Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Sir Christopher Pissarides have been added as Honorary Founding Patrons of the UK-Cyprus Enterprise Council, along with the Cyprus High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Euripides Evriviades.
The Council’s establishment was announced ten day ago by its Board Chairman Peter Droussiotis, who said he was “delighted that two of the most prominent British Cypriots, as well as HE the Cyprus High Commissioner to the UK have lent their names to this initiative as Honorary Founding Patrons.”
Sir Stelios is a serial entrepreneur best known for his Easyjet start-up in 1995, at the age of 28.
Apart from his entrepreneurial activities, Sir Stelios has also launched a number of philanthropic initiatives, through the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, supporting entrepreneurship, higher education and environmental sustainability.
Sir Christopher, Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences, is Regius Professor of Economics, London School of Economics, and Professor of European Studies, University of Cyprus.
‘Honorary Patrons’ and ‘Goodwill Ambassadors’ from diverse backgrounds and with high profiles will be identified and invited to lend their names to the Council and to promote its work.
Taking into account the economic crisis in Cyprus, the Council`s initial focus will be on inward investment and bilateral trade activities with an emphasis on Cyprus' priority sectors for development, mainly tourism, energy, the Arts, education and services.
The Council will be entirely independent and will engage with the UK and Cyprus Governments, as well as UK and Cyprus-based semi-governmental organisations and other stakeholders and experts in these fields, in order to facilitate its promotional work.
An inaugural event with the involvement of UK and Cypriot partners is planned for 2014.
A new UK initiative centered around greater economic collaboration