Mentorship

Yuriy Romanyukha | CRO, B2B Sales Mentor at Startup Wise Guys | ex-Chief Commercial Officer at Solid (ADRUN, Innovecs, Astound Commerce, Uber)

Yuriy is an expert in closing big deals with Tier 1 companies like L’Oréal US, Adidas, Walmart. Specializes on the funnel automation and cold outreach sales with over 10+ years background of deals with Fortune 500 companies.

Yuriy shares his wealth of knowledge of B2B sales, sales funnel process automation as a consultant to a number of companies in the US, CIS, EU: Octobus (Acq. By BlaBlaCar), Simporter, Sendios, Forte Group, Sanity Desk, Corefy, PayAtlas and more. Visiting Lecturer at Kyiv School of Economics, Lviv Business School of UCU (LvBS). UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business Alumni.




Christis Plastiras | Founder and CEO of Melior Ltd

Christis Plastiras holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in Finance from Imperial College London. He has extensive knowledge in technology, finance and business development and can effectively link, combine and manage the pre mentioned knowledge and give exceptional performance towards a task.

He started his professional career as an investment banker for Société Générale in the City of London, before deciding to move back to Cyprus and start his entrepreneurial journey. Since then, he worked in different positions within several companies in various industries.

In 2010, he founded Melior Ltd, a technology company focusing on software solutions, which grew to become a Group of technology ventures, including: a) Ergodotisi.com, the leading job portal in Cyprus collaborating with more than 12K companies; b) Svelta, a last mile delivery, courier and e-commerce platform which recently received investment from Wakilni, a Middle East start-up that operates in the same space, with plans of further expansion in the broader Region; c) The Online Dot Boutique, a franchise company that operates and licenses Flower Boutique and Cava Boutique, two leading e-commerce brands with same day delivery in Cyprus and recently Athens, Greece and; d) Abacio, a fintech start-up that is developing a personal financial management tool and aims to help Millennials to manage their financials based on their personal goals. He is also the acting CEO of CyprusNet, one of the oldest and most prestigious technology companies in Cyprus, with a portfolio of more than 1750 informational websites.

Furthermore, in 2018 he was appointed as an advisor to the board of Cyprus Mail, the only English language daily newspaper published in Cyprus, responsible for the digital transformation of the media company. Since 2019, Christis is a non-executive Board Member of CDB Bank and a member of the Credit, Risk and Audit committee aiming to help the bank move to the next digital era.

In 2013, he joined CIIM, the leading Business School in Cyprus, as a Business Development Manager to bridge the gap between Academia and the start-up community. He helped in running the Entrepreneurship Center of CIIM (ENTICE) for three years and was a founding member of IDEA, the leading accelerator in Cyprus. In 2016, he started work for Dataffirm, one of Europe’s fastest growing and well-funded alternative investment start-up, based in London. He was the Country Manager and one of the first team members that formed the core management and development team from inception.

Concluding, the need to give back to the community has driven him to join Periklis Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides free artistic education to all children of vulnerable social groups and of financially destitute families in Cyprus, at the role of the Vice-President.


Dr. Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades | Biotech Innovator | Entrepreneur

Dr. Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades is a Clinical Associate Professor in Research Oncology at the Medical School of the European University of Cyprus and co-founder of three certified innovative companies. Although the companies are based in Cyprus, they have an impact on the global biotechnological market. RSL Revolutionary Labs Ltd was founded in 2018 and focuses on the development of innovative dermaceuticals for the relief and healing of skin side effects in oncological patients; Promed Bioscience Ltd was founded in 2017 where it develops medical biomaterials based on 3D-atelocollagen for research and medical applications such as the synthesis of 3D-artificial organs and tissues; and finally Theramir Ltd was founded in 2016 where it develops new generation personalized therapies and diagnostic platforms for cancer based on stem cell nanotechnology and microRNAs.

At the same time, Dr. Prokopi is a Senior Scientist in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at the Cyprus University of Technology and was Director of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the German Oncology Centre in Limassol until December 2020.

Dr. Prokopi has been awarded on 12/10/2020 with the “Madame Figaro Woman of the Year 2019” award in the category Innovation of the Year. She also participated in the establishment of the Cancer Research & Innovation Centre at CUT and the German Oncology Centre, where she serves as a Member to the Board of Directors and was also elected Vice Chair of the Development Committee for the Parallel Parliament of Entrepreneurship in the House of Representatives/Parliament of Cyprus from November 2020.

Marianna holds a BSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology and an MRes in Biochemistry from the University of Kent, an MSc in Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine/University of London and a PhD in Cardiovascular Research from British Heart Foundation/King’s College London.


Loizos Loizou | Senior Manager at Deloitte, Enterprise Technology and Performance

Loizos is Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Technology Consulting Practise in Cyprus. He has over 10 years of experience in technology services in the public and private sectors and in a variety of industries. He is a technology specialist with proven experience in digital product ownership, agile delivery and project & program management with experience on digital transformation aiming business and technology innovation. He has undertaken various roles from project initiatives to C-Level positions, working closely with CIOs and IT Executives to plan and execute various IT strategic initiatives.

Worked extensively with global businesses and has strong experience in leading multi-disciplined and decentralized teams.

Specialised in: Technology Strategy Advisory, Digital and Technology Transformation programme leadership, Cloud & Infrastructure Architecture and Transformation, Digital Workplace Enablement and Transformation, End to End customer journey design, Systems Design and Integration, Enterprise Architecture, IT management & service management, Project, Program & portfolio management, Agile transformation & management, Artificial intelligence.


Anastasia Constantinou | Head of the Innovation Management Unit at the Research and Innovation Support Service, University of Cyprus

Dr. Anastasia Constantinou is a Senior Officer at the Research and Innovation Support Service of the University of Cyprus. She is the Head of the Innovation Management Unit dealing with the protection and management of the intellectual property rights, the Knowledge Transfer Activities and the Research and Innovation Contracts of the University. She also supports the activities of the Centre of Entrepreneurship, C4E of the University of Cyprus. Since February 2019, she is the YUFE, Young Universities for the Future of Europe, Institutional Coordinator for UCY, a strategic project for the creation of one of the first European Universities in Europe. Since October 2020, she is a member of the Policy and Framework Committee of the 7th Parallel Parliament for Entrepreneurship of Cyprus.

Dr Anastasia Constantinou combines academic, industrial, business and consulting background in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Research for more than 25 years having lived and worked in three countries, UK, Greece and Cyprus. She actively supports the development of start-ups and spin-offs in Cyprus, having played a key role in the design and development of the IDEA Incubator-Accelerator, the first of its kind in Cyprus and in the design and coordination of the IDEA Accelerator training for its first two cycles. She teaches academic and practical courses on entrepreneurship and Innovation, business model and business plan formulation and regularly provides mentoring to Cyprus based start-ups and spin-offs. She has played an instrumental role in the creation of academic spin-offs, in the patenting of technologies and in negotiating licensing agreements for the exploitation of research results from Universities and research institutions.

Since March 2019 she is an evaluator for the European Commission for the SME Instrument, subsequently the EIC Accelerator programme. She is also the main inventor of an international industrial patent.

Anastasia holds a BSc in Metallurgy from the University of Manchester, UK, an MSc in Materials Research and a PhD in Materials Engineering from Imperial College London, UK and an MBA (Entrepreneurship) from CIIM, Cyprus. In 2019 she participated in a three-week International Visitor Leadership (IVLP) Program by the U.S. Department of State entitled ‘Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability – Strategic Innovation’ in the US.


Kobi Kalderon | Founder and CEO at Gold Ventures Investment

Kobi is the founder and CEO of Gold Ventures Investment (GVI), a global investment banking company with 16 operational offices around the world cooperating with accelerators in Europe, USA, Asia and Africa, representing one of the Israeli VC in Europe. He is a former officer in the Israeli Intelligences and ICT forces of the IDF (Retired from the IDF Lieutenant Colonel). Kobi holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Vermont University and he is a serial entrepreneur in the high-tech industry with over 15 years of experience in Entrepreneurship, Business Development and Sales, mentoring and supporting early-stage start-ups, fundraising, venture capital and total management (turnkey solutions) to early stage and mature tech companies in Israel and abroad. He is also the Head of the Start-up and Entrepreneurship Department of The Israeli Chamber of Information Technology.


Dr. Georgios Georgiadis | Founder and Managing Director at Excelix

Georgios is the Founder and Managing Director of Excelix, a boutique consulting firm specializing in business transformation, innovation strategy & strategic partnerships. Excelix operates at the interface between business and engineering to provide tailor-made, feasible and scalable solutions that enable sustainable growth. During his previous occupation at Volkswagen Group for 8 years Georgios has managed numerous strategic and organizational projects and participated as project manager in the development of different vehicles. In parallel with his team leading functions, he focused on implementing innovative technological concepts and developing them into marketable products, aiming at overcoming different challenges that arise in the era of electromobility, digital innovation and technology disruption. Committed to the cause of building bridges between industry and academia and motivating the younger generations, he is lecturing at the TU Dortmund University, where he received his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering.


Dr. Nektarios Michail | Economist, Cyprus University of Technology

Nektarios has been involved in a variety of roles throughout his professional career in the financial services sector, ranging from research positions to front line analyst and trading roles, in regulators, brokers, and investment funds, allowing him to obtain a hands-on experience with global markets. He has also been academically active, holding an adjunct lecturer position at the Cyprus University of Technology since 2016, with a focus on innovation and startup valuations. Nektarios’ experience and abilities, combining academic vigor with professional practice, focus on the financial side of startups, assisting them to realistically assess their potential market and customers, as well as setting clear and attainable targets, including how to properly create and implement their business strategy and how to optimize pricing. As a result, startups can crystallize their ideas and reach their full potential faster and more efficiently. Nektarios holds a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from the Cyprus University of Technology, with his research appearing in both the press and various scientific journals.


Dr. Sotiris Petrakides | PhD. Mechanical Engineering / Founder & CEO InoMob LTD

With an enduring dedication to the pursuit of excellence, Dr. Petrakides acquired extensive experience by leveraging applied research in developing novel technologies towards zero-emission propulsion, and production/utilisation of advanced biofuels. Capitalizing upon his doctoral research performed within Loughborough University UK, he has then worked as a collaborative research program leader between Tianjin University China and Loughborough University UK, developing advanced gaseous fuel combustion strategies for a plethora of propulsion systems. Several publications in high rated peer reviewed journals highlight the quality of his academic research. Upon his return to Cyprus, Dr Petrakides employed as a research consultant within Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean, coordinating various regional and EU RTDI projects. In the meantime, he introduced his own cleantech StartUp company named InoMob LTD, where he is currently an energetic CEO. The novel company is active in the field of advanced biofuel production and sustainable utilisation. Since his return to Cyprus, he holds the position of a visiting lecturer at the Cyprus University of Technology.


Andrey Kostyuk | Co-founder, AAlchemy Ventures Limited

Andrey is an entrepreneur, a start-up mentor and angel investor with over 25 years of experience. He served as a Board Member and Chairman of Advisory Board in several private merchant banks in Russia, and managed real estate investment fund since 2007. Gradually, his focus shifted to real estate and venture capital investments. He is the founder and CEO of Taurus Aurum Global Property Fund Limited and co-founder of AAlchemy Ventures, a deep mentoring & business acceleration program supported by Deloitte Cyprus and focused on Russian/CIS scale-ups engaged in b2b/b2b2c services, whose ambition is to go global and start doing business in EU. He is also an expert for EIC Accelerator (SME Instrument) at EASME of European Commission, a mentor for ESADE BAN and GU’s McDonough Scool of Business alumni ambassador.


Natasa Christou | Founder of Tellalis.com

Dr. Natasa is a woman with vision to empower people to unleash their full potential and find the unicorn power within. She brings a unique blend of strengths such as entrepreneurial spirit, academic knowledge, design creativity and those are the tools she uses to build bridges among people, with one goal: to create impactful new businesses that transform our world through the use of cutting-edge technologies and human collaborative intelligence. She has worked continuously to support hundreds of people across multiple sectors in both university and industry zones. Natasa, has received her bachelor and master degree in architecture from the University of Westminster in London as well as a doctorate degree from the University of Cyprus. Design thinking is her major teaching method to empower people explore the mechanics of idea execution. She is best known for creating tellalis.com, an award-winning online community platform, dedicated to activate local creative-makers towards accessing more opportunities. She is an active member of the Cypriot start-up ecosystem and recently been nominated as woman of the year in innovation.


Yiannis Ioannides | Director at Deloitte, Cyber and Strategic Risk

Yiannis is leading Deloitte’s Hacking Services. He is a business professional providing hacking services including infrastructure, web application, physical and social engineering assessments to clients locally and overseas. Yiannis is an Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Network+, Certified Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP) and Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA). Yiannis is active in the information security community with presentations at Blackhat USA, Blackhat Europe, bSides Athens, SECURE Poland and multiple ISACA conferences. Yiannis is also the developer of the WarBerryPi which was presented at Blackhat USA / EU and voted at #4 best tool of 2016 by ToolsWatch.


Stella Constantinou | Manager at Deloitte, Cyber and Strategic Risk

Stella Constantinou is a Manager at Deloitte Ltd with the Risk Advisory practice. She is a business professional providing hacking services including infrastructure, web application and mobile application security assessments to clients in Cyprus and Middle East.

Stella holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Computer Science from the University of Cyprus. She is an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Business Finance Professional (BFP) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Wales (ICAEW).
 


Ioannis Kourouklidis | CEO & Founder of Synancia

Ioannis Kourouklides (www.kourouklides.com) is a graduate of Imperial College London with a MEng (Hons) & ACGI in Electronic and Information Engineering. He specialized in Artificial Intelligence, Optimization, Signal Procssing and Image Procssing. He graduated in 2014 with First Class Honors and his dissertation involved application of Computer Vision and Machine Learning applications in Robotics. In 2016, he joined the Data Science and Networks Lab of the Cyprus University of Technology. He is also a Co-Founder and sits at the Board of Trustees at the Limassol Hackerspace. Ioannis has also been a mentor at the First Open Data Hackathon, which was part of the EU-funded project by the Government of Cyprus for releasing its data to the public and he is the CEO and founder of Synancia.


Valentinos Evripidou | Cofounder and CEO of Pixel Actions

Valentinos Evripidou is the Cofounder and CEO of Pixel Actions, a boutique digital web agency based in Limassol and the Cofounder of Politica.io, a multi-segment platform for political analysis, real time reporting and visualisations. Prior to founding Pixel Actions, Valentinos has worked as a Research Assistant in Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London and as a Software Engineer in various organisations. He holds a BSc in Informatics from the Athens University of Economics and Business and an MSc in Software Engineering from Imperial College London. He is an Executive board member of the Cypriot Enterprise Link and part of the organising team of hack{cyprus}.