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Keynote Speaker

Topic: Embracing change - a calling, karma or challenge?

Cleopatra Kitti, is an entrepreneur and founder of KappaPhi, an investor and policy advisory that initiates interest and develops projects in the Mediterranean region. Ms Kitti has more than 25 years of experience in advising governments and multinationals on leadership, governance and reputation, market entry and crisis management across markets and sectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During her recent career Ms. Kitti has lived and worked in more than 6 countries across Europe, Turkey, Middle East and Africa.

In 1999 she joined APCO Worldwide, where as regional director EMEA, Ms. Kitti counseled clients and served on the firm’s executive management committee and where she had the responsibility to open new markets by acquisition and organic growth. In 2012 and for a period of two years she joined FTI Consulting as senior managing director EMEA.

Her work focuses on developing opportunities and resolving business and leadership issues -by convening and connecting stakeholders, communities and networks - across markets, sectors and geographies in order to ensure business success and citizen value. Integrated research (regulatory, political, financial, societal issues analysis) and metrics underpin action and counsel. Ms Kitti has founded the Mediterranean Growth Initiative an effort to develop economic indicators that demonstrate the dynamic of the Mediterranean as a trade, and destination for investment, region - so as to direct capital towards opportunities and encourage political elite to take positive action towards trade, jobs, investors. The indicators are scheduled for launch in the fall of 2015. KappaPhi takes financial interest in businesses that promote the Mediterranean region. Ms Kitti is Chairman of the Board of LITUS, Brussel's first policy and investor advisory firm for the Mediterranean, senior advisor to FTI Consulting, a member of the advisory board of the International Crisis Group, and of the Arab Int'l Women's Forum.

Embracing change - a calling, karma or challenge?

Now at 50 and with 4 (if not more) significant personal and professional life transformations. Some intended and some forced. With low and high moments in abundance, each one pushed me to rethink, transform - in small steps or in wholesome strides - and thrive.

From the age of 15 I persevered and pursued, embracing change rather than fearing it.

It would be an honor and pleasure to meet with EUMA members and share learnings of life, personal and professional, through transformation and change. I can't claim I did all right or that this is the end of a story, but most likely another beginning.