The launch of the international organisation
Creative Women

The international organisation Creative Women was launched in Cyprus on 8 April 2016 with a conference at the luxurious five star Elysium Hotel in Paphos.

The brainchild of an entrepreneurial woman, Olga Balakleets, CEO  of Ensemble Productions, Creative Women was founded to inspire and connect creative women around the world through business.

Nearly 100 creative and successful women from Cyprus and around the world took part in exciting debates and panels, discussing the role of women and entrepreneurs in modern society, balancing business and families as well as the future role of women in the world.

Delegates and speakers enjoyed a harbour cruise  on the first evening and closed the conference with a spectacular Gala Dinner.


Elysium Hotel, Paphos

The Elysium is a five star, luxury spa hotel located in a beautiful city of Paphos.

Close to various ancient sights and beautiful seaside walks, The Elysium is only 20 minutes away from Paphos airport and 1.5 hours from Larnaca airport.

Hotel facilities:

  • Modern conference rooms
  • Outdoor and indoor pool/beach

  • Spa and Wellness area

  • On-site gym and outdoor activities
  • Business centre


The combination of warm sunshine, delicious Mediterranean food and regular flights from Europe makes Cyprus a fantastic conference destination, and the ideal place to spend three days discovering and exploring the world of creativity.  

The panel of influential female speakers come from diverse countries and are featured in:

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou is the Chief Financial and Operating Officer of the Tototheo Group of Companies, an organization dealing with Maritime Satellite Communications. She has been with the group since 2005.Since April this year, Despina is a member of the…

Maggie Semple OBE has worked with many public and private sector organisations at a senior level on leadership development, cultural change and organisational development. She has established a successful profile spanning broadcasting, print and digital media. In October 2010 Maggie…

Dr Belova is spending most of her time serving on the Boards of Directors in the large Russian and international companies and as prominent economist and expert on transformations on the different advisory councils. She has unique government services experience and practical…

Raffaella is a successful Italian entrepreneur who is the Managing Partner of her family-owned company, Modo Milano, a renowned Architecture and Interior Design studio with offices in Milan, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. A key figure in the business community, Dr…

Erica Charalambous is a highly motivated artist, educator and a cultural community connector looking to further develop her academic interdisciplinary educational skills, her artistic research and choreographic practice in inter-related fields. Her passion lies in the fusion of art and…

Anna is the founder of Fiduciana Trust (Cyprus) Limited, company that provides trust, corporate and tax planning advisory, accounting services, and offers individual solutions related to the creation, maintenance and administration of local and offshore companies. The firm is on…

Roksana is a Big Idea Marketer, a female tech geek, and a real estate investor. She started her career at Intel and worked in leadership positions in marketing and business development for Man Group and Coutts Private Bank. After stepping…

Pavlina Papalouka, Founder of AwakenSpace Education, International Speaker & Mentor in Personal Branding, Personal Development & Entrepreneurship. Pavlina founded AwakenSpace Education, with the purpose of helping people around the world, to overcome their limitations, unlock their true potential and create…

Mako Abashidze, BA, MPhil, Psychology is an entrepreneur, Founder-Director of the British Georgian Chamber of Commerce and an employment and education coach. Mako was born into a highly creative family in Georgia,Tbilisi. Her mother was a pianist, her father a…

She is the Founder and CEO of Curzon PR, a strategy and communications firm. Farzana has been appointed as the Resident Public Relations expert and an Ambassador for the Oxford Foundry, the University of Oxford’s entrepreneurship centre, where she delivers…


Friday 8 April 2016 – Day 1

Welcome – Opening Ceremony with the First Lady of Cyprus Andri Anastasiades and the Mayor of Paphos Phedon Phedonos.

Femininity – a cure in today’s fragile world? Can women in top positions lead the world to a better place? – Maggie Semple.

Panel Discussion – Women and their role in society.

Panellists: Maggie Semple, Farzana Baduel, Mako Abashidze, Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, Daljit Sandhu, Erica Charalambous.

Break – Coffee and networking.

Panel Discussion – Women in modern connected society. Are we equipped for the digital world of tomorrow?

Panellists: Farzana Baduel, Mako Abashidze, Raffaella Carnevale, Pavlina Papalouka, Katerina Mina.

Female entrepreneur – a rarity or new reality? – Rafaella Carnevale.

Panel Discussion – Are their specific industries where women entrepreneurs are more successful?
Panellists: Rafaella Carnevale, Maggie Semple, Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, Roksana Fasovska, Daljit Sandhu.

Break – Coffee and networking.

Q&A Panel.

Saturday 9 April 2016 – Day 2

Challenges and opportunities for women leading businesses and projects – Daljit Sandhu.

Panel Discussion:  Women in Leadership positions – facing a “men’s world” reality

Panellists: Daljit Sandhu, Anna Belova, Mako Abashidze, Anna Homenko.

Break – Coffee and networking.

Panel Discussion: Can we be good at all three roles – mother, wife, and business woman?

Panellists: Roksana Fasovska, Anna Homenko, Victoria Yanakova, Mako Abashidze, Valeria Michael.

Panel Discussion: Women in Philanthropy – are women doing enough in driving change?

Panellists: Farzana Baduel, Raffaella Carnevale, Victoria Yanakova, Katerina Mina, Anna Homenko, Daljit Sandhu.

Break – Coffee and networking.

Panel Discussion: What does the future hold for women in 20 years?

Panellists: Maggie Semple Alexandra Maria Awad, Anna Belova, Roksana  Fasovska.



The Conference 2016 was closed with a spectacular Gala Dinner.

The Gala had outstanding performances by soprano Katerina Mina, Vraka Folklore Group, emerging Cypriot talent Cynthia and the charismatic singer Doros Demosthenous.



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