Moderators

Panayiotis Chrysostomou, CFA, Manager, International Clients & Investment Advisory, Wealth Management, Eurobank Cyprus

Panayiotis Chrysostomou, CFA is currently Manager, International Clients and Investment Advisory at the Wealth Management Division of Eurobank Cyprus. From this role, he is responsible for the provision of investment services covering the wealth management needs of the Bank’s international clientele, through a team of experienced Relationship Managers. He is also overseeing the investment advisory function of the Bank as well as the Bank’s relationships with international fund houses. Panayiotis was previously Head of the Institutional Clients Unit of Eurobank Cyprus, servicing the Bank’s institutional clients for their investment and banking needs. Prior to that, he was Director at Symmetria F.S. Ltd, an independent financial advisory firm. From 2007 until 2013, he held the position of Fund Manager at CISCO Ltd, Bank of Cyprus Group and before that he worked as an Investment Officer at Universal Life Insurance Public Co. Ltd and as a Senior Analyst at the Investments Department of the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, US. He holds a BA Honours in Accounting and Finance from Lancaster University and an MBA from the University of Illinois, where he studied with a Fulbright scholarship. He has been a CFA charterholder since 2003 and a founding member of the CFA Society of Cyprus, where he served as President, Vice President and Secretary. He is also a member of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) and holder of CySEC’s Advanced Certification.


Dr. Xenia I. Loizidou is a Civil and Coastal Engineer (National Technical University of Athens and Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine of London), and holds a PhD on participatory decision-making process from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has worked extensively in over 50 countries on solution oriented, environment and sustainability issues and natural systems management. Her research interests include integrated coastal zone management, blue growth and gender equality. She holds several international posts and has received several international awards, such as member of the leadership council of the UN Sustainability Development Solutions Network Cyprus, UN International Expert in the Compliance Committee of the Barcelona Convention, and Ambassador of Mediterranean Coasts 2019 – 2020, by the UN Environment/ PAP/RAC and the Governments of all Mediterranean countries. Her work has been highlighted in 20th anniversary report of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report GEM 2018/2019 which features entrepreneurs around the world.

She is the Founder and Director of ISOTECH Ltd Environmental Research and Consultancy (www.isotech.com.cy), and the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the NGO AKTI Project and Research Centre (www.akti.org.cy).


Speakers

Agenda Order 

Christos Elafros, General Manager & Group Chief Investment Officer, Eurobank Asset Management M.F.M.C.

Mr. Elafros is a General Manager at Eurobank Asset Management M.F.M.C, the Head of the Global investment Advisory Division and the Group Chief Investment Officer of Eurobank.

He started his professional career in the 90’s in the UK as an Investment Risk Researcher and Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School. He subsequently worked as a Senior Equity Analyst at Telesis Securities, before joining Eurobank in 2001. Prior to his current responsibilities, Mr. Elafros was the Head of Equity Research at Eurobank Equities, where his team won a number of international survey awards. Among other duties, he served for several years as a member of various key investment committees in asset management units of the Eurobank Group and he is currently the Chairman of the Investment Committee of Eurobank’s Group Private Banking.

Education & Certification
University of London, City University, Cass Business School
Master of Sciences : Investment Management
University of London, City University, School of Engineering
Master of Sciences : Mechanical Engineering
University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield,
Bachelor of Engineering : Mechanical Engineering
Hellenic Capital Market Commission : Certified Analyst


Antonio Poggialini, Sales Director, Head of Sub-advisory Business – Italy

Antonio Poggialini joined Pictet in 2011 as Sales Director, covering the Wholesale channel in Italy. From 2020 he is the head of the Sub-advisory business for Pictet in Italy, responsible of the development of custom-made investment vehicles for Italian Financial Institutions, mainly focusing on ESG Investment solutions.

Prior to Pictet he worked four years as a Senior Sales Manager at Goldman Sachs, Investment Management Division covering the Institutional clients and the Wholesale channel for fund distribution. He started his financial career at Julius Baer Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager in charge of the Institutional Mandates for Pensions Funds as well as Discretionary Portfolios for Private Clients, from 2000 to 2007.

Antonio holds a BSc Degree in Economics and Finance from Università Luigi Bocconi, Milan.


Nicole Phinopoulou, Lawyer LLB (Hons),LL.M (UCL), LPC

Banking/Financial Services

ESG & Sustainability Strategies, Sustainable Finance

Institute for Sustainability Leadership & Judge Business School University of Cambridge.

Professional Candidate for Advanced

Nicole Phinopoulou is an experienced lawyer with a 20 years of proven solid track record demonstrating technical legal expertise on banking and financial services law, capital markets law, company law, corporate governance, acting in domestic and international cross border transactions. She has a proven ability to manage and deliver complex strategic transactions, regulatory updates, and other projects in highly sensitive circumstances. Nicole has developed analytical skills and can translate supervisory requirements and expectations into sustainable business actions (MiFID/AIFMD/UCITs/EMIR/PRIPs/PSD2/CRR/CRD).

Extensively leads teams advising EU and national banking and financial institutions, listed companies, private equity organisations, bonds and securities issuers on structured finance, sustainability loans, and developing investment products. She also provides ongoing advisory on corporate governance regulatory obligations and engages in strategic or cultural transformation projects on legal and operational sustainability risk assessment.

Since 2016, Nicole evolutionary specialised legal focus is on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects and consultation on integration of Sustainability Development Goals (SDG)/ESG factors. Assessing and developing redefined business operational and investments procedures manuals including stakeholders management in legal compliance commitments with European Union’s relevant policies(e.g. Taxonomy Regulation, Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive(CSRD),Green Sustainability Bonds(ESG)).

Nicole served as independent Director on Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) and as non-executive Council member of University of Cyprus (UCY).  Since 2003, is an active member of Cyprus Bar Association (CBA),participating in Corporate, Securities and Taxation Committee including representation at House of Parliament Finance & Budgetary Affairs Committee.

Founding member of the CSR Cyprus Non-Profit Organization (Corporate Social Responsibility Network).Regularly shares workshops and presentations on Sustainability & ESG Strategies.


Savvas Christodoulou, CFA, Head, Investment Advisory, Wealth Management, Eurobank Cyprus

Currently the Head of Investment Advisory Unit at the Wealth Management Division of Eurobank Cyprus. From his role, he is responsible to implement the investment advisory process using instrument selection methodologies and look-through analysis of investments, participating in investment committees and maintaining a variety of model portfolios and strategies. Prior to that, he held various positions in the financial services sector, totalling 15 years of professional experience. From 2015 until 2018, he worked as a Portfolio Analyst at BOCAM and before that, for a period of 8 years he held various positions at the Risk Management division of ex-Laiki Bank and Bank of Cyprus. During the early stages of his career, he worked as Fund Manager at the Asset management Department of the SFS Group. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Science from University of Cyprus, a Diploma in Banking Operations from American Bankers Association, an M.B.A. from C.I.I.M and a Master’s degree in Finance from University of Cyprus. He is a CFA Charter holder and holder of the CySEC’s Advanced Certification.


Harris Poyiadjis, Investment Manager, CNP Cyprus Insurance Holdings

Harris Poyiadjis is the Investment Manager of CNP Cyprus Insurance Holdings since July 2017.  He is responsible for the Assets Under Management of the 3 insurance companies within the group (CNP Cyprialife, CNP Asfalistiki and CNP Zois).  Prior to that, he was part of the Fixed Income Portfolio management team (own funds) of Bank of Cyprus PLC for 7 years.  He started his career in 2003 in DEPFA Bank PLC, Nicosia branch serving in a few positions before joining the  Balance Sheet Management team of the bank until 2010.  Mr. Poyiadjis graduated with a BBA from Baruch College, City University of New York NY majoring in Finance and Investments while later he got an MSc in Finance and Banking from Cyprus International Institute of Management. He is also a holder of Cysec’s advanced certification.


Andreas Assiotis, Vice President of the Cyprus Economy and Competitiveness Council on the Sustainable Growth Strategy

Andreas Assiotis is Group Chief Economist & Strategy Manager of Hellenic Bank Company Ltd. He is the Vice Chairman of the National Economic and Competitiveness Council of Cyprus and the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the country’s Long Term Economic Strategy. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Blockchain Technologies Center. Andreas has held both academic and consultancy positions to domestic and international organizations.


Dr. Michael I. Loizides, Environmental Engineer & Consultant, Co-founder and Executive Director, ISOTECH Ltd

Dr. Michael I. Loizides is a graduate of the School of Chemical Engineers, National Technical University of Athens. He holds an MSc, DIC in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College and a PhD on waste management from the National Technical University of Athens. Dr. Loizides is a leading environmental/ sustainability consultant, with experience in over 45 countries. In 2021, Dr Loizides led the team that developed the National Circular Economy Strategy for Cyprus. In 2014, Dr Loizides was appointed, by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, as the Head of the Technical Committee on Environment within the peacebuilding negotiations for Cyprus.  In 2015, he was appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus, as Member of the Board of Directors of Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation. He represents Cyprus in several International and European Fora on environment and sustainability.

He is the co-founder and executive director of ISOTECH Ltd Environmental Research and Consultancy (www.isotech.com.cy) and he is Member of the Board of Directors of the NGO AKTI Project and Research Centre (www.akti.org.cy).


Mr. Panos Protopapas, Mechanical Engineer, General Manager of Elysee Irrigation Ltd.

He holds a BSC in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering (Imperial College-University of London, UK) and he has been the General Manager of ELYSEE since 2005. A member of the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE), he has also served as the Cyprus representative in the CEN\TC European Committee 155 (Creation, review and approval of European Standards for “Plastic Piping and Ducting Systems’’) and as a technical expert in the CEN\TC\WG12 working group for polyethylene pipe systems. He has also participated in several other research programs concerning thermoplastics and polymer processing.

Parallel to that he has been trained in the Lean Manufacturing philosophy for World Class Enterprises, with extensive seminars and international trainings in Japan, Denmark and locally in Cyprus. He has extensive knowledge in polymers and the relevant challenges of recycling and energy management in the manufacturing field for plastics. Elysee is applying Lean Manufacturing both in Operations and Product Development and has a firm and ambitious environmental strategy.

He has extensive experience of more than 20 years in the industrial environment and in the successful launching and completion of projects. He is a Lean fanatic as well as a strong supporter of Circular Economy and Sustainable business practices.


Aglaia Ntili, Managing Director, Sustainability Knowledge Group

Aglaia Ntili is a seasoned sustainability professional, with over 18 years of international advisory and training experience across a wide range of corporate sustainability, ESG and responsibility fields. Aglaia serves as the Managing Director of Sustainability Knowledge Group, providing Sustainability, ESG and CSR advisory and training services at international corporate level. She is the founder of CSR Coaching, supporting professionals in implementing Corporate Sustainability and ESG and the co-founder of the newly established CIIM-Centre for ESG aiming to mainstream ESG topics. She is the Chair of the UAE and Cyprus chapters of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). She is recognised with the “Global CSR & Sustainability Leadership Award” for her contribution as a practitioner, trainer, coach, and advisor, and recently recognised as one of the “Top 20 Most Successful Women Leaders of 2022” by The Corporate Magazine.