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Economy

While companies of all sizes struggle to cope with shrinking numbers and the economic effects of the great pause, a new business model is emerging. E-commerce and cashless transactions are changing the way we do business and shop. Is this the beginning of a cultural shift for Malta? Will our resilience help us navigate through these challenging times?

Society

Social distancing has forced us to reengineer our life, and remote working and homeschooling have changed our daily routines. From sports to professional life, education, and leisure activities, we need to learn how to best adapt to the new norm, but how can we maintain our community spirit and keep on caring for the vulnerable individuals in our society?

Environment

More time on our hands means further opportunities to enjoy the environment. While we long for greener areas, we also need to cope with the reality of a booming construction industry and the necessity to plan urban spaces. Less traffic, cleaner air and clearer skies: was the pandemic an eye-opener as to the tangible impact of our lifestyle on the planet?

Tuesday 7th July

ECONOMY: 11am - Business as unusual: the immediate shift to E-conomy

Several organizations have jumped at the opportunity of taking their business online with the objective to maintain or increase their market share. Will this result in the end of brick and mortar shops? Have social media platforms taken over window shopping and traditional marketing channels?

 

PANELLISTS

Zak Borg, Co-founder Anchovy

Dad, husband, sailor and co-founder of ANCHOVY. After completing his Masters of Engineering in Software Engineering for Embedded systems from Fraunhofer IESE, he teamed up with his brother
Benji to set the foundation for ANCHOVY.

Zak takes care of the business side of things. He leads the business development and international growth of the agency. His drive and passion within the field have managed to position ANCHOVY as a trustworthy, professional and qualitative digital agency due to collaborative work with big players within both the local and international spheres.

Zak has a passion for the sea, and if he’s not at the office he’s driving his passion for long-distance swimming, sailing and windsurfing.

 

Malcolm Camilleri, Deputy CEO PG Group

 

Matthew Castillo, Management Consultant

 

Abigail Mamo, CEO Malta Chamber of SMEs

ECONOMY: 12pm - Is cyber-tourism the new norm?

The tourism industry is the bread and butter of many organizations in Malta. Over the past few months, we have seen drastic changes to this industry however now it's time to welcome both commercial and leisure tourists back to the island. Will social distancing measures be still considered to be a deterrent on the catering, leisure, and tourism industries or have we already adjusted to the new norm? Should alternative business models be explored?

 

PANELLISTS

Franco Grech, CEO Shortlets Malta

 

Johann Buttigieg, CEO Malta Tourism Authority

 

Charles Mangion, Chairman Airmalta

 

 

Wednesday 8th July

SOCIAL: 11am - The new norm: a new lifestyle

From teleworking to curtailing our social life, COVID-19 has significantly impacted our lifestyle. Is it the dawn of a new era, or will the “new norm” be just a transitionary period until a vaccine will be commercialised? 

 

PANELLISTS

John Bartolo, Corporate and SME Manager Vodafone

Mr John Bartolo's studies include an MBA, Diploma in Management, and several other courses including courses on Health & Safety, Interior Design, Tourism Studies, and First Aid. His career has predominantly revolved around Business Development and Sales related roles. He has worked in various industries in this area including Construction, Aviation and more recently Telecommunications.

 

Joseph Farrugia, Director General Malta Employers' Association

Mr Joseph Farrugia has occupied the post of Director General of the Malta Employers’ Association since 2001.  He is also a visiting lecturer at the Department of Marketing at the University of Malta. 

Mr Farrugia has extensive experience in marketing consultancy and human resources management. Between 2010 and 2013 he served as President of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, which is the major vocational education institution in Malta.

Mr. Farrugia sits on the board of directors of the Employment and Training Corporation, the Employment Relations Board and represents the MEA on the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development. He also represents employers on panels of the Industrial Tribunal.

He has represented Maltese employers on a number of international fora, amongst them the Board of Directors of the European Foundation for the Improvement in Living and Working Conditions, the European Social Fund, CEEP and the International Organisation of Employers. 

Mr Farrugia is known in cultural circles as an artist. He has organised numerous exhibitions of his paintings in various venues in Malta and abroad.

 

Patrick Psaila, Director PsyPotential

Patrick is a registered psychologist and training consultant with over 22 years of experience working with organisations as a training consultant, coach and psychologist. Patrick works with various large and medium sized organisations involved in manufacturing, education, health, tourism, banking, and other services. His area of specialisation is in personal and professional development for managers and leaders in organisations, with a particular interest in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership.

He has designed and delivered customised training and development programmes for over 300 organisations. In 1998 he established WorkAssist as a professional service that offers workplace counselling, personal and professional development programmes, coaching, mentoring and HR consultancy. In 2015 he founded PsyPotential Ltd. specialising in work psychology and human factors in organisations. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Adult and Group Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He is a Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, a certified MSCEIT and EQ-i 2.0 practitioner. He has also delivered lectures at the University of Malta, The Institute of Health Care, the Foundation for Human Resources Development and the Malta Institute of Management. He has delivered keynote addresses and run workshops on Emotional Intelligence and Resonant Leadership in various Conferences held in Malta, UK and Switzerland. Patrick is passionate about empowering and enabling people to reach their full potential and become the best version of themselves.

 

SOCIAL: 12pm - The myth of multitasking: working parents

This pandemic has brought new challenges for families across Malta. School closures, social distancing, working remotely –  a lot of firsts for anyone, but especially working parents. How has parenting and childhood been influenced by these changes?

 

PANELLISTS

Marco Bonnici, President Malta Union of Teachers

Dr Glorianne Borg Axisa, President of MAPSSS (Maltese Association of Parents of State School Students).

Dr. Glorianne Borg Axisa is an educator and a parent. She graduated with a B.A. (Hons) from the University of Malta, and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Masters Degree in Geography (Melit). She completed her doctoral studies at the Institute of Education, University of London, in Intercultural Education and Geography Education. Glorianne is Senior Lecturer and Subject Coordinator at the University of Malta Junior College. She lectures Geography Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Malta. She has published a number of papers in international fora. Her research interests include Landscape Ecology, Geography Education, Global Education, Intercultural Education and parental involvement in education. Glorianne Borg Axisa is a co-founder member and currently president of MAPSSS (Maltese Association of Parents of State School Students).

Stephania Dimech Sant, CEO Richmond Foundation

Pauline Miceli, Commissioner for Children

Thursday 9th July

ENVIRONMENT: 11am - A breath of fresh air

The decrease in road and sea traffic meant clearer skies and a general reduction in pollution. Fear for our health favoured the environment we live in. Can we avoid a relapse following the return to a new normality? Can a healthy balance be maintained between people and the ecosystem once measures are lifted? 

 

PANELLISTS

Vincent Attard, President Nature Trust Malta

Vincent Attard became active in the environment in the then known as The Natural History Society of Malta  way back in 1972.  In 1979 he was appointed General Secretary of the NGO.  He worked at the Central Bank of Malta from 1979 to 2006 with his last position being an IT executive.  He remained active as a volunteer  in nature conservation, and in 1986 started studying marine turtle behavior where he visited various mediterranean countries to monitor Turtle nesting sites.  In 1999 He was appointed Hon President of Nature Trust - FEE Malta.  In 2006 he left the Bank to take up a full time position as Executive President of the same organisation.  This led to the organisation changing to a professional NGO, becoming a privileged Partner of WWF International.  He is lso the Financial Director of the NGO Mediterranean Network - The Mediterranean Information office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development made up of over 150 NGos in the Med region .  In 2012 he was awarded the Member of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Malta for his never ending work towards the natural environment in the Maltese islands.  To date he still is active taking on board EU funded projects for nature Conservation, Education for Sustainable Development and Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.  

 

Mario Fava, President Local Councils Association

 

Prof. Charmaine Gauci, Director General/Superintendent of Public Health

Professor Gauci is an associate professor at the University of Malta and teaches in the field of public health with special interest in Public Health, Epidemiology, Communicable Diseases, Health Promotion and Policy development. Professor Gauci has a strong commitment to public health.
She believes that various specialists should collaborate to research on public health. Over the years she steered various research projects in public health including the first national food consumption survey, analysis of food products, food safety, infectious diseases and is key investigator for Malta for the Health Behaviour Study in School children and the Global Youth Tobacco Survey. She participates various WHO policy development teams as an expert. She guides various students in their research as various levels including under and post grad.

She graduated as a medical doctor in 1991. Over the years she has developed skills in the wide aspect of the public health specialty. She pursued her studies with masters in public health and consequently followed the European Programme in Epidemiological Training. She has also specialized in fitness and nutrition. She attained her PhD Degree in epidemiology in 2006. Dr Gauci is also a Prince practitioner in project management. She is a fellow of the UK Royal Society for Public Health and a fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health.
Professor Gauci is the Superintendent of Public Health within the Ministry for Health in Malta with wide responsibility of public health to safeguard and enhance the health status of the people. Before this position, she had occupied the position of Director of the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate for nine years.

She is active in the field of public health having served as secretary, vice president and served as president with the Malta Association of Public Health Medicine for four years. Professor Gauci acts as a focal point for many bodies within the European Commission including HLG, ECDC and Health Security and for the World Health Organisation and is project leader for a number of EU projects.
Her aim is to protect, support and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

 

Konrad Pule, General Manager Malta Public Transport

 

ENVIRONMENT: 12pm - Neighbourhood essentials: open spaces

Without any other options left, many turned to nature to break the boredom. Will this instill a sense of respect and responsibility towards the environment? Will we finally include green open spaces in our towns?

 

PANELLISTS TBA

Tuesday 14th July

ECONOMY: 11am - Corona decrowns the king: going contactless

Have banks reacted to the surge in demand for contactless and online banking services? Has the pandemic accelerated the shift to the cashless society era and is this the way forward?

 

PANELLISTS

Christian Farrugia, Director 247Pay

 

Kenneth Farrugia, Chief Business Development Officer Bank of Valletta

 

Godwin Schembri, Co-founder & CTO Know Me Now

Godwin Schembri has held C-Level roles in technology companies driving software development, IT Strategy, decentralised and Cloud architectures, payments and compliance. Some of his technical achievements include deployment of high-volume payment solutions for some of the largest payment providers globally. In recent years Godwin shared his expertise as an independent consultant and co-founded KnowMeNow, a reusable KYC identity solution developed natively on the blockchain. Godwin holds  a  B.Sc.  degree  in Mathematics and Computing and an MBA in eBusiness.

 

ECONOMY: 12pm - You win some you lose some: reshaping the local economy

Industries of all sizes have been somehow impacted by the pandemic. How has the entrepreneurial landscape changed as a consequence to the strict measures that where put into force by Government and health authorities and what is the way forward?

 

PANELISTS

Dr Gordon Cordina, Economist

Dr Gordon Cordina is a leading economist in the Maltese Islands, with a professional experience spanning 25 years covering banking, policy-making, academia and private sector consultancy. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and the University of Malta. His main area of academic interest is the growth and macroeconomic dynamics facing economies that are prone to heightened risks. Gordon has several years of Board and Risk Committee experience in major financial institutions in Malta. He served as Manager of the Research Department of the Central Bank of Malta, Director General of the National Statistics Office of Malta, Head of the Economics Department of the University of Malta and Economic Advisor to the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development. Through the private consultancy firm he co-founded in 2006, he is involved in a number of local and international research projects and consultancy assignments with institutions including the EU Commission, Government ministries and authorities, NGOs and private sector entities. Gordon is a visiting senior lecturer at the University of Malta.

 

Tony Zahra, Chairman Alpine Holdings

Wednesday 15 July

SOCIAL: 11am - The E-campus era

The education system is facing the challenge of ensuring the quality and practicability of online lecturing. How have the Maltese adapted to this new reality?

 

PANELLISTS

Prof Andrew Azzopardi, Dean of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing and Head of the Department of Youth and Community Studies

Andrew Azzopardi is an Associate Professor and Dean of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing and Head of the Department of Youth and Community Studies. His lecturing and research focus on inclusive education, sociology, critical pedagogy, disability politics, youth and community studies. He has contributed extensively in a number of other lauded journals, and has published various texts on disability politics, young people, and inclusive education. He is a Member of the Editorial Panel of the highly acclaimed International Journal of Inclusive Education, and co-editor of Inclusive communities: A Critical Reader (2012). Azzopardi has also edited Youth: Responding to Lives – An International Reader (2013), co-edited Perspectives on wellbeing – a reader (2019) and also edited societas.expert.

 

Prof Joachim James Calleja, Principal and CEO Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology

Professor James Calleja has been involved in vocational education and training since 2001. Before his appointment as Principal and CEO of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology in June 2018, Mr Calleja served as Director of European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) from 2013 to 2018. Before joining Cedefop, he was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Employment in his native Malta from 2011 to 2013.

In 2005, he was entrusted with the setting up of the Malta Qualifications Council where he served as Chief Executive up to December 2010. He is an Associate Professor and served as Council member of the University of Malta. Prof Calleja is a graduate of the Universities of Malta, Padua (Italy) and Bradford (UK) from where he obtained his Ph.D defending a thesis on Kant’s political philosophy applied to international education. Since 2001, he is an accredited commercial mediator with CEDR (London). Since 2016 Mr Calleja is Governing Board Member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

In 2001, he was appointed Administrative Director of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology and in 2004 he moved to the European Training Foundation in Turin. He started his working life at the Foundation for International Studies of the University of Malta (1986-1995) followed by other upward career moves to the United Nations International Institute on Aging (1995-1998) and to the Ministry of Economic Services Malta (1998-2001). He represented Malta on the European Qualifications Framework Advisory Group, on CEDEFOP’s Governing Board and on the Bologna Follow-Up Group.

A prolific writer, Prof Calleja has published books and articles and has edited various publications. He is the co-author of the first Malta Referencing Report of the Malta Qualifications Framework to the EQF and EHEA. He has participated in international events in various countries in Europe, North America, South-East Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, South Africa, the Middle East and in the Mediterranean region.

SOCIAL: 12pm - The virtual courtroom: will it enable justice to prevail?

The justice system is faced with the challenge of upgrading its electronic infrastructure and keeping operational during times of crisis. Would the introduction of remote court hearings expedite the delivery of justice?  

 

PANELLISTS

 

Dr Louis de Gabriele, Partner Camilleri Preziosi Advocates

 

Dr Vincent De Gaetano, Chief Justice Emeritus

 

Dr Vanessa Grech, Court Services Agency 

 

Dr Ian J. Stafrace, Partner Saliba Stafrace Legal 

Dr. Ian J. Stafrace is a Maltese Lawyer who has been admitted to the Bar in 1998.Ian was educated at De La Salle College and the Liceo and Graduated from the University of Malta.

Since graduating Ian:

• has worked for Exco Services Limited handling assignments relating to corporate matters, mergers and divisions and company restructuring;
• was a partner at Abela Stafrace and Associates, a law firm specialising in Civil and Administrative Law matters. Was actively involved in advising local and foreign public and private clients on matters involving property, planning and environmental law and handled the drafting of transposition legislation and other laws;
• served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, the Maltese Agency regulating environment protection and development planning;
• since May 2013, he returned to his profession and set up the firm Salibastafrace Legal. He regularly advises public and private entities on property, civil and commercial matters.

 

Thursday 16th July

ENVIRONMENT: 11am - Waste management planning: the need for a triple bottom strategy

How is hazardous waste managed during a pandemic and how did Malta score in terms of the adoption of single-use plastics during the emergency?

 

PANELLISTS

Mary Gaerty, Owner Green Skip Services

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENT: 12pm - Resiliency in water and wastewater resources: can we withstand a pandemic?

Empty offices meant lower energy consumption and a reduction of costs for companies. How can we seize the opportunity and champion sustainability?  

 

PANELLISTS

 

Ivan Falzon, CEO Water Services Corporation 

Mr. Ivan Falzon has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Water Services Corporation on March 27th, 2020. Mr. Falzon was, until recently, the CEO of Mater Dei Hospital preceded by a career in aviation. He had occupied the role at Mater Dei Hospital since 2014 and was instrumental in a number of transformational projects undertaken during this period. Mr. Falzon strongly believes that water and data are the commodities of the next generation and as a country should double up our focus on making the right investments to fit this reality.

 

Manuel Sapiano, CEO The Energy & Water Agency 

Manuel Sapiano is the Chief Executive Officer of the Energy and Water Agency (EWA) within Malta’s Ministry for Energy and Water Management.  In this role, he coordinates a team of experts with responsibilities for the formulation, evaluation, monitoring and implementation of national policies concerning the use of energy and water in a sustainable manner and the formulation of plans to meet National and EU energy and water resources management targets.

He also coordinates EWA’s identification of and participation in research and development initiatives in the energy and water sectors, mainly focusing on issues such as the water and energy demand management and use efficiency, renewable energies, groundwater resources management and policy assessment and formulation.

Mr Sapiano is a hydrogeologist, with specific specialisation in island and coastal hydrology.  He has previously led the Agency’s Water Policy Unit, where in particular he had the responsibility of coordinating the implementation process of EU related water legislation in the Maltese islands He has been involved in the implementation process of the EU Water Framework Directive since 2002, where within the Common Implementation Strategy of this Directive, he fulfils the role of Water Director for Malta.

Tuesday 21st July

ECONOMY: 11am - Is COVID19 the infamous burst to the property bubble?

The islands’ construction industry has registered an unprecedented growth in the last decade and seems to have come out of the crisis unscathed. What are the reasons for its resiliency and did the property market experience any new trends?

 

PANELISTS

Alan Grima, CEO Dhalia Real Estate Services

ECONOMY: 12pm - Malta's standing in a post COVID Europe

Can Malta position itself as a European safe-haven for tourism and business alike, and are we capitalizing on the funds made available by the EU?

 

PANELLISTS

Marcel Cassar, CEO APS Bank

Started with a Big 4 firm in 1987, followed by 5 years at MIBA/MFSC (today’s MFSA), trained at the Bank of England and the US Federal Reserve Board. He then held successively senior management positions, as General Manager of Lombard Bank Malta plc (1996-2004) and First Executive Vice President and Group CFO of FIMBank plc (2004-2015). Marcel served for many years on the board of the Malta Bankers’ Association, including as Chairman (2018-2020), leading to a seat on the Board of the Brussels-based European Banking Federation (EBF). Marcel is a CPA, a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants and holds an MBA in Bank Financial Management from the University of Wales and Manchester Business School (1995). He lectures in the M.A. (Financial Services) programme at the University of Malta, supervises and examines theses, and writes and speaks at conferences in Malta and overseas, particularly on topics related to banking policy,
strategy and ESG.

Wednesday 22nd July

SOCIAL: 11am - Preserving the resilience of Maltese society

Prolonged home isolation has had a diverse and even adverse impact on different facets of the Maltese society, bringing the community to the fore. Is the welfare and care system adapt to support the most vulnerable members of society cope with such circumstances?  Do we have roadmaps in place to help unfortunate citizens adapt to the immediate, medium and long-term difficulties caused by this pandemic?

 

PANELLISTS

Dr Anna Borg, Director of the Centre for Labour Studies

Dr Anna Borg is the Director of the Centre for Labour Studies (CLS) at the University of Malta. She lectures and coordinates the Honours Degree Course in Work and Human Resources, and the Diploma in Social Sciences (Gender, Work and Society) offered by the CLS. She conducts research for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Euorofound-Dublin), and for several years she also acted as a researcher for the European Social Policy Network (ESPN). In her past work Dr Borg was responsible for managing the EU Educational and Vocational Programme, Leonardo Da Vinci in Malta and was a Project Leader for various Trans-European Social Fund (ESF) projects across the EU.

 

Her Excellence Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Former President of Malta, President of Eurochild, Chair of The Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, Chair of The Malta Trust Foundation

 

Patrick Psaila, Director PsyPotential

Patrick is a registered psychologist and training consultant with over 22 years of experience working with organisations as a training consultant, coach and psychologist. Patrick works with various large and medium sized organisations involved in manufacturing, education, health, tourism, banking, and other services. His area of specialisation is in personal and professional development for managers and leaders in organisations, with a particular interest in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership.

He has designed and delivered customised training and development programmes for over 300 organisations. In 1998 he established WorkAssist as a professional service that offers workplace counselling, personal and professional development programmes, coaching, mentoring and HR consultancy. In 2015 he founded PsyPotential Ltd. specialising in work psychology and human factors in organisations. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Adult and Group Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. He is a Licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, a certified MSCEIT and EQ-i 2.0 practitioner. He has also delivered lectures at the University of Malta, The Institute of Health Care, the Foundation for Human Resources Development and the Malta Institute of Management. He has delivered keynote addresses and run workshops on Emotional Intelligence and Resonant Leadership in various Conferences held in Malta, UK and Switzerland. Patrick is passionate about empowering and enabling people to reach their full potential and become the best version of themselves.

 

SOCIAL: 12pm - Social distancing Vs sports: the invisible opponent

With more time on their hands, many took the opportunity to start physical exercise at home, but how has the pandemic affected professional and amateur athletes' training opportunities? 

 

PANELLISTS

Leanne Bartolo, Personal Trainer

Thursday 23rd July

ENVIRONMENT: 11am - Sustainable development: a call for a harmonious balance in planning

Sustainability must be included in the planning of urban areas and homes alike. How can we make policymakers, industry representatives and NGOs work together towards a sustainable planning model?

 

PANELLISTS

ENVIRONMENT: 12pm - Renewables’ immunity to COVID-19 and energy supply contingency

PANELLISTS

Ing. Sandro Lauri, CSO Energy and Water Agency

Ing Sandro Lauri graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malta in 1993 and for 20 years worked in the IT industry.   In 2013 he obtained a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy, specializing in modelling energy consumption by road transport.    In 2014 he joined the Energy and Water Agency (formerly SECWU), whereby he was assigned tasks related to Renewable Energy Policy development and implementation.  He led the update of Malta’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan and the revamp of incentive schemes for photovoltaic installations, and contributed towards both the Solar Farm Policy and the National Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030.  Today he heads the recently established Strategy Unit within the Energy and Water Agency.

Register now!

Join us for free and participate in an online national forum hosted by Grant Thornton to discuss Malta’s new norm and the path ahead. You can help us shape our country’s future!