Management Team – SquaredDirect

Management Team

SquaredDirect is a brokerage firm which brings together a wealth of experience and commercial expertise to offer a range of innovative products and services. By following a new approach based on the understanding of today’s markets this team of industry specialists offers international trading solutions of the highest quality.

Walid Abousleiman

Walid Abousleiman


As a member of SquaredDirect’s Board of Directors, his vast experience throughout the financial sector is of fundamental importance to the company’s continuous development and is a key asset in strategic decision making. His experience as a CEO and Founder of a financial services company demonstrates his leadership qualities and ability to position himself amongst industry leaders. Additionally, as the Chairman of Cedrus Foundation, he is fully committed to societal, developmental, environmental, cultural and charitable issues. A professional of this calibre has proved his aptitude for success through a number of global business development initiatives, including Europe, the Middle East and Switzerland. Walid is a holder of Bs. Business Finance Degree, and MBA, has published many articles and received extensive media coverage through numerous economic and financial outlets. As a keen fitness enthusiast, he enjoys nothing more than starting his day bright and early with his fitness regime.

Youssef Barakat

Youssef Barakat


Youssef Barakat is SquaredDirect’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. As a founding director, he is the key driving force in the company’s advancements. Having just over 20 years’ experience in the financial sector, Youssef is a veteran of the industry in all aspects of brokerage development; specifically, in Forex, Bullion trading, sales. His career has had a global reach; from working for Tulletts in Tokyo to becoming a senior trader for firms in Dubai and Geneva. By 2005 Youssef was the Chief Operations Officer for an International Financial Brokerage in Abu Dhabi. Youssef’s most recent venture was with Squared Financial as a Director with a focus on business development and later became the CEO. Further to his vast experience, Youssef’s education speaks for itself with an MBA and a Baccalaureate in Mathematics. Aside from his dedicated role within SquaredDirect, Youssef’s hobbies include football, reading and watching movies.



Piotr has been a member of Squared Financial group staff since 2006. Before becoming SquaredDirect's Chief Technology Officer, he was a Head of IT and Executive Director of Squared Financial Services in Dublin. Prior to that, Piotr was responsible for a architecture and management of Unix based systems in finance and ISP sectors. Piotr holds a Master Degree in Technical Sciences as well as MBA. With over 12 years experience working as a technology executive in the finance sector, Piotr is recognised as a key asset in strategic IT Planning and Management.

Michael Kopanakis

Michael Kopanakis HEAD OF BROKERAGE

Michael has worked in the financial industry for more than 5 years with an educational background in Mathematics from the University of Crete (Greece). He is also a Certified Technical Analyst and holder of the CFTe Level II Diploma. Michael has diverse financial experience due to working in various departments throughout his professional career. Through involvement in various projects, he strongly believes that knowledge is the only way to move forward and develop the right skills. The combination of his passion for Technical Analysis and Mathematics was what drove him to join this industry. He likes to spend his free time outdoors walking his dog, socializing with friends and enjoys various sporting activities.



Loucas holds a degree in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham and is also a Certified Chartered Accountant and a member of the ICAEW. After graduating in 2010, he joined Deloitte Ltd Cyprus, where he spent 5 years and became an Assistant Manager in the audit department. Loucas has an extensive knowledge on all financial and accounting related matters and a broad experience of the forex industry as evident from his years spent as an external auditor and as part of finance teams in the industry as well. When Loucas is not busy managing the finance department at SquaredDirect, he has a great passion for swimming, fishing and never misses an opportunity for socializing.


Constantina Economidou HEAD OF COMPLIANCE

Constantina holds an LLB Law degree from the University of Sheffield and is also a member of the Bar Association of Cyprus. After graduating in 2012, she joined a Law Firm, where she had her traineeship as a junior lawyer. Constantina, since 2014 has shifted to the financial services industry, at the position of Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering Officer where she ensured to retain high compliance and ethical standards following the developments on the legal framework. During her free time, she likes to meet with good friends and experience with crafting and painting.



Dora holds a degree in Computing Science, a master’s degree in E-Commerce and Information Systems from Newcastle University (UK) and is certified in Digital Marketing. Prior to her career in Marketing, Dora has worked within the ICT Research & Development industry where she managed large projects funded by the EU. Her passion for marketing led her to started working at digital marketing agencies conducting marketing for financial investment firms. She has an extensive knowledge and experience in project planning, business development, social media, SEO, PPC, affiliate and email marketing. She thrives on challenges that aim to expand the company’s reach. During her free time, she experiments with photography, travels and maintains her personal travel website.


Evdoxia Teliopoulou HEAD OF BACK OFFICE

Evdoxia holds a degree in Economics with a specialization in Business Economics and Political Sciences and a Master’s degree in International Business Economics from City University of London. She has been in the financial industry for the last 7 years having worked in Client’s Accounting, Institutional Operation and Back Office departments at FxPro. She gained extensive experience in performing client due diligence, reviewing KYC documentation, implementing company AML policies, opening accounts and processing clients’ transactions, dealing with chargebacks, interacting with banks and various payment providers whilst being involved in the institutional partner affiliate programs. During her free time, she likes travelling, reading and socializing with friends.