2022

2022

My Greek accent and speech are now a mixture of Greeklish, Cypriot Greek, Constantinople Greek, Egyptian Greek, and British/American Greek. English, the language of business, international negotiations and politics is my first language. For reasons unknown I am sometimes asked if I’m a mainlander Greek ‘Kalamaras’ that lived in Australia. This is not the case.

So that’s it. A series of events affecting my family since 1910 meant that in 2022 after a sequence of bizarre incidents with government departments which greatly frustrated me, I decided to appear out of nowhere and run in the 2023 presidential election out of anger. I want to change how things are done and try to fix our country with your help.

If I become president, which will need a miracle from God, I hereby promise to put some blue streaks in my long hair while I am in office. This to prove an unknown can be elected in 90 days based on their abilities and passion, rather than their looks, their strange accent, academic achievements, or having to worship any political party first.

Whether I get elected or not, if many of my ideas are read by those in power, and they actually have the nous and vision to change things, then my 100-year-old family story will have a happy ending for all of us.

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2003

2003

On Christmas day 2003 I went to the occupied areas to give a blood donation ‘gift’. Not out of love of the ‘TRNC’ pseudo state, or respect of its so-called ‘government’, but to symbolically pay a long overdue family ‘blood’ debt out of honour. Back in the early 1920s at great risk to themselves, Turkish friends smuggled my ethnic Greek great uncle on a boat that eventually reached Piraeus Greece. They saved this teenager’s life and he lived to old age.

My blood donation was extremely well received by the hospital’s management. You will see something some may find strange: Greek Cypriot, Turkish Cypriot, Russian, Ukrainian, Israeli and Palestinian blood is the same colour. We are all human beings that bleed.

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1976 – now

1976 – now

I began my career working in IT for a large bank and then two other international organisations. I was rapidly promoted due to being at the right place at the right time during the IT computer boom, rather than intellect. After substantial training and getting extensive experience, I specialised in a niche area within IT, became a consultant, and eventually opened my own software company 10 years later. I am now semi-retired with decades of expertise, via my companies, of automating problem and change management and transforming working practices for multinational organisations in many countries. I also have VC experience, own substantial IP, and am an accredited mediator in alternative dispute resolution.

Until last month I had the privilege of being patron and volunteer for Cyprus Samaritans, a national charity. (https://www.cyprussamaritans.org). For 12 years, it was humbling listening to and providing confidential emotional support to distressed, sometimes suicidal, members of the Cyprus public.

My surname is Zervides, but rarely use it. I am generally addressed as ‘Andronicos’ or ‘Mr Andronicos’. Next year, with your support I hope to be known as ‘President Andronicos’.

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1960s

1960s

In the 1960s, my widowed grandmothers had to uproot for a 2nd time. We had to leave Egypt for security reasons during a time of anti-western and anti-Christian populist pan-Arabism, especially after the 1956 Suez crisis. To complicate matters, my father who had recently converted to a banned small Christian denomination was in grave danger. To the dismay of my Orthodox mother, he risked jail or worse for his newfound religious beliefs. So, my extended family moved to England, Greece, Canada, and Cyprus because it was legal to do so.

As a child I grew up in London and as an adult lived in several countries. I only knew two English words on my first day at school (‘policeman’ and ‘no’) and had to wear a name label in case I wandered off like a puppy.

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1910-1923

1910-1923

I would like to share my family history and migration experiences. Three of my grandparents were Greek Cypriots from Nicosia, Famagusta, and Dali respectively. They legally moved to Egypt for a better life in the 1910s to 1923. Had it been illegal to do so, I’m quite sure they would have chosen another country. What they did not do upon arrival was claim welfare benefits off the Egyptian state. Both my grandfathers got jobs in Cairo because it was legal to do so. One was a waiter, the other worked for a small confectionery factory he ended up managing until his sudden death. Sadly, both died in 1956, before I was born. Read More