Athena was employed in the Legal Department of the Bank of Cyprus Public Company Ltd in 1974 where she worked until her retirement in December 2010. In 1999 she became Head of the Legal Department of the Bank of Cyprus and for a number of years was also Head of the Compliance Unit. Athena played an instrumental role in the changes necessitated following the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU.
During her service with the Bank of Cyprus she was involved in all aspects of the work of the legal department, advising on legal matters of the bank, its employees and the subsidiary companies of the bank in Cyprus and abroad. She was responsible for and involved in the litigation by or against the bank, drafting of contracts, major projects such as the issue of capital, expansion in foreign countries and the implementation of all laws, and also of regulations issued by the supervisory authorities.
Education: Graduated from the Pancyprian Gymnasium (Palouriotissa) Nicosia and studied Law in the UK where she obtained the degree of Barrister-at-Law. Athena is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association.