Ms. Maria Ioannides is a graduate of Universities in Canada, with undergraduate studies in Finance at Dalhousie University and graduate studies in Business Administration (MBA) at McGill University.
In 1987, she joined the Bank of Cyprus and worked in the Human Resources department. She actively participated in shaping the HR strategy and policy of the Group. During her career, she worked on the design and implementation of various systems and processes in the HR area to support the Group implement its strategy. She served in several departments and positions. She was Head of the Department of Training and Development, served as Regional Director of Personnel for the provinces of Larnaca and Famagusta, and subsequently took charge of the Department of Personnel Recruitment and Performance Evaluation Systems.
In January 2015, she assumed the position of the Chief Executive Officer at the Cyprus Anti-Cancer Society. She is responsible for ensuring smooth operation and performance for all Society’s programs and services, as well as the integration of new quality programs in all areas in order to maximise care and support for patients and their families. Within the Society’s mission, Maria Ioannides works hard to bring patients’ needs to the attention of the competent entities in order to facilitate the process of finding adequate solutions, while contributing to raising public awareness on cancer-related issues.
Dr. Sophia Nestoros graduated from the Medical University of Varna. She completed her training at the Nicosia & Limassol General Hospitals, and specialised in Internal Medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She holds a Master’s in Palliative Medicine from the Glasgow University. She has been working at the Anti-Cancer Society since 1999. Dr. Nestoros made a significant contribution to transforming Arodaphnousa from a “place of dying” to a full-fledged Palliative Care Centre. Since 2013, she has been teaching Palliative Care to students of the St. George’s Medical School at the University of Nicosia, holding the title of the Honourable Assistant Professor. Her goal is to see «Arodaphnousa» develop into a Palliative Care Centre of European standards, which will also serve as a Training and Research Centre for Health professionals and postgraduate students.