IN-PERSON 6th Washington Oil & Gas Forum 2021 Distinguished Confirmed Speakers Include


Symeon Kassianides

Chairman, Cyprus Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA)

Dr. Symeon Kassianides is the Founder (1993), CEO and Chairman of the Hyperion Systems Engineering Group. - a globally operating technology group with more than 25 years of worldwide experience providing business, technology, equipment and engineering advisory, consulting, and implementation of advanced solutions in the hydrocarbons, chemicals and power generation industries. He has led the group through technical and geographical growth, business transformations, acquisitions, divestments and carve-out. Since 2017 he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA). He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Cyprus Natural Gas Infrastructure Public Company (ETYFA) since it was formed in 2018. In his capacity in DEFA and ETYFA he has been leading the effort for the introduction of natural gas to the energy mix of Cyprus and the construction of the Cyprus LNG Import Terminal and has been involved in all aspects ranging from Procurement and Tenders to Securing the Financing as well as ensuring the technical progress of the project. He led a team that raised €374m for CAPEX. Symeon is also a member of the GIAC (Gas Industry Advisory Committee) of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), a member of MEDGIO (Mediterranean Gas Infrastructure Operators Group), United Nations Economic Committee for Europe (UNECE) Gas Experts Group and the European Network for Transition Systems Operators for Gas (ENSOG). 

He has several years of service as Board Member on government and private companies and organizations including the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus Institute, the Cyprus International Institute of Management, the Cyprus Energy Strategy Council, and the Cyprus Stock Exchange, YPO Cyprus, Offshore Muster Ltd., JCC Payment Systems and others. Symeon has acted as a mentor to Start-ups and as an advisor in technology product launching.

Symeon has regularly presented as an invited speaker in academic and trade conferences while he has been invited as a guest speaker at the University of Cyprus (UCY), the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Kozminski University - Kozminski International Business School in Warsaw, Poland and the Sloan School at MIT in Cambridge, MA amongst others. He holds a PhD and DIC in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London (1991, UK), a BSc in Chemical Engineering from MIT (1987, USA).

Symeon has been married to his wife Beatriz since 1993.  They live in Nicosia, Cyprus and are the parents of three children.