold more than 90% market share and provide a full range of banking services, the Association of Cyprus Banks (ACB) is the voice of the Cyprus banking system. Its primary aim is to promote best practices for the interest of the banking sector and the local economy as a whole. The ACB is a non-profit organization through which common positions are formulated and promoted on banking and financial issues, when local legislative and governmental policies are determined.
Created in 2003, CFA Society Cyprus is dedicated to professional excellence, integrity, education, volunteer service and strength of community. CFA Society Cyprus has over 180 Members representing all major banks and investment firms in Cyprus. The CFA Society Cyprus Members have earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Awarded only to a select group of investment specialists, the CFA charter requires its candidates to master a rigorous curriculum including investment valuation, portfolio management, asset allocation, economic and market analysis and ethical practices. CFA Society Cyprus is a local Society for CFA Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia and a Member of the CFA Institute Global Network of Societies. www.cfainstitute.org
The Cyprus Integrity Forum (CIF) was initiated in 2010, registered in the year 2011, and is today the leading institution in Cyprus for the fight against corruption and promotion of transparency. It is an independent, non-governmental, nonpolitically partisan, and non-profit organization. CIF collaborates with various organisations in Cyprus, Europe, and the USA. We effectively raise public awareness in all layers of society for combating corruption in our everyday lives. We aim to enhance the content and quality of public and corporate governance in all forms of business and ensure that the State and all Governmental Bodies act and behave in a manner that promotes transparency and ethics in all respects.
ISACA Cyprus Chapter, the locally established chapter of ISACA International, is an independent non-profit organisation and its purpose is to help business technology professionals and their enterprises realize the positive potential of technology. Today, ISACA international serves more than 165,000 professionals in 180+ countries, who covers a variety of professional IT-related positions, information systems or IT auditors, internal auditors, governance, security and risk professionals, consultants, educators, and C-suite executives. We serve professionals in nearly every industry. ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems and in the provision of the professional qualifications CISA™, CRISC™, CISM™, CGEIT™, CSX-P™, CDPSE™, ITCA™ and CET™.
The Cyprus Institute of Internal Auditors was founded in 1998. Today it has more than 550 members and is governed by an elected Management Board of 10 members, which is supported by four sub-committees. The vision of the Cyprus Institute of Internal Auditors is to be the fundamental institution that represents, promotes and upgrades the Internal Audit profession in Cyprus. Its mission is the continuous promotion and recognition of the profession, as well as the enrichment of its members’ knowledge and skills by providing relevant educational and training courses.
The Cyprus Fiduciary Association (CYFA), established in 2011, is the representative body of regulated Administrative Service Providers (ASP’s) in Cyprus. With a vision to assist in forming a solid international business sector in Cyprus operating on high professional standards, ethics and integrity, the Association aims to serve industry providers by promoting their interests, raising sector awareness, supporting their operations, contributing to new legislations and delivering valuable training to professionals. The Association’s commitment to its purpose has established it among the most reputable and recognised organisations within the country, before public and regulatory authorities, other associations, as well as the business community in Cyprus and overseas.
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC), established in 1961, is the professional body for the accountancy profession in Cyprus, currently tallying more than 5.200 members and 3.500 students. It provides the organisational framework for all professional accountants, supports and promotes the activities and interests of the accountancy profession, safeguards the reputation of the profession and ensures adherence to the Code of Ethics and the continuous professional development of the members. Furthermore, ICPAC is a competent authority and has been delegated the relevant tasks under the Law for the regulation of the audit profession, for Anti-Money Laundering purposes, for the provision of administrative and insolvency services. ICPAC is a key and active stakeholder in the economic affairs and development of the country, cooperating with the government, the private and public sector.
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
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