On the 15th of June the National Federation of Cypriots in the UK held its biennial elections for its Secretariat and Officers. Christos Karaolis, the first third-generation Cypriot to hold the position, was re-elected as President. Reflecting on his first term, Mr Karaolis said that “whilst we’ve had a lot of successes over the last two years to advance the Cyprus Issue and the UK Cypriot community, there is still much more to do. I’m looking forward to working with our new team which has an exciting balance of young energy and experience.”

President Christos Karaolis addressing the AGM

Mr Karaolis highlighted two key areas of focus for his second term. Firstly, Mr Karaolis spoke of the importance of raising awareness of the Cyprus Issue by further expanding Cyprus’ parliamentary friends, as well as building partnerships with other diasporas and organisations. Secondly,  he spoke about the need to develop a comprehensive strategy to engage second- and third-generation Cypriots to further advance the community.

The Federation elected its Secretariat and, from the members of the Secretariat, elected its President, 3 Vice Presidents, General Secretary, and Treasurer. The full list of names and their positions can be found below.

A notable outcome of this year’s election was that, for the first time, a quarter of the Federation’s Secretariat are now under the age of 38. The Federation’s member associations welcomed this as a very positive sign that young, British-born Cypriots are actively engaged with the future of the UK Cypriot diaspora, as well as the Cyprus Issue. The large proportion of younger Secretariat members will bring fresh ideas and energy to the organisation and the UK Cypriot


25% of the Secretariat is under the age of 38





The following were elected as Officers of the Federation:

President | Christos Karaolis

Vice Presidents | Andreas Papaevripides, Bambos Charalambous, Michalis Ellinas

General Secretary | Michael Kashis

Treasurer | Ninos Koumettou

Secretariat 2017-19:

Andreas Chimonas

Andreas Georgiou

Andreas Gregoriou

Andreas Papaevripides

Antonia Michaelides (via NEPOMAK UK)

Bambos Charalambous

Caterina Fragkoulidou

Chriso Ioannou

Christina Pippas

Christos Karaolis

Christos Tuton (via NEPOMAK UK)

Costas Georgiou

Costas Sakkas

Eleni Palazidou

Evoulla Nicolaou

George Maifoshis

George Michaelides

Harry Charalambous (via NEPOMAK UK)

Ioanna Michaelidou

Katia David Harmanda

Lakis Andronikou

Mary Helen Karaolis

Menicos Kouvaros

Michael Kashis

Michael Yiakoumi

Michalakis Michael

Michalis Ellinas

Neophytos Nicolaou

Nikos Andronikou

Ninos Koumettou

Panayiotis Yiakoumi

Peter Charalambous

Savvas Hadjiphilippou

Savvas Pavlides

Stephanos Habeshis

Susie Constantinides

Theo Papapavlou

Vasilis Mavrou

Yiannis Koumettou

Yiannis Kouvaros

Article written by LGR