Frixos Savvides is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He started his professional career in London and returned to Cyprus in 1979. Soon after, he set up his own auditing firm PKF Savvides & Co Ltd, and retired from the firm in 1999 as Managing Partner, to join the Government of Cyprus as Minister of Health, a position he held until 2003. He has served in various Government Boards including Cyprus Telecommunication Authority and Chairman of the Anti-Drug National committee. Mr. Savvides served in Boards of US and European listed companies, as an independent director. At present he serves as Chairman of World Trade Center Cyprus and Trust International Insurance Company (Cyprus) Ltd., and Deputy Chairman of Trust Re., as well as independent non-executive Board member of companies mainly in investment and shipping.
Talita is a thought leader, entrepreneur, experienced Chief Financial Officer, board director of Human Resources, published author of ‘The Authenticity Dilemma Resolved®’ and speaker who has chosen to step out of 22 years in corporate business, to help leaders and businesses transform.
Professor George M. Giaglis is the Director of the Institute For the Future (IFF) at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He has been working on digital currencies and blockchain applications since 2012, with his main focus being on new forms of industrial organisation (like distributed autonomous organisations) and the sharing economy. George is one of the first academics to research and teach on blockchain, having: designed the curriculum of the world’s first full academic degree on blockchain (MSc in Digital Currency at the University of Nicosia); led the development of blockchain credentialing technology that has resulted in the first ever publishing of academic certificates on the blockchain; taught on the disruptive innovation potential of blockchain, both at academic programs and in executive seminars worldwide; organised a number of prominent blockchain conferences and events, including Decentralized 2017, the academic track of Consensus 2017, the blockchain track at AFP 2017, etc. In his career, he has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals and conferences and serves in the editorial board of seven academic journals, including Ledger.
Founding partner and chairman of MilleniumAssociates
Mr Ray Soudah is the founding partner and chairman of MilleniumAssociates, the independent international M&A and Corporate Finance Advisory firm, based in Switzerland and the UK. Ray has extensive multicultural wealth management and private banking/investment banking experience having enjoyed a long and varied career in senior positions with UBS, National Bank of Bahrain, Clearstream, Midland Montagu and Citigroup across territories as diverse as the US, Asia, Middle East and Europe. Ray is a Harvard Business School & INSEAD Alumnus and speaks English, French, Greek, Arabic and Japanese. Millenium Associates advises companies and entrepreneurs on their financial, strategic and M&A / Corporate Finance options and executes same with independence and lack of conflicts.
Jeremy, originally an engineer, started in recruitment in 1987. As an IT and executive recruiter he worked his way to the board of Computer People PLC the largest IT recruitment company in Europe. Jeremy formed Alto in 1996 and has been providing Executive and Technology recruitment services in his own practice for over twenty-two years. Jeremy regularly helps and advises his clients in the art of pulling together highly effective, executive and senior management teams to help drive strategy, transformation and growth. Alto works across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East.
In Jeremy’s own words; ‘The pace of change facing today’s businesses to stay ahead of their competition is growing ever faster, the ability to recruit high calibre senior staff, quickly and recognize what great talent looks like is the single most significant influencing factor in a company’s future development and performance’
Head of Cyber Security Risk, Assurance & Compliance Services
Gregorios Themistocleous is an executive business management advisor with a proven track record of leading and developing high caliber teams in Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Information Systems (IS) security, risk, compliance and business control processes since 1998 with ADACOM, Ernst & Young (EY) and Deloitte.
He is a graduate of the London School of Economics (M.Sc. in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems) and the University of Reading (B.A. in Business Economics and Organizational Studies) in the UK. Gregorios is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL Foundation v3) certified and a platinum member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Since 2013 he is a visiting/adjunct lecturer of information systems risk & audit at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; serving MBA level courses and customized training at the banking and telecom sectors.
Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Management professional
I.Mallios is a Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) Management professional with extended cross industry experience. Ioannis experience spans from managing or participating in Banking as well as Insurance Industry’s GRC projects as well as to Risk Framework implementations and Business Process Modelling and Management projects. With more than 22 years’ experience in Financial Industry as well as Big4 Consulting and Solution Providers, Ioannis developed the capability to manage complex programs and coordinate multinational teams, covering business, technical and functional requirements.
Relevant Knowledge, Skills, and Training
Governance Risk and Compliance Framework, Operational Risk, Business Continuity Planning, AML/CTF and Regulatory Compliance, Insurance, Retail Banking, Alternative Finance. Ioannis possess a BSc in Business Administration from Economic University of Athens and an MBA from University of Piraeus, dissertation on Continuous Improvement and Business Process reengineering.
Ioannis holds certifications on Business Continuity Management Methodology, Solvency ii professional certification (CSiiP) from Solvency ii Association, Basel iii Professional Certification (CBiiiPro) from Basel iii Compliance Professionals Association, Certification on Regulatory Compliance for Financial Institutions from University of Athens, Certification on AML for Financial Institutions from University of Athens.
Ioannis participated in several forums and events as a speaker or panel coordinator.
Married and father of two boys, Ioannis spends most of his free time with family and he was also an active volunteer supporting multiple causes as a member of multiple organisations.
Chartered Director and Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors
Mufid has 40 years professional experience working as a director, senior manager, and business consultant with large organisations including UK Central Government, Logica, PwC, Levi Strauss, Royal Bank of Scotland, and General Electric throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America. His experiences and skills extend to Strategic, Business & Operational Planning; Corporate Governance; Business & Product Development; Human Resources; Organisational Structure; and Information Technology.
Since February 2008, Mufid has held the post of Group Chief Strategy Officer for Nest Investments (Holdings) Limited, responsible for setting standards for and implementing strategic / operational planning, corporate governance and organisational re-structuring. Mufid holds a number of intra-company directorships within the Nest Group and has executive responsibilities for World Trade Center operations. In 2012 Mufid co-founded the “Leap Day Foundation”, a Cyprus-based charitable trust, which was subsequently used as a conduit for the Nest Group corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Mufid is a Chartered Director and Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors
Dr George Mountis, graduate of Birmingham City University (BSc in Business) is a highly-motivated professional who believes in the highest standards of excellence and personal achievement.
He specialises in corporate finance, strategy advisory, turnaround & restructuring, real estate asset management & NPL workout. Prior to joining Delfi Partners & Company, George worked in London as a real estate investment analyst for CB Richard Ellis and for HSBC in the M&A FIG UK team (funded research grant holder).
In 2009, he joined the Group Strategic Development & Planning team of Hellenic Bank and from 2010-2013 he has worked in the Group M&A & Strategy department of Bank of Cyprus. George was a Senior Associate working alongside Roland Berger in Cyprus, Greece & Central Europe from 2012-17. George is also the co-founder of Delfi Private Equity, Greenmoles, Leaf Research (exited in 2013). He is currently acting as visiting fellow at the University of Birmingham, UCL and Neapolis University, where he lectures in the fields of banking, real estate, corporate finance & asset management.
George is a graduate of Birmingham City University (BSc in Business Administration and Information Management and MSc in Real Estate Management & Finance) and of The University of Birmingham (MSc in Marketing Management and PhD in Banking).
He also holds the CISI advance certificate of the Financial Services Legal Framework. George is also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS, senior expert in Investments & Finance) and a qualified member of the Institute of Directors (Cert & Dip IoD).
Christopher has always been a pioneer, a first adopter when it comes to technological advancements. He was among the first to master Search Engine Optimisation, whilst studying at the University of Nicosia, back in the day when Google was just a start-up company and the internet was still at its infancy. He eventually went on to become an accomplished trainer on SEO. An inquisitive spirit on the constant lookout for the next big thing, Christopher dove into the world of blockchain some time ago. Having accumulated enough knowledge and expertise on the subject, he is currently Alcaeus Labs’ COO & Co-Founder, working as a blockchain advisor to organisations, always keeping his feet on solid ground in regards to the future.