The 21st Leadership and Human Resource Management Conference
The 21st Leadership & Human Resource Management Conference aims to be much more than just a conference. The event will provide HR executives and business leaders with an opportunity to reconsider how they view their employees. They will have an opportunity to learn about diversity, inclusion, and equity trends and to acquire tools that will enhance their skills. A variety of conference topics will provide participants with the chance to identify all the ingredients that an organization needs in order to be considered truly inclusive.
The Leadership & Human Resource Management Conference is being held for the 21st consecutive year. This year, PwC Cyprus and IMH are focusing on what is at the core of all HR departments and of inspirational leaders. While Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion have specific meanings, they can also be broad concepts that can become lost in translation. Cultivating a culture of inclusiveness, diversity, and equity is crucial when it comes to talent acquisition and workplaces. At this conference, keynote addresses will be delivered by distinguished speakers, panel discussions with experienced business leaders will take place, and real-time interactions will enhance your ability to become an attractive employer.
*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.
Cleo Papadopoulou is qualified as an accountant incidentally as she went to London to study dance. She joined PwC in 1992 and ten years and three children later became the first female partner. Today, Cleo is the Chief Learning Officer and the Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer and a member of the Management Board of PwC Cyprus. She is also in charge of corporate responsibility and heads services offered to the shipping industry. Throughout her career her focus has always been people. She is an accredited Executive Coach and certified trainer. Passionate about I&D she helps organizations develop diverse & inclusive work environments and designs and facilitates I&D trainings and workshops.
Dr. Helena Dalli is the first EU Commissioner for Equality who has been entrusted by President von der Leyen to deliver on the Union of Equality chapter, by strengthening Europe’s commitment to equality and inclusion. Dr. Dalli has held various political roles in Malta, including Member of Parliament (1996 to 2019), Minister for European Affairs and Equality (2017 to 2019), and Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties (2013-2017). Commissioner Dalli holds a PhD in Political Sociology from the University of Nottingham, and has lectured at the University of Malta.
Johannes Smits is a highly experienced strategic advisor who works with top management and HR Leaders on the workforce of the future. Prior to joining PwC, he held senior positions in professional services, automotive and FMCG. He works with companies across industries on topics of HR, Reward, Diversity and Inclusion and equal pay and he is passionate about inspiring, empowering and enabling people and organisations to embrace the opportunities of the workforce. Johannes is leading PwC’s “People in ESG” practice across the EMEA region which includes an important capability around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He developed PwC’s EQUALSALARY Certification service which enabled him to gain in-depth insights on equal pay practices across the world.
Linda Boyd is the Founder & CEO of KLEU, an award-winning digital emotional fitness coach for workplaces, which enhances employee wellbeing, engagement and performance. Linda is a serial entrepreneur, whose purpose is to empower people with the knowledge and tools fulfill their highest potential as human beings. She is a passionate advocate of learned Emotional & Social Intelligence (ESI)as the key to a happy and meaningful life. Linda holds a BA in Psychology & Industrial Relations from the University of Sydney, Australia. She is an accredited Emotional Intelligence (EI)Coach, Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and qualified in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Linda is a long-standing member of The Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO), alumnus of the CEO Institute, Springboard Enterprises (SBE) and Ambassador for the global ChangeMakersRuleBreakers (CMRB) community. She has also held non-executive director (NED) board positions in the not-for-profit sector.
Tyler John is a diversity and inclusion specialist, with experience of advancing inclusion and wellbeing agendas in both public and private organizations. Tyler was a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team at King’s College London, where he contributed to a range of interdisciplinary and intersectional projects. Most recently, Tyler has taken on the role of Inclusion + Wellbeing Partner at Wagamama, where he leads on the curation and facilitation of the inclusion and wellbeing agenda for the entire organization. Tyler is passionate about intersectional feminism and the role that representation plays in creating inclusive spaces.
Dr Georgia Thrasyvoulou is a full-time lecturer at CIM and the Director of Student Affairs and HR. She holds a Psychology Degree from the University of Cyprus, a master’s degree and a PhD in Organisational Psychology from the University of Leeds. She is a licensed Occupational and Organisational Psychology Practitioner. She is also a holder of a Post-Graduate Certificate (PGCHE) for teaching and learning in Higher Education and a fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). She has been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Cyprus Centre for Business Research at CIM since 2017, where she is actively engaging with the centre’s research activities and conferences. She has been involved with lecturing in various Universities and Institutions including Leeds Trinity University and the University of Cyprus. Her working experience in the private and public sector in Cyprus as a practitioner Organisational Psychologist equipped her with professional experiences and expertise.
Marianna Hadjiandoniou is the Group HR Director of Parimatch Tech. She is an Executive HR professional and experienced consultant, with a wide exposure to local and international companies. She also had the opportunity to practice HR Consulting, with a focus on defining and implementing HR strategies, initiating the HR function during start-up operations, and managing the HR aspects of large-scale reorganizations. She has a solid background in managing all HR areas and downsizing exercises, as well as mass recruitment and reorganizations. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and she holds an MSc in Human Resource Management from Surrey University, UK. She is a certified CSO Professional as of January 2021 and she serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors in CSR Cyprus, since 2020. Marianna is a Trainer accredited by HRDA (Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus).
Andrew Williams has been the Global Head of HR of Libertex Group since 2018 and he has HR experience for over 25 years. His long multinational experience covers the design and implementation of HR strategy, change management, mergers and acquisitions/new business integration, new office setup, organisational design, talent management, executive level recruiting, compensation and benefits. He has extensive experience in building and managing HR teams in several countries and has worked for multi-national companies in the past such as Wargaming, Qatar First Bank, Morgan Stanley, Visa and Qatar National Bank among others. Andrew is also a qualified tax professional.
Róbert Balušík is an entrepreneur, mentor, and former performer from Slovakia. He has experience with artistic performances for thousands of people (including the President of the Slovak Republic and ministers). He co-founded and ran an IT company while studying Applied Computer Science in Czech Republic. After delivering IT web solutions for about 140 clients he decided to switch the role. As a Strategic Projects Manager at LEAF (NPO) he focuses on uplifting the start-up ecosystem in Slovakia along with providing mentoring & knowledge support for young professionals and students. His “superpower” is handling all the responsibilities while being physically disabled.
Hanna Naima McCloskey (she/her) is of Algerian-British heritage and the Founder & CEO of Fearless Futures. Fearless Futures serves daring companies - across sectors - ready to actively challenge inequities by addressing their roots, intersections, and lived realities. FF facilitates transformative equity and inclusion learning experiences, in-person and online, and partners with global clients through consultancy in service of designing equitable ecosystems for people and products. Hanna founded Fearless Futures - after a varied career working for the UN, NGOs and the Royal Bank of Scotland, across communications, research and finance roles.
Nawaf Abdulla is currently holding the position of Chief Executive Officer at DP World Limassol in Cyprus, a UAE national, joined DP World in 1997 back in Dubai, UAE. It is now 25 years being in Ports and Maritime sectors. When joined DP World, only two Ports in UAE were within the company’s portfolio wherein today the group has interconnected global network of 295 business units in 78 countries across six continents. Mr. Abdulla’s expertise and leadership is throughput Ports Management including various developments and expansion projects of facilities within the port industry, mainly in UAE, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe. Mr. Abdulla held several managerial roles within the Port Management and Maritime sector, focusing on financial results of business units, including strategic decisions, investments opportunities, and building relationship with shareholders / stakeholders. Mr. Abdulla’s leadership style focuses on driving results while delivering outcome throughout empowerment, delegation, and mentoring of individuals within the business unit.
Andrea Antoniou was appointed Regional Managing Director of Iron Mountain Central and Southern Europe in 2020. In this role, Andrea is currently responsible for leading the information management business in 13 countries across the region. Andrea holds a degree in Social Studies and Anthropology from Panteion University of Athens. She started her professional career at Fileminders in 2008 from the Operations Department of the company. Over the years, she has held various positions within the organization, helping her gain specialized experience and knowledge in the field while also enabling her to assume the position of Managing Director. In 2017, the acquisition of Fileminders by Iron Mountain finds her in the position of Managing Director of the company in Cyprus. In a short time she was promoted to Regional Managing Director leading more and more countries in the region. In addition to Cyprus, her regional responsibilities were gradually extended to Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and now include all the countries of the Central and Southern European region.
Aleksandra Sulimko is CHRO at TheSoul Publishing. Aleksandra oversees the HR Department, bringing her high level of expertise to help strengthen this function within day-to-day operations. At the same time, her team supports each business division to improve employee well-being, empowerment and development. Aleksandra joined TheSoul Publishing from Exness, an international award-winning financial brokerage company. At Exness, she implemented employee learning programs and focused on personal career development across all company levels. Prior to that, Aleksandra held roles devoted to organizational consulting, employee career path training, and coaching at Team Training International and Japan Tobacco International (JTI).
Nicoletta Tillyrou is the EMEA Talent Acquisition Manager at Amdocs. She is part of the company for the last 5 years leading the Cyprus growth talent strategy and driving the talent attraction and acquisition strategy for EMEA region. As a recruitment industry professional with more than 9 years’ experience across public and private sectors, she has contributed to establish innovative employer branding concepts that helped to position Amdocs Cyprus as an employer of choice. Nicoletta is passionate about identifying new ways of attracting talent in a challenging market, establishing the campus recruitment strategy across countries, and managing processes to provide an agile candidate journey.
At ECOMMBX we specialize in B2B e-account management, cross-border payments and competitive currency conversions. To ensure the most cost-effective and efficient execution of all your e-banking transactions, our innovative serving model is based on four cornerstones: Advanced technology that connects to the global banking industry, customized connections with banking partners around the world, stringent security and maximum speed. The result is satisfied customers that rely on us for top-notch service.
Jobalito is an online job finding platform designed & developed to slash recruitment costs for organizations by seamlessly and efficiently connecting them with talent. Jobalito offers a range of flexible & fully automated tools designed to offer complete and efficient solutions to organizations looking to recruit new talent or conduct branding efforts in the active job market. Jobalito is powered by Infocredit Group, the leading provider of business intelligence and risk management solutions for 50 years. www.jobalito.com
Libertex is a Cyprus-based online broker offering tradable CFDs with underlying assets being commodities, Forex, ETFs, cryptocurrencies and other. Libertex also offers investments of real stocks. Over the years, Libertex has received more than 40 prestigious international awards and recognitions, establishing it as one of the most trusted European brokers. Libertex is the Official Online Trading Partner of FC Bayern and Tottenham Hotspur, bringing the exciting worlds of football and trading together
Parimatch Tech is an international product company that develops technology and marketing solutions for the entertainment industry and the Parimatch brand. A growing number of local operators and partners across Europe, Asia, and Oceania use company’s tailored technology solutions and brand to facilitate business in their regions. Parimatch Tech has developed a corporate culture that conveys the spirit of the brand, inspires people to take on new challenges and provides comfortable working conditions. The company’s headquarters is located in Limassol.
Safe Bulkers, Inc. is an international provider of seaborne transportation services of dry bulk commodities. With a modern fleet of 44 bulk carriers and an outstanding orderbook for 9 newbuildings (EEDI - Phase 3, NOx-Tier III), the Company’s vessels transport a wide range of dry bulk cargoes across the globe, including major bulks as grains, coal and iron ore and other minor bulks as bauxite, alumina and fertilizer. The Company is incorporated in the Marshall Islands with offices in Cyprus, Greece, Monaco and Switzerland. The Company is listed on the NYSE since 2008 with its common stock trading under the symbol “SB”. Safe Bulkers is the largest ship-owner under the Cyprus Registry with 42 out of 44 of its vessels flying the Cyprus flag.
Wolt is a technology company that makes it incredibly easy to discover and get the best restaurants, grocery stores and other local shops delivered to your home or office. Wolt works together with tens of thousands of merchant partners as well as with over a hundred thousand courier partners across 23 countries and more than 250 cities. The Helsinki-based company was founded in 2014, employs over 6,000 people today, and is led by its co-founder and CEO Miki Kuusi. On November 9, 2021, Wolt and DoorDash announced they are joining forces. DoorDash’s acquisition of Wolt was finalised in June 2022.
Cyprus Institute of Marketing – The Cyprus Business School is Cyprus’ 1st Business School since 1978. CIM operates in Nicosia and Limassol and it offers exclusively evening classes for working professionals. CIM provides the opportunity to earn qualifications of the highest calibre at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and since 2011 it collaborates with the No 1 UK University in Cyprus: The University of West London, thus providing the opportunity to earn a UK Degree in Cyprus.
Conferience is the ideal web-app for event organizers, presenters, market researchers and team leaders all over the world. Engage your audience in any kind of online or/and physical event, facilitating direct interaction among them. It is excellent for any kind of online or/and physical event, including lectures, presentations, webinars, conferences, forums, trade shows, polls, training courses, seminars, workshops, school classes, universities, focus groups, research & internal (corporate executive) meetings.
In a world that is constantly evolving, our aim at PwC Cyprus is to find the right solutions to complex problems. We focus on quality and build strong relationships based on trust, creating value for our clients, stakeholders and society. Based on PwC’s new global strategy, “The New Equation”, we look at problems from different angles and present innovative solutions that make a difference and lead to sustained outcomes. More than 1,000 people in Cyprus join forces with 327.000 professionals of our global network in 155 countries and create an experienced team that combines intelligent approaches, experience and technological innovation. Visit www.pwc.com.cy to discover the benefits we can bring to you
IMH is a leading Corporate Events and Media organization operating in the Knowledge and Information Economy. It provides products and services based on content, intelligence and connections to specialist audiences. IMH services include the organization of conferences, summits, client events, exhibitions, business, and mainstream media. Every year, IMH organizes more than 200 corporate events in physical, hybrid and online form: Conferences and Exhibitions on all market sectors, Investment summits and road shows in Cyprus and abroad, Client Conferences and other corporate events, Business award ceremonies. Our corporate events provide the biggest networking, business development, knowledge providing and career advancement opportunities in Cyprus. IMH media department operates, publishes and distributes: IN Business, the leading monthly business magazine in Cyprus, GOLD, the leading English-language monthly business Magazine in Cyprus, IN Business Portal (www.inbusinessnews.com), GOLD Portal (www.goldnews.com.cy), Over 40 annual business catalogues, supplements and directories, Reporter (www.reporter.com.cy), one of the most visited multi-thematic news portal in Cyprus. IMH recently acquired Super FM, the leading music radio station in Cyprus.
The Conference is addressed to:
• C-Level executives
• Board Members from corporations in all sectors of economic activity
• SME owners
• Government and Local Government officials
• Directors of: Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Management, Labour Relations
• Professionals with responsibility for: Organization Culture, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Succession Planning, Learning and Development, Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Ethics and Integrity.
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.
Created in 2003, CFA Society Cyprus is dedicated to professional excellence, integrity, education, volunteer service and strength of community. CFA Society Cyprus has over 200 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 National Betting Authority is a legal entity of public law and is governed by the Betting Law of 2019. The Authority is responsible for licensing, regulating and supervising the betting activity within the Republic. In addition, the Authority has the responsibility for cooperation and discussion with competent bodies, public services and international organizations on issues relating to gambling. Moreover, the NBA is also responsible for implementing measures and policies for the protection of young people and vulnerable groups from gambling-related harm. As part of the NBA’s initiatives, is the organisation of the 5th Safer Gambling Week. You can find more information at www.nba.gov.cy/en.
As the flagship publication within IMH’s media brands, IN Business magazine, has a 16-year history, during which thousands of examples of good business practices by businesses and businesspeople, brands, commercial practices and developments have been showcased. The aim of IN Business was – and continues to be – the promotion of good Cypriot business. www.inbusinessnews.com
GOLD was first published in 2011 as the first monthly English-language magazine in Cyprus. Today, it not only consistently promotes good business practices but has a unique and valuable readership, comprising High Net Worth Individ¬uals, executives of international companies, and English-speaking Cypriot and non-Cypriot busi¬nessmen and women. http://www.golnews.com.cy
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