Yiorgos Lakkotrypis was appointed the Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism within the Government of Cyprus in March 2013. After studying mathematics and computer science he joined Joannou and Praskevaides in 1991, assigned to oversee the IT systems at the company’s branch in Benghazi, Libya. Following this he went to the USA to complete his MBA and returned to Industry in 1995, joining IBM. In 2003 he was the first employee hired by Microsoft in Cyprus, entrusted with developing the company’s operations in the country. After five years of rapid growth, his duties expanded to the position of Managing Director for Microsoft Cyprus and Malta, while in November 2011 he was appointed Public Sector Director at Microsoft Central & Eastern Europe, with the mandate of developing the company’s operations in 24 countries. In 2008 he was appointed by the Council of Ministers of the Government of Cyprus as a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), a position he held until November 2011. In 2009 he was also appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA), a position he held until his appointment as Minister.