FinanceMalta 12th Annual Conference 2019

For the 12th year running, the FinanceMalta Annual Conference has set out to deliver another interesting and informative two-day event, providing delegates with networking opportunities, insights into the market, and updates on developments within the financial services sector both on a local as well as international level.

This year’s finance conference and networking event titled Malta: A Platform for Innovation will include sessions on the innovation that is driving the sector forward, such as fintech and AI, and will also touch upon important issues that arose due to this innovation such as cybercrime. New for this year will be case studies focusing on setting up a business in Malta and what it entails for a foreign national, giving further insight into people’s experiences with financial services in Malta.

This finance conference will feature select local and international experts who will address delegates on contemporary and current topics affecting the financial services industry.

The business and finance conference will be chaired by Ms Federica Taccogna (FTI Consulting).

The FinanceMalta Annual conference is a highlight in the business conference calendar for Malta that grows in numbers and prestige year after year.

CPE Hours Accreditation
The FinanceMalta 12th Annual Conference has been accredited for 2 hours Core and 4.5 hours Professional Development.
Slido will be used during certain sessions of the conference so we invite all delegates to participate by sending in their relevant questions to create an engaging and stimulating discussion.
  • Speakers


    A select panel of speakers will be sharing their expertise throughout the FinanceMalta business and finance conference. The speaker profiles will be continuously updated in the run up to the business and finance conference.

  • Networking Event

    Networking Event

    On Wednesday 5th June, the eve of the FinanceMalta 12th Annual Conference, a networking event will be held providing delegates, guests and speakers with the opportunity to network prior to attending the business and finance conference the following day.

  • Venue


    The FinanceMalta Annual Conference is held at the Hilton Conference Centre in St Julians. The sponsors’ exhibition area and all networking breaks will be held in the impressive Spinola Suite while the conference talks will take place in the enormous Grand Master’s Suite. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the centre.

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  • Kenneth Farrugia

    Kenneth Farrugia

    FinanceMalta Chairman

    Kenneth Farrugia joined Bank of Valletta plc, Malta’s largest banking group, in 1985 and over the years has occupied various positions within the Bank and its subsidiaries.He currently holds the post of Chief Business Development Officer and sits on the Management Board of the BOV Group. Kenneth is also the Chairman of FinanceMalta, Malta’s national promotional body for the financial services industry and also serves as Chairman of the Malta Funds Industry Association. He is also the Chairman of Malita Investments p.l.c. which is listed on the Malta Stock Exchange.

  • Federica Taccogna

    Federica Taccogna

    FTI Consulting

    Having previously held senior risk and compliance positions in industry, Federica now supports a broad range of financial services institutions and regulators globally advising on, investigating and remediating regulatory and financial crime (in particular money laundering and terrorist financing) and governance and control concerns.

    Federica leads teams conducting investigations into complex financial crime schemes encompassing money laundering, illicit use of shell companies/complex ownership structures, computer intrusions and hacking incidents, ransomware scams, identity theft schemes and bribery and corruption.

    Federica  is a strategic advisor on financial crime to the MFSA and leads teams performing financial crime investigations on its behalf and designing and devising its supervisory strategies and policies. In Malta, she leads a team of regulatory compliance, financial crime and analytics experts who support regulators and financial services firms in achieving compliance across a wide range of regulatory aspects.

  • Hon. Joseph Muscat

    Hon. Joseph Muscat

    Prime Minister of Malta

    Dr Joseph Muscat took office as Prime Minister of Malta on 11 March 2013. He graduated with Honours from the University of Malta in Public Policy and later as Master of European Studies. In 2007 he attained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Management Research from the University of Bristol (UK). From 1992-1997 he was a journalist and eventually Assistant Head of news with a national private radio station. He was elected member to the National Executive of the Partit Laburista at the age of 21 and later nominated as Education Secretary of the Party. From 1997 to 1998 he was a member of the National Commission for Fiscal Morality. Dr. Muscat was also a market intelligence manager and investment adviser. He successfully contested the first European Parliamentary elections in Malta in 2004. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Person of the Year. In 2008 he was elected as the Leader of the Partit Laburista.

  • Hon. Edward Scicluna

    Hon. Edward Scicluna

    Minister for Finance

    Hon. Professor Edward Scicluna is a Member of Parliament and Malta’s Minister for Finance since March 2013.

    During 2013, Prof. Scicluna assumed the chairmanship of the European Investment Bank Board of Governors (EIB), and vice-chairmanship of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

    Prior to March 2013 he served as a member of the European Parliament (MEP), in the capacity of Vice-Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON), and a member of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC).

    Previous appointments include that of Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Malta, Chairman of the Malta Financial Services Authority, Chairman of the Malta Council of Economic and Social Development, Board Director of the Central Bank of Malta, and Electoral Commissioner.

    Prof. Scicluna graduated from the University of Oxford with a Diploma with distinction in politics and economics, from the University of Malta with a First Class Honours BA degree in Economics, and the University of Toronto with a Masters and Doctorate in Economics.

  • Hon. Silvio Schembri

    Hon. Silvio Schembri

    Parliamentary Secretary

    Silvio Schembri is an elected Maltese politician and academic currently serving as a Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy & Innovation within the Maltese Government. Hon Mr. Schembri was born in Luqa, the second child among four siblings. His father John Schembri has occupied the office of Mayor of Luqa since 2001. Silvio is an experienced lecturer in Economics with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. He is skilled in political communications, negotiations, sustainable development, political science, and analytical skills. He has a Master of Arts and a Bachelors Degree of Honours focused in Economics from the University of Malta.

  • Louis de Gabriele

    Louis de Gabriele

    Partner, Camilleri Preziosi Advocates

    Louis heads the Corporate and Finance practice group of the firm.  Here, he has developed a broad-based practice in corporate, commercial and finance areas ranging from bank lending and banking products to privatisations, capital markets, M&A transactions, corporate finance, securitisations and asset management.  He has extensive experience in advising banks and financial institutions on the regulatory aspects of their business including those international clients who need to establish new operations in Malta.He has been a first mover in the development of capital markets in Malta and acts for a significant number of companies listed on the Malta Stock Exchange.

  • Joseph Cuschieri

    Joseph Cuschieri

    CEO, Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA)

    Joseph Cuschieri, Chief Executive Officer of the MFSA, is responsible for the overall management and performance of the Authority, strategy development/implementation including reforms in the financial services sector. A Certified Public Accountant by profession and a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants, Mr Cuschieri is specialised in management accounting, corporate finance, economic regulation and general/business management. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College, UK and an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK.  Prior to joining the MFSA he held the position of Chairman and CEO at the Malta Gaming Authority since November 2013. Mr Cuschieri is also a member of the Blockchain task force where he was involved in the development of a new regulatory framework for virtual currencies and distributed ledger technology.

  • Wayne Pisani

    Wayne Pisani

    President, Institute of Financial Services Practitioners

    Wayne Pisani is the Grant Thornton partner responsible for the corporate and financial services team in Malta where he deals with a wide range of asset protection and cross-border regulatory and tax planning engagements for clients ranging from private clients, including family offices and high-net-worth individuals, to NASDAQ listed companies in various industry sectors. He conducts an active consulting practice on the legal and tax implications involved in the structuring of both local and international financial institutions, M&A and project finance transactions. Wayne is the President of the Malta Institute of Financial Services Practitioners.

  • Michael Imeson

    Michael Imeson

    Senior Content Editor, Financial Times Live

    Michael Imeson is a Senior Content Editor at Financial Times Live, and a Contributing Editor of The Banker. He owns Financial & Business Publications, an editorial services agency which provides services to publishing companies, financial institutions, consultancies and other organisations. Before setting up the agency he was a news reporter for The Times and Sunday Times in London. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (MCSI); an Advisory Board Member of the European Risk Management Council; a Member of the Institute of Internal Communication; and an Alumni Mentor for the London School of Economics. He studied at the London School of Economics and Bradford University.

  • Edwin Ward

    Edwin Ward

    Chairman, Institute of Directors Malta

    Edwin Ward is Chairman of Praestantia CleanTech, the world’s first Blockchain Platform for Clean Technology with a mission to create and setup a global Cleantech Marketplace. He is Chairman of the Paragon Group and its subsidiaries and all related business activities. The company has business operations across Europe and is an important driver in key European policy areas. A former academic, he is an active chair, moderator, keynote speaker and contributor to international conferences, symposia and workshops, as well as a devoted educator. He is a Chairman and CEO in the global network of Ogilvy & Mather International. He was unanimously appointed Chairman of the Institute of Directors Malta Branch at the end of 2018.

  • Maysam Rizvi

    Maysam Rizvi

    CEO, Elifinty

    With numerous roles leading enterprise teams and initiatives at some of the world’s biggest financial institutions, plus multiple award wins to boot, Elifinty Founder & CEO Maysam has consistently driven innovation and change throughout two decades in banking. His last role as Head of Change for Global Trade & Loans at J.P. Morgan, saw him tackle some of the biggest challenges in banking. Maysam’s career is defined by problem solving and tapping fruitful new areas of opportunity. He is a keen advocate for the fair use of technology in finance and is a thought leader on open banking and artificial intelligence. Maysam is a Financial Health Fellow (2017) of the Financial Innovation Lab and holds an MBA. He is also Director of Aelm (a tech company specialising in AI and big data), Non-Exec Director of Harmoney (a charitable debt advice company) and Board Trustee of Toynbee Hall (a charity organisation fighting poverty in East London). He is passionate about technology for good and financial inclusion.

  • Susan HayesCulleton CFA

    Susan HayesCulleton CFA

    "The Positive Economist

    Susan HayesCulleton, CFA, “The Positive Economist” is Managing Director of the Hayes Culleton Group, with clients across Europe and the USA. Her latest venture is Global Irish BECKSearch, a next generation, person-to-person knowledge sharing platform for business communities across the world. This project is an Innovation Partnership with Dublin City University (DCU) and Enterprise Ireland. The company also provides training, speaking and content development services, specialising in the financial markets, economics and entrepreneurshipSusan is co-author of “Positive Economics”, the market-leading Leaving Cert economics textbook in Ireland, and she is the author of two books published by Penguin, The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Financial Freedom and The Savvy Guide to Making More Money. Susan is co-founder of #SavvyTeenAcademy, co-founder of The Positive Economist., co-founder of Savvy Women Online, and serves on the boards of the Irish International Business Network and the Ireland Hong Kong Business Forum. Susan holds a Chartered Financial Analyst charter, MSc Executive Leadership, BSc Financial Maths and Economics and a Diploma in Taxation. 

  • Marika Tonna

    Marika Tonna

    CEO, Business First

    Marika Tonna is the CEO of Business First and spearheads the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ Action Group. This Group has recently been instrumental in completely restructuring the methodology for business registrations, effectively reducing the time frame for setting up a business from 27 to 3 days. The Group is now working on other aspects of the regulatory environment for business, spearheading the reform of a number of government processes and procedures. Until last year she was the Chief Operating Officer of Malta Enterprise, and has previously worked as a Consultant (OPM) – a senior position that involved managing projects of a general business, strategic and specialist management nature. She has a management degree and an MBA from the University of Malta.

  • Andrew Zammit

    Andrew Zammit

    Managing Partner, GVZH Advocates

    Andrew is managing partner at GVZH Advocates and heads the firm’s corporate, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance practice. He is particularly active in advising businesses within the TMT space, having pioneered the licensing of various fintech operators in Malta, and led various corporate acquisitions which most notably include the sale of Malta’s largest quad telecoms player and a number of significant online gaming operators. Andrew currently holds the position of Council Member of the Institute for Financial Services Practitioners. Andrew graduated from the University of Malta in 1999 (Doctorate of Laws) and subsequently pursued a Masters of Law degree at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) in the areas of Company Law, Financial Services Regulation, The Law of International Finance and International Trade Law, which he completed successfully in 2000.

  • Christopher Buttigieg

    Christopher Buttigieg

    Chief Officer, Strategy, Policy and Fintech, MFSA

    Dr Christopher P. Buttigieg was appointed Chief Officer Strategy, Policy and Innovation after 4 years heading the Securities & Markets Supervision. During his tenor as Head of Securities and Markets supervision, Dr Buttigieg was responsible for work in the field of policy, regulation and supervision of securities, markets and FinTech. He joined the Authority in 2000 as Manager in the Investment Services Unit and has gained professional experience in various areas of financial regulation, supervision, the investigation of market misconduct and the enforcement of sanctions. He sits on the Authority’s Supervisory Council and represents the MFSA at various European Fora on financial regulation and supervision. He is the MFSA’s alternate member on the ESMA Board of Supervisors and is the Chair of the ESMA Data Standing Committee.

  • Matthew Camilleri

    Matthew Camilleri

    Founder & CEO, Castille Resources Ltd

    Castille is the professional network of Tech and Financial talent, modelled to service new global work trends. It partners with clients on managed talent solutions and specialist search services, whilst offering its candidates and employees unparalleled opportunities to develop professionally. Prior to setting up Castille, Matthew worked within Assurance and Financial consultancy for a Big 4 firm in London after having founded and raised finance for a tech start-up in Oslo Norway in 2000. Matthew has a passion for sports and travel and enjoys spending his time outdoors with his family and friends.

  • Soulla Louca

    Soulla Louca

    Director, Institute for the Future, School of Business

    Prof. Soulla Louca has been nominated by LATTICE80 in partnership with Miss Kaya as one of the top 100 women in Fintech for 2019. She is one of the first academics to get involved in blockchain technologies (2014) when she assumed the responsibility of the Blockchain Initiative at the University of Nicosia. The Blockchain Initiative (renamed later to Institute For the Future) has designed and developed the first MSc worldwide in Digital Currency, the technology for publishing academic certificates on the blockchain ( and organized several events including the Decentralized series ( ). For seven years she headed the Domain Committee for ICT for the European program COST ( ) for the 36 Member States of COST. Her mandate ended successfully in September 2014. She is a professor in the Management & MIS Department as well as a Director at the Institute For the Future at the University of Nicosia.

  • Elina Konstantinidou

    Elina Konstantinidou

    Director, Account Management, Mastercard

    In her current role at Mastercard, Elina manages and coordinates the relationship of key Financial Institutions, Service Providers and Merchants in Greece & Malta. Holding a BA in Business Economics from Kingston University and an MSc in Financial Economics from Queen Mary University of London, she had her first work experience in Credit Commercial de France at Private Banking. From 2000 to 2015 she worked at Citibank International Plc Retail Banking in Greece, holding various positions, with the latest being Vice President leading Acquisitions & Alternative Channels in Greek Retail Bank. Elina joined Mastercard in May 2015.

  • Loretta Joseph

    Loretta Joseph

    Advisor, OECD - Mauritius

    Currently Loretta is the blockchain consultant at the OECD. She regularly advises a number of global organisations on responsible adoption of blockchain technology across policy makers , governments and industry. She is the fintech  and regulatory  consultant to the Government of Bermuda, Antigua/Barbuda, Serbia and the Premier office of South Australia. Loretta is the consultant to the Financial Services Commission Of Mauritius. Loretta sits  on the papal council of Humanity 2.0 the Developed in collaboration with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Holy See and a consortium of leaders and luminaries. Loretta sits on the advisory board of UWS (Business School), Blume Ventures (India). She is also an adjunct fellow at UWS (Australia). She currently is  Director of market development  at SSX , Lifetime fellow of  ADDCA (Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association) chair of the Serbian blockchain Association. Loretta holds various advisory positions in India and Australia. She was the recipient of the Fintech Australia “Female leader of 2016” and the Fintech Australia “leader of 2017 and Sancta Sophia College (Within Sydney University) Alumni Award 2016, 2018 and current 2019 alumni Award recipient for Social impact. 

  • Mark Curmi

    Mark Curmi

    Director, Banking, FI and VFA Services, KPMG

    Mark joined KPMG in 2014, to drive the Banking Service offering across Audit, Tax and Advisory within the firm. His role as coordinator for the firm for banking projects has seen him at the forefront of some major engagements such as the change in shareholding process of a large local Bank, a pitch for the audit of a leading bank, as well as the licensing of new banks and financial institutions. Mark has established himself as the client contact for the firm’s new banking clients. Mark has several years of banking experience predominantly, but not exclusively, in the commercial banking sphere. Before joining KPMG he worked with HSBC Bank for over eight years in the field of Commercial and Corporate banking at both a local and international level. He is a former European Manager with HSBC Bank. His experience includes multiple overseas assignments, including London and Spain. Mark has a deep understanding of structured working capital funding and finance. He has led several engagements in structured working capital finance and lending for HSBC both locally and internationally. His regulatory work with KPMG has included a wide range of advisory assignments, including assistance with licensing of regulated companies, particularly banks, preparation of ICAAP and ILAAP reports, and drafting of risk policies.

  • Marcel Cassar

    Marcel Cassar

    Malta Bankers’ Association

    Marcel Cassar has been the CEO of APS Bank plc since 2016, with a 30+ year career in successively senior executive positions in the financial services industry. In May 2018 he was appointed Chairman of the Malta Bankers’ Association, leading to a seat on the main board of the Brussels-based European Banking Federation (EBF). Since 2009 he also sits on the Banking Supervision Committee of the EBF. Marcel is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants and holds an MBA from University of Wales and Manchester Business School. He has made academic and conference contributions on bank strategy, transformation and governance and lectures in the M.A. (Financial Services) programme at the University of Malta.

  • Dimitris Litsikakis

    Dimitris Litsikakis

    Global Head of Fintech, deVere Group

    Dimitris Litsikakis holds a BSc in Information Technology from Piraeus University and a MSc in Project Management from Lancaster University. He worked at IBM UK as a Project Manager delivering large scale IT projects. He then joined Edenred Greece as Digital Transformation Manager where he led the entire digitalization of the company’s solution offering, issuing hundreds of thousands of prepaid cards to beneficiaries. In 2018 he was appointed Country Manager Greece, Cyprus & Malta for Revolut the fastest growing FinTech in Europe with a $1.7B valuation, delivering 400% client growth. He’s now spearheading the digital transformation of deVere Group, a financial consultancy with global presence, delivering cutting edge FinTech solutions. Since 2014, he also acts as Athens Chapter Director for Startup Grind, the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs.

  • Ian Gauci

    Ian Gauci

    Managing Partner, GTG Advocates

    Dr Ian Gauci is a partner at GTG Advocates, Afilexion Alliance and Caledo Group. He is engaged primarily in technology law, fintech, regtech, electronic communications, information society, data protection and gaming/gambling, while also focusing on consumer law, competition law, broadcasting law, cyber law, e-commerce, m-commerce, e-health, e-payment, information technology, unfair commercial practices and misleading advertising. Dr Gauci also provides consultancy on legal matters related to blockchain technology, smart contracts, crypto-currencies and ICO/ITO. He has assisted the Maltese Government amongst others on issues dealing with E-Trust certification, the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) on its E-commerce strategy as well as the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). He was one of the strategic advisors appointed by Government on the National Blockchain Strategy Taskforce. Dr Gauci is an advisor to the Malta Digital Innovation Authority as well as the Malta Financial Services Authority. He has co-authored the Maltese Electronic Communications Framework and lectures Legal Futures and Technology at the University of Malta. He is also a co-founder and Secretary of the Malta Blockchain Association.

  • Schuyler Weiss

    Schuyler Weiss

    Chief Digital Officer, REYL & Cie Ltd.

    Schuyler Weiss is the Chief Digital Officer at REYL & Cie, and leads the company’s digital transformation strategy. REYL & Cie is an independent diversified banking group with offices in Switzerland (Geneva, Zurich, Lugano), Europe (London, Luxembourg, Malta), and the rest of the world (Singapore, Dubai, and the US). Since joining in 2018, he has focused on transforming clients’ digital experiences with the bank, streamlining internal operations, and creating innovative revenue models that best position the bank for the future. Prior to joining REYL, Schuyler held positions as a Vice President at Morgan Stanley and as a Senior Consultant at IBM. Schuyler received his BA in Economics-Mathematics from Colby College in Maine, USA (‘10) and his MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland (Honors ‘17).

  • Gianfranco Mautone

    Gianfranco Mautone

    PwC Partner, Forensic Services & Financial Crime Leader, Switzerland

    Gianfranco Mautone is the Partner responsible for Switzerland’s Forensic Services team consisting of approximately 40 specialists with various backgrounds. He is leading the Forensics Services activities for Financial Services in Continental Europe. He has been assisting clients in preventing and investigating fraud for 20 years and has led numerous large-scale cross border projects in various jurisdictions including Continental, Central and Eastern Europe, the US, Latin America and the Middle East. Gianfranco has extensive Financial Services industry experience in the following areas of Financial Crime in Switzerland and internationally:  Investigations; Sanctions; Cum/Ex Trading ; KYC/AML; Anti Bribery & Corruption; Disputes Support; International Arbitration and Litigation support; Fraud risks assessment; and Forensic Technology.

  • Roberta Metsola

    Roberta Metsola


    Member of the European Parliament for Malta and Gozo Roberta Metsola was first elected in 2013, becoming one of Malta’s first three female MEPs. Professionally, she is a lawyer who has specialised in European law and politics at the University of Malta and the College of Europe in Bruges. As a MEP, Dr Metsola is the coordinator for the European People’s Party (EPP) within the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. She is also a Vice-President of the Petitions Committee and a member of the Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee.

    A proud Maltese and passionate European, in her years in the European Parliament, Dr Metsola has been vocal in her defence of a united Europe, calling for proper balance between the rights and responsibilities of European consumers and companies.

    Prior to serving as a MEP, Dr Metsola served within the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union as Malta’s Legal and Judicial Cooperation Attaché and head of the Justice and Home Affairs Unit there. She then moved to the European External Action Service (EEAS), acting as a legal advisor to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
    Born in 1979, Roberta Metsola is married to Ukko Metsola and is the mother of four young boys. She has been named MEP of the Year for Justice and Home Affairs in 2015 and 2016 and has been chosen as one of Europe’s ten Young Leaders from across the European Union in 2017.

  • Alfred Sant

    Alfred Sant


    Alfred Sant studied physics and maths at the University of Malta, diplomacy at the Institut International d’Administration Publique (now amalgamated with the ENA) in Paris, and business administration at Boston and Harvard Universities. He worked as a diplomat at Malta’s Mission to the then EEC in Brussels (1970 – 1975), as executive deputy chairman of the Malta Development Corporation (now Malta Enterprise) during the late seventies/early eighties, as a management consultant in between and later. He was chairman of the Labour Party’s information department (1982 – 1984), President of the Party (1984 – 1988), a Labour M.P. (1987 – 2013), Labour Leader and Leader of the Opposition (1992 -2008) and Prime Minister (1996 – 1998). Over the years Sant wrote plays for the theatre, radio and TV, as well as novels and short stories in the Maltese language; was editor of three magazines and for thirteen years a correspondent of the Economist Intelligence Unit; and he wrote extensively in English and Maltese for the political and economic press. Alfred Sant was elected Member of the European Parliament in May 2014.

  • Ian Joseph Abdilla

    Ian Joseph Abdilla

    Asst. Commissioner, Economic Crimes

    Ian Joseph Abdilla is Assistant Commissioner in charge of the Malta Police Financial Crimes Investigations Department, which includes the Economic Crimes Squad, the Anti-Money Laundering Squad, and the Financial Crimes Intelligence Unit, a position he has held since 2017. Mr Abdilla is the Police Liaison Officer with the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit and the Internal Audit and Investigative Directorate, and the local contact person for the Camden Assets Recovery Interagency Network (CARIN).  He is also a Board member on the Asset Recovery Bureau. Mr Abdilla is a delegate of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and acts as an international evaluator for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

  • Kenneth Farrugia

    Kenneth Farrugia

    Director, Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU)

    Mr Farrugia holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) and a MA in Business Ethics. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) and a member within the Malta Forum of Internal Auditors (MFIA). Throughout his career Mr Farrugia held audit positions both within private audit firms and the public sector. Prior to joining the FIAU, for nine years up to 2017, he was engaged within the Internal Audit and Investigations Department (IAID) and as from November 2012 he headed the Department as Director General. Mr Farrugia has extensive experience in EU Funds Audits, Internal Audit, Risk Management, Financial Investigations and OLAF Anti-Fraud Coordinating Services (AFCOS) related matters. He provided support to the Internal Audit & Investigations Board (IAIB) to draft policies and procedures, to implement and manage the necessary change programmes and served as Secretary to that Board. Mr Farrugia participated in various meetings, seminars and conferences organised by the European Commission in the fields of auditing and financial investigations. Additionally, Mr Farrugia together with the FIAU Management team initiated a process of reform/restructuring of the FIAU overall operations to better meet the challenges emanating from ML/TF risks in Malta. Mr Farrugia frequently represents the FIAU in international fora including the EBA AMLC, FIU Platform and EGMONT among others.

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A networking event will be held at the Gazebo, Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, 5th June 2019 at 18:00 providing delegates, guests, and speakers with the opportunity to mingle over a glass of wine and some good food prior to attending the conference the following day.

NOTE: Should you wish to attend the business networking event, it is very important that you mark yourself as attending when registering for the conference.

Sponsored by Castille Resources Ltd.

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  • Year on year developments have been phenomenal. Keep up with the good work,

    Federico Vasoli - dMTV

  • The FinanceMalta Conference is a vital forum for leaders and decision makers in the industry to keep updated and informed on developments.

    Stephen Griffiths - Sovereign Trust Malta Limited

  • Interesting and current topics. Very well organized. Well done FinanceMalta.

    Emily Burgess - Bentley Trust (Malta) Ltd

  • I found the conference to be very relevant and helpful with a value add. FinanceMalta did an
    impressive job in organising this and I look forward to the next one.

    Lydia Wilding - Aqua Trust Services Malta Ltd.

Conference Programme

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 Wednesday 5th June 2019

18:00 – 21:00 Pre-Conference Networking Reception

Venue: The Gazebo, Hilton Hotel, St Julians

Sponsored by Castille Resources Ltd.

Thursday 6th June 2019

Conference Chair: Federica Taccogna – FTI Consulting

Registration (08:00 – 08:45)

08:45 Welcome Address

Speaker: Kenneth Farrugia – FinanceMalta Chairman

09:00  The European Institutions: Creating an Environment for Innovation in Europe

In March 2018, the European Commission presented a fintech action plan which sets out 19 steps to promote innovative business models, the uptake of new technologies, to increase cybersecurity and the integrity of the financial system, and to enhance further investor, consumer and data protection. It promotes innovation and regulatory certainty and also envisages the introduction of regulatory sandboxes. This session will provide a critical analysis of the laws and actions taken by the EU institutions to make Europe more innovative and competitive.

Speaker: Louis de Gabriele – Partner, Camilleri Preziosi Advocates

09:20 Innovation Vision 2021: Governmental, Regulatory and Business initiatives in Malta

The session will provide an insight into the work being undertaken by the Government of Malta to strengthen and widen the breadth of the financial services industry in Malta, the industry’s vision for the immediate future to continue sustaining such growth, and the MFSA’s role in ensuring that such development is sustainable and that the industry is regulated in an efficient and effective manner. Speakers will touch upon some of the key challenges and complexities faced by the industry, such as the role of technology and innovation in Malta’s future, the obligations which arise from regulation, and the reality of the financial crime problem globally, as well as the measures being implemented to create a nimble but safe environment for existing and incoming participants.

Speakers: Hon. Silvio Schembri – Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Financial Services, Digital Economy, and Innovation

Joseph Cuschieri – CEO, Malta Financial Services Authority

Wayne Pisani – President, Institute of Financial Services Practitioners

10:05 Keynote Address

Speaker: Hon. Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat

10:15 Panel Session: Innovation Vision 2021

Moderator: Michael Imeson – Senior Content Editor, Financial Times Live


Joseph Cuschieri – CEO, Malta Financial Services Authority
Wayne Pisani – President, Institute of Financial Services Practitioners
Edwin Ward – Chairman, Institute of Directors Malta

11:00 Break

11:30 Expats supporting Innovation

Being a small island, Malta has always greeted expatriates with open arms. Now that the economy is booming, the importance of having expatriates supporting such growth, particularly through innovation, is as big as ever.

Case Study & Interviews – Part 1

Setting up or Relocating a Fintech Business: What to look out for

Setting up Fintech businesses are challenging to begin with, when you start thinking of expanding or relocating it can bring some fantastic opportunities but also some challenges. In this talk, Maysam talks through his experience of setting up and relocating a Fintech business.

Speaker: Maysam Rizvi – CEO, Elifinty

Case Study & Interviews – Part 2

12:00 Panel Session: Personal and Business Considerations when planning to set up in Malta

Moderator: Susan HayesCulleton CFA, “The Positive Economist”


Marika Tonna – CEO, Business First
Andrew Zammit – Managing Partner, GVZH Advocates
Christopher Buttigieg – Chief Officer, Strategy, Policy and Fintech, MFSA
Matthew Camilleri – Founder & CEO, Castille Resources Ltd.

13:00 Intelligent Transformation of the Financial Sector: Blockchain and AI

Fintech and its potential have received a lot of attention the past years due to the technologies that surround it such as blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI). Such technologies are revolutionizing and transforming the Fintech sector as it helps enhance security and data protection, and improve customer centricity and service. The talk will focus on how the financial sector is being transformed through blockchain and AI.

Speaker: Soulla Louca – Director, Institute for the Future, School of Business, Cyprus

13:20 Lunch

14:35 The Cashless Society

The world is going digital: everyone and everything is becoming connected. Consumers are making changes to how they live, work and pay – using technology to make their lives more simple, seamless and secure. The ongoing convergence of physical and digital worlds is reflected in the continuing shift in payments to digital forms and new payment flows. The digital evolution creates great opportunities to drive financial inclusion and help to build a modern and inclusive society.

Speaker: Elina Konstantinidou – Director, Account Management, Mastercard

14:55 Mitigating Bank Fears in Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin and other decentralised cryptocurrencies enable a type of payment processing which cuts out the need for the middleman role typically performed by banks (and for which banks charge a fee!). The role of this ‘middleman’ is, in essence, to process transactions and to guarantee their accounting into a ledger. Achieving this,  often requires large back offices and a certain amount of time – all of which come at a price. Decentralised cryptocurrencies, on the other hand, are based on distributed ledger technology. This means that there isn’t a central authority (a bank) responsible for the ledger and, therefore for the processing of transactions. Rather, a database of records (i.e. of payments) is held and updated independently by each participant in a large network. All participants maintain their own identical copy of the ledger, almost impossible to alter once updated. Furthermore, cryptocurrencies, use cryptography (i.e. the computerised encoding and decoding of information) to prevent counterfeiting and fraudulent transactions. It is evident that the use of distributed ledger technology and cryptocurrencies offers processing efficiencies (large back offices are no longer needed) and therefore cost reduction opportunities. If correctly used, it can also offer an additional defence against fraud and hacking. Most certainly, it opens the door to a world of possibilities not yet explored…

Keynote Speaker: Loretta Joseph – Advisor, OECD – Mauritius

Panel Session

Moderator: Mark Curmi – Director, Banking, FI and VFA Services, KPMG


Marcel Cassar – Chairperson, Malta Bankers’ Association
Loretta Joseph – Advisor, OECD
Dimitris Litsikakis – Global Head of FinTech, deVere Group
Ian Gauci – Managing Partner, GTG Advocates
Schuyler Weiss – Chief Digital Officer, REYL & Cie Ltd.

16:00 Combatting Financial Crime

The fight against money laundering and terrorism financing is critical to ensure the security and prosperity of a country. Financial crime threatens the safety of our society, the integrity of our financial system and the stability of our economy. Malta is deeply committed to prevent, detect and prosecute money laundering and terrorist financing activities. Malta’s AML/CFT strategy will be is to continue to  strengthening our regulatory, supervisory and law enforcement institutions to continue to make them effective in the face of an everchanging threat.

Hon. Edward Scicluna – Minister for Finance

Selected results of PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey will be presented and survey results will be put into perspective of recent financial crime-related developments across Europe. Using real-life examples, Gianfranco will provide a brief overview of risks specific to small jurisdictions facing growing regulatory pressure over money laundering and other financial crimes.

Gianfranco Mautone – PwC Partner – Forensic Services & Financial Crime Leader, Switzerland

Panel Session

Moderator: Federica Taccogna – FTI Consulting, London


Roberta Metsola – MEP
Alfred Sant – MEP
Ian Joseph Abdilla – Asst. Commissioner, Economic Crimes
Gianfranco Mautone – PwC Partner, Forensic Services & Financial Crime Leader, Switzerland
Kenneth Farrugia – Director, Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU)

17:10 Concluding Remarks

Speaker: Federica Taccogna – FTI Consulting

End of Conference

  • What does the FinanceMalta Annual Conference offer?

    Take a look at what happened during the FinanceMalta 11th Annual Conference to see the benefits provided to delegates. The financial services and business conference gives you a unique opportunity to connect with developments taking place in the financial services sector worldwide in order to achieve a high level of excellence in their day-to-day work practices and methodologies.

    The conference will be chaired by Mr. Kenneth Farrugia, Chairman of FinanceMalta and will include a number of selected local and international experts who will address the participants on current everyday topics affecting the financial services industry.


The FinanceMalta 12th Annual Conference is being sponsored by the following organisations.

We invite all delegates and guests to support these companies and visit their stand during the conference.

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Diamond Sponsor

  • Reyl & Cie (Malta) Ltd.

    Founded in 1973, the REYL Group is an independent diversified banking group with a presence in Switzerland (Geneva, Zurich, Lugano), Europe (London, Luxembourg, Malta) and the rest of the world (Singapore, Dubai and Dallas). The REYL Group (including its minority-holding subsidiaries) manages assets in excess of CHF 16 billion and employs more than 200 professionals.

    Developing an innovative approach to banking, the Group serves a clientele of international entrepreneurs and institutional investors through its Wealth Management, Entrepreneur & Family Office Services, Corporate Advisory & Structuring, Asset Services and Asset Management business lines.

    REYL & Cie Ltd is licensed as a bank in Switzerland and performs its activities under the direct control of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and the Swiss National Bank (SNB). The REYL Group’s subsidiaries are also regulated by the LPCC in Switzerland, the FCA in the United Kingdom, the CSSF in Luxembourg, the MFSA in Malta, the MAS in Singapore, the DFSA in Dubai and the SEC in the United States.

Platinum Sponsors

  • VacancyCentre (operated by CSB Group)

    VacancyCentre is a small yet remarkably effective recruitment business servicing the resources needed by organisations of all sizes across a wide range of industry sectors, namely Financial Services, Legal & Compliance, Gaming & IT, Administration, and Sales & Marketing.

    With grounded experience of 30 years in the recruitment sector, VacancyCentre knows exactly how to reach the best people to fill almost any position. We pride ourselves in delivering an unrivalled candidate experience to ensure we create an ethos that our clients feel confident will represent them in the best possible way.

    VacancyCentre brings together organisations with career-minded results driven-people, ideally suited to their strengths and interests, providing the best possible outcome for employees and employers alike

    We adapt our recruitment solutions to fit the specific needs of every client, not the other way round. We consider everything we do to be bespoke. Nothing is “off-the-shelf”.

    The foundation of our success is based on treating both candidates and clients as valued customers. We seek to establish trust and respect by providing an excellent recruitment service to our clients and being trusted career advisors to our candidates.

Gold Sponsors

  • Apex Fund Services (Malta) Limited

    The Apex Group, established in Bermuda in 2003, is one of the world’s largest fund solutions providers. The Group offers an unrivalled suite of market-specific services on a local, regional, and global scale. From fund administration and comprehensive middle office services to banking and depositary solutions plus corporate services, Apex clients receive a full service solution enhanced by an agile service model. Apex administers over $650bn in assets and has offices in over 40 locations worldwide

  • Dolfin

    Dolfin is an independent and agile wealth management platform. Founded as a UK-based wealth boutique in 2013, today – from offices in Malta and London – we provide world-class custody, depositary, brokerage and investment management, as well as our own bespoke technology, to private clients, financial advisers and institutional investors. Although we now look after more than $2.1bn of client assets and handle around $650m of brokerage flow every month, the commitment that drove us in those early days endures: we think differently and act faster than most. We open investment accounts promptly and safeguard assets; share our infrastructure; provide access to capital markets worldwide; and offer sophisticated investment expertise.

  • Francis J. Vassallo & Associates Ltd.

    ‘Our reward is in providing tailored solutions in the most efficient and ethical manner whilst nurturing lasting relationships for mutual growth and success.’

    Francis J. Vassallo, founder of Francis J. Vassallo & Associates Group (FJVA), has a simple explanation for his company’s 20-year continued success: keep things ethical, be honest with regard to client needs and, above all, always put the client first, before anything.

    FJVA comprises a team of over seventy highly experienced multi-disciplinary professionals, among which are internationally qualified tax advisors, corporate lawyers and accountants.

    FJVA is an independent firm that provides a wide range of tax and advisory services supported by trustee, corporate, compliance, book-keeping and back-office services, to multinational companies, family offices and private clients worldwide.

  • Malta Stock Exchange

    The Malta Stock Exchange offers a transparent listing and trading infrastructure for a variety financial instruments. Services include a full range of comprehensive pre and post trading operations comprising registration, custody services, clearing and settlement, register maintenance and as well as dematerialisation services for unlisted securities.

    The MSE’s Main Market (RMM) and the Institutional Financial Securities Market (IFSM) enjoy the status of an EU Regulated Market while Prospects MTF is an SME oriented market which is fully regulated by the Exchange. The MSE is also the National Numbering Agency for the issuance of International Securities Identification Number (ISIN) and an authorised agent for the allocation of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI).

  • Profile Software

    Founded in 1990, Profile Software is a specialised solutions provider with offices in key financial centers and a presence in 38 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Americas delivering market-proven solutions to the Investment Management and Banking industries. Its specialized solutions for the broader banking (Digital Banking, Core Banking, Marketplace Lending, Payments, Loans, Risk Management, etc.) as well as Investment Management sectors (Wealth Management, Asset and Fund Management, Robo Advisory, Custody etc.) have been recognized by international industry specific advisory firms due to their rich functionality and innovative technological features. Profile Software boosts business optimization and advanced customer service by providing solutions with the necessary agility to meet the growing challenges of the industry, including requirements for Compliance, Open Banking, PSD2, AI, etc.

  • Sparkasse Bank Malta plc

    Sparkasse is a public limited liability company established in Malta in 2000. The Bank operates from Malta as well as from its branch in Dublin where it provides Depositary services to Irish Funds. Sparkasse is a licensed Credit Institution under the Laws of Malta. In addition to Banking Services, the Bank also provides Investment Services, Custody and Depositary Services by virtue of the two additional investment services licenses issued by the Malta Financial Services Authority. In addition, the Bank holds a depositary license for the provision of depositary services to Irish Funds issued by the Central Bank of Ireland. The Bank’s core suite of services include Payment, Forex, Custody, Execution, Settlement, Asset Servicing and Depositary Services. The Bank is a direct participant in SEPA and a direct member of SWIFT and has developed a strong Global Custody network allowing for a broad market reach. The Bank the second largest Non-Core domestic bank and Custodian bank in Malta.

  • Systemic

    SYSTEMIC is a financial software developer for investment and risk management professionals across banks, investment funds, wealth managers, insurance firms and broker-dealers. Systemic provides integrated front-to-back investment and risk management software solutions through its state-of-the-art, scalable and easy to operate technology platform RiskValue™. In addition, utilizing its in-depth financial expertise, it also provides advisory and managed services in the areas of regulatory reporting, risk management and portfolio valuation.

  • Western Union Business Solutions

    Western Union Business Solutions enables companies of all sizes to send and receive cross-border payments and manage foreign exchange. With deep expertise in moving funds around the globe, access to over 130 currencies, and a global financial network spanning more than 200 countries and territories, we help companies spend less time managing international financial transactions and more time growing their businesses.

    We have extensive experience working with clients in a variety of sectors, including import and export, wine and spirits, agriculture, mining, and non-profit. We also offer customized solutions for legal, financial and educational institutions.

    Western Union Business Solutions is one of the world’s leading providers of cross-border business payments. Western Union Business Solutions operates through locally licensed affiliates in more than 30 countries.

Silver Sponsors

  • Alter Domus

    Alter Domus is a fully integrated Fund and Corporate services provider, dedicated to international private equity & infrastructure houses, real estate firms, private debt managers, multinationals, capital markets issuers and private clients. Our vertically integrated approach offers tailor-made administration solutions across the entire value chain of investment structures, from fund level down to local Special Purpose Vehicles. We are proud to serve 17 of the 20 largest private equity houses, 15 of the 20 largest real estate firms in the world and 17 of the 20 largest private debt managers in the world

  • Computime Software

    Accelerate your business with Acumatica Cloud ERP. Acumatica is a leading provider of business management solutions that empower small and mid-sized businesses to unlock their potential and drive growth. Acumatica Cloud ERP delivers adaptable cloud and mobile technology with a unique, all-inclusive user licensing model which provides a complete real-time view of your business anytime, anywhere, on any device. Built on the world’s best cloud and mobile technology, Acumatica delivers a suite of fully-integrated applications, powered by a robust and flexible platform.

  • FIMBank p.l.c.

    FIMBank p.l.c. is a leading provider of trade finance, factoring and forfaiting solutions, with a global presence in various important financial and trading centres. The Bank is an award winning, customer-driven provider focused on optimising business performance and supporting business growth by developing tailor-made solutions.
    FIMBank provides:
    • Trade finance solutions
    • Factoring
    • Forfaiting
    • International payments
    • Real estate financing to established developers
    • Treasury related services
    • Savings and current accounts for corporates
    • Term deposits

  • Kroll

    Kroll’s Compliance Risk and Diligence practice provides solutions that helps clients comply with the myriad of anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption regulations worldwide.

    Kroll is the leading global provider of risk solutions assisting clients to make confident risk management decisions about people, assets, operations and security through a wide range of investigations, cyber security, due diligence and compliance, physical and operational security and data and information management services.

  • Linedata

    Linedata offers a dynamic, configurable platform of software and services with a deep commitment to a partnership approach and delivering operational efficiency to help our clients succeed. With 20 years’ experience and 700+ clients in 50 countries, Linedata’s 1300 employees in 20 offices provide global humanized technology solutions and services for the asset management and credit industries that help its clients to evolve and to operate at the highest levels.

  • Nicholls Moisa

    NichollsMoisa is a talent acquisition consultancy, helping clients increase their retention rates up to 96%, reduce commercial downtime and business costs. We collaborate, partner and counsel to ensure that our solutions get you results that matter, with up to 12 months guarantee. For a free consultation, contact Fran.

Pre-Conference Networking Event Sponsors

  • Castille Resources Ltd.

    Castille is the professional network in Tech and Financial talent. We are the leading brand in Tech and Finance offering search consultancy, scalable staffing solutions, technical training and Digital employer branding. We leverage our expert industry and market knowledge to help businesses and professionals achieve higher performance and outstanding results. Operating in 3 countries, we combine deep geographic presence, world-class talent solutions and a tailored, consultative approach to attract, develop and retain the best and brightest people in Tech and Finance. Being a people-centric talent network, Castille takes pride in accompanying candidates throughout their professional development giving them lifetime career opportunities in strategic sectors and technical areas of skill.

Workshop Sponsors

Lunch & Networking Breaks Sponsor

  • Equiom (Malta) Limited provides asset protection through appropriate structuring and a comprehensive range of services relating to company set-up, trust, yachting and aviation. As part of Equiom Group, Equiom Malta’s clients benefit from global expertise and international solutions.

Bronze Sponsors

  • Active Services (Malta) Ltd. The Regulatory Support service from Active Optimus provides assistance to in-house Compliance Officers and MLRO on all regulatory matters, including provision of an outsourced Compliance Officer if required. In addition to Malta, our expertise includes the British Isles, and covers such matters as EU directives, regulatory projects, GDPR support, etc
  • ARQ Group is uniquely positioned to offer seamlessly integrated legal and financial services, customised to meet our client’s specific needs across a range of sectors. ARQ’s core focus areas are company incorporation and administration, investment migration, business advisory services, economic and market intelligence, risk management, audit and accounting.
  • BDO Malta Ltd. is represented in 162 countries, employing 80,000 talented people in over 1,500 offices worldwide. With 41 years of experience in Malta, BDO has shaped into a leader in its fields, helping clients across a wide range of industries, supported by solid technical expertise, deep market insights and an international business mind-set.
  • Since 2009, Brand it Merchandising has been focused on the supply of Promotional items, Large format printing, Digital Printing, Embroidery, Engraving and Offset Printing. We supply all kind of goods, from a simple pen to made to measure products.
  • Camilleri Preziosi A leading Maltese law firm with a commitment to deliver an efficient service to clients by combining technical excellence with a solution-driven approach to the practice of law. Camilleri Preziosi is a specialised practice, advising on domestic and international transactions with a focus on corporate and commercial law, and the financial services sector. The firm provides both transactional and regulatory advice and assistance to clients. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to our practice and all our lawyers advise across a broad range of areas, which enables us to give practical and effective advice to clients.
  • The Institute of Financial Services Practitioners represents financial services practitioners in Malta. It communicates practitioners’ suggestions, concerns and frustrations in a cohesive manner to both regulatory authorities and the Government, as well as keeping members up to date with new developments and providing training and other services in crucial areas.
  • Vodafone has a history of technological innovation and prides itself on being at the forefront of developments that change customer lives for the better. Companies look to Vodafone to connect their fixed and mobile needs, online businesses and international offices to the rest of the world. Vodafone is the island’s leading telecommunications provider, delivering an unparalleled level of support.
  • is a jobs portal and blog offering employers and recruiters the chance to list two vacancies for free. We are investing in SEO, social media presence and in-house IT capability to ensure that our website grows and gains visibility with job seekers in Malta and beyond. – your online jobs portal.