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.

  • 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 held senior compliance roles in the financial services (including Head of Controls for Credit Suisse and RBS and Head of Risk and Compliance for ICICI Bank), now supports a broad range of financial services institutions and regulators globally advising on, investigating and remediating regulatory and financial crime matters and governance and control concerns including conflicts of interest, pricing and sales practices, governance structures, control frameworks, product and client governance and remuneration arrangements. AT FTI, she leads a team that performs investigations on behalf of regulators and assists financial services organisations achieve compliance. 

  • 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. 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.

  • Joe Cuschieri

    Joe 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.  Throughout his professional career spanning 25 years, he held various finance related roles, senior executive positions and directorships within the private and public sector amongst which Head of Corporate Affairs and then Chief Commercial Officer at Vodafone Malta, Chief Operating Officer at the Malta Communications Authority, senior consultant with EY and 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 | Global Conferences & Events

    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.

  • Maysam Rizvi

    Maysam Rizvi

    Director, Aelm

    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. 

  • Joe Portelli

    Joe Portelli

    Chairman, Malta Stock Exchange

    Joseph has over 32 years experience employed in various capacities within the financial industry in the U.S and in Malta.  He is currently Chairman of  the Malta Stock Exchange and sits on  its Audit Committee. Between April
    2013 and April 2015, he sat on its board and chaired its Risk Management Committee. He is also Chairman of the Financial Literacy Board focused on improving financial literacy in Malta consisting of Malta Stock Exchange and Ministry of Education members. He is principal of Risk Compliance Ltd a company which services the fund industry in various capacities focusing primarily on risk management, compliance and directorship services. He is
    also a board member and sits on the investment committees of APS Bank SICAV and other financial companies. He is likewise the founder and Chairman of Financial Services Gozo a public/private organization aimed at promoting Gozo as a destination for financial services companies.

  • Ronald Attard

    Ronald Attard


  • Ivo Camilleri

    Ivo Camilleri


  • 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, KPMG

  • Marcel Cassar

    Marcel Cassar

    Malta Bankers’ Association

  • Dimitris Litsikakis

    Dimitris Litsikakis


  • Ian Gauci

    Ian Gauci

    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.

  • Roberta Metsola

    Roberta Metsola


  • 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

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A networking event will be held 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 – 20:00 Pre-Conference Networking Reception

Venue: TBC

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: FinanceMalta Chairman

09:10  The European Institutions: Creating an Environment for Innovation in Europe

09:30 Innovation Vision 2021: Governmental, Regulatory and Business initiatives in Malta

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

09:35 Video: Hon. Mario de Marco – Opposition Spokesperson for Finance

09:40 Speaker: Joe Cuschieri – CEO, Malta Financial Services Authority

09:55 Speaker: Wayne Pisani – President, Institute of Financial Services Practitioners

10:10 Keynote

Hon. Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat

10:25 Innovation Vision 2021 – Discussion and Q&A with audience

Moderator: Michael Imeson – Senior Content Editor, Financial Times Live | Global Conferences & Events


Hon. Silvio Schembri – Parliamentary Secretaty responsible for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation
Joe Cuschieri – CEO, Malta Financial Services Authority
Wayne Pisani – President, Institute of Financial Services Practitioners

11:00 Break

11:30 Case Study 1: Expats supporting Innovation

US citizen looking to set up a Fintech business in Malta (FintechCo), offering e-wallet and payment services in Malta initially as a test bed, and eventually to the wider European Market. As part of the business plan, FintechCo will be looking to raise capital through the European capital markets, making an initial public offering of its equity, and listing on the Malta Stock Exchange. The US promoter plans to move to Malta with his long-time partner and their minor child, all US citizens. He is also considering obtaining Maltese citizenship by investment for him and his family.

11:35 Setting up or Relocating a Fintech Business: What to look out for

Speaker: Maysam Rizvi – Director, Aelm

12:00 Case Study 2

Asset manager based in France wishes to have a representative sales office in Malta to have access to the Malta based expat community looking for specialized asset management services. The sales office will be manned by a French national who will be employed by the French asset management company (ManCo) (Malta branch). The French national is married, has two young kids all of whom will be moving permanently to Malta and will also be relocating the family nanny (a third country national) to Malta.

12:05 PANEL DISCUSSION: 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

Interview Clips:
Charles Zammit – Chairman, EducationMalta
Joe Portelli – Chairman, Malta Stock Exchange
Ronald Attard – EY

13:00 Lunch

14:15 Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Finance

Speaker: tbc

14:35 The Cashless Society

Video clips:
Ivo Camilleri – BOV
Jesmond Gatt – Central Bank of Malta

15:00 Break

15:20 Mitigating Bank Fears in Cryptocurrency

Keynote Speaker: Loretta Joseph – Advisor, OECD – Mauritius

Panel Session

Moderator: Mark Curmi – Director, KPMG


Marcel Cassar – Malta Bankers’ Association
Lauretta Joseph – Advisor, OECD
Dimitris Litsikakis – Revolut
Ian Gauci – GTG Advocates

16:10 Panel Discussion: Combatting Financial Crime

Keynote Speaker: tbc

Panel Session

Moderator: Federica Taccogna – FTI Consulting, London


MEP Roberta Metsola
MEP Alfred Sant
Ian Joseph Abdilla – Asst. Commissioner, Economic Crimes

16:50 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.

If you would like to sponsor the conference, please send an email to Lindsey Busuttil on

Diamond Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

  • VacancyCentre

Gold Sponsors

  • Francis J. Vassallo & Associates Ltd.

  • Apex Fund Services (Malta) Limited

Silver Sponsors

Pre-Conference Networking Event Sponsors

  • Castille Resources Ltd.

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

  • 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.
  • Active Services (Malta) Ltd.