Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Meet the Chamber

Executive Director

Despina Ioannou Axiotakis

Despina Ioannou Axiotakis was born in Asgata, Limassol, Cyprus and emigrated to the United States with her family. She is the seventh of eight children of Kyriacos and Maria Ioannou. After graduating high school, Despina attended the Traphagen School of Fashion and worked at her father’s summer resort in the...

Executive Board

Maria Pappas

President

Maria Pappas is a Managing Direct and Senior Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Neuberger Berman Neuberger Berman, is a private, independent, employee owned investment manager. From offices in 28 cities across the globe, Neuberger Berman manages a range of equity, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund strategies on behalf...

Nicolas Nicolaou

Chairman

Nicolas Nicolaou is currently CFO of MFI. Nicolas Nicolaou previously worked as Chief Financial Officer at MANA Products, the world's leading contract and private label cosmetics manufacturer, based in Long Island City. Nicos previously worked at Unilever for 17 years, where in his most recent position served as CFO of...

Demetrios Comodromos

Vice President

Demetrios received his Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2002, and a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in 2004 and since 2010 has been a registered and nationally accredited Architect. Since leaving Rensselaer, Demetrios has worked for internationally renown practices such as, SHoP Architects, and...

Theodore M. Kakoyiannis

Secretary

I believe that giving back to my community is not only a responsibility but an obligation and have strived to actively participate in several charitable and not-for-profit organizations. I sit on the Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America for the District of Brooklyn (2017-2019). I am a...

Petroula Lambrou

Treasurer

Petroula Lambrou was born in the Bronx, New York. She attended Fordham University, where she received a Bachelors Degree in Public Accounting and a Masters Degree in Taxation. She currently works at Ernst & Young and provides tax services with a focus on asset management clients. She recently passed the...

Andreas D. Comodromos

Founding President and Honorary Chairman

Andreas D. Comodromos was born in Vatili, Famagusta, Cyprus the oldest of six children. He immigrated to the United States in April of 1974 with his family and pursued a college degree. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Peter’s College in 1978, with a B.S. degree in Accounting and...

Directors

George Alexandrou

George Alexandrou is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Max Finkelstein, Inc... He is internationally experienced and highly accomplished. The depth and breath of his experience encompasses working at companies ranging from large enterprises to greenfield startups, finance, manufacturing, biochemistry, consumer products and software publishing. Worked with massive Hybrid-Cloud systems,...

Andreas Chrysostomou

Managing Director of Duff & Phelps in NY

Andreas Chrysostomou joined Duff & Phelps in 2005. He is a managing director in the New York office and part of the firm's Financial Reporting practice. He is also the global leader of the Integrated Healthcare group. Andreas has more than 14 years of domestic and international corporate finance and...

Chris A. Christoforou

P.E., LEED AP BD+C Principal & Newark Office Director

Chris Christoforou is a Principal with Thornton Tomasetti Inc, an international Building Engineering Consulting Firm, HQ’ed in New York City. His career with TT spans over 30 years, and after spending the first 20 years in New York, he is now serving as the Office Director of TT’s New Jersey...

Theoharis David

Theoharis David, born in Farmingdale, New York, received a B. Arch. degree from Pratt Institute and an M. Arch. degree from Yale University, where he studied with Paul Rudolph and Serge Chermayeff. He began his teaching career at Pratt Institute in 1969 and has served in several administrative positions, including...

Maria Hadjidemetriou

Real Estate Agent/Writer

Maria Hadjidemetriou was diagnosed with a rare genetic blood disorder Thalassemia also known as Cooley’s Anemia at 2 ½ years of age. Since diagnosis Maria receives two units of blood every 14 days as she is missing the gene that produces healthy red blood cells. She lives in Downtown Manhattan...

Michael Hadjiloucas

Vice President

Michael Hadjiloucas is a Tax Partner with 20 years of experience. His expertise includes both domestic and international corporate tax, entity formation, acquisitions, reorganization and due diligence, as well as partnership transactions, inbound and outbound transactions, and taxation of foreign entities. Michael has extensive experience with review of corporate, partnership,...

Nicholas Karacostas

Nicholas A. Karacostas, joined Integrated Specialty Coverages in April 2020 as Senior Vice President – Head of Claims. Nick has been involved in the insurance industry since graduating from Law School, and has specifically been an Insurance Claims Executive for the last 22 years. Prior to ISC and since 1998...

Costas Kellas

With an education in Operations Research and Statistics, Costas began his career in the banking industry as an operations research analyst specializing in developing computer models for a variety of commercial applications. Subsequently Costas' entrepreneurial spirit saw him leading and growing several successful information technology startups before co-founding Objecutive in...

Laura Neroulias

Laura Neroulias, associate vice president and global PR strategist, has developed public relations campaigns for nearly 15 years. Working at one of the most sought out lifestyle PR agencies in the world (QUINN), she is always on the move, leading new business meetings/creation of proposals, curating creative partnerships as sales...

Evis Savvides

CEO of SFG

Evis Savvides is with SFG, a New York City based consulting group he formed in 2013 that is focused on helping companies in the consumer goods industry turnaround. Evis started his career in public accounting and later moved to the management consulting area where he served as a partner of...

Jovanna Tanoussis

Jovanna is a Director in the International Tax Services - Financial Services group at PwC. Jovanna began her career focusing on U.S. tax compliance for corporations and partnerships. After several years in PwC US, Jovanna relocated to PwC Cyprus for a two year secondment in their international tax group. Upon...

Stathis Theodoropoulos

Stathis Theodoropoulos is the Founder & Principal of Firefly Lighting LLC, and has been a veteran of the lighting industry for nearly 8 years. As founder of Firefly Lighting LLC, Stathis is focused on delivering a white glove service to its many distinguished clients working on New York City’s most...

Christina Shailas

Cyprus Liaison

Christina Shailas is a first-generation Cypriot and Constantinople-Greek, born and raised in Queens, New York. Christina completed her undergraduate degree at New York University where she majored in Mathematics and Middle Eastern Studies. She went on to Teachers College, Columbia University to complete her Masters degree in Mathematics Education. Christina...

Legal Counsel

Peter Kakoyiannis

Peter Kakoyiannis is a member of the firm of Eiseman, Levine, Lehrhaupt & Kakoyiannis. He has been admitted to practice law in New York 1975 and is a member of several Federal Courts including the Second Circuit. Mr. Kakoyiannis is a graduate of the Herbert H. Lehman College of the...

Advisory Board

Vassos Vassiliou

Vassos N. Vassiliou Vice President, Essent Guaranty Strategic Investments Vassos has served as Vice President Strategic Investments for Essent Guaranty since 2012 and is responsible for investing in residential mortgage structured products and related asset classes. Essent Guaranty is an insurance company approved by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Vassos...

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