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Committees in Cyprus

Details of committees in the Cyprus region.

Cyprus Younger Members Committee

The ICAEW Cyprus Younger Members Committee (CYMC) is a volunteer group, whose primary purpose is to work with the local ICAEW team to help deliver a member support plan for ICAEW Cyprus that provides increased value to younger members in the region.

Committee chairs

Chair: Styliana Panayi

Cyprus 1 Chair: Styliana Panayi

Senior Manager, Assurance Department, PwC Cyprus

Styliana Panayi is a Senior Manager in the Assurance Department of PwC Cyprus and also member of the Accounting Consulting Services team.

Styliana holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance with a first-class honours from the University of Manchester and a Master in Business Administration (MBA).
 
She is also a fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), an ICAEW Business and Finance Professional and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

Co-chair: Evgeny Tarakanov

Cyprus 2 Co-chair: Evgeny Tarakanov

Financial Director, Bilarex Co. Limited

Evgeny Tarakanov is a Financial Director in Bilarex Co. Limited, Nicosia Cyprus. Prior to joining Bilarex Co. in 2014, Evgeny was employed at PwC Cyprus in Audit/Assurance Financial Services and Risk Assurance Consulting lines of services. Evgeny holds a MA in Public Administration from the KSU (State University in Russia). He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), a member/CFA charterholder of the CFA Institute as well as a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

Vice chair: Stalo Anastasiou

Cyprus 3 Vice chair: Stalo Anastasiou

Budget Analyst, Bank of Cyprus

Stalo Anastasiou is a Budget Analyst in the Chief Information Office Division of Bank of Cyprus. Stalo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Business and Business Administration - Accounting from the University of Cyprus. She is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), an ICAEW Business and Finance Professional and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Cyprus (ICPAC). Stalo is also a Certified Fraud Examiner with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and a member of the ACFE Cyprus Chapter.

Co-vice chair: Christos Stylianou

Cyprus 4 Co-vice chair: Christos Stylianou

Internal Audit Consultant, MAP S.Platis

Graduating from Newcastle University in 2014, having obtained a BA Hons in Accounting and Finance, whereas he had the opportunity to “serve” and pass on the concerns, suggestions and ideas of his fellow coursemates at the University, from the positions of Peer Mentoring Scheme for two consecutive years, Course Representative, and a Vice President for the Board of Students of the Newcastle University Business School. 

Christos then moved on to pursue a career in Audit and Accounting Services, starting this journey at a Big 4 Audit Firm (KPMG) in Gibraltar, whereas the focus of the portfolio of clients included Publicly Listed Insurance firms, Betting Companies, and Investment banks. In 2016 he repatriated in Cyprus to work for a middle tier Company (BDO) whereas the focus of clientele was that of Investment Holding Limited Companies. In 2019 and having obtain the qualification of ACA, he moved on again to a Big 4 Audit firm (KPMG), with the sole focus in the industry of Cyprus Shipping Companies. 

In 2020 a swift move and a new challenge has been taken, as an Internal Audit Regulatory Consultant for a lead firm, providing Internal Audit Regulatory and Compliance Services, to the 60% of the Cyprus Investment Firms registered within CySEC, in addition Christos is a Part Time Instructor at a Local Private Institute for the Qualification of LCCI (Elementary and Intermediate).

Co-vice chair: Maria Sivitanidou
 

Cyprus 5 Co-vice chair: Maria Sivitanidou

Financial Advisory Supervisor, Grant Thornton Cyprus

Maria is a Supervisor at the Financial Advisory Department in Grant Thornton Cyprus, working on financial and compliance advisory issues. She is also a member of the Ethics Team in Grant Thornton Cyprus, involved in internal compliance procedures. Maria is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and an Associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) in Cyprus and USA. She holds a Masters degree in Finance and Investment from University of Bristol and a BA(Hons) in Accounting and Finance from University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Committee members

Yiota Charalambous

Cyprus 6 Yiota Charalambous

Senior Manager, Assurance Department, KPMG Cyprus

Yiota Charalambous is a Senior Manager in the Assurance Department of KPMG Cyprus and also an Audit Methodology trainer within KPMG. Yiota holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics with a first-class honours and a Master in Accounting & Finance with Distinction from the University of Bath, UK. She is also a fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Ward Wehbeh Christofi

Cyprus 7 Ward Wehbeh Christofi

Financial Manager, Unifrutti Group

Ward is a holder of a Bachelor Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the American University of Beirut. She is a qualified chartered accountant and a certified Internal Auditor. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), a member of the Institute of the Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) and a member of the Internal Audit Association-Cyprus (IIA). She is also an ICAEW Business and Finance Professional. Ward is currently a Finance Manager at a multinational Group whose main activities are the production and export of quality fresh fruit to international markets. The Group has its head Office in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Hara Christoforou

Cyprus 8 Hara Christoforou

Senior Manager, Audit & Assurance Department, Deloitte Cyprus

Hara Christoforou is a Senior Manager in the Audit & Assurance department of Deloitte Cyprus. Hara holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance from the University of East Anglia. She is also a fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

Styliani Eftychiou

Cyprus 9 Styliani Eftychiou

Internal Auditor, Cyprus Telecommunications Authority

Styliani Eftychiou is an Internal Auditor, in the Internal Audit Department of Cyta. She started her career in Audit and Accounting Services back in 2015 with one of the Big Four Audit Firms (KPMG Cyprus), where she qualified as an ACA and became Audit Supervisor. The portfolio of clients included Publicly Listed Companies in Cyprus Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange, Financial Institutions, Investment Firms, Agriculture Companies with biological assets, Trading and Wholesale Companies and Companies in the HORECA industry.

Styliani holds a BSc in Business Administration – Accounting from the University of Cyprus. She is also an Associate Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and an ICAEW Business and Finance Professional (BFP). In addition, she is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Andreas Ioannou

Cyprus 10 Andreas Ioannou

Chief Accountant, G.A.P. Vassilopoulos Group

Andreas started his career in Deloitte as an auditor where he qualified as ACA. In 2017 Andreas briefly joined a foreign interest entity as Senior Accountant and then moved to the corporate fiduciary services industry by joining IQ EQ Cyprus in 2018 as a Manager. Recently, Andreas joined G.A.P. Vassilopoulos Group as Chief Accountant. Academically, Andreas holds a BSc (Hons) Economics from University of Bath and an MBA from the Cyprus Institute of Marketing. Andreas has experience in committees from his tenure as Treasurer and then Chair of Cyprus society at the University of Bath where he contributed to winning the award of Best Cultural Society. His professional specialisations include the areas of audit, accounting, business administration, tax, corporate and banking administration, and fiduciary compliance. Andreas is an ICPAC member having passed Cyprus Taxation and Law aptitude tests.

Maria Ioannou

Cyprus 11 Maria Ioannou

Manager, Tax Advisory Department, PwC Cyprus

Maria is a Manager in the Tax Advisory Department of PwC Cyprus, specialised in the Indirect Taxes. Maria graduated from the University of Southampton obtaining a First Class BSc Degree in Accounting and Finance and an MSc in Corporate Risk and Security Management with Distinction. She is also a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), an ICAEW Business and Finance Professional and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

Despina Kleovoulou

Despina Kleovoulou

Accounting and Finance Director, Marios Snacks

Marina Louka

Cyprus 12 Marina Louka

Chief Accountant, Eurogate Container Terminal Limassol Ltd

Marina Louka is the Chief Accountant of the operator company of the Limassol Port, Eurogate Container Terminal Limassol Ltd. Marina holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance  from the University of Lancaster and  a Master in International Management from the University of Bath. Marina is a fellow Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and an ICAEW Business and Finance Professional.

Ioannis Mavrides

Cyprus 13 Ioannis Mavrides

Chief Financial Officer, Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Europe Ltd.

Ioannis Mavrides is the Chief Financial Officer of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Europe Ltd. Ioannis graduated from the University of Cyprus, is a member of the Institue of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and is a Chartered Insurer.

Herodotos Nicolaides

Cyprus 14 Herodotos Nicolaides

Senior Manager, Audit Department, KPMG Cyprus

Herodotos Nicolaides is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Audit Department and a member of KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice (DPP) (Accounting and Audit).  He is a graduate of the University of Warwick with a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Finance.  In addition, he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

Herodotos’ clientele includes listed and non-listed entities from various industries, such as the financial services, oil and gas, real estate, and manufacturing. Furthermore, Herodotos is also a KPMG Audit Specialist for US GAAP and an accredited KPMG Sampling Specialist.  He has been facilitating training courses on IFRS, audit methodology, sampling and standard Data Analytics both to clients and KPMG professionals.

Kyriakis Pattihis

Cyprus 15 Kyriakis Pattihis

Manager, Indirect Tax Services Department, Deloitte Cyprus

Kyriakis is a Manager in the Indirect Tax Services department of Deloitte Cyprus. He holds a BSc degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), holds the Diploma of International Taxation (ADIT) by the Chartered Institute of Taxation of the UK and is also a certified vocational instructor from the Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA). Kyriakis is also a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

Antia Phili

Cyprus 16 Antia Phili

Assistant Manager, Audit and Assurance Department, EY Cyprus

Antia Fili is an Assistant Manager in the Audit and Assurance department of EY Cyprus. Antia holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Southampton. Antia joined EY Cyprus in 2015 and successfully completed the ACA Qualification and became a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Renos Skoufarides

Cyprus 17 Renos Skoufarides

Manager, Assurance Department, PWC Cyprus

Renos Skoufarides is a Manager at PwC Cyprus in the Assurance Department. He acts as Engagement Manager on various audit engagements in the hospitality, telecommunication and technology, retail, and charity industries. He has also worked at PwC St Albans, PwC Reading and PwC Manchester in the UK through short-term secondments. He is a member of the Assurance Transformation team, an Excel instructor and part of PwC Innovaction, an internal innovation initiative. Furthermore, he is a co-founder of a Cypriot start-up Company.

Foivos Tsountas

Foivos Tsountas

Senior Manager, Assurance Department, KPMG Cyprus

Fivos is a Senior Manager in the Assurance Department of KPMG Cyprus and an experienced facilitator acting as a member of the KPMG audit methodology training team. He holds a BA in Public Business and Business Administration – Accounting from University of Cyprus. He is also a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Harout Alber Tutundjian

Harout Alber Tutundjian

Financial Analyst, Ancoria Bank

Elena Vassiliou

Elena VassiliouElena Vassiliou

Lecturer, American University of Cyprus

Elena Vassiliou is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance modules at the American University of Cyprus. She initiated her career in Audit and Accounting services back in 2013 until 2017 with one of the Big Four Audit Firms (KPMG Cyprus) where she qualified as an ACA and became Audit Senior. She was involved on final/interim statutory audits of key clients with an expertise of key audit areas like Tourism sector, Banking sector, Investment companies, Provident funds, and Welfare funds

Elena was then being employed by PA College from 2017 until 2021 as a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Economic modules where she gained an experience under the Erasmus program to provide lectures on ACCA-Financial Management modules in the Birmingham City University.

Elena holds a BA Accounting and Finance from the University of Essex with First Class Honor. She is also an Associate Chartered Accountant within the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and an ICAEW Business and Finance Professional (BFP).