One dream…

A world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.

Transparency International

The global coalition against corruption

Transparency International is the global non-governmental organization which leads the fight against corruption. With more than 90 chapters worldwide and the International Secretariat which is based in Berlin, Transparency International actively contributes toraise public awareness regarding the harmful consequences of corruption. In collaboration with governments, businesses and civil society, Transparency International designs, develops and promotes the implementation of effective measures to combat corruption.

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Transparency International - Cyprus

National Chapter

 

Transparency International – Cyprus (TI-C) has been established in 2010, and is an independent, neutral non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit organization legally registered in the competent bodies of the Republic and is the national chapter of the organization «Transparency International». TI-C contributes to the strengthening of society, in improving the quality of public and private governance in Cyprus, promotes transparency and integrity. TI-C is not affiliated with other groups, platforms, think tanks, associations or other organizations.

The organization remains faithful in contributing to the strengthening of the society and improving the quality of public and private governance in Cyprus by promoting transparency, integrity and taking responsibility. The organization receives no financial support for the operation of the Transparency International as this is expressly prohibited.

Our Mission

Our mission is to contribute to the strengthening of society and improve the quality of public and private governance in Cyprus by promoting transparency, integrity and taking responsibility. Some of the priorities is to increase the public perception regarding the impact of corruption, and strengthening and encouraging citizens to participate in the fight against corruption.
We want to live in a place where the government, politics, businesses, society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.

Legal Background

The Statute of Transparency International – Cyprus can be opened or downloaded on your computer from HERE. The file is in PDF format.

Strategic Goals

The action of the TEN-R is essentially defined by the strategic objectives set out below:
• Limiting the growth and impact of corruption, and where possible, eliminating the phenomenon.
• Develop and implement actions, studies and research in Cyprus, aimed at increasing awareness / understanding the need for ethical behavior.
• Implement all types of actions aimed to prevent, discourage and combat illegal practices and all forms of corruption.
• Submit proposals to public authorities, physical and legal entities for all matters relating to all aspects of corruption and propose ways to combat corruption.
• Offer support to Transparency International and support any action that would assist in the realization of its objectives.
• Raise the awareness of politicians, technocrats, administrators and decision-making individuals, independent government officials, the media and the general public on all aspects of the phenomenon of corruption.
• Mobilise professional, social, economic and political circles to strengthen ethical behavior in relation to the political, economic, social and professional life of Cyprus.

Secretariat

The Executive Secretariat is responsible for the smooth operation of TI-C as well as to implement the goals and objectives of TI-C which have been set up. Learn more

Our Values

Transparency | Accountability | Integrity | Solidarity | Courage | Justice | Democracy

Our guiding principles

We are a civil society organization committed to respecting the following principles:

1. As coalition builders, we will work cooperatively with all individuals and groups, with for profit and not for profit corporations and organizations, and with governments and international bodies committed to the fight against corruption, subject only to the policies and priorities set by our governing bodies.
2. We undertake to be open, honest and accountable in our relationships with everyone we work with and with each other.
3. We will be democratic, politically non-partisan and non-sectarian in our work.
4. We will condemn bribery and corruption vigorously and courageously wherever it has been reliably identified, although we ourselves do not seek to expose individual cases of corruption.
5. The positions we take will be based on sound, objective and professional analysis and high standards of research.
6. We will only accept funding that does not compromise our ability to address issues freely, thoroughly and objectively.
7. We will provide accurate and timely reports of our activities to our stakeholders.
8. We will respect and encourage respect for fundamental rights and freedoms.
9. We are committed to building, working with and working through national chapters world wide.
10. We will strive for balanced and diverse representation on our governing bodies.

Funding

Due to the nature, actions and operations of TI-C, TI-C is particularly cautious and selective in accepting any sponsorship. This has resulted in an inevitable fundraising difficulty. The financial sustainability of TI-C is vital in order for TI-C to be able to move and operate in order to provide its services both in the Republic and in society as a whole. It will ensure the smooth running of the organization and will provide an opportunity to the leadership, the workers and volunteers of the organization to focus seamlessly on the objectives and purposes of the organization.
It is not only important to secure funding for the smooth running of the organization, but it is also essential in order for TI-C to continue the operations of the project «Apaito Diafania” (I require transparency). The project finishes in October 2015. The description and the projects’ budget are mentioned in our website. The project, for the first year (ends on October 31, 2015) will be implemented with substantial financial support from the Prevention Program & Crime – European Commission, Directorate-General for Home Affairs.
Each project that has been included in the TI-C planning, has different structure and has a separate budget so that it can be implemented independently and not be influenced by other activities. The objective is for TI-C to be able to implement efficient programming and organization of all of its project, in order to have concrete results and outcomes that will benefit the Cypriot society.

Substantial work

TI-C has already delivered substantial work to the Cypriot society as a whole, by being the only organization in Cyprus which has sensitized the public about corruption, by supporting legal and regulatory reforms at national level, by promoting practical tools for individuals, organizations and companies who want to fight corruption, by being as an external expert against corruption in Cyprus, and by seeking to raise transparency regarding specific events and situations.

Main source of information

TI-C aims to serve as the main source of information for both the government and the wider public, for corruption and reform issues in Cyprus, to work with the Cypriot government and other organizations to reduce the discretion of government officials, to build and strengthen institutions (institutional framework) to facilitate reform in areas where there is corruption and promote good governance in key / key policy areas.

Promoting transparency

The main objective of TI-C is to promote transparency, integrity and responsibility, thus contributing to the strengthening of civil society and improving governance both in the public, but also the private sector of Cyprus. The priority of TI-C is to raise awareness regarding the impact of corruption in order to empower and encourage civil society to participate in the fight of combating corruption.

Main source of information

TI-C aims to serve as the main source of information for both the government and the wider public, for corruption and reform issues in Cyprus, to work with the Cypriot government and other organizations to reduce the discretion of government officials, to build and strengthen institutions (institutional framework) to facilitate reform in areas where there is corruption and promote good governance in key / key policy areas.

Substantial work

TI-C has already delivered substantial work to the Cypriot society as a whole, by being the only organization in Cyprus which has sensitized the public about corruption, by supporting legal and regulatory reforms at national level, by promoting practical tools for individuals, organizations and companies who want to fight corruption, by being as an external expert against corruption in Cyprus, and by seeking to raise transparency regarding specific events and situations.

Officers

Maria Konstantinou
Transparency International-Cyprus Officer

Maria Konstantinou has a Bachelor Degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology (University of Cyprus) and a Masters Degree in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research (University of Surrey). In January 2016 started working for Transparency International-Cyprus as an officer.

Executive Board 2014-2016

Maria Krambia Kapardis

Marios M. Skandalis FCCA, CFC, CFE, MICA

Dimitris Katopodis

Stelios Savvides

Christis Christoforou

Elena Tanou

Dr Stelios Hadjichristofis

Aristodimos Giannakas

Chair of the Board

Maria Krambia Kapardis (B.Ec. , M.Bus, Ph.D, FCA, ACFE) is an Associate Professor in Accounting at Cyprus University of Technology. She is Chair and founding member of Transparency International Cyprus and has chaired the Economic Crime and Forensic Accounting Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus for number of years. She has authored two books on the topic of economic crime, nine chapters in peered reviewed books in Greek, French and English and has edited three books in the field of economic crime. Her work is published in international/local, professional and academic journals and has presented her work locally and internationally in peered review conferences. Her research interests are fraud detection and investigation, anti-corruption, political accountability, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and business ethics. In 2015 she was awarded by Emerald Publishing two awards for two of her 2014 articles published and is working on a book to be published by Palgrave Macmillan with the title “Preventing Fraud and Corruption: Averting Corporate Collapses and Financial Crisis”. http://mariakrambiakapardis.wordpress.com/

Vice-Chair

FCCA, CFC, CFE, FICA

Marios Skandalis is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), a licensed member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (US) and a Certified Financial Consultant.

He is a Fellow member of the International Compliance Association of the United Kingdom and a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics of the United States of America.

Today he is the Director of the Group Compliance Division of the Bank of Cyprus Group. His professional career commenced in 1995 when he served as an Audit Supervisor and a Senior Management Consultant with Ernst & Young in the South-Eastern European region. In year 2000 he moved to the Bank of Cyprus Group and took the post of Chief Financial Officer of the General Insurance of Cyprus for over a decade. He then took the post of Manager for the Organization of the Bank’s Overseas Operations until 2013 when he was appointed as Legal Representative and head of the Bank of Cyprus’ operations in Greece.

Mr Skandalis is the President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus, the Executive Vice-Chairman and founder member of Transparency International (Cyprus) and the Vice-President and founder member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Cyprus). He is an active anti-fraud/corruption and compliance professional and chairs or participates as key note speaker to related international conferences/forums in Europe.
Mr Skandalis is the winner of the 2016 Banker of the Year Award – Cyprus by the AI Magazine in the United Kingdom.

Secretariat

Dimitris Katopodis has been working for the past five years as a Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations at Leroy Merlin, an international group of companies. Dimitris holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior from the CIIM and a Master in Business Administration with emphasis in strategic management from Kingston University. Previously, he worked for six years as a store manager and trainer in human resources issues for Starbucks stores of the Marinopoulos group of companies.

Treasurer

Mr. Stelios Savvides was born in 1971 in Limassol but for the last few years he lives and works in Nicosia. He is married with two children. He is an accountant, a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK) and holds a Masters’ degree in Business administration.
His professional career commenced in 1992 working in an audit firm. He then moved and worked for thirteen years for KEO group of companies. During that time he used to teach accounting at BPP Institute of Education in Limassol. For the last eleven years he is employed by Electricity Authority of Cyprus but he is currently seconded to Transmission System Operator of Cyprus in charge of the Financial Department of the Organization.
He is an active member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus and has been a member of Economic Crime and Forensic Accounting Committee and the Energy Committee. Currently he is a member of the Public Sector Committee of ICPAC.

Member

Christis Christoforou is the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Cyprus. He is an economist and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) with thirty years’ experience in the accounting and auditing profession in London and later in Cyprus.
Christis is a Vice President of the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA). He is also an ex President of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (2003-2005) and a current member of its council.
Christis is the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania for Cyprus.

Member

Graduated from University of Nancy where she obtained her BA (Hons) in Travel and Tourism Management.
She worked in the UK, in the Travel industry specializing in the Sectors of Special Interest Tours and Conferences.

• Vice President of Top Kinisis Travel Public Ltd since 2000.
• President of the Cyprus Federation of Business and Professional Women 2005-2009
• Vice President for Tourism Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry
2005 – To date
• Former Board member at the Cyprus Coop Women’s Bank
• Associate judge at the Industrial Court
• Board member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, School of Business of the University of Cyprus, Nicosia, European University
• Member of the Board Transparency International – Cyprus 2011 – 2014
• Treasurer of the Board Cyprus Arbitration and Mediation Centre.
• Past President of the Rotary Nicosia Aspelia club, currently Assistant Governor. She was the chairperson of the 70th District Conference for the year 2006.
• Member of the board World Vision
• European Ambassador of Women Entrepreneurs
• Candidate for the Europarliament Elections 2009
• Chairman of the Nicosia Tourism Board
• Madam Figaro Awards Business Woman of the Year 2012
• Completed the European Program WIN
• Currently running Escape & Voyage European Programs
• Extensive experience in European Programs

Member

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON
Fellow of the College of Medicine of South Africa [FCS(SA)Orth.]
Master of Medicine in Orthopaedics – University of Witwatersrand [MMed(WITS)Orth.]
Member of the South African Orthopaedic Association
Affiliate Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member of ESSKA (European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee surgery and Arthroscopy
Member of ISAKOS(International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic sports Medicine
Orthopaedic speciality – Athens, Greece
Senior Lecturer at University of the Witawtersrand Medical school

EDUCATION:
Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon
Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa – Orthopaedics FCS(SA)Orth.
Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery University of Witwatersrand
MMed(WITS)Orth
Diploma in Research Techniques (EXPD 701) 1992 in the University of Witwatersrand
Fellow Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon – Athens Greece
Travelling fellowship in Arthroscopic surgery (Boston Massahusseti)
Advanced Trauma and Life Support (ATLS) – from the American Academy of Surgeons
Busy with Masters degree in Law and Ethics – De Montfort Un. Leicester

Member of the Board

Aristodemos is a Senior Manager, leading EY’s Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services in Cyprus. He has over 16 years of internal audit and advisory experience. He holds a BA (Hons) in Economics, a Master of Business Administration, an MSc in Internal Auditing and Management and a PhD in Internal Auditing from Cass Business School (formerly City University Business School). He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is an elected Member of the Board of Governors of the Cyprus Institute of Internal Auditors and a Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – US.

Our Work

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Main actions


Supporting the state

We strive towards the achievement of an environment in which faith and confidence by citizens will drive the political will of active politicians to put joint and mutual commitment as regards zero tolerance on corruption. Learn more

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Awakening the society

Progress and evolution in even an ideal political system cannot be achieved unless its goals and aspirations are firmly communicated towards the citizens. People must have the right to have a say in the structure of policies and included in the decision-making process. 

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Contributing to integrity

Through the exchange of good practices within and outside Cyprus, we promote the principles of transparency, accountability and responsibility throughout the Cypriot business environment, by cooperating and co-working with several businesses and organizations.

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Research and information

We conduct research as regards corruption in Cyprus in order to tackle its causes and identify the corruption perception levels of citizens in the Cypriot society and the various decision-making bodies.

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NOTE: The Greek site is updated frequently and includes the full information.