Board of Directors

The team that has been elected to serve our Association.

Haris Kakoullis

President

Haris is currently an assurance partner with KPMG in Cyprus at the Nicosia office.  He has more than 24 years of assurance experience, six of which were in the United States (1995 to 2001) and the rest of them in Cyprus.  He has extensive assurance experience in various sectors of the economy including travel, leisure and tourism, real estate, healthcare, software, investment funds and energy.  Haris is also currently serving as KPMG’s Chief Financial Officer since 2017.

Haris is a holder of a Bachelor of Science from Long Island University (NY, USA) with a concentration in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from Fordham University (NY, USA) with a concentration in Finance. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of CPAs and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC). Haris served as a member on various Committees of ICPAC and has been the Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee from September 2012 to August 2014.  Haris has also been a Board Member of AmCham since 2010 and its President since May 2017.

George Georgiou

Vice-President

Georgios is the Director of Global Services and Cloud at Logicom. He is leading strategic technology initiatives at Logicom Group. Among these is the strategic planning and execution for Logicom’s Cloud business build-up across 15 countries in the region with base in Cyprus, working with key US cloud vendors, and focusing on digital transformation and consumption-based IT business. He is also leading Logicom’s Data Privacy program as the group’s Data Protection Officer.

Prior to joining Logicom, Georgios worked for IBM for 21 years. He led the creation and establishment of its business consulting services in Cyprus and held various senior positions including the General Manager of IBM Cyprus post until his departure in June 2014.

Georgios holds a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Bridgeport (CT, USA). He also holds an MBA from the University of New Haven (CT, USA). Georgios is a member of AmCham BoD since 2011, currently serving as AmCham’s VP since October 2019. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Cyprus IT Enterprises Association for more than a decade. His volunteer work includes being a Scouts commissioner at the Cyprus Scouts Association and being a President/Secretary of the Cyprus Amateur Radio Society.

Savvas M. Klitou

Honorary Treasurer

Savvas holds the position of the Director in the Tax Services department and is the Regional Coordinator for Baker Tilly South East Europe and also is a member of the EMEA Regional Advisory Council of Baker Tilly International

He holds a BSc in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Westminster, London UK, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

Savvas currently serves as a member of the ICPAC Tax Compliance Committee and has served as a member of the  International Operations and Foreign Investments Committee between 2016-2019.

He is Hon. Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cyprus and where he has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016.

Aris Anastasiades

Member of the Board of Directors

 

In 1984, Aris Anastassiades established SET LTD with a vision to become the most specialized regional company in the field of Computer Communications. In parallel in 1987, he was employed by SWIFT sc as a Senior Regional Network Consultant for the Middle East and Balkan Area. He was responsible for the operations of the network and the SWIFT local support organizations. He managed a vast geographical area with more than 500 people involved. At 1999, he decided to concentrate his activities solely in managing SET. In early 2000, he agreed to sell all SET shares and it became a member of the Logicom Group. For 13 years, he was the CEO of Logicom Solutions Ltd, the new name of SET Ltd, and an Executive Director of Logicom Public Ltd. During his employment in Logicom, he was directly or indirectly (through partnerships) involved in all major ICT projects in Cyprus. Today Aris Anastassiades with 35 years of ICT experience in Cyprus and abroad is an ICT and Management Consultant. He is active in Market analysis in the area of IT and Telecoms, Vendor Relations and Contract Negotiations, Digital Transformation, Strategic Partnerships, Business Analysis, Certified Project Manager (PRINCE2), Certified Risk Manager (M_o_R).

Periklis G. Theodoridis

Member of the Board of Directors

Periklis G. Theodoridis has more than 20 years of extensive experience with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications and ICT industry. Skilled in Marketing Management, Negotiation, Business Planning, Sales, and Customer Satisfaction and a strong business development professional.

He is the Chief Commercial Officer at Cablenet Communication Systems Ltd, the only Cable Operator in Cyprus, responsible for B2C Sales, Marketing, TV & Content, and Operations. Periklis holds a seat on Cablenet’s Board since 2014 and he is a Certified Director by the Institute of Directors (IoT) in corporate governance, leadership, strategy and marketing since 2012. Before Cablenet, Periklis worked for OTEnet Telecom for multiple years as Sales Director. Earlier in his career Periklis worked for Demstar Information Group as Data Communications and Networking Manager, Signtech USA (Texas, USA) as a Technical Support Engineer, and Applied Materials Inc. (Texas, USA) as a Manufacturing Technologist. 

Periklis is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio (USA). He is also the District Governor of American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) in Cyprus since 2018, a member of the board of the Telecommunication Enterprises’s Association (ΣΕΤΗΛ) since 2010, a member of the Advisory Board of European University in Cyprus (Engineering Discipline) and he holds professional licenses and certificates from the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (EurIng) and the Institute of Directors (Dip IoD)

 

Kyriacos Xenophontos

Member of the Board of Directors

Kyriacos Xenophontos is a partner at Elias Neocleous & Co LLC a full service top-tier rated law firm headquartered in Cyprus and managing director of Neocleous Trust, an affiliated boutique professional services company.

Kyriacos is a member of the Cyprus BAR, and holds a dual honours LLB and BA in Criminology from Keele University and an LLM from King’s College London. Kyriacos is also a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Business and Finance Professional (BFP) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) with the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is currently serving a second appointment on the Board of directors of STEP Cyprus Branch, and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (MCSI).

Kyriacos has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law, private client advisory work, banking and finance and corporate finance.

Varnavas Theodossiou

Member of the Board of Directors

Varnavas is the Lead Country Manager and Vice President for ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Cyprus (Offshore) Ltd and the President and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Cyprus Ltd.

After receiving his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1986, and spending a short period in the industry, Varnavas joined Esso in Cyprus in 1987. He served in various capacities in the Cyprus affiliate until 1997, when he was transferred to Esso UK, for a number of planning and commercial assignments. In 2000, following the Exxon Mobil merger, Varnavas joined the ExxonMobil Europe  – Africa Head Quarter in Brussels where he spent 8 years covering commercial and engineering activities across Europe and Africa.

In 2008 he returned to Cyprus to take on the lead role in the ExxonMobil Downstream affiliate, and in 2017, following the signing of an Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement with the Government of Cyprus, he took in addition the lead position in the ExxonMobil Upstream affiliate.

Varnavas is an active member in a number of professional and non-profit organizations. He is married and has 2 sons 25 and 23 years old.

Demetris Sparsis

Member of the Board of Directors

Demetris Sparsis holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.Sc. in Tourism Marketing and Planning from the Universities of SUNY/Albany, USA  and Surrey/U.K.

He has a vast experience in Banking and Insurance with over 25 years in the field, serving the largest Banking Institutions on the Island from key positions as Manager of Marketing and Public Relations, Manager of Bancassurance, Director of Insurance Division and Regional Manager of Retail Sector. Over the last year Demetris took over in Hellenic Bank the newly formed Division of Corporate Affairs fulfilling the vision of the Bank to be the leader in all aspects that affects the interests of the Bank but also connecting our Group with all business leaders promoting and enhancing  the goodwill of our society and our Island.

Before joining the Financial Industry, Demetris worked in the Tourism Industry promoting the Island abroad and especially in the Netherlands were he was stationed for a period of four years.Moreover, he enjoys Chairing and participating in Seminars at Home and Abroad on issues of Sales, Marketing, Banking and Insurance and he continues to be actively involved with local providers on Seminars that promote the Social and Business Ethics of the Industry.”

Marios Kapiris

Member of the Board of Directors

Marios Kapiris is currently the Manager of IBM Cyprus since 2014. His job responsibilities include the general management of IBM’s business operations in Cyprus, including sales, business development, project delivery and technical support.  Mr. Kapiris has begun his career in IBM in Cyprus back in 2001, holding various management positions since then in Cyprus and abroad, including countries Greece, Australia and New Zealand.  He holds a degree (BSc Hons) in Computer Science & Marketing from the University of Keele (UK) and a Master’s degree (MSc) from the University of Leeds Business School (UK) in International Management. He is also a qualified ACIM from Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).

He also represents IBM Cyprus as a Board Member at the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB), a Board Member and President of the Economy and Education Committee  of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cyprus (AmCham), he is the Vice President  Cyprus Institute of Marketing (CIM) Council, and a Board Member of the Cyprus Information Technology Enterprises Association (CITEA).  

Mr. Kapiris has been recently appointed as a member of the Parallel Parliament initiative by the Parliament of the Republic of Cyprus, for Research, Innovation and Digital Governance and currently holds the role of the Secretary of this parliament.

He is married and has two young daughters.

Demetris Taxitaris

Member of the Board of Directors

Demetris Taxitaris is the Chief Executive Officer of MAP S.Platis, a leading consulting Group in the provision of regulatory compliance, human resource, executive training and other support services for regulated firms in the financial services industry. His clients include regulators, banking and payment institutions, investment firms and investment funds and their managers. Demetris supervises a number of engagements related to compliance with various regulatory frameworks, the introduction or amendment of policies and procedures, the provision of advice on governance matters, the mediation during regulatory proceedings and the provision of practical advice on a range of regulatory frameworks. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus, the Cyprus Investment Funds Association and the Association of Cyprus International Financial Firms.

Leonidas Georgiou

Member of the Board of Directors

Leonidas is currently the Consulting Services Sales Leader of Microsoft across 28 Countries in Central Eastern Europe and the Director of Microsoft in Cyprus. He started his career in 2003 in SPSS Greece as a Data Scientist and later as a Services and Sales Manager in the Balkans Region. In 2010 he joined IBM’s sales team and he was responsible for the Enterprise Commercial Sales in Cyprus. He joined Microsoft in 2016.

Leonidas has extensive multinational experience in the ICT Sector. He specializes in consulting services and digital transformation across numerous industries including FSI, Retail and Public Sector. He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics and an MSc in Operational Research & Management Studies.

Kyriacos Kyriacou

Member of the Board of Directors

Graduate from UK Universities, holder of Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration. Started career in Sales with local Cyprus based companies in 2001, prior to joining NCR in 2005. English translation. Served NCR in Sales, and Sales Management positions, and today he is the General Manager of NCR in Cyprus and the Director of the Government Line of Business of NCR in the North and East Europe. NCR in Cyprus employs about 170 people, Cypriots in their majority. NCR is a strong contributor to the Cyprus economy since 1955, and significant contributor to the creation of the IT industry in Cyprus, being the first IT company founded on the island. Technology person, Sales, Consulting, and Management experience, with specialization in the Government, Banking, Telecoms, and Retail sectors.

Andreas Dermosoniades

Member of the Board of Directors

Andreas is currently the Managing Director of Newcytech Business Solutions, a Systems Integrator, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Logicom Group, with multiple lines of business, including strategic partnerships with the most international technology vendors.  He used to be the SMS&P Lead for Microsoft Cyprus responsible for the SMB Market, Corporate Accounts as well as the Partner Network of the technology giant on the island.  He also worked as the Director for Sales and Business Development at Logicom Solutions, where he was responsible for the overall Sales organization in Cyprus, Greece and Malta as well as the General Manager of HS Data, one of the leading providers of Total Information Technology Solutions in Cyprus.

 

Antonis Skoullos

Member of the Board of Directors

For more than 30 years, he is deeply involved in the Cyprus and regional ICT markets and possess a holistic understanding of the computing needs of the public, private and financial institutions. Participated in the provision, analysis, design and implementation of complex integrated solutions to all sectors of the economy including Utilities, Telcos, Banking, Government and Health. He led large departments of local IT companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers-Cycom, Demstar Information Group and Logicom Group, serving from various posts, including sales, marketing, business development, to General Management. An active member at various Cyprus national professional associations as well as at several social and charitable organizations. He joined Oracle in 2005, and as of 2007, he is the Managing Director and Country Leader of Oracle Cyprus. Since June 2014, he also leads the Technology Business of Oracle for both Cyprus and Malta

Stelios Violaris

Member of the Board of Directors

Stelios is the Partner leading the International Tax Services in the Tax Advisory Department of PwC Cyprus.

 He has studied Accounting and Finance – BA (Hons), at South Bank University in London and is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the UK and the Cyprus Institute of Public Accountants whom he has served as a member of its taxation committee for a number of years.

Stelios handles the tax affairs of listed, multinational and local client groups as well as private equity companies who are mostly active in the fields of pharmaceuticals, technology, retail trading, real estate as well as financial services/investments.  He dedicates significant time in advising clients in their cross-border structures/set-ups, group reorganizations/restructurings and merger & acquisition transactions they get involved in.

Stelios is also the responsible partner for the U.S. market at PwC Cyprus.Other than the American Chamber, Stelios is currently also a board member of the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING), offering his personal expertise pro-bono for all the good causes the CING stands for.

Elena Kontemeniotis

Member of the Board of Directors

After receiving both of her degrees, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Public Relations from the University of Berkeley, Elena Kontemeniotis started her career working as the Protocol Officer in the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Nations in New York. Her work included coordinating the Ambassador’s office on major operations and cooperating with high-ranked representatives from various nations. One of her most notable projects included participating in the team designated to handle the negotiations held at the time at the United Nations Headquarters in New York regarding the Cyprus Question. After moving to Cyprus in the mid-2000s, Elena offered her expertise in private enterprises handling operations, business development and marketing. Currently, she is in charge of the office of the Chief Executive Officer of the University of Nicosia, where she serves as a liaison and undertakes projects and special operations.

John Georgoulas

Member of the Board of Directors

Born in 1979. He is a Certified Director in Corporate Governance with specialization in Banking from INSEAD (France). Studied Business Information Systems (B.Sc.) at the University of Central Lancashire (Greece) and Business Administration (M.B.A.) at the European University Cyprus. He also holds a Diploma of Higher Education in Computer Sciences from the University of Portsmouth (UK) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Kingston University (UK). Commenced his career in 2001, founding an international media label, distributor and manager. In 2006, he joined as a limited partner, a company specializing in, public relations new media campaigns, marketing and business advisory.

In 2010, founded Way Out Communications Ltd, a company providing consulting and business development advisory, strategy, corporate governance advice and intelligence services to multinational corporations and not for profit organizations. Way Out Communications Ltd is the exclusive advisor of “The Economist Events” and “The World in…” publication in Cyprus. From 2010 until 2018 Mr. Georgoulas was the General Manager in Cyprus and since January 2019, he is the Senior Advisor for South East Europe of “The Economist Events”.

He is a non-executive member of the board of EcommBX licensed by the Central Bank of Cyprus. Served as a Member of the Board of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (February 2017 – June 2019) after the appointment by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus. Member of the Board of Directors / Advisory Board of a number of companies / non-for profit organizations/ think tanks in the past and present and since 2013 he is an Alumni of the United States Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program.

EX OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS

Mark Palermo

Ex- Officio Board Member

Mark Palermo is the Deputy Chief of U.S. Embassy Nicosia’s Political and Economic Section, and the lead officer for Economic affairs.  He began his tour in Cyprus in late August 2019.

Before moving to Cyprus, Mark spent three years working on trade policy at State Department headquarters.  He was the Department’s lead action officer for the Section 232 investigations on steel, aluminum, and automotive goods.  He also covered trade-related labor and environment issues in international organizations and trade negotiations.

Prior to joining the trade team, Mark served for over three years as the State Department’s representative for Afghanistan Operations Policy at the U.S. Mission to NATO.  He was also US-NATO’s Control Officer for the President’s participation in the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw.

His other diplomatic tours include Consular Officer in Paris, France and Economic and Commercial Officer in Lahore, Pakistan.

Mark entered the Foreign Service in 2008 after 16 years in the private sector.  He resigned as COO of an international architecture company to become a diplomat.  He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.  He enjoys architecture, history, camping, food, travel, and riding a bike to work (yes, even in Cyprus). 

Mark is married, has two young children, and still speaks a bit of French.

Ephie Charalambidou

Ex Officio Board Member

Ephie is the Commercial Specialist at the American Embassy in Nicosia since 2000.  Her focus is on energy diplomacy, trade policy, business facilitation and advocacy support for U.S. products and services, and development and support of commercial relationships between the U.S. and Cyprus.  Besides energy, her portfolio includes ICT, telecom, travel and tourism, entrepreneurship and start-ups, franchising, and the audio/visual sectors.  Ephie also served as an elected Secretary of the Embassy’s Provident Fund Management Committee from 2004 until 2018.  

 

Prior to joining the Embassy, Ephie worked as a Marketing and Advertising Director at Rolandos Enterprises Ltd, as a Public Relations Associate at the Cyprus Embassy Trade Center in New York, and as a Public Relations Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Television Production with Marketing from Hofstra University in New York, and a Master of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising from the New York Institute of Technology.  She is a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Association since 2005 and has been an ex-officio member of the AmCham board and its liaison with the Embassy since 2002.

Chris Christodoulou

Past President (2009-2011)

Mr. Chris Christodoulou, a Civil Engineer graduate, is currently self-employed since March 2019.

Previously (1996–2019), was employed by the N. K. SHACOLAS Group of Companies as Operations and Project Development Manager of the Group in Cyprus.

Also (1975–1996), he worked in managerial positions and served on various boards for the same Group internationally (promoting USA and European products) in various countries such as Nigeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the USA.

From 2005 until 2016, he has served on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Green Dot (Cyprus) Public Company Ltd, the first collective packaging waste recycling system in Cyprus. Furthermore, since November 2007, he is currently Chairman of the Board of the non-profit organization AFIS Cyprus Ltd, a collective system for the recycling of household dry cell batteries.

Since February 2009 was also appointed on the Board of Trustees of CAARI (Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute), who is serving until today.

Mr. Christodoulou is currently an Ex–Officio Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cyprus, an organisation which encourages, promotes and enhances the economic and trade relations between the United States of America and Cyprus. He joined as Director in 2000 and also served as Chairman of the Board from 2009–2011.

Achilleas Demetriades

Past President

Achilleas has developed a broad practice that includes both contentious and non-contentious matters, and spans intellectual property, competition law and human rights, representing both national and international clients. He is particularly sought after for his expertise in representing clients before the European Court of Human Rights. He is also a European Patent Attorney, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has a keen interest in intellectual property matters, acting only on behalf of rights-holders and preparing and executing anti-piracy plans. Finally, he advises on pharmaceutical regulatory matters and assists startups. He acted as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Cyprus between 2008 – 2009.