Photis Photiou

Photis Photiou


Photis Photiou

Born in Larnaca, graduated from the American Academy Larnaca and he fulfilled his military service as a reservist lieutenant. He studied Accounting and Marketing at Eastern Michigan University U.S.Α  He is member of the Institute of Financial Accountants and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus.

He has worked in several big auditing firms and the Inland Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance and in 1992 started his own office as Business Consultant.

As a member of Democratic Party he served it from various posts.  He has been for many years member of the Central Committee and member of the Executive Committee of the Party.  He was the spokesman of the party of the period 2008 until February 2013.

He served as a member of the Board of Directors of Electricity Authority of Cyprus for the period 1993 – 1999 and Member of the Board of Directors of Cyprus Tourism Organization for the period 2000 -2003.  On 1 August 2003, he was appointed by the Council of Ministers Chairman of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation.

In June 2006 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment by the late President Tassos Papadopoulos, a position he held until February 2008.

In March 2013 he was appointed Minister of Defence by the current President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, a position he held until March 2014.  In September 2014, was appointed Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots.

He participated in many international seminars and working groups both in Cyprus and abroad related to the European Union, energy tourism, agriculture, the environment, the common security and defense policy of the EU, the geopolitical and geostrategic developments in South Eastern Mediterranean and issues related to human rights.

He is married and father of three sons..



• Welcome speech from His Excellency, the High Commissioner (in the UK) for the Republic of Cyprus
• Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Overseas Cypriots
• Presentation: ’Investing in Cyprus’ Speech by a board member of Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA)
• Panel 1 Banking and Financial Services
• Panel 2 Asset & Fund Management
• Panel 3 Shipping
• Panel 4 Tax and Legal Services
• Panel 5 Property Investment – Large Scale Real Estate Projects
• Networking opportunities and b2b meetings.


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