Colin Tansley MSc, M.A.B.I, TAP.Cert
Colin Tansley is the founder and Director of Intelect, an Isle of Man based investigations, training and cyber security solutions company. A career investigator and former senior police officer he specialises in providing appropriate protection for those businesses that operate in offshore jurisdictions.
He has travelled across the world during his career and regularly delivers his acclaimed Internet Investigative Skills for Customer Due Diligence to a diverse client base. His expertise is also frequently called upon for insight into the Dark Web and the most up to date online investigative techniques.
Recently nominated as one of the top 10 Due Diligence Service Providers in the industry his company ‘Intelect’ pride themselves on confidential, professional and ethical investigations. They also offer a range of complementary services designed to reduce and manage risk. This includes a cyber health check-up tool designed to help business owners avoid a data breach and better understand threats. Having a ‘Trusted Network’ of solution providers Intelect help businesses safeguard their reputation in an increasingly digitised world.
He is a visiting lecturer at Warwick University and University College Isle of Man where he is involved in teaching Cyber Espionage & Professional Investigative Skills respectively for academic degree programs.
Costas is a founding partner in A. & E. C. Emilianides, C. Katsaros & Associates Ltd and a practicing lawyer in Cyprus, advising some of the biggest organizations of the island and a portfolio of international clients that operate in Cyprus and abroad. He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated with grade excellent from the Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1999. In June of 1999 he received a scholarship for participating in a postgraduate seminar course in maritime law of Tulane University, New Orleans, US & University of Aegean. He completed his postgraduate studies in History, Philosophy & Sociology of Law (LLM) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with grade excellent.
He has worked as an investment broker & trader, being certified as a derivatives consultant from ADEX (Athens Derivatives Exchange) in 2001 having succeeded in the exams for the relevant professional licence, until his entrance as an advocate in Thessaloniki (Greece) Bar Association in 2002, where he has been a member for 15 years as a licenced advocate. Since 2008-2009 he has moved to Cyprus and contributed to the task of the new charter of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus and served as the legal advisor of the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus and head of its legal activities and entities. He has been a visiting lecturer of University of Nicosia (UNIC) and published various scientific articles and lectures.
He has significant administrative experience as he served as the Chairman of the board of one of the biggest media groups in Cyprus, Senior Independent Member of the Board of the biggest credit & financial institution of Cyprus (Bank of Cyprus), Chairman of the board of one of the biggest insurance companies of Cyprus (Eurolife), a board member of CNP Holdings and it’s subsidiaries, one of the biggest insurance companies of Cyprus and a member of CNP global group, Chairman of the supervisory board and member of the board of banking institutions abroad, Member of one of the biggest securities companies of Cyprus (Laiki Capital) and others.
He serves as a non-executive board member of the biggest real estate fund of Cyprus (CYREIT Variable Capital Public Ltd). He also serves as a board member of the Cypriot-Italian business association (Sintesi), which has been recognized as the Italian-Cypriot chamber of commerce by the Italian goverment in December 2019.
Melina Karaolia is a Partner at M. Eliades & Partners LLC since 2008. Her work encompasses a diverse range of corporate and litigation matters. She advises clients in multiple commercial, civil law issues and business law disputes. She concentrates on corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration. She advises and represents clients in international corporate transactions, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions and legal matters relating to corporate project structuring and business development.
Her multiple practice areas also include insurance law, company redomiciliations and competition law. Melina has further received training and experience in the negotiation and drafting of contracts for Oil and Gas by the leading oil and gas lawyer J. Jay Park QC and the international legal adviser in Energy and Mining Dr. William T. Onorato. She is currently a Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. Melina is a qualified Arbitrator in Cyprus and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. She has also been trained and is currently actively interested in working with Mediation. She is an accredited and registered Mediator in Cyprus and has recently obtained the EMTPJ cross-border mediation certification, specializing in the settlement of international commercial disputes.
In recent years she has been training professionals and company officials on improving their negotiation skills and has further been delivering trainings in “International Mediation” in association with an established training center from Belgium and Mr.Willem Meuwissen, a renowned and well established mediator in Belgium. Melina is also an accredited and registered as an independent Insolvency Consultant in Cyprus. She graduated from the Law School of the University of East Anglia, UK, with an LLB Honors degree. Melina holds a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Queen Mary University (London) and is a qualified Barrister-at-Law, a member of Gray’s Inn London and the Cyprus Bar Association.
Nassos Paltayian, BA, ACA, CAMS, ISO 27001 LI
Started his career in PricewaterhouseCoopers as auditor for Financial Services companies where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Then moved to Abacus Limited in 2009 as a portfolio manager. Since 2013 he moved to the compliance department of the firm. In 2014 he became an ACAMS member and soon after CAMS certified.
Nassos is also serving as an Information Security Officer while simultaneously heading the Compliance Department since 2015. He gave a number of presentations on both Compliance and Information Security in Cyprus and abroad.
Paltayian is also a founding member and Vice chair of the ACAMS Cyprus chapter, Vice chair of the ICPAC Compliance committee, Vice chair of the CFA Compliance committee. He was also the leader of the DNFBP module during the National Risk Assessment and participated in the task force for the issuance of the FATCA and CRS Cyprus Guidance Notes.
Nearchos Ioannou is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), a Certified Fraud Examiner(CFE) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Ontario, Canada.
He graduated from the University of Dundee in Scotland U.K (Bachelor of Accounting(Honours), 1996). He has qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) in 2003, and was the 1st ACCA finalist in Cyprus in the December 2003 examination diet. In 2011 he has qualified as a Certified Fraud Examiner (TEXAS-USA) and in 2019 a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Ontario Canada.
He has been a key learning facilitator in Deloitte, and is also a part-time lecturer of the University of West London (Cyprus branch) and Frederick University in Cyprus. He is an Audit director serving a number of international and local companies, which have to ensure compliance with Fraud and AML procedures as well as to comply with the requirements of the International Standards of Auditing.
He is the Co-author of Dr. Wells book Financial Statement Fraud Casebook. Baking the Ledgers and Cooking the Books, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Texas- USA). He served as a member of the Advisory and Education Committees of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE, TEXAS-USA). He is also an expert in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, requirements in relation to Section 404 for public listed companies in the NYSE. He is providing seminars in relation to AML, Fraud, audit and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Simon is a trainer and board evaluation and governance consultant. He stepped down as CEO of ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute (CGI) on 30 June 2019, having held the role since 1 October 2011. That appointment followed eight years as Joint Head of ICSA Board Evaluation, a role to which he has returned. Simon is a Fellow of the CGI, having qualified first as a solicitor. He worked as in-house counsel for 30 years in the railway industry, latterly as Company Secretary and General Counsel and then as a main board executive director of the former Railtrack Group PLC.
Simon is now an Executive Fellow with the London Business School Leadership Institute. In addition to his board evaluation practice, he delivers training programmes for company directors. Simon is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network (he is immediate past chair of ICGN’s Bylaws & Procedures Committee and was a founder member of its Business Ethics Committee). He is a vice-president of a charity, the Railway Benefit Fund of which he was previously the deputy chair. He has served also as a NED of a boutique media and events company, as the chair of the ICSA Company Secretaries Forum, as a member and chair of the audit committee of The Law Society of England and Wales and as a member of the audit committee of a major City of London law firm.
Stylianos N. Christoforou
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 three additional professional certifications, in 2004 he became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, in 2015 Insolvency Practitioner and in 2017 TUV Austria Certified GDPR Practitioner.
Stylianos returned to Cyprus in 2001 where, after concluding his pupillage, he worked for some of the most renowned companies and organisations in the Island as a litigation lawyer and was quickly promoted to Head of the Litigation Department. In 2005, he established Stylianos N. Christoforou & Co LLC with offices in Nicosia, Cyprus and Bucharest, Romania. Stylianos is also the exclusive legal consultant of a great number of large companies, organisations and institutions in Cyprus.
Stylianos is one of the most prominent practitioners in corporate legal matters that include data privacy regulation, corporate governance, employment and tax law, company law, as well as mergers and acquisitions and banking law. He is currently handling over 150 Court Cases representing foreign investors against local Banks who have been misled into acquiring Swiss Franc loans and helps clients on a daily basis in achieving ‘’debt to asset’’ settlement of their disputes. Stylianos and his team have to date achieved over 25 debt to asset settlements. He is also a member of a Charter Institute of Arbitrators and a Qualified Insolvency Practitioner. As a TUV Austria certified GDPR Expert, he is able to handle any GDPR related matter from consultation to GDPR Implementation Program and representation before the Office of the Commissioner for the Protection of Personal Data.
Theodoros Stavrou was born in 1973. He studied Civil Engineering and he also got a degree in Management from the Henley Management College of London. He is also a holder of a Master in Business Administration (MBA). In his early ages of his career he worked as field civil engineer and he then joined the Cyprus Police. He worked as Police Investigator for minor and serious offences and in 2001 he joined MOKAS, the FIU of Cyprus as an Investigator on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing cases.
Apart from his main duties as investigator and throughout the 17 years of Mr. Stavrou in MOKAS he was also the representative of Cyprus in different organisations like Europol, the MONEYVAL committee of the Council of Europe, FIU.net and others. He introduced in Cyprus FIU the automated system for the submission and analysis of suspicious transactions/activities reports being the project manager of the relevant project. This system is now being used by the FIU and all obliged entities in Cyprus. Since 2017 Mr. Stavrou is working in the banking Sector in Compliance Departments. He is now the Head of Compliance of Société Générale Bank – Cyprus and he is the person responsible for the AML/CFT/Sanctions and Regulatory compliance of the Bank.