The Ministry of Finance organises a “Roundtable with the Government of Cyprus: Foreign Investors Discuss with the Government of Cyprus the Strategy for Attracting Business and Talent to the Island”, on Friday, November 5, 2021 at 10:00am at the Presidential Palace.
Friday, November 5, 2021 at the Presidential Palace.
Registrations will take place from 10:00 to 10:30. The event will be completed by 12:30.
This is a by-invitation-only event.
For more information please contact Rafaella Symeonidou at 22505629 or Rafaella.Symeonidou@imhbusiness.com.
Minister of Finance, Republic of Cyprus
Constantinos Petrides assumed office as Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus on 3rd of December 2019. Prior to his appointment, he served as Minister of Interior (1 May 2017 - 3 December 2019) and Deputy Minister to the President of the Republic of Cyprus since (1st March 2013 – 30 April 2017). From September 2011 to February 2013 was the Director of the Office of the President of the Democratic Rally. In 2006 he was hired at the European Commission in Brussels where he worked as an economist at the Directorate General for Agriculture and the Directorate General for Competition until September 2011. During his stay at the European Commission he served as negotiator of trade liberalization agreements between the EU and third countries and also worked on issues of public aid in the field of transportations. From 2000 until 2006 he served as Senior Officer at the Association of Cyprus Banks and as representative of the Association to the European Banking Federation and the National Euro Changeover Committee. During the negotiations for Cyprus’ accession to the EU in 2000 he worked on issues of harmonization at the Directorate for EU-Cyprus relations of the Planning Bureau. He studied Economics at the University of Nottingham and then acquired an MSc in Political Economy of Transition in Europe from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
Minister of the Interior, Republic of Cyprus
Nikos Nouris has been Cyprus Minister of Interior since December 2019. From 2013 to 2019, he was a member of the House of Representatives in Cyprus for the Democratic Rally. He served as Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Trade and coordinator of the Democratic Rally Parliamentary Group in the Labor and Social Security and Home Affairs Committees. He was Vice President of the Democratic Rally and a member of the Political and the Executive Office of the party. He also served as Municipal Councilor of Nicosia, Deputy Mayor of Nicosia and Chairman of the Urban Planning Committee of the Municipality. Additionally, he dealt with issues of development of the urban center of the capital, issues of culture, education and entrepreneurship. For a number of years, he was President of the Cyprus Pharmaceutical Association.
Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry, Republic of Cyprus
Natasa Pilides was appointed Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry on July 10th 2020. Previously, on March 1st 2018 she had been appointed as the first Shipping Deputy Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, heading the strategic development and promotion of Cyprus as a world class, integrated, maritime cluster. From April 2016 to March 2018, Ms. Pilides was Director General of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Invest Cyprus), responsible for the design and implementation of Invest Cyprus’ strategy in investment promotion, investor support and facilitation of reform. She has more than fifteen years of private sector experience, notably as Director and Regional Chief Operating Officer at Baker Tilly South East Europe, heading the departments of Finance, Marketing, HR, and Administration, Operations and IT, for Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova. She also worked, for 9 years, at PwC in Cyprus, Milan and London, in audit and tax consulting of multinational companies active in the fields of banking and finance, shipping, insurance, energy, construction and FMCG.Ms. Pilides has wide experience in delivering professional training and courses for ICAEW, ACCA and CIMA exams, in the areas of audit, tax, corporate law, ethics, financial accounting and reporting, at BPP London, a leading professional studies organization. She graduated from Oxford University with a first-class honors degree, with distinction, in Modern Languages and Literature (French and Italian). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).
Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation, and Digital Policy, Republic of Cyprus
Kyriacos Kokkinos is the Deputy Minister to the President for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy. He previously served as the Chief Scientist for Research & Innovation, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Research & Innovation Foundation and Member of the National Board of Research & Innovation. He is a distinguished professional with 30 years of experience in Executive Management, Technology and Business Consulting, in global corporations such as IBM Europe and PwC. He served at the Board of many Organisations, including Invest Cyprus, the Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO), the Cyprus Port Authority (CPA), and the Board of Trustees of the Cyprus Institute.He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for professional excellence, including ‘Business Leader of the Year Award’ 2016 (CCCI) and ‘Quality Leader Award 2015’ (CQA).His Academic qualifications include Executive MBA in Strategic Management from Henley Management College (UK) and MSc & BSc in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA).
PR Director, BrainRocket
Hamza Afifi, PR Director at BrainRocket, is an efficient marketing professional who has recently joined the company and will take care of establishing a positive image of BrainRocket in Cyprus. Under Hamza’s careful guidance, BrainRocket’s goal is to create a successful, yet safe haven for the upcoming IT development in Europe. Hamza has impressively delivered quality work through his extensive career with different companies, made striking upgrades in BrainRocket’s reputation, profitability, and image in the public eye. He has an extensive background in devising, developing, and carrying out public relations strategies and campaigns, programs, and advertising leads. To support sales and marketing efforts, Hamza has set up and maintained cooperative relationships between BrainRocket and the media to achieve and maintain client/company reputation.
Co-Founder Palta.com, Servers.com
Alexey and his family live in Cyprus for almost 20 years. He has created several IT businesses with an HQ in Cyprus, and promote Cyprus to other IT companies for many years. Alexey has run a lot of community and cultural events, also charity initiatives in Cyprus. One of the founders of TechIsland.
COO, TheSoul Publishing
As Chief Operating Officer, Artur Mamedov oversees strategy and operations for TheSoul Publishing, one of the largest media publishers in the world. His responsibilities include managing all aspects of the global business including production, finance, legal, sales, communications, partner relations and operations.
The Cyprus-based company showcases a diverse, high-quality portfolio of shareable content that reaches hundreds of millions followers across all major social media networks.
Artur also serves as a Board Member at Tech Island – a non-profit association with a mission to promote Cyprus as a major international business destination and technology hub.
Artur has graduated from Harvard Business School and holds a degree in financial management from the Moscow State University.
Group Managing Director and CEO, MSC Shipmanagement Limited
Prabhat is the Group Managing Director and CEO of MSC Shipmanagement Limited, Cyprus. MSC Shipmanagement Limited is the biggest in-house Ship Management company in the world and has a proud policy of exclusively managing only MSC-owned vessels. Today it manages over 300 vessels and ensures the highest technical standards and a first-rate commitment to safety and punctuality. It is part of world’s 2nd largest container shipping company, Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A., headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. MSC Group has one of the youngest and greenest fleets among the world’s leading shipping lines. MSC Shipmanagement is among few companies whose entire fleet is certified with ISO 9001,14001, 50001, 26001, 27001 and 45001 standards. Prabhat is a Marine Engineer and his career at sea was on various kinds of vessels up to the rank of Chief Engineer. After stepping ashore as Technical Superintendent, he continued to pursue his quest for knowledge and completed MBA in General Management & Finance from University of Liverpool and Advanced Management Program from IESE Barcelona. He has played a key role in set-up of MSC Shipmanagement Limited Hong Kong in year 2005 and subsequently MSC Shipmanagement Limited, Cyprus in year 2008. MSC Crewing Services Limited India and MSC Crewing Services Ukraine are under his direct responsibility and he is board member of all these companies. Under Prabhat’s leadership, company has increased its managed fleet nearly ten times since its inception in 2008 and has highest crew retention rate (98%) in industry. Prabhat is also member of the Board of Directors of Cyprus Chamber of Shipping, the Cyprus Marine Maritime Institute and CMMI Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute Ltd., Vice Chairman of the Cyprus Maritime Academy and Vice President of Shipowners Association of Portugal.
Petr Valov founded Exness in 2008 with a vision of creating a company driven by strong ethical values and a science-based, algorithmic product approach. A software developer since his school days, Petr studied IT and programming at university, and in the early days of Exness he acted as the sole creator of its technologies. Today, after taking the company from strength to strength over a span of 13 years, he runs one of the world’s most successful and respectable online brokerage companies, headquartered right here in Cyprus. Petr’s vision is to see Cyprus become the Silicon Valley of the Mediterranean: an IT centre fit to attract the biggest tech talents of the world. His faith in this vision is one of the reasons for his investment in the island and his decision for Exness to be headquartered here.
Republic of Cyprus
The Ministry’s mission is to ensure conditions of macroeconomic stability and the sound management of resources and of the financial obligations of the State, in order to improve the quality of life of every citizen of the Republic. The Ministry of Finance aims at contributing to the creation of a robust, effective and accommodating State and through conditions of economic growth to promote social justice by improving the standards of living for all citizens.
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