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Seraphim Costas

Director, Head of PwC's Academy

Costas holds a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Essex. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1992. He has been a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) since 1993. Upon his return from England, he joined Deloitte & Touche in Nicosia and joined Intercollege in 1995 as a senior officer and tutor for the ICAEW courses.

In July 1998 he joined Cyprus College as a Director of the School of Professional Studies and Head of the ICAEW Courses, a position he held until September 2009. In September 2009, Costas joined PwC as the Head of PwC’s Academy Cyprus.

Costas has taught courses for ICAEW and ACCA exams since 1994, as well as open seminars on Financial Reporting and Auditing related subjects. He delivered courses in many parts of the world such as Greece, Malta, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Dubai, Qatar and Mauritius. He has also been involved in the preparation of textbooks in IFRSs and ISAs in Greek.

Costas has served as a member of the Board of ICPAC for two consecutive terms and he was the President of the Accounting and Auditing Standards Committee of ICPAC for two years. He was a member of the Ethics Committee for four years.  He has recently qualified as a Business Coach member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

He is an approved CyHRDA trainer (Ε000849).

Georgiou Maria

Director - Learning and Development

Maria has been working at PwC Cyprus since 1995 in the area of human resource consulting. Her areas of expertise include the design and delivery of tailored learning programmes, training needs analysis, human resource planning, performance management, organisational restructuring, change management, executive recruitment, reward and compensation policies.   

She has worked on a number of international assignments including clients from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US.  She is also responsible for the Learning and Development for PwC Cyprus including the design, planning and delivery of learning, leadership development and digital upskilling interventions.  

Maria is an experienced and enthusiastic trainer in the areas of management development, leadership, personal effectiveness, team building and customer care and she is also a trainer in PwC European Key talent programs. She is a qualified practitioner and frequent user of a number of tools used in learning, development and coaching interventions, such as MBTI, DISC, Belbin Team Roles and Thomas Killman Conflict Mode Instrument. She also has significant experience as an Assessor/Facilitator in Assessment/Development Centres and a facilitator for team development and strategy workshops for clients.  She is an Accredited EMCC Executive Coach with experience in one to one and team coaching.

Maria Ioannou    

Manager - Tax Advisory

Maria is a Manager in the Tax Advisory Department of PwC Cyprus, specialised in the Indirect Taxes. Maria graduated from the University of Southampton obtaining a First Class BSc Degree in Accounting and Finance and an MSc in Corporate Risk and Security Management with Distinction. She has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales since 2016 and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

Maria is a technical expert, specialising in VAT and she is involved in various indirect tax structuring and advisory projects. Her areas of expertise include the provision of VAT consulting/advisory services, audit of taxes of several clients, VAT rulings, various due diligence assignments, as well as VAT compliance responsibilities across various industry sectors. She is also involved in the preparation and delivery of both internal and external Indirect Tax related seminars.

Shakalli Maroudia Marilena

Senior Manager, Tutor of PwC's Academy

Marilena holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the London School of Economics (LSE). She is an experienced trainer, approved by the Cyprus Human Resource Development Authority (CyHRDA - E000660), specialising in Business Skills as well as Financial Accounting and Reporting. Marilena is also an accredited coach under the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), mainly involved in Leadership coaching. She is currently one of the coaches at PwC and a nominated mentor on ICPAC’s Mentors programme. 

Marilena qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). She was very enthusiastic about training, so once qualified, she joined The Financial Training Company (Kaplan Inc) in London as part of the Financial Accounting/ Reporting lecturing team for a number of examination bodies (e.g. ACCA, CIMA). 

Upon her return to Cyprus, she became a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC). She joined Cyprus College (School of Professional Studies) as a tutor, teaching mainly ICAEW courses. This position was held until September 2010 when Marilena joined PwC as a tutor of PwC’s Academy. She is involved in teaching trainee accountants for their professional exams, as well as offering client seminars in Cyprus and overseas. 

With over 18 years of training experience, Marilena is also delivering business skills seminars to clients and PwC staff in Cyprus and overseas, such as “Train the Trainer” and “Presenting with impact” . She also delivers seminars in the area of personal development such as “Effective communication”, “Negotiation skills”, “Body image and self-esteem”, “Time Management” and “Coaching and feedback”. She delivered seminars in many countries including Greece, Germany, Holland, Mauritius, Oman, Qatar and Dubai.


Lambrou Martha

Partner - Indirect Tax Services

Martha graduated from the University of Warwick in 1999 obtaining a First Class BSc Degree in Accounting and Finance. She trained with one of the BIG4 in London where she qualified as a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor, becoming a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2001 and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 2002. Martha joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cyprus in May 2003. She was admitted to the partnership in January 2021, as a partner in indirect taxes with specialisation in VAT and Customs matters. 

Martha’s work focuses on a variety of indirect tax issues ranging from compliance to advisory and structuring services for a number of clients across industries, both local and international while she also designs and delivers together with her team a number of indirect tax related seminars. Martha is also an accredited HRDA tutor.

Lontian Natsi  

Senior Associate II - PwC Consulting

An enthusiastic facilitator in the area of people consulting and a competent professional in learning technologies.

Lontian joined the People Consulting team of PwC Cyprus after his experience in PwC Frankfurt. He has experience in the design and delivery of management development programs, high performance teams workshops, implementation of performance management systems, design and running of Assessment and Development Centres, design and building of e-learns etc.

His experience includes assisting in large-scale projects in the areas of Leadership Development, performance management, and building capabilities.

Lontian has worked with clients in diverse industries in Cyprus and abroad, including the public sector, local authorities, retail, financial services, hospitality and leisure, telecommunications, construction, technology, shipping etc.


Nicole Heracleous

Senior Manager, PwC Cyprus

Nicole is a Senior Manager in the Advisory department of PwC Cyprus. She holds a BSc in Management with specialization in Accounting and Finance from the University of Manchester (UMIST (UK)). She is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and an accredited Executive Coach under the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). She is also an approved Human Resource Development Authority (CyHRDA) trainer (ΣΕΠ002878).

Nicole has over 14 year of experience working in areas such as audit, recruitment, global mobility, learning & development, culture transformation, Diversity & Inclusion and wellbeing. Nicole has experience as a Trainer and facilitator in Leadership and Management Development programmes and as a Coach and Development expert for Leadership and Management Development programmes.

Her areas of expertise include Executive Coaching, Leadership Development & Training, Learning Strategy, Training Needs Analysis and Consultation, Curriculum Design, Learning Technologies, Executive Recruitment, Change management: culture change, people transformation, organisational development.

Polina Jacovides Michael 

Senior Manager & Tutor of PwC’s Academy Cyprus

Polina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Accounting from the University of London (LSE), and she is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Cyprus.

Polina started her professional career as a trainee accountant with one of the big four accountancy firm in Cyprus and for the last 22 years she has been teaching professional courses in Cyprus and overseas. Her main area of specialization is UK and Cyprus Taxation and right now she is teaching Taxation for all levels of the ICAEW qualification, and ACCA qualification. From January 1997 until August 2016 she worked for the Professional Studies Department of Cyprus College. Additionally, from January 2012 until June 2013 she worked on part-time basis for the University for Cyprus teaching Principles of Taxation for the Business Administration Department. She has been delivering Continuous Professional Development seminars and Aptitude Courses on Cyprus Taxation to qualified Accountants for a number of years.

Additionally, she is the author of the Cyprus Taxation books (TX-CY) for the ACCA and ICPAC Aptitude test examination in co-operation with ICPAC. In 2019 the Cyprus Tax Books have been approved by the ACCA and its examining team as the official study material for the ACCA and ICPAC exams.

Theano Yerasimou

Manager - PwC Consulting

Theano is a member of the consulting team People Consulting of PwC Cyprus. Besides with her experience in sectors like training needs analysis, and design, programming and presenting educational and development programs, Theano has developed significant specialisation in electronic and blended learning, as well as more modern learning methods (e.g. micro-learning και mobile learning).

With over 10 years of experience, Theano has worked with a wide range of clients in a wide range of areas, such as financial, pharmaceutical, shipping, and engineering. She has offered services to international organisations, operating in America, Asia and Europe.


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Costas Seraphim

Head of PwC's Academy, PwC Cyprus

Tel: +357-22555142

Eleni Anthimou

Administrator of PwC's Academy, PwC Cyprus

Tel: +357-22555161

Mikaela Koumettou

Administrator of PwC's Academy, PwC Cyprus

Tel: +357-22555643

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