Let’s put smart to work. ™


IBM in association with Dias Media Group and Boussias Communications invite you to join this unique event in Cyprus!

Technologies like AI, Cloud, Blockchain, Quantum and the Internet of Things (IoT) will change the world.

And businesses are becoming smarter by leveraging the platforms, tools and expertise to seize this opportunity.

Emerging technologies are redefining the world of tomorrow. We are today at a pivotal moment - an inflection point for business and society. In order to win we must leverage digital platforms, embed learning in every process and empower people with all forms of digital intelligence.

Discover how to apply technologies for an ongoing digital transformation. Listen to clients experience on how digital reinvention helps organizations redefine business models and encourage innovation.

During the event, you will have the opportunity to take a closer look into the near future and talk about the emerging technologies that will change the way we live and work. This knowledge will help you gain a lasting competitive advantage.

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*Participation is free, seats are limited and there will be a strict priority.


Vanessa Van De Vliet

C-suite Studies IBM Institute for Business Value

Vanessa van de Vliet leads the Global C-suite Studies for Europe, Middle East and Africa at the IBM Institute for Business Value, conducting fact-based research on business strategy trends in the boardroom. Since 2009 she contributed to all major C-suite Studies released by IBM. For more than 20 years, Vanessa has built expertise in technical sales, legal business counseling, knowledge management, IT security and data privacy, human and resource management. She holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the Utrecht University in Netherlands and was granted the IBM IBV Global Excellence Award for her contributions to the IBM CEO and CIO Studies in 2010 and 2012.

Mark Mattingley-Scott

Principal / IBM Quantum Computing Ambassador

Mark Mattingley-Scott has a Bachelor of Science with Joint Honours in Computing and Electronics, and a Doctor of Philosophy on the subject of Code Division Multiple Access Local Area Networks from the University of Durham, combined with 34 years experience in the commercial exploitation of technology and research. As a Principal at IBM he is specialized in the identification, nurturing and development of technological innovation, with a primary focus on Big Data Analytics, Neuromorphic Computing and Quantum Computing. He has developed several new business areas and transferred these into IBM’s services and solutions business. He is an active member of IBM’s worldwide patent assessment team, and the IBM Student Admissions and Supervision program. Since its inception in 2017, he has been a leading member of IBM’s Quantum Ambassador team, responsible for raising awareness of Quantum Computing and developing business opportunities throughout EMEA. He currently teaches human & machine learning at the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. He was a member of staff at the University of Frankfurt where he taught Cognitive Science and Media Anthropology, at the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim where he taught Intercultural Management and IT Management and the Ludwig-Maximilian's University in Munich where he taught Analytical Methods. He is a director of the Frankfurt Institute for New Media and a senior member of the IEEE, having founded the German chapter of the Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and chair of the IEEE Public Policy Committee subgroup on Quantum Computing. He is the Chairman of the Big Data working group at BITKOM, the German IT and Telecommunication Industry Association.

Marios Kapiris

Manager of IBM Cyprus

Marios Kapiris has been appointed as the Manager of IBM Cyprus in 2014. Previously he has held various management positions in IBM in other geographies, the most recent one being as Business Unit Executive of Systems and Technology Group for IBM in 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 Marketing Management. He is also qualified ACIM from Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). Marios began his career in IBM Cyprus back in 2001 in various positions within the System Sales department and then served as Sales Manager for the Systems and Technology Group for Greece and Cyprus based in IBM Greece. Marios also represents IBM Cyprus as a Board Member at the Cyprus Information Technology Enterprises Association (CITEA) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Cyprus (AmCham).

Demetris Nicolaou

Manager Digital Transformation at Bank of Cyprus

An enthusiast about all things digital and a passionate believer in automation, Demetris is the Manager of Digital Transformation at Bank of Cyprus. He spent close to 10 years working for leading investment banks in London like UBS and Citigroup where he took a series of progressively more senior roles and was most recently a Senior Vice President and Global Head of Futures eTrading technology at Citigroup. Upon his repatriation to Cyprus at the end of 2016, he held the role of Chief Product Development Officer at FxPro prior to taking on his current role at Bank of Cyprus. Demetris gained a 1st Class Honours degree in Computing from Imperial College London receiving multiple distinction awards and has also been awarded the CFA charter.

Dimitris Primpas

Manager of Global Business Services, IBM Greece & Cyprus

Dimitris Primpas is the Manager of IBM Global Business Services for Greece & Cyprus. Prior to this role, he was the Sales Manager of Technology Services for Greece and Cyprus. Dimitris joined IBM in 2008, initially as Project Manager in Global Technology Services. Dimitris holds a PhD on Computer Science from University of Patras (Computer Science & Informatics Department).

Fotis Kosmatos

Global Technology Services Sales Manager, IBM Greece & Cyprus

Fotis Kosmatos is the IBM Global Technological Services Sales Manager, Greece and Cyprus. As part of this role, Fotis supports enterprises in Greece and Cyprus to create value for their clients through the use of innovative solutions such as blockchain, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. He is a member of the European team of IBM Experts on Blockhain, a team that leads the development and implementation of blockchain technologies to address current challenges and revolutionize businesses and industries. Previously, Fotis held the position of the IBM Sales Manager for the Financial Services Sector, with numerous engagements in digital transformation projects for Banking and Insurance Institutions in Greece Fotis holds a graduate degree from the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics of the University of Patras as well as an MSc in Distributed Information Systems from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh UK and an MBA from Warwick Business School, focusing on Fintechs and Innovation in the Banking Sector.

Mania Sergi

Manager of Software Sales, IBM Greece & Cyprus

Mania Sergi is the Manager of the Division of Software Sales for IBM Greece and Cyprus. She began her professional career in England where she joined a consulting company that offered services in the Banking Sector. She joined IBM Greece in 1997 as a consultant in the Division of Services. During her career with IBM she undertook the role of the Account Manager in the Banking Sector and later on the position of the Sales Manager for the Banking Sector for Greece. Mania Sergi studied Information Technology at the Athens University of Economics & Business & holds a Master's Degree (MSc) from the University of Stirling, Scotland in Information Systems Management. She has attended the Boston University (USA) Questrom School of Business Summit Executive Programme and the London Business School 1-year Client Executive Programme. Mania is a Certified Sales Professional.

Babis Liaropoulos

IBM Systems Hardware Sales Manager, Greece & Cyprus

Babis Liaropoulos is leading the IBM Systems Hardware sales function for Greece & Cyprus (Apr 2015 - today). His role is to empower and lead the team of sellers, technical sellers and channel teams to drive the IBM infrastructure (Mainframe, Power and Storage) and hybrid cloud solutions in the market, bring success to our clients and business partners and maintain customer satisfaction and loyalty to IBM.

Menicos Mavrommatis

Senior Enterprise Client Representative, IBM Cyprus

Menicos has been working with IBM as the Senior Client Representative for the Financial Industry of Cyprus since early 2016. His role is instrumental in helping Business owners in the Cyprus Financial industry to identify the right solutions to address business problems, lead digital transformation initiatives, innovation. Before joining IBM, has spent more than 20 years in IT with experience mainly in the Cyprus, Greek and UK markets. Menicos in his most recent role before joining IBM, managed a number of UK based accounts for Gartner that have an established annual revenue of more than $1B. Prior to this role, Menicos led the Cisco Systems Cyprus office for a number of years. Earlier roles in his career have been involved with Oracle services. Menicos received his MBA from the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM).

Client Panel: Building a Digital Foundation to spur Cyprus Economy

Takis Phidias

CEO, CNP Cyprus

Takis Phidia is the Managing Director of the insurance companies of the Group CNP Cyprus Insurance Holdings which is a member of the French company CNP Assurances. CNP Cyprus is the holding company of CNP Cyprialife Ltd and CNP Asfalistiki Ltd in Cyprus and CNP Zois in Greece. In February 2017, he was appointed, with the approval of the European Central Bank, as independent member of the Board of Directors of Eurobank Cyprus Ltd. In Cyprus his professional career began with Laiki Group where he took over the important responsibilities of Manager of Group Financial Control, Group Chief Accountant and Manager of the insurance companies of the Group. He was also a Board member in several companies of Laiki Bank Group, member of the Group’s Pricing Committee, and member of ALCO (Asset Liability Committee) of the Group for Cyprus. Takis Phidia completed his studies at the London School of Economics with First Class Honours and was employed as a trainee auditor at the accounting firm Price Waterhouse (now PwC) in London. In 1989, after succeeding in the relevant examination, he became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

George V Appios

Executive Director & Deputy Managing Director, AstroBank

Mr. George V. Appios serves as Deputy Managing Director at AstroBank Ltd. since 2019 and serves as is Executive Director. He was the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of AstroBank Ltd. (formerly Piraeus Bank (Cyprus) Ltd.) since February 2013 until 2019. He served as Group Chief Financial Officer of Hellenic Bank Public Company Limited (formerly, Hellenic Bank Group) since 2000 until December 31, 2007 and also served as Senior Manager. In 1995, he joined Hellenic Bank in Cyprus as Head of the Organisation and Methods Department. In January 2008, he assumed General Manager role at Piraeus Bank Cyprus, where he led the International Banking Unit, Payments, Credit, Finance, Treasury Back Office, Organisation and Methods, and Technical Services. He started his career in London at an auditing firm and then in the Finance Department of a civil engineering multi-national company in London. Mr. Appios holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from City University of London. He is also a Chartered Accountant.

Christos Vasiliou

Managing Director & Head of Advisory, KPMG Cyprus

Christos is currently serving as the Managing Director of KPMG in Cyprus. Christos joined KPMG Cyprus in 1994. He worked with KPMG Leeds between 1991 and 1994. He became a Partner in 1999. Christos has been involved with the audit of large financial institutions including major banks, insurance companies and investment funds. In 2016 he was appointed as the Deputy Managing Director and in January 2019, as the Managing Director of KPMG in Cyprus. He also heads KPMG Advisory in Cyprus. In the past, he has been in charge of other departments in KPMG such as the Financial Services Department. Furthermore, he is a member of the Executive Committee of KPMG in Cyprus. He is the Primary Contact for the Funds Services Unit of KPMG in Cyprus. With KPMG being the market leader in the registration and audit of Cyprus investment funds, he is heavily involved in the set-up and advisory of various Cyprus investment funds (non-UCITS as well as UCITS) and fund managers. He has delivered a number of seminars on the fund industry in Cyprus. He is also a founding member of CIFA (Cyprus Investment Funds Association) and is currently a member of the CIFA UCITS and AIF Committee. Christos is also a member of the board of directors of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus.

Moderated by Marios Kapiris, Manager of IBM Cyprus

Who should attend

  • C-level audience
  • CEOs
  • CIOs
  • IT Managers & experts
  • CDOs
  • CMOs

IBM Exhibits @ Lets Put Smart to Work Event

Artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud, the Internet of Things - all of these new smart technologies are there to change the world. Quicker than ever before. Come and experience this new reality through the IBM Exhibits at the event!

Watson IoT (Internet of Things)

IBM's visual inspection technology, coupled with advanced cognitive skills, enables companies, cities and public organizations to have real-time information about their assets and infrastructure so they can optimize asset management, avoid failures, receive event alerts and provide maintenance work. Learn more about IBM Watson Internet of Things: https://www.ibm.com/internet-of-things


Blockchain is changing the way businesses make their transactions, making them simpler, quicker and safer. Few, however, fully know how it works. Discover how to use the blockchain in your own business and listen to specific implementation examples. Using a tangible example (global coffee trading), we will explain the basic concepts of the blockchain. Blockchain - Blockchain's Coffee Bean demo is a game that lets people discover how blockchain works through a simple and exciting scenario - selling coffee. Blockchain is essentially a shared ledger that records the history of digital transactions in a reliable, unchanged and secure form. It presents opportunities for innovation by changing the way business networks exchange value as it allows businesses to trade faster at a high level of security and confidence. This technology is intended to make secure and reliable digital transactions over the Internet for information and data. It has already begun to be used in a variety of industries, radically altering traditional business processes and interactions, reducing time, cost and risk. Learn more about IBM Blockchain: https://www.ibm.com/blockchain

IBM Security Operations Center – Simulation

Secure your digital world! When it comes to cyber threats, no one can be unaffected. In fact, the entire conversation has shifted from "if you are attacked" to "how quickly you can respond." And this is not likely to change in the near future. The traditional security strategy that must focus on a point-of-sale tool against another needs to be re-examined. With Security Simulation, the X-Force Command Center experience will be presented through a virtual reality simulation of a CSO Knowledge Center: First Security Functions and Response Platform in the industry, integrating advanced cognitive technologies with IBM's basic security solutions. Learn more about IBM Security: https://www.ibm.com/security

About IBM Q

Launched in March 2017, IBM Q is an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems for business and science applications. IBM Q systems and services will be delivered via the IBM Cloud platform. IBM launched the first open, public access to its quantum processors to serve as an enablement tool for scientific research , a resource for university classrooms and a catalyst of enthusiasm for the field. Learn more about IBM Q: https://www.research.ibm.com/ibm-q/

» Register for the event

*Participation is free, seats are limited and there will be a strict priority.

Contact us

Natasa Lavda, tel.: +357 22 274 900, mob.: +357 99594643, email: lavdan@diasmedia.com

Eleni Vasileiadi, IBM Cyprus, tel.: +357 22 841 100

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Thursday, June 20, 2019 8:30 AM


Lemon Park
1 Vasili Michaelide st.
2237 Latsia
Nicosia, Cyprus

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