George K. Yiapanas

George Yiapanas (August 20, 1975) is the Finance Manager of GSP Stadium in Nicosia, CY, with more than twenty [20] years of experience in the sports industry. He is also the founder and owner of GKY Sports Management, a sports consultancy.


He holds a PhD in Sports Management from the University of Nicosia, CY, an MA degree (with distinction) in Management from the University of Wolverhampton, UK, a degree in Accounting from the BPP University, UK, a Certificate in Football Management and in Security Management. He is further a qualified stadium safety manager and a certified trainer for stadium stewards by the UEFA stadium and Security Unit.

Profile

Education │ by higher qualification

Professional qualifications

He has wide professional and social contribution to sports. Due to his expertise in the field, he was invited in 2019 -until 2021- to become a member of the Parallel Parliament of Cyprus -direct appointment by the President of the House of Representatives-. He is a board member of the Cyprus Association for Sports Management (CyASM), and a Fellow member of the EuroMed Research Business Institute (FEMAB/EMRBI).


He is currently appointed by the University of Nicosia, CY as an Adjunct Faculty, and by the University of Roehampton, UK as a lecturer, in the fields of strategic planning and sustainable strategic management


His primary research interests lie in the areas of sports strategic management, sports governance, sports consumer behaviour, marketing and sponsorship and sports safety management. His professional activities and expertise in the field allow him to take part in various projects and discussion panels. He has published a number of papers on football strategic management, and attended numerous local and international conferences, where he had the chance to present papers on sports management and sports grounds safety management.

PhD in Business Administration │ Sports Management - 2022

University of Nicosia- Cyprus


MA (with distinction) in Management - 2016

University of Wolverhampton - UK


AAT in Accounting - 1999

BPP University - UK


Certificate in Security Management - 2014

Global College - Cyprus


Certificate in Football Management - 2007

Intercollege - Cyprus

Current positions and positions held

Cyprus Association for Sport Management │ Board member - Treasurer 
GKY Sports Management │ Owner and Managing Director 


The Parallel Parliament of Cyprus │ Member of the Sports Committee
Cyprus Squash Association │ Chairman of the Board

Cyprus Squash Association │ Board member - Treasurer 

Nicosia Squash Association │ Board member - Treasurer 

2017 to present
2015 to present


2019 to 2021
2010 to 2015
2007 to 2009

2006 to 2013

Professional memberships

EuroMed Academy of Business │ EMBRI Fellow Member - FEMAB

The Cyprus Association for Sport Management │ Member

The Association of Accounting Technicians │ Member - MAAT

Qualified Stadium Safety Manager - 2015

UEFA stadium and security unit


Certified Trainer for Stadium Stewards - 2013

UEFA stadium and security unit

Skills and Competencies

Critical thinking | Reliability | Interpersonal skills | Leadership and management skills │ Team working | Analytical skills | Consistency | Dedication | Efficiency | Honesty | Adaptability | Creativity | Problem solving 

Volunteer experience and Causes

Cause: Parents association of Engomi high school
Period: September 2020 - June 2021

Role: Member of Sports Committee

Cause: Parents association of Chryseleousa elementary school
Period: September 2014 - June 2015

Roles: Member of Education Committee and Member of Infrastructure and Environment Committee
Tasks: The Education Committee has the overall responsibility for the definition and ongoing review of the educational philosophy, policy, and standards of the school in respect of teaching and learning. The Infrastructure and Environment Committee has responsibility for the schools’ facilities, construction and maintenance and matters relating to the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the environment


Cause: Cyprus Army - Headquarters of Signal Arm Role: Sergeant - Radio Operator

Period: July 1993 - August 1995

Task: Personal Assistant to the Commander

Languages

Greek: Native language

English: Fluent [speaking, reading, writing]

Certificate in Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills - 2019

University of Michigan via Coursera


Certificate in Starting a Business - 2018

Santa Clara University via My own business institute

Certificates and professional development │ Non-credit courses [Online]