Letter from the IPA President: Michael Odysseos

22 Apr 2022

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that the IEB heard that our dear friend and former IPA International President Michael Odysseos passed away today.

The IPA always played an enormous role in Michael’s life. He was instrumental in the formation and affiliation of IPA Cyprus, and led the section for many years with great passion, retiring in 2019.

On the international stage, Michael was elected as Internal Auditor, before serving two terms as International Vice President from 1994 onwards. His IPA career thereafter continued with his election as International President, an office he held for 12 years, and for which he was honoured with the IPA Bronze Medal in 1986, the Silver Medal in 1993 and the Gold Medal in 2012 at the IPA World Congress in Israel, where he voluntarily stood down from his office. His final international tasks saw him fulfil the role of Advisor to the IEC and the International Board until 2013.

Michael fulfilled the IPA motto, Servo per Amikeco, throughout his long and active life, and was a driving force in ensuring his home section of IPA Cyprus always played a vital role within the association. As such, he took great pride in the organisation of the XXI IPA World Congress in 2015 on his home country.

All those of us on the IEB and throughout the IPA world, who have had the privilege of spending precious time with Michael, can count ourselves lucky to have benefitted from his example and advice, and we are grateful for the friendship he shared with us.

On behalf of the entire IPA family, our deepest condolences go to Michael’s family, as well as to our friends in IPA Cyprus. We will miss you, Michael.

Servo per Amikeco

Pierre-Martin Moulin

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