18th CFO Management Forum & CFO Awards
The CFO Management Forum celebrates the role of finance leaders in business by bringing together Chief Financial Officers and other key officers of major companies operating in Cyprus to discuss the latest trends/developments in the world of finance and the main challenges facing their profession.
The 18th CFO Management Forum will focus on the economic aftermath of the pandemic and the impact that the war in Ukraine has had on an already wounded economy. It will look at the new era of inflation that is beginning and how high interest rates are complicating the CFO function. The key themes of this year’s Forum are:
• Inflation Outlook for 2023 and beyond
• How can CFOs rise to meet the challenge of soaring inflation?
• Is raising prices the best answer to offset increased costs?
• How will a potential change to the ultra-low interest rate environment affect their overall strategy?
• How CFOs and their organisations are planning for the post-COVID world: Transforming the financial function to improve resilience and drive a faster recovery.
• How is technology changing the role of the CFO?
The IN Business CFO Awards are presented to distinguished CFOs and other finance professionals operating in Cyprus in recognition of their contribution and achievements over the past year.
When: Thursday, 16 March 2023 | 15:30
Where: Hilton Nicosia Hotel
Dress Code: Business Formal
Full participation corresponds to up to 2 CPD units
To download the program please click here.
Fotini Tsikkou with a decade of experience in the financial services industry is ECOMMBX’s Chief Operations Officer. In addition to her all-round oversight of operations, she focuses on the development of superior acquiring services in Cyprus. Prior to her current role, Fotini served as the Regional Head of Operations for the SEMEA and EU regions at ECOMMPAY for 7 years, playing a pivotal role in the company’s growth on a global scale. In line with the company’s culture and policy, she is uncompromising in her pursuit and implementation of high standards of transparency and reliability related to every aspect of the company’s business activities. As an Executive Member of ECOMMBX and having fully immersed herself in the field of financial technology (fintech), Fotini is well equipped for her role as the company’s COO. With the support of her team she has established a compliant and technologically advanced environment for the provision of top-notch financial services to a niche global clientele, in direct collaboration with global banking partners
Michalis Persianis has been Corporate Affairs Director at Bank of Cyprus since 2015. He worked as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones from 2011 to 2014, and as Head Editor for Economy and Finance at Kathimerini newspaper (Cyprus edition) from 2009 to 2014. From 2005 to 2009 he was Head of Research (Presidential campaign) and Parliamentary staffer (European Parliament) for Mr Ioannis Kasoulides. He earned his BA in Political Science from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA in 2002, and went on to earn an MA in International Economics and European Studies from John Hopkins SAIS Washington DC, USA in 2005.
Sakis Moyseos is the Business Consulting Partner of Grant Thornton Cyprus. He has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of operational, financial, project and human resource management in large organisations in both the Private and the Public Sector. Sakis has successfully managed the business and digital transformation of numerous organisations from his various roles as a Top Management Executive and a Consultant. Before joining Grant Thornton Cyprus, he held the position of Associate Partner, at EY Cyprus. Sakis holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Essex.
Kyriacos Stylianides has more than 25 years international experience in the USA, Europe and in the Middle East focusing on Management and Information Technology Consulting. He is the founder and Managing Director of Supernova Consulting Ltd. He is an innovative business technology leader developing high performing teams, driving results across a wide range of industries, company sizes and business conditions. He believes in business innovation through technology while working and supporting organizations adding value to their business. He holds a BA degree in Accounting and Information Systems, Queen’s College, City University of New York, an MSc in International Transportation Management, SUNY Maritime College, and an MBA in Management Information Systems from Long Island University. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with the ICMCI.
Maria Kalli is the Manager of Digital Trust Services Department of JCC Payment Systems Ltd. She has 5 years of expertise in the field of eIDAS Trust services including Qualified Electronic Signatures, Qualified Electronic Seals & Electronic Identity. She is actively leading Trust Services solution deployments and has successfully completed implementation projects in Governmental, Academic and Financial Services Sector. She holds a BSc in Mathematics, an MSc in Management & an MSc in Financial Services. She has also obtained the Prince2 Project Management Certification. With the support of her team she aims to provide secure and user-friendly eIDAS compliant solutions that can drive businesses towards digital transformation, process optimization and cost efficiency.
Christoforos Stylianides is the Head of Corporate Banking at Hellenic Bank. He holds a first-class honours BSc (Econ) degree from LSE and an MBA, with Distinction, from INSEAD. Christoforos is a fellow member ICAEW and a member of ICPAC and ACT. He started his career at KPMG in London, working on clients mainly in the manufacturing industry, before joining Cyprialife Ltd as CFO. He then assumed senior roles within the banking industry, both in Cyprus and abroad, ranging from risk management to front office and general management. Since 2013 he focused on corporate banking and led the setting up, development and servicing of the local loan portfolio of RCB Bank in Cyprus, sold to Hellenic Bank in 2022. Christoforos adds value to deals in important sectors of the economy utilizing his academic and professional background, vast experience in the banking sector and deep knowledge of the renewable energy, tourism, manufacturing, health and education sectors.
Gregory Dellas is the Chief Compliance and Innovation Officer at ECOMMBX. Previously, at the Bank of Cyprus, Gregory served as Director Wealth & Markets and spearheaded the AML Risk Management team within International Banking Services, responsible for high-risk clients and transactions and for providing guidance and specialized training to management and staff. Before that he was Group MLRO for a large Cyprus bank, and held a number of other senior management positions. Gregory is the founder and Chair of the ACAMS Cyprus Chapter, since 2015. He holds several international professional certifications including CGSS, CAMS (Advanced) - Risk and CAMS (Advanced) – Audit. He is a certified CAMS instructor and GCI accredited trainer, a Fellow of ICA (FICA) and a long-standing member of the AMLP Forum and IGCA. He also holds an MBA from Lancaster University in the UK and a BSC (Hons) Industrial economics from the University of Warwick.
Kyriakos Iordanou is the General Manager of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) since January 2012. Prior to that, he served as a Council member between 2002 to 2011, rising to the position of the Vice President (2009-2011). Kyriakos is a Fellow of ACCA, member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CPFA) and a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS), as well as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM). He also served as a board member of the Cyprus Institute of Internal Auditors (2006-2011). In 2019, Kyriakos was elected as the President of the Parallel Parliament for Research, Innovation and Digital Governance.
Georgia Pitta has held to position of Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of ECOMMBX Ltd since 2017, directly reporting to the Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director. As a founding member of the company’s senior management, she actively participated in the digitization genesis of the company. She also set up the company’s accounting and finance departments, as well as the management Risk Committee, and Investment Committee, and is a member of all. Other key responsibilities include ensuring that the business meets its budgetary targets and minimum capital requirements as per Central Bank Directives, while safeguarding clients’ funds in accordance with the regulatory guidelines and EU Directive. In general, Georgia focuses on maintaining the healthy financial profile of ECOMMBX, in the interest of both the company and its clients. Her diligent budgeting, analysis, reporting and projecting skills were honed over many years in both auditing firms and banks, giving her the credentials to fulfil her duties to perfection.
Andreas Theocharides is a Director and CFO of PepsiCo (Cyprus) International since June 2020. PepsiCo International is the world's second-largest food and beverage business based on net revenue, profit, and market capitalization. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, with a BA (High Honors) in Accounting and Finance and held the professional title ACA (ICAEW). He worked for KPMG in Cyprus, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and specialized in valuation projects and auditing listed companies. He then joined, as CFO, the listed Frou-Frou Group of Companies, one of Cyprus's most prominent producers in the food and beverage industry. With a decade of experience in CFOs roles, Andreas has a strong background in people management and attaining organizational efficiency. He is a business-intelligent accountant with operational decision-making. He emphasizes striving for excellence, and high achievement.
Andrew Tinney joined Wargaming in 2015 as CFO after an extensive career in Banking and Management Consulting. He had thirty years of experience in capital markets, consumer banking and wealth management. He has worked either with or for many of the world’s leading financial institutions including Deutsche Bank, Barclays, JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. He was global head of investment banking at Andersen and then became a partner of Deloitte in UK. He was CFO Asia Pacific for Deutsche Bank until relocating to UK in 2008. He returned to Singapore and became the Chief Executive of the KPMG management consulting business for ASEAN. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has been a constant innovator in the design and deployment of technology solutions, including the first use of voice biometrics Technology in UK banking.
ECOMMBX represents the new age of fintech, revolutionizing the way businesses handle their global transactions.
We specialize in e-account management, cross-border payments, personal & business cards, acquiring, and multi-currency conversions, all through our ECOMMVERSE, A PLATFORM TO RULE THEM ALL. And when we say that, we mean it! Because the ECOMMVERSE is a single, innovative and intuitive platform that gives you instant access to all of ECOMMBX's services.
To ensure the most cost-effective and efficient execution of all your e-banking transactions, our innovative serving model is based on four cornerstones: cutting edge technology designed for the global banking industry; customized connections with banking partners around the world; stringent security; and maximum operational speed.
In short, our ECOMMVERSE is your go-to address for e-accounts and all related products as well as a series of other services and benefits that make your business smoother and your life easier.
JCC Payment Systems is Cyprus’ market leader in payment-processing technologies and financial solutions for merchants and financial institutions. It has been supporting businesses in accepting electronic payments from multiple sales channels for over 30 years, following the decision of the major Cyprus’ banking institutions to collaborate for the purpose of administering the processing and settlement of card transactions. Today, JCC is considered the trusted service provider of choice for all financial technology requirements ranging from fraud prevention, card personalisation and ATM management, to hosting and business continuity services. The services offered do not focus solely on payments but on the entire digital transformation spectrum and include digital trust services.
Supernova Consulting is a Gold SAP Channel Partner and a leading consulting, technology and transformation services firm with more than 200 customers in over 30 countries. Supernova Consulting services include digital transformation & innovation services, digital services, cloud services and application management services (AMS). Combining unparalleled industry experience with leading technology offering, together with its clients, Supernova Consulting creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. Since 2003, it has built a firm to help its clients accelerate business performance and realize their most important goals.
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UNICARS, with its headquarters in Nicosia, is the importer of Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, CUPRA and Škoda cars and is the authorised provider of Service & Parts for Lamborghini in Cyprus. Also, UNICARS is engaged in the commercial vehicles industry through Unicars Pro Solutions, the representative of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, ΜΑΝ Truck & Bus AG and Neoplan in Cyprus. Furthermore, UNICARS is a major force in the local car rental sector through its subsidiary Uniwheels – the franchisee of SIXT Rent a Car in Cyprus.
Every year in Cyprus and overseas, IMH organises over 200 conferences, seminars, workshops, and corporate exhibitions as well as business awards. It also organises events on the behalf of clients. The Media Department is also on an excellent course. Monthly magazines IN Business and GOLD are ready by tens of thousands of executives, managers, and business people both Cypriot and foreign. Our team of journalists keeps you updated every day through the IN Business Portal and REPORTER. IMH recently also took on SUPER FM, Cyprus’ top music radio station. IMH is launching the English-language Cyprus Business News Portal (CBN), in 2023, which aims at becoming the daily source of information for English-speaking professionals and business people in Cyprus and abroad. IMH, in addition, submits tenders published by the public sector, European Union, and other international organisation projects. Through its activities, IMH gives companies the opportunity to develop, engage in networking, find new clients and associates, address new audiences, and discover opportunities for development. www.imhbusiness.com
Attendance at the 18th CFO Management Forum & IN Business CFO Awards is “by invitation only”. The event will welcome 200+ key finance officers from big companies operating in Cyprus:
• Other C-level executives
• Managing Directors
• Finance Directors
• Finance Managers
• General Managers
• Senior executives from accounting, audit, and tax firms
• Senior executives from corporate service provider companies
• Senior Executives from banks and other financial institutions
• Senior representatives from relevant governmental and other regulatory authorities
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.
Since its first day of operation in April 2016, ALPHA Television Cyprus has been implementing and maintaining a high level of quality both in production and operation mode. By choosing Alpha Cyprus, the viewer can watch the biggest TV names from Cyprus and Greece as well as informative and entertaining productions high in quality and presentation. Strategically, ALPHA Cyprus continues to invest and create content by setting high goals on the three key pillars of news, entertainment and fiction, with a strong emphasis on quality and variety in content.
CBN (Cyprus Business News) is a new English-language business and investment portal, which aims to become the leading daily source of business and financial news and information in English for professionals in Cyprus and beyond. Its team of experienced journalists provides factual, objective, trustworthy and up-to-the-minute online content for the portal, its accompanying app and daily newsletter. For every Cyprus-based English-speaking professional involved in any of the island’s broad range of business sectors, from Shipping, Financial Services and Commerce to ICT, Gaming, Media, Insurance and more, CBN is the go-to business news portal. It also serves as the global gateway to up-to-date information on opportunities for investment in Cyprus.
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. www.goldnews.com.cy
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
Owned and operated by IMH, Super FM has been on air since 1998, broadcasting from Nicosia. It is the number one music radio station in Cyprus, focused on playing the latest and most popular tracks. With live radio shows and perfect playlists that specialize in contemporary mainstream Greek music, Super FM celebrates music at its annual Super Music Awards ceremony.
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