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The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of highly experienced and professional people who have already excelled in their chosen professions and with a combined experience in five industries namely Banking, Shipping, Accountancy, Realty and General Insurance Broking.
 

The Members of the Board of Directors are as follows:

 
Demetrios (Jim) K Kounnis (UK resident, Chairman).
Mr Kounnis is a multi talented pioneer and a bold thinker. He was born in Cyprus in 1939 and immigrated to the UK in 1958 to further his education. In 1962 he founded the Audit and Accountancy firm D K Kounnis & Co which was subsequently incorporated into the London based Audit and Accountancy firm Kounnis And Partners Limited. He is currently the Chairman of Kounnis And Partners Limited and of several other companies with activities ranging from Audit and Accountancy, General Insurance Broking, Foreign Currency Exchange and Realty. Over the years he has built up multi million pound property companies which are still under his control and chairmanship. This is mainly UK Commercial, Semi-Commercial and residential properties. Over the last 50 years there isn’t much he has not seen or done in the UK Property sector. Amongst his property collection is the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham (a 44,500 Sq Ft commercial property and of well known presence in the area and nationally). Mr Kounnis is first cousin once removed to the Chief Finance Officer Andreas Y Kounnis and to the Chief Accounting Officer Antony M Kounnis.
   
Costas A Joannou (UK resident, Chief Executive Officer).
Costas was born in 1956 in Cyprus and in 1977 he came to London to further his education. He holds a BSc (hons) in Management Science from the London School of Economics, an MSc in Accounting from the University of South Wales and he is also a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He commenced his career in the City of London in Commercial Banking and specialising in Shipping Finance. Subsequently he was appointed as the Chief Internal Auditor of the Commercial Bank of London Plc (now Alpha Bank London Ltd), a company which at the time was listed on the London Stock Exchange. In 1989 he joined the Audit and Accountancy firm D K Kounnis & Co and in 1991 he became a partner. D K Kounnis & Co was subsequently incorporated into Kounnis And Partners Limited. Costas is currently the Vice-Chairman of this company and he is responsible for a substantial portfolio of clients including multi-billion pound groups spread all over the world. He specialises in Auditing, Accountancy and International Tax Planning. He was also a member of The Baltic Exchange for many years, a British Maritime Institution with a history of almost 300 years. Costas is also the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CAJ Group (www.cajgroup.com), a multi-million pound Private Equity Group with a well diversified portfolio both in the UK and abroad. He is a member of the Board of Directors of several companies ranging from Audit and Accountancy, Realty, General Insurance broking, Shipping, Foreign Currency Exchange and General Investments. He has a huge network of contacts all over the world and in various sectors and he has travelled extensively to many parts of the world to carry out feasibility studies and to assist his clients.
   
Andreas C Stylianou (UK resident, Chief Tax Officer).
Andreas was born in Cyprus in 1950 and immigrated to the UK in 1969 to further his education. He successfully completed a business studies course in 1972 and was awarded with the Higher National Diploma in Business Studies. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 and joined the Audit and Accountancy firm D K Kounnis & Co in 1982 where he became a partner in 1983. D K Kounnis & Co was subsequently incorporated as Kounnis And Partners Limited and Andreas is a member of the Board of Directors. He has wide experience in all aspects of general accountancy practice and specialises in all property related matters in connection with direct and indirect taxation. He is also advising a large portfolio of clients both in the UK and overseas. He has contributed to the establishment of multi million pound real estate entities.
   
Andreas Y Kounnis (UK resident, Chief Finance Officer).
Andreas was born in London in 1978. He graduated with a BA (hons) degree in Accounting & Finance from the University of East London in 1999. At the age of 22 he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant and he spent the following three years with a London based firm of Auditors and Accountants. In 2005 Andreas was appointed as the Chief Finance Officer of the General Insurance Broking Group Kounnis Insuforce Plc as well as to the board of the London based Audit and Accountancy firm Kounnis And Partners Limited. From a very young age Andreas has had exposure to both residential and commercial property investments through his family property investment company. He acquired his first property investment just after graduating at the young age of 21 and he has continued to expand upon that investment to enlarge and manage his own property portfolio. Andreas has vast experience in Property Investment, Audit and Accountancy, International Tax Planning, Finance, General Insurance Broking and Foreign Currency Exchange. He has travelled widely to carry out feasibility studies and to assist his clients. He has clients whose businesses operate in different parts of the world and are involved in all kinds of industries and sectors ranging from Property, Oil Trading and Construction and many others. Andreas is related to the Chairman Demetrios K Kounnis (first cousins once removed) and the Chief Accounting Officer Antony M Kounnis (first cousins).
   

Antony M Kounnis (UK resident, Chief Accounting Officer).
Antony was born in London in 1973. After completing his studies at The University of East London, he joined Cyprus Airways Limited in 1996 as an internal accountant in their Central London offices. In 1997 he joined a London based firm of Auditors and Accountants where he commenced his professional career. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1998. Antony joined the London based Audit and Accountancy firm, Kounnis And Partners Limited, in July 2002 and in April 2005 he was admitted to the Board of Directors of Kounnis And Partners Limited and Kounnis Insuforce Plc, a London based general insurance broking company. He currently specialises in Accounting and Taxation matters with an emphasis on Property Investment and Property Management companies. He also has experience in Foreign Currency Exchange and General Insurance Broking and is active in his UK based family property business which comprises of managing commercial, mixed use and residential property investments. He is a director of various companies which cater for the above activities as well as the Chairman of a UK based general investment company that he operates with his family. Antony is related to the Chairman Demetrios K Kounnis (first cousins once removed) and the Chief Financial Officer Andreas Y Kounnis (first cousins).