Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the State of Israel
Ms. Thessalia Salina Shambos, presented credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cyprus to HE the President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin, on August 6, 2015. Ms Shambos joined the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Cyprus in September 1998, serving for four years at the Multilateral Department of the Political Division, with competence in UN issues such as Human Rights, Women’s issues and addressing global terrorism. From 2002 to 2006 Ms. Shambos was posted at the Embassy of Cyprus in Greece, where, from 2003 onwards she served as Deputy Head of Mission, covering also Romania and Albania. In 2006 she was posted as Deputy Head of Mission/Consul General at the Embassy of Cyprus in Rome, which included parallel accreditations to Malta, the Swiss Confederation and San Marino. In September 2008 Ms. Shambos returned to Cyprus and was placed at the Department of Bilateral relations with EU partners and neighbouring countries, as Deputy Head, with responsibilities for Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation and Central Asia desks. In September 2009, she was appointed as Head of the aforementioned department, which concurrently covers the EU perspective of the Western Balkans, and EU relations with Eastern Partnership countries, the Russian Federation, South Caucasus, and Central Asia, the position which she held till July 2015. Ms. Shambos has represented Cyprus in a number of expert committees and conferences at regional, EU and UN levels and was part of the Nicosia core team for the 2012 EU Council Presidency of Cyprus. She has also attended numerous courses on diplomacy and International relations. Ms. Shambos holds the position of Minister Counsellor, and has been awarded the rank of Officer in the Order of Merit of the Hellenic Republic. She was also awarded the Diplomat of the Year Award in Israel in July 2017. Ms. Shambos studied Political Science at Pace University in New York, USA, graduating summa cum laude, in 1995, and was granted the Political Science Award. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Studies - Political Science from Stockholm University, Sweden. She also has a background in Biomedical sciences from Aberdeen University, UK. She is fluent in both Greek and English, and has knowledge of French and Italian. She is married to Dr. Stavros Bashiardes – a Genetics visiting fellow at Weizmann Institute. She has two sons, Phaedon and Alexandros. She was born in Athens on January 14, 1973.
Chairman, Invest Cyprus
Michalis P. Michael is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency since January 2018. He has a long professional career in business and audit services, both as a sole practitioner and as a Partner in KPMG Cyprus. Mr. Michael has a vast experience in the Ukrainian market and he is the Chairman of the Cyprus-Ukraine Business Association from 2012 until today. Mr. Michael has been actively involved with public life since his early career. Formerly, he served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (1996-2000), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Organisation of Land Development (2000-2003), Member of the Committee for the Supervision and Development of Cooperative Societies (2003-2013). He was also Member of the Board of Directors of The Cyprus University of Technology (2014-2016), where he currently holds the position of Vice-President (July 2016-today). Mr. Michael, is a Chartered Certified Accountant, a Fellow member of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus, of which he served also as a Member of the Board of Directors.
Deputy Director General, Invest Cyprus, Cyprus
Marios Tannousis holds the post of Deputy Director General at Invest Cyprus (Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency). He has more than twenty years of international corporate experience, with twelve years in the international banking and financial services group Societe Generale, where he served at various key posts. He is a Member of the Board of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) as well as the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) He also served as President of the Cyprus Finance & Leasing Association and Board Member in various other organizations and bodies.He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MBA. He is also Certified for offering investment services and has a special interest in Economic Development through Investments especially in Banking, Financial Services and Investment Funds.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry
Stelios D. Himonas was born in Athens, Greece, on May 2, 1962. He received the BE, MS and PhD degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA in 1985, 1986 and 1989, respectively, all in electrical engineering. From 1989 until 1997 he was an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at the New York Institute of Technology, USA. Also, from 1994 until 1997, he was collaborating with the Multimedia Communications Research Group of Bellcore’s Applied Research Division in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. Dr. Himonas has published numerous research papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings in the fields of detection and multimedia communications. Also, during the period from 1989 until 1997 he served as a reviewer of research papers submitted for publication to Transactions of the IEEE and Proceedings of the IEE, as well as to various conferences in the field of communications. Currently he is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Cyprus. Prior to this position he was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Public Order in Cyprus and the Director of the Department of Electronic Communications. In addition, as from October 2012, he is the Digital Champion of Cyprus, appointed by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus. Also during the period from 2000 to 2003, he served on the Board of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority. From 2006 until 2013, he held chairmanship and vice-chairmanship positions in European electronic communications committees. Dr. Himonas is a member of the Sigma Xi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies and the New York Academy of Sciences. He is listed in the Who is Who in the World, the Who is Who Among Human Services Professionals, the Who is Who in the East and the Who is Who in American Education.
Chairman, Famagusta Tourist Commercial Industrial Association
Petros Petrou, is the CEO and the Managing Director of Oikos Group. He is an experienced founder of many other successful businesses in the sector of property, tourism, and services. Mr. Petrou is a performance driven professional with a proven ability to accomplish business-development goals in generating high business revenue. In 2008 Mr. Petrou became a member of the Chamber of Commerce and since 2012 is the president of the business association in Famagusta district. Oikos Group, directed by Mr. Petrou has achieved to become the leading company in Ayia Napa- Protaras creating properties and services for high wealth individuals from around the world.