Mr Panos Englezos is a graduate of London University in Economics and Accounting. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive of a group of companies which he established in 1961. The birth of his son, George, with β-thalassaemia major led to his deep lifelong involvement in the development and promotion of the Pancyprian support groups of patients and parents, since 1969. He was elected the first president of the Cyprus Thalassaemia Association with numerous initiatives and activities aimed to create support services and government recognition, and the importance of developing national strategies for the control of thalassaemia in Cyprus, as a priority. He held this post until June 1995.
In 1986, as an extension of the work of a very few countries’ patients organizations experiences, including the Cyprus Thalassaemia Association, the Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) was established with the vision and mission to strengthen the medical care and the prevention programmes worldwide. He was elected as TIF’s first chairman, and is regarded by the international thalassaemia community as its ‘founding Father’. He has travelled extensively promoting TIF’s objectives, mainly establishing Thalassaemia associations, promoting improved medical care, international research and prevention programmes.
He has received several awards for his pioneer role in the fight against thalassaemia in Cyprus and the world, such as the District Governor’s Appreciation by Lions International Gold Medal for continuous and long-term services in fighting for patients with thalassaemia in 1982, the Greek Haematological Society and Greek Thalassaemia Association’s Silver medal “Kilikas” in 1993, the King Abdulazis University Award for contribution in establishing a thalassaemia association in Saudi Arabia in 1993, the Gold Medal of the Cyprus Thalassaemia Association in 1996 and the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow for outstanding contribution to society in 1997, among others.
Panos Englezos has been a most successful business professional in Cyprus and has held important public and political offices, including the chair of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority, the Rotary Club Nicosia, the Cyprus Publishers Association, and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. Currently, Panos Englezos is serving also as the President of the Board of the newly established Cyprus Alliance for Rare Disorders (C.A.R.D.), the Pan-European Blood Safety Alliance (PBSA).