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Young Cypriots gather in Birmingham at @midlandsgreek for @NEPOMAKuk AGM

Around 40 Cypriots travelled to Birmingham from across the UK last weekend, to take part in NEPOMAK UK’s Annual General Meeting, which was held at the Midlands’ Greek Cypriot Community Centre. Attendees were also joined by Costa Constanti from the Cyprus Academic Dialogue, who kindly flew over to deliver a workshop on the Cyprus Problem, covering issues such as bi-communalism, peace-building and lobbying. Participants also engaged in a speed-networking activity and displayed their sartorial talents (and sense of humour) in a newspaper fashion show and mock catwalk. Other workshops addressed some of the challenges faced by young Cypriots in the diaspora today, including: promoting tourism to Cyprus; achieving more effective high-level lobbying in the context of the Cyprus problem; developing stronger regional ties between different Cypriot communities across the UK; and re-launching the NEPOMAK show on LGR.

During the AGM, Antonia Savvides stepped down as the President of NEPOMAK UK to focus her efforts as the newly-elected Global President of NEPOMAK. Xenia Koumi was elected to take over as the new President of NEPOMAK UK. She said of her appointment, “it is an honour to have been chosen to represent NEPOMAK in the United Kingdom and I hope to continue the fantastic work done over the past 12 years to bring young Cypriots in the diaspora together. I would like to focus my tenure on reaching out to those in smaller Cypriot communities across Britain”.

NEPOMAK UK would like to thank the volunteers at The Midlands Greek Cypriot Association, including Elias Koumi, Fotoulla Lytras, Harry Jordanou and the catering team, for their kind assistance and generous hospitality on the day.

NEPOMAK is a global organisation dedicated to young overseas Cypriots between the ages of 18 and 30. It has branches in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Greece, Zimbabwe and continental Europe. The aim of NEPOMAK UK is to bring together young Cypriots from across Britain to celebrate Cypriot culture and heritage and to promote networking amongst its members, through a range of different events, including boat parties, club nights, charity drives, arranging visits from high-profile Cypriots and networking evenings for young Cypriot professionals and entrepreneurs. NEPOMAK UK also works to promote Cypriot culture among UK communities, as well as advocating a peaceful solution to the Cyprus Issue. For more information, or to get involved with NEPOMAK UK, please visit our website www.nepomak.org, find us on Twitter @NEPOMAKuk, or emailuk@nepomak.org

Catch the screening of "Memories" - a true story of a G/C and T/C friendship this Monday! @AHadjik

The Cyprus High Commission Cultural Department cordially invites you to a screening of the documentary film

   “Memories”

produced by Panicos Neocleous and Tony Angastiniotis

The documentary narrates the true story of Yannis Maratheftis, a Greek-Cypriot and Fethi Akıncı, a Turkish-Cypriot who fought on opposite sides during the Turkish invasion in Cyprus. Memories follows the journey of Akıncı to locate the soldier (Maratheftis) he shot in 1974 and the friendship which consequently developed between them, promoting a message of peace and reconciliation.

The screening will be held in the presence of Panicos Neocleous, Fethi Akıncı and Yannis Maratheftis

Monday, 8 December 2014, Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, London N22 5HJ, at 7:30 pm.

Reception to follow

Free entrance – RSVP by Wednesday 3 December 2014 on 020 7321 4121/44 or cultural.chc@btconnnect.com stating the number of people attending

 

An Inspiring Evening with Demis Hassabis hosted by @NEPOMAK.uk & @CyEntLink

Tech pioneer and entrepreneur Demis Hassabis shared his experiences with a packed room last Thursday evening, at an event hosted by NEPOMAK.uk and CEL (Cypriot Enterprise Link) and held at the City offices of Bryan Cave LLP.

Antonia Savvides, the newly-elected Global President of NEPOMAK and trainee solicitor at Bryan Cave LLP and Orestes Adamou, CEL’s Regional Representative, kicked off the proceedings. They warmly welcomed Demis and the young professionals, students and members of the Cypriot community who were in attendance.

London born and bred Demis covered two main themes in his talk: his journey from junior chess champion and videogame creator, to world-renowned artificial intelligence (AI) pioneer; and his experiences of setting up his own company. He said that his Greek-Cypriot father immersed him in the works of the great Ancient Greek philosophers, mathematicians and scientists from a young age, which helped to spark his longstanding passion for science. He has also been inspired by the Far East (his mother is Chinese Singaporean) and lives by the Japanese mantra of “Kaizen” – continuous self-improvement.

The acquisition of DeepMind – the artificial intelligence company Demis co-founded in 2011 – by Google earlier this year was, he said, “a culmination of a life-long dream” to make a breakthrough in the field of AI. This high-powered partnership will help drive huge developments in the areas of medicine, personalisation and robotics in years to come and will, Demis hopes, help solve some of the biggest issues facing mankind – including information overload, climate change, the global spread of epidemics and economic instability.

Demis also had some words of wisdom for the aspiring entrepreneurs present. He said that passion should be the main driver for anyone wanting to set up their own business. Unbounded ambition and a sense of fearlessness, in his experience, can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, though it is important for entrepreneurs to remain mindful of their target audience and environmental limitations. Unsurprisingly, competition by audience members to ask Demis questions in the Q&A session was fierce and discussions continued long into the night in the networking session that ended the evening.

NEPOMAK Global President Antonia Savvides said, “Cypriots have innovated in all fields, from reproductive medicine, to the airline industry and Demis Hassabis is a perfect example of this. It has been a real honour for NEPOMAK to host him and to hear his inspirational story firsthand”.

Special thanks go to Bryan Cave LLP and CYTA UK for kindly sponsoring the event and to Doros Partasides for photographing and filming the event. 

NEPOMAK Young Professionals is a recently re-launched arm of NEPOMAK.uk and hosts regular networking events in the City. To find out more information about upcoming events and about NEPOMAK.uk more generally, please visit our website www.nepomak.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us @NEPOMAKuk.  

The Cypriot Enterprise Link is a youth led organisation aimed to connect and support Cypriot entrepreneurial Talent. For more information visit www.projectcel.com, find us on Facebook, or follow us @CyEntLink

Support @PavlosKontides Road to Rio! Donate Today

Pavlos Kontides is a 24-year-old athlete in sailing, Laser Class from Cyprus and has been sailing since he was 9 years old. First as a hobby, and then as a professional path, sailing became his passion and lifestyle. His determination and desire for excellence led to a handful of early successes: at the age of 17 he won his first gold medal at the ISAF Youth World’s Championship, and at age 18 he repeated his achievement, becoming the only sailor who ever won gold medal in Laser Class twice!

The years to follow were a path of success which culminated in the London 2012 Olympic Games: Pavlos won silver medal in sailing and became the first ever Olympic medalist of Cyprus. Constantly aiming higher, Pavlos has started his preparation for the next Olympic Games in Rio 2016. In September 2014 the ISAF World Championship will take place in Santander, Spain, and will be the first Olympic Qualifier for Rio 2016, and the first step to his next big triumph.

Amongst the economic crisis in Cyprus, Pavlos needs your support toward his dream:  for this first stop in Santander 50 000 USD will be needed, and the budget will grow much higher until he reaches Rio. Every little contribution is important to help him achieve the ultimate goal: the 1st ever Olympic Gold Medal for Cyprus. And, as a token of appreciation, for every donation there will be a perk.

JOIN THE EPIC!

“This is not about me, it's about the whole nation, it's about Cypriots all over the world. Regardless how small we are in numbers, we have huge courage and strength. Difficulties are always there to stop us or slow us down, but we love to face big challenges. When there is a will, there is a way.”

You can contribute any amount (small or large) online via the online donation platform: 
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-kontides-road-to-rio-2016

 
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