EIMF has access to a team of over 40 expert trainers, both local and from overseas, spanning almost every aspect of business, finance and management. Our trainers are highly qualified professionals with years of experience and backgrounds in just about every aspect of the financial services sector. Furthermore, most of our trainers have extensive experience working in different parts of the world, which adds a wealth of knowledge and differing perspectives to the training experience offered.
This expertise enables us to provide professional and executive education training that applies the latest theories blended with practical case studies that are based on their own familiarity with the financial services sector. We advise our trainers to create and use their own content and materials so that their teaching is realistic and personal. EIMF then provides them with assistance in designing the training so that it can adapt to the learning styles of individual participants.
It is our belief that teaching adults is inherently difficult so we work hard to make sure that our trainers are using the best available teaching methodologies suited to the needs and interests of the diverse adult training participant. Furthermore, our trainers themselves are highly trained individuals, as EIMF provides them with “train-the-trainer” learning opportunities on an annual basis.
Adam Samuel is a lawyer qualified in the UK and the USA. For the last 21 years, Adam has run his own training and consulting business, helping out regulators in three continents on customer-facing issues. He has the qualifications required of a financial, mortgage and equity release adviser and the UK CISI compliance diploma. Adam wrote the only book on consumer financial services complaint handling in the UK and a guide to the SFC Code for Intermediaries in Hong Kong. The Gibraltar Supreme Court followed his expert evidence in van Geens v. Jyske Bank on product risk, compliance and advice standards around the world. Adam has broadcast on a number of BBC domestic and World Service programmes, including the national news on financial services compliance and banking issues.
Mr. A. Kartalis was born in Athens in 1968. He graduated from the Department of Statistics of Athens University of Economics and Business (ex A.S.O.E.E) in 1991. In 2003 he got an MBA in Finance from ESCEM. He is a certified derivatives clearer.
He started his career from Citibank Athens, where he worked from 1994 till 197. From 1997 till 2012 he worked at BNP Paribas Securities Services Athens, initially as Head of Securities Operations and then as General Manager.
From September 2013 till today he works as General Manager in GMM Global Money Managers Ltd, a Cypriot mutual funds management company.
He is married and he has two children, while he systematically practices in long distance running.
Bruce Lawrence, has over 42 years securities industry experience, provides consultancy, training, advice and technical assistance principally focused at the securities servicing arena and the development of the capital markets infrastructure of frontier and emerging markets. He has consulted and trained on the full spectrum of securities markets instruments (debt, equity & derivatives), Corporate Governance, Operational Risk, Custody, Clearing & Settlement, Fund Administration and assisted in the creation and further development of Central Securities Depositories (CSD’s), Central Counterparties (CCPs), Stock Exchanges and Domestic Custody Operations. Assignments have taken him to the following markets: Albania, Estonia, Ghana, Jordan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Pakistan, Qatar, Nigeria, Russia, USA, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Dr Christina Livada is a Lecturer of commercial law at the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her main fields of specialization are company law, public and private banking and capital markets law, as well as consumer protection law. She is the author of several books and articles in the abovementioned fields. Christina Livada is working for the last fifteen years at the Hellenic Bank Association as a Special Legal Advisor (currently on a part-time basis), responsible for the regulatory issues pertaining to banking, capital markets and consumer protection law. She is a member of the corporate governance Working Group of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council for the review of the Greek Corporate Governance Code. She is also member of the Hellenic Association of Banking and Capital Markets Law and responsible for the content of the scientific Review Financial Law.
She obtained her PhD from the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2004. In 1996, she obtained her D.E.A. in International Law (International Private Law and Commercial Law) from the Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II). In 2000 she was awarded a research scholarship from the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne. In 1995 she completed her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Christos Savva is a Chartered Accountant and an entrepreneur with a keen interest in developing technology based solutions for businesses. Christos has started his professional career as an external financial auditor for three years at Deloitte Cyprus were he has performed audits for local and international businesses. He then transferred to the Enterprise Risk Services department where he held the position of Assistant Manager for two years. At this position he was involved in several projects including internal audits, business process consulting and regulatory compliance reviews including Anti-Money Laundering. He has an extensive experience with several industries including financial services, oil & gas and health care.
Christos holds a Batchelor degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of Bath. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) and Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
Fiona is Managing Director of UMD Professional and an experienced senior manager within both the public and private sectors. As a consultant she has worked with a large number of professional firms over the last 25 years, and is an experienced trainer and facilitator, specialising in strategic management and leadership. She was for eleven years Associate Editor of a major scientific journal and series editor of a management book series. She has been published widely in the professional press and appeared as a speaker at conferences in the UK, Europe, USA, Cyprus, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea.
Fred Bar is an expert in the European payments industry. From 1999-2006 he was Executive Vice President at Interpay, where he had responsibility for a.o. the Dutch automated clearing house, and then the marketing, sales and business development of all Equens services. He was part of the team that created the merger to form Equens, and served as board member in payments joint ventures and industry bodies. From 2006-2012, Fred worked as a Strategy advisor with EBA Clearing in Paris and Brussels and as Managing Director for Vocalink in London. He also was President of EACHA from 2010-2012 an industry association he helped to found in 2006. As a partner in Payments Advisory Group since 2013, a consultancy specialised on payments, he works as senior advisor to help clients, in Europe and beyond, to develop strategies and business/IT change programmes and deal with regulatory compliance, in the rapidly developing field of payments. SEPA, PSD1 and now PSD2 have been main themes. His clients range from banks, payment processors, global NGO’s, to corporates, fintech startups, and retail users of payments; and from the cash domain to e-commerce, electronic payments, wallets and mobile payments. He is a regular speaker and panelist on the subject of payments and provides customised training to management teams.
Gregory currently leads the Wealth & Markets Division of the Bank of Cyprus. In the past, Gregory worked with Coopers and Lybrand in Nicosia and held various managerial positions in Cyprus Popular Bank and Bank of Cyprus. He has extensive experience in Wealth Management, in the areas of client advisory and portfolio management, custody and operations. He led the setting up of boutique Private Banking units in the UK and Romania and also served as the Money Laundering Compliance Officer (Group MLCO), responsible for the AML function for Cyprus Popular Bank in Cyprus and all its overseas subsidiaries. Before his current position he served as the Manager Compliance Risk Management for the International Banking, Wealth & Markets Division of the Bank of Cyprus and was responsible for high risk client on-boarding and for providing guidance and training to the management and staff, on AML and regulatory Compliance matters.
Frixos Zembylas is a certified public accountant and a registered auditor, member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC). An experienced professional in the subject; with a long term career in a Big 4 firm, over the years he has acquired different competencies which are used in his trainings. Teaching as a part-time lecturer for the University of West London, and an external tutor with EY Academy of Business in Europe and Middle East. During 11 years of professional experience in Finance he has offered services to private and public companies within the European Union and also to Ukraine, Russia, Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria in the areas of audit, tax structuring, banking and IT. A founding partner of an Audit and Accounting firm based in Cyprus, having the role of the Managing Director. He has teaching experience in the GCC region, through the business and professional training sessions organized by EY Academy of Business in the MENA region. The subjects mainly that he taught in GCC countries are International Financial Reporting Standers, Finance for Non Finance Managers, Due Diligence, Strategy and Planning and specialized areas of Audit.
Gwyn is a former senior manager and leader, Executive Coach and Leadership Learning & Development Consultant who has significant operational and strategic leadership experience. He works with senior and executive level leaders in the UK and internationally to help them identify and assess personal and professional leadership development opportunities.
Mark Seaman has worked in fund administration in London, Dublin and Luxembourg since 1982, and has occupied senior fund administration positions at Schroders and Friends Provident. For the past twenty years he has worked as a fund administration consultant, advising over 50 UK and international firms. He has set up funds, third parties and fund governance and oversight arrangements for companies such as Barclays Wealth, RBS, Towry, Close and Santander.
Mark has an MA from the University of Cambridge and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.
Dr. Nick Skrekas is an international financial expert, an expert in Maritime Finance and Law, a legal specialist on international law as well as acclaimed consultant. Dr. Skrekas has worked in top law firms, as an expert on EU international programs and as a financial analyst in bulge bracket investment firms. He also has a background in cutting edge financial media like The Wall Street Journal and has authored two books for Thomson Reuters. He has deep experience in financial analysis, international mergers and acquisitions, cross border securitization, due diligence, project finance, international banking and securities law, IPOs, distressed deals, private equity and corporate finance. Dr. Skrekas has a Bachelor of Laws with Honors, a Bachelor of Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments, a Masters of Laws, an MBA and Doctorate of Philosophy in Law from top Australian institutions, always graduating with exceptional grades like High Distinctions. His qualifications are recognized in Australia, the UK, the US and the European Union. Dr. Skrekas is also a member of the International Bar Association and he is a certified analyst. He has a superior record of more than two decades of professional experience in law, global investments and financial media.
Nikki Johnstone is a senior associate in the Global Banking & Payment Systems practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s London office. She was recently included in Innovate Finance’s Women in Fintech 2016 Power List. With a broad background in UK/EU financial services regulation, her practice focuses on advising payment and e-money institutions, technology companies, online marketplaces and virtual currency players on the regulatory framework and contractual structuring for the launch of new products, geographical expansion or the impact of upcoming legislative change. Her practice also covers advising new entrants in the crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending industries both in the consumer and commercial sectors. In addition to her advisory work, she regularly supports the firm’s transactional departments with respect to the sale and purchase of FCA regulated entities, as well as the financing of such firms. Nikki has completed secondments to Apple Europe and the Financial Markets Law Committee.
Panagiotis Nikolaou is a professional with many years’ experience in the Financial Services Sector in general and in the world of Investment Firms in particular. He has worked in CIFs in various positions, including that of the General Manager, Risk Manager, Executive Director, as well as on the front line as Head of Dealing and Brokerage Departments. He currently leads AFXAnts with offices in Nicosia, Athens and Durban.
Panagiotis is a full member of Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (MCSI) and the Society of Technical Analysts (MSTA). He holds CySEC’s Advanced Certification, he is an approved Trainer by the HRDA, and was nominated and sponsored by KPMG and Barclays Bank in 2015 to join “Future Leaders” executive seminars.
Mr. Antoniou is a professional with 18 years-experience in the Banking and Insurance Sectors. He holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from State University of New York, USA, a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Virginia Tech, USA, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Public Sector Management. He is also a member of the Project Management Institute and a partially-qualified member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA). He is also a holder of CySEC’s Advanced Certificate in Financial Services Legal Framework. He is currently the Head of Capital Adequacy Department of a large Advisory Group specializing in advising matters regarding Basel III matters (Pillar 1,2,3) and financial reporting of Investment Firms.
Chartered FCSI, President of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) in Cyprus.
Petros has worked as a finance professional within the securities and investments industry for over 20 years in the areas of private banking, fund management, stockbroking, private equity and principal trading. For the past 10 years Petros has been on the board of a number of micro-finance institutions in Eastern Europe and is currently employed as a Regional Governance Advisor for World Vision International – one of the world’s largest organisations in the field of humanitarian aid and assistance.
Petros is an honours graduate in Accountancy, a Chartered Management Accountant, a diploma-holding member of the Institute of Directors and a Certificate of the Institute of Risk Management. He sits on the Ethics & Risk and Human Resource & Training Committees of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association.
Stathis has worked as a Bank analyst, for 11 years on aggregate, in three international Rating Agencies. He was a lead analyst for a total of 17 countries in Central and Easter Europe, the Caucasus, the Balkans and the MENA regions.
He has also worked as a Senior Officer in the Cyprus Banking Association where he Chaired a number of committees (including O&M, Compliance, Payment systems etc.) and represented member Banks in a number of international and domestic fora. At the same time he was a Member of the Board of the Central Bank’s (CBC) Deposit Guarantee Fund and represented member Banks at CBC’s dispute resolution committee for credit card payments. He is currently employed as the head of Regulatory Compliance of one of the largest consultancy firms in Cyprus.
Stathis is a Certified Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Society of Cyprus since its inception. He holds an MBA from the Judge Institute of Management of the University of Cambridge and a, BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Economics (and Management) from Clark University. He is also a member of the ΦΒΚ Academic Honors and ΔΟΕ International Economics Honors societies.
An exclusive legal consultant of a great number of large companies, organisations and institutions in Cyprus. Stylianos Christoforou specialises in a spectrum of practices including but not limited to employment and labour law, commercial law, company law, tax law, family law, property law and strategic business consulting. Furthermore, he has handled a number of local and international arbitrations as well as numerous high profile negotiations between employers and trade union representatives. In 2005, he established Stylianos Christoforou & Co LLC with offices in Nicosia, Cyprus and Bucharest, Romania. Since 2008, Stylianos has been a visiting lecturer of Labour Law and Industrial Relations at the Cyprus International Institute of Management ( CIIM ), and since 2014 at the Mediterranean Institute of Management teaching Company Law. Stylianos received an LLB (Hons) in 1998 from the University of Hull. In 1999, he read law at the University of Nottingham from which he graduated with a degree of Master of Laws in International Commercial Law and thereafter, he became a Barrister at Law of Grays Inn. Following his academic achievement, he, obtained two professional certifications:
In 2004 he became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and in 2015 Qualified Insolvency Practitioner.
Vivienne has a BA Jt Hons in Economics and Finance as well as an M.Econ.Sc in European Economics and Public Affairs and has gained professional qualifications in programme management. Additionally, Vivienne has over 17 years’ experience in the financial services sector, encompassing policy, operations, compliance and stakeholder and project management roles in leading industry institutions, including the Financial Services Authority (now the FCA), Royal Bank of Scotland and the BBA. Vivienne helps organisations and individuals develop the strategies and skills needed to address the regulatory, operational developmental and change management challenges they face. She has recently established her own company, Granuaile Limited, offering a fresh and unique approach to personal and organisational development. Additionally, Vivienne is currently studying Community Psychology at Brighton University.
A seasoned trainer, Yiannos has been putting his diverse international business experience in good use by helping organizations achieve their targets by empowering their people through energetic, value adding training programs. Yiannos has developed and conducted professional training seminars with emphasis on accounting, finance, management, regulation as well as a variety of business topics to corporate audiences in many countries including Poland, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Egypt, Abu Dhabi etc. During his career Yiannos has held various managerial and executive positions in a number of multinational companies in Europe and the Middle East in a variety of industries.He was involved in diverse activities ranging from business development to operations and executive management. He structured complex investment funds, lead organizational change, and implemented regulatory programs across international organizations. Yiannos holds non–‐executive directorships in a number of financial services organizations and is a member of many international professional bodies. He is currently the Managing Director of Intelion Partners, a boutique firm focusing on management, financial, and investment firm/fund advisory and consulting.