In an ever-changing and often turbulent global and regional environment, locating investments that are both productive and secure is key to the investors’ mindset. The Host Country Investment Outlook Session will focus on attractive investment opportunities in Cyprus, in the context of the eastern Mediterranean region and will explore the challenges and opportunities across a range of sectors of interest to regional and global players. From shipping to energy and financial services, what does it take for investors to take the leap?
In his welcoming speech, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus, EBRD Governor Mr Harris Georgiades, will provide a first glimpse of Cyprus as a secure and dynamic business destination in a number of traditional and emerging sectors, with great potential for investors and the economy alike.
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Managing Director, Communications, EBRD
Keynote Speaker - EBRD President
Keynote Speaker - Minister, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Cyprus
Minister, Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism
President, Columbia Shipmanagement
Executive Vice President of International Affairs at ENI, ENI SpA
Peter de Proft
Director General, European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)
Founder of German Oncology Centre, German Oncology Centre
Suma ChakrabartiKeynote Speaker - EBRD President
Sir Suma Chakrabarti, born in 1959 in West Bengal, India, is the sixth President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Sir Suma has extensive experience in international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform. Most recently he held the position of Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and was its most senior civil servant. Prior to this, he headed the UK Department for International Development, also worked in the late 1990s in the UK Treasury, and in the early 2000s in the Cabinet Office. After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, Sir Suma took a Masters in Development Economics at the University of Sussex. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia, and Bucharest University of Economic studies.
Jonathan CharlesManaging Director, Communications, EBRD
Jonathan Charles is the Managing Director of the Communications department at the EBRD and is a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Charles came to the Bank in 2011 after a long and distinguished career at the BBC, winning several awards for his journalism. As a BBC presenter and foreign correspondent, he has appeared on BBC1 and BBC World News television, as well as the BBC’s main radio channels.
His specialist areas include economics, Russia, the EU and international diplomacy; he has a keen interest in issues surrounding the single currency.
He established television operations for the BBC in Brussels and Frankfurt, and operated in many conflict zones throughout the world. He holds an MA (Oxon) and BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oriel College, Oxford University.
Harris GeorgiadesKeynote Speaker - Minister, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Cyprus
Harris Georgiades is the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus since 3rd April 2013. He had the leading role in the implementation and successful conclusion of the reform and consolidation program for the Cyprus economy. Previously he served briefly as Minister of Labour and Social Insurance. He was elected Chairman of the EBRD Board of Governors (2014-2015) and is a member of the Board of Governors of the IMF, EIB and the European Stability Mechanism. He was selected by POLITICO as one of the 28 most-influential Europeans for 2016. He participates in the New Leaders for Europe community of the World Economic Forum. Prior to his appointment, he was a Member and served as Press Spokesman of the House of Representatives with the Democratic Rally Party (2011-2013). He held a BA and MA on International Relations and Economics and is a post-graduate researcher at the Institute of European and International Studies from the University of Reading, UK.
Yiorgos LakkotrypisMinister, Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism
Mr. Lakkotrypis graduated from the English School, Nicosia and has studied Mathematics and Computer Science (BSc) at the University of Keele (UK). He completed his MBA at the University of Colorado (USA). In 1991 he joined Joannou & Paraskevaides, overseeing the IT systems in Benghazi, Libya. In 1995 he joined IBM Cyprus in a sales position. In 2003 he was hired by Microsoft in Cyprus, developing the company’s operations. In 2008 he was appointed Managing Director for Cyprus & Malta, and in 2011 Public Sector Director for Central & Eastern Europe. In 2008 he was also appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), a position he held until 2011. In 2009 he was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA), a position he held until his appointment as Minister of Commerce. He assumed office as Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism in March 2013.
Mark O'NeilPresident, Columbia Shipmanagement
Mark O'Neil is the President of Columbia Shipmanagement ltd (CSM) and future CEO of the intended merger between CSM and Marlow Navigation subject to regulatory approvals being obtained. A lawyer by profession, he headed up international law firm Reed Smith LLP's German Shipping Team, and also co-lead the firm's Offshore Department. His clients included Ship Owners, Charterers, Insurers, Management Companies, Banks, Oil Companies and Offshore Contractors worldwide with a particular focus on the German, Scandinavian, Greek, Dutch, South American and Cypriot markets. He has been a senior Partner in Reed Smith LLP and (before that) Stephenson Harwood LLP for over 17 years. With over 25 years’ experience in shipping and offshore, he has hosted and/or chaired numerous seminars and conferences internationally. Before becoming a lawyer, he served 5 years as an officer in the British Army, leaving the Army as a Captain in 1991 after active service in The Gulf Conflict.
Lapo PistelliExecutive Vice President of International Affairs at ENI, ENI SpA
Lapo Pistelli, from Italy, is the Executive VP of International Affairs at ENI since April 2017. Graduated with honors in International Law from the University of Florence, he started working at a research center, while serving for two mandates in the local administration of Florence. He was a member of the Italian Parliament (1996/2015) and member of the European Parliament (2004/2008). He served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy (2013/2015). He resigned from all his institutional roles in 2015, when he entered Eni as Senior Vice President for Strategic Analysis for Business Development Support. He taught at the University of Florence, the Overseas Studies Program of Stanford University and many others international academic institutions and authored several publications, recently “Il nuovo sogno arabo – Dopo le rivoluzioni.
Peter de ProftDirector General, European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)
Peter De Proft has been Director General of EFAMA since 2007. From 2004-2007, he was CEO at Fortis Investment Management and Executive Director at Banque Nagelmackers 1747/Groupe Delta Lloyd (1995-2004). From 1980-1995 he worked as a Director and Central Banker for Petercam. He acted as Chairman of the Board of BEAMA (Belgian Asset Managers Association), as Board Member and Vice Chairman of Febelfin (2002-2006) and Board Member of FEFSI/EFAMA (2002-2004). From 2009-2011, he was Chairman of the International Investment Funds Association (IIFA) and from 2011-2016 a member and Vice-Chair of ESMA's Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG). He is currently Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum (EPFSF) and serves on the Board of Directors of the European Money Markets Institute (EMMI). A trained lawyer and educated at The Free University, Brussels, he received a degree in Law in 1976 and in Economic Law in 1977.
Nikolaos ZamboglouFounder of German Oncology Centre, German Oncology Centre
Prof. Nikolaos Zamboglou from Cyprus moved to Germany in 1967 to study Physics at RWTH Aachen University and his PhD in Physics at the University of Dusseldorf. He completed his degree and PHD in Medicine at the University of Essen. From 1986 to 1992, he held the post of Consultant of Radiation Oncology and was the Director of the Dept. of Radiation Oncology at Clinikum Offenbach, at the Academic Hospital of Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt. He is appointed as Adjunct Research Professor at the Technical University of Athens since 1993 and elected as corresponding member of the Academy of Athens. He was President of the German Society of Radiation Oncology (GSRO) between 2005 and 2007 and in 2012 was declared an Honorary Member of the Austrian Radiation Oncology Society. In 2015, he was honored with the Alfred-Breit Award of the GSRO. Since 2016, Prof. Zamboglou has been acting as Medical Director of the German Oncology Centre, currently being constructed in Cyprus.