Malta’s Financial Services Industry:
Emerging Stronger

The 14th edition of FinanceMalta’s Annual conference has arrived


We bring together Malta’s finance community and help it move forward. Our line-up of speakers and panelists includes C-level executives from Malta and abroad, EU policymakers, Government representatives, officials of global standard-setting organisations, renowned academics, and researchers. From sector leaders to new challengers, from established companies to fast-growing start-ups, all our speakers are ready to share best practices and actionable insights on industry-moving trends. Hear what they have to say about the future of financial services – locally and globally.


From in-depth analytics to impactful insight – an engaging and stimulating programme awaits you. Together we look at the latest developments in the world of fintech and regtech and drive discussions on the future of asset management, banking, insurance, and private wealth. Our speakers and panelists offer answers to questions around cybersecurity, talent development, and good governance. During the conference, we also take a deep dive into Malta’s strategy for sustainable finance and are taking stock of post-Brexit opportunities for Malta’s financial services industry.

Conference Format

FinanceMalta is on a mission to unite and reconnect the financial services industry in a safe way. This year the FinanceMalta Annual Conference will be held in a hybrid format. Sessions will take place physically in order to facilitate discussions and debates. We aim to bring together most speakers and panelists and will follow all Covid-19 safety protocols to protect the health of everyone involved. All delegates will connect virtually via Evowk, a brand-new platform for virtual events, offering highly interactive networking tools. Prepare for a new way to find the right contacts and learn about the key trends and developments affecting our industry.

Get a glimpse of what the FinanceMalta 14th Annual Conference will be like.

How to register?

Firstly, if you are interested in joining our annual conference, click on the “Register here” button, which will redirect you to our official registration on Eventbrite. Secondly, register your details and choose which pass is applicable to you. Finally, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the conference platform and a copy of your official conference pass.

The conference will take place between the 20th and the 21st of July 2021.

All delegates please note that the platform that we will be using can only be accessed via a laptop or PC, and cannot be accessed through a mobile device (ex. smartphones, or tablets).

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  • Angele Spiteri Paris

    Angele Spiteri Paris

    Conference Chairperson

    With over 15 years of experience in asset management and consultancy, Angele is a freelance research consultant and journalist.

    She works on global institutional, wholesale and retail research projects with CoreData Research, focusing on editorial content and narrative development.

    Angele is also an editor with Global Fund Media, producing numerous special reports on a variety of alternative asset management topics.

    In previous roles, Angele was Deputy Editor at Funds Europe magazine in the UK and worked as an institutional marketing executive at M&G Investments.

    She has a BA (Hons) in English and holds the UK’s Investment Management Certificate.

  • Rudolph Psaila

    Rudolph Psaila

    Chairman, FinanceMalta

    Rudolph Psaila is the CEO of AlleyBe Group, an independently owned Group that is engaged in the Corporate, Trust, and Fintech Industry.

    Rudolph is also the Chairman of FinanceMalta, Malta’s national promotion body for financial services and fintech-related business. He is a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Rudolph is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta and acts as an examiner and tutor for dissertations related to financial services.

  • Hon. Clyde Caruana

    Hon. Clyde Caruana

    Minister of Finance and Employment

    The Minister for Finance and Employment, Clyde Caruana, was appointed Minister in November 2020.  An economist by training has held the position of executive chairman at the State employment agency, Jobsplus, since 2014. More recently had taken up office as Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff.

    He had previously worked at the National Statistics Office between 2007 and 2012. Caruana also lectures in Economics, at the Faculty of Economics, Management, and Accountancy at the University of Malta.

  • Hon. Miriam Dalli

    Hon. Miriam Dalli

    Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development at Government of Malta

    Dr Miriam Dalli was appointed Minister for Energy, Enterprise, and Sustainable Development in November 2020. She is responsible for the country’s energy agenda, supporting businesses, and pushing Malta’s aims under the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Her vision is to align the islands’ economic success with the concept of sustainability. Her aim is to attract new types of investment, sustain new economies and incentivise the green economy. Her work is geared towards the attainment of carbon neutrality by 2050 and the implementation of the UN’s established Sustainable Development Goals.

    Miriam Dalli served as a Member of the European Parliament between May 2014 and October 2020. As Vice President of the Social Democratic Group, she was responsible for the Group’s position on the European Green Deal.

    Dr Dalli is considered a doer and an eco-warrior by European influencers and was the only MEP listed in the Politico 28 Class of 2019.

  • Hon. Kristy Debono

    Hon. Kristy Debono

    Opposition spokesperson of Economy, Financial Services and Lands

    ‘’Kristy Debono is a member of Parliament; she was elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. In 2017 she exceeded her quota on first count votes making her the only female member of parliament to get elected as such in 2017.

    Since 2013, Kristy Debono has been a member of the Parliament’s Economic and Financial Affairs Committee on behalf of the Opposition and she had also served as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. An economist by profession, Debono is the Shadow Minister of Economic Development, Industry, Financial Services, and Lands where she also serves as Board Member of the Lands Authority on behalf of the Opposition. Debono served as President of the Nationalist Party’s General Council .’’

  • Christopher P. Buttigieg

    Christopher P. Buttigieg

    Chief Officer Supervision & Chief Executive Officer ad interim, Malta Financial Services Authority

    Dr. Christopher P. Buttigieg is the Chief Officer Supervision and the Chief Executive Officer ad interim of the MFSA.  Having joined the Authority in 2000, he has gained professional experience in different areas of financial regulation, supervision, and enforcement of market malpractice.

    Dr. Buttigieg sits on the Authority’s Executive Committee and is a member of the ESMA and the EBA. He is also the Chair of the ESMA Data Standing Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law (ERA).

    Dr. Buttigieg is a senior lecturer in the Banking and Finance Department of the University of Malta. He obtained a doctoral degree in law (Ph.D 2014) from the University of Sussex (UK).

  • Wayne Pisani

    Wayne Pisani

    President, Institute of Financial Services Practitioners

    Wayne Pisani heads the regulatory and compliance practice within Grant Thornton and leads the financial services tax and regulatory team 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 and a governor of FinanceMalta. He is also a member of the International Fiscal Association, the International Bar Association and the Maltese Chamber of Advocates.

  • Joseph Farrugia

    Joseph Farrugia

    Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, Malta Business Registry

    Joseph Farrugia was appointed Registrar/Chief Executive Officer at the Malta Business Registry on April 2019. He has been working at the Registry of Companies for the last 35 years.

    He was involved in the transfer of the Registry of Companies from Valletta to Attard, with the aim of integrating the Registry of Companies within the Malta Financial Services Authority. Along the years he was involved in numerous projects committed to ensuring Companies’ compliance within the financial sector. As Deputy Registrar he was also involved in the overhaul of the Registry’s system which brought about the creation and launch of a new online system.

    He is responsible for the overall management and performance of the Registry, as well as the strategy development and implementation of the Business Register

  • Kenneth Farrugia

    Kenneth Farrugia

    Director, Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit

    Kenneth Farrugia, Director of the FIAU, holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) and an MA in Business Ethics. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) and a member of the Malta Forum of Internal Auditors (MFIA). Throughout his career, Mr Farrugia held audit positions both within private audit firms and the public sector.

    Since joining the FIAU in 2017, Mr Farrugia has provided strategic direction to the various sections of the Unit, including the section responsible for intelligence analysis, the AML/CFT supervisory and enforcement teams, and legal and international relations section. Additionally, Mr Farrugia, together with the FIAU Management team, initiated a process of reform/restructuring of the FIAU’s overall operations to better meet the challenges emanating from ML/TF risks in Malta. He frequently represents the FIAU in international fora, including the EBA AMLC, FIU Platform and EGMONT.

  • Teitur Már Sveinsson

    Teitur Már Sveinsson

    Chairman of the Steering Committee on Actions against Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Proliferation and Head of Iceland´s Delegation to the FATF.

    Teitur Már Sveinsson holds a MA in Law. Through his career he has gained experience in various fields, such as a District Court Attorney and as an assistant to the Justices of the Supreme Court of Iceland. He is now working as a Senior Advisor in the field of Actions against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in Iceland´s Ministry of Justice. He is the Chairman of the Ministers Steering Committee on Actions against Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Proliferation and has since 2020 held the position of Iceland´s Head of Delegation to the FATF.

  • André Zerafa

    André Zerafa

    Managing Partner, Ganado Advocates

    André Zerafa co-heads Ganado Advocates’ investment services and funds team. André regularly advises promoters on various corporate, regulatory, and other legal issues involved in the setting up of asset management firms, administrators, custodians, prime brokers, and securitisation vehicles. He also specialises in the structuring and establishment of alternative investment funds, UCITS funds and other retail funds. André was involved in the setting up of the first segregated patrimony umbrella fund in Malta. His team also advises one of Malta’s largest banks on their range of retail funds. André is particularly knowledgeable on the structuring of Maltese limited partnerships and contractual funds.

    As from March 2021, André assumed the role of Managing Partner of Ganado Advocates. He is also an ACAMS Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

  • Steve Ellul

    Steve Ellul

    Advisor, Ministry for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development

    Steve Ellul is a Chartered Financial Analyst, an investment consultant, and a lecturer within the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy at the University of Malta. Steve is an investment manager by profession and has managed discretionary and institutional assets within the wealth management division of one of Malta’s leading financial institution.

    In recent years he has led the asset management unit of Malta’s largest UCITS manco managing mutual funds and institutional assets with a portfolio covering equities and debt instruments across developed, emerging, and frontier markets. Steve is now involved in the practical applicability of sustainable investing in the Maltese corporate context.

  • Geraldine Schembri

    Geraldine Schembri

    Vice-President, Malta Institute of Taxation

    Geraldine Schembri is an accountant by profession and has spent most of her working life in taxation, covering both direct and indirect tax, and international business structuring and she is the partner responsible for the international business team within EMCS. She started her career with Grant Thornton Malta where she covered various aspects of taxation both on the direct and indirect front, eventually setting up the international business arm of EMCS in 1999. Geraldine has, throughout the years, been involved in various tax committees and contributed articles and is currently the Vice President of the Malta Institute of Taxation

  • Malcolm Falzon

    Malcolm Falzon

    Partner, Camilleri Preziosi Advocates

    Dr. Malcolm Falzon, specialises in capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, asset finance, securitisation, and insurance, and leads the firm’s fintech practice area. He assists local and foreign clients on legal, regulatory, and licensing aspects of each of these areas as well as related corporate and commercial matters. Malcolm also leads Camilleri Preziosi’s Sustainable Finance team, tasked with evaluating the prospects of sustainable finance models and their potential application across the firm’s practice areas. Notable assignments include advising on green loans, social impact financing, and potential issuance of green bonds. In 2020, Camilleri Preziosi published its own ‘Sustainable Finance’ series, in which the firm explored the emerging trends and opportunities linked to sustainable finance, and has since contributed to various publications and online conferences on the subject.

    Malcolm holds a LL.D from the University of Malta and a LL.M in Corporate and Commercial Law from University College, London. He was admitted to partnership in 2013.

  • William Spiteri Bailey

    William Spiteri Bailey

    Chairman of the Service Providers Economic Group at The Malta Chamber

    William Spiteri Bailey is a partner within RSM Malta in business advisory and risk management services. William has extensive experience in servicing local and international clients across a wide range of industry sectors. William has an all-round grasp and knowledge of commercial affairs in Malta and is routinely involved in advising on corporate structures, mergers and acquisitions, and risk management. He is the partner responsible for risk management services.

    William is a Certified Public Accountant and a registered auditor. He is a member of the Council of the Malta Chamber where he is currently the Chair of the Services Economic Group and of the Financial Services Business Section. William is also a past President and an Honorary Member of the Malta Institute of Accountants.

  • Alfred Camilleri

    Alfred Camilleri

    Chairman, National Coordinating Committee on Combating Money Laundering and Funding of Terrorism, Malta

    Mr. Alfred Camilleri graduated with Honours in Public Administration from the University of Malta in 1983. In 1992, he attained a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Wales.

    Mr. Camilleri joined the Public Service in 1977. He was appointed Director at the Central Office of Statistics in 1996 and Director General at the National Statistics Office in 2001.

    He was appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Finance in 2006.
    He is Chairperson of the Compensation Committee of the European Stability Mechanism as well as Member of the European Union’s Economic and Financial Committee (ECOFIN) and Member of the Euro area Coordinating Group (EUROGROUP) on Economic and Financial Affairs, amongst others.

  • Vanessa Macdonald

    Vanessa Macdonald

    Communications Coordinator, Central Bank of Malta

    Vanessa Macdonald spent 25 years as a journalist with the Times of Malta, specialising in finance, economics and business. She was also a freelance writer for numerous publications. In 2019, she moved to the Central Bank of Malta to take up a role as communications coordinator.

  • Kenneth Farrugia

    Kenneth Farrugia

    Governor, FinanceMalta and Malta Asset Servicing Association Chairman

    Kenneth Farrugia joined Bank of Valletta plc (BOV), Malta’s largest banking group, in 1985 and has since occupied various positions within the Bank. Kenneth currently holds the post of Chief Business Development Officer at Bank of Valletta plc and sits on the Group’s Management Board. Kenneth is, amongst others, responsible for the improvement of the Bank’s market position, as well as the achievement of financial growth and long-term strategic business goals. Kenneth is also a Governor of FinanceMalta, Malta’s national promotional body for financial services, and also serves as Chairman of the MASA. He is also the Chairman of Malita Investments plc which is listed on the Malta Stock Exchange. Kenneth is married to Kathleen and has two children.

  • Elizabeth Carbonaro

    Elizabeth Carbonaro

    Chairperson, Malta Insurance Management Association

    With over 30 years of accounting and insurance experience, Elizabeth joined Willis Towers Watson in June 2012 managing a number of captives and insurance companies domiciled in Malta. She was appointed Managing Director of the Malta office in 2016 and is currently the Regional Managing Director for the WTW Global Captive Practice, Western Europe.

    Elizabeth is experienced in managing the financial and regulatory areas of captives from the delivery of consulting services to the incorporation of the captive through to the ongoing management of the company. Elizabeth also sits on a number of Captive Boards and is the Chairperson of MIMA.

  • Rick Hunkin

    Rick Hunkin

    Chairman, Malta Bankers' Association

    Bank of Valletta CEO – Rick Hunkin, is a vastly experienced financial services executive who has worked in all aspects of retail, commercial and corporate banking for over 35 years and held seats on the Boards of several UK financial services companies.

    He sits on the Bank’s Board of Directors as Executive Director and is Chairman of the Malta Bankers’ Association.
    Rick holds an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Financial Studies Diploma (obtained via CIB and Sheffield Hallam University). He has been elected a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Banking in both England and Scotland (FCIB, FCIBS) for services to Banking and Education.

  • Patrick Mifsud

    Patrick Mifsud

    Director (Corporate & Int. Taxation)

    Patrick Mifsud is the current Director of the International and Corporate Tax Unit within the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue. He has twenty-four years’ experience working in Direct Taxation and has represented Malta on several occasions in OECD and EU international fora. Patrick has worked as a tax manager in a big four firm and has occupied senior positions within the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue in the Operations and Technical Directorates. He also lectures modules pertaining to the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation.

  • Brian Morrissey

    Brian Morrissey

    Head of Insurance, KPMG Ireland

    Brian is KPMG’s head of insurance in Ireland. Our insurance practice offers a wide range of services across audit, tax, actuarial, regulatory, risk management, M&A, and consulting activities. Brian leads a wide range of engagements advising entities operating in the insurance and reinsurance markets, both domestically and internationally, and the corporate pensions sector. Brian, who is a qualified actuary, and his actuarial team act in a range of statutory actuarial roles in the Irish, Malta, Isle of Man and Bermuda markets. He has previously worked with KPMG in the UK for 7 years and a regional role for KPMG out of Hong Kong for 2 years.

  • Prof. Rodney Irwin

    Prof. Rodney Irwin

    Chief Operating Officer (World Business Council for Sustainable Development)

    Rodney Irwin is the Chief Operating Officer of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Redefining Value and Education programs. He is also a member of the organization’s Senior Management Team. In this role, Rodney is responsible for overseeing projects designed to help companies measure and manage risk, gain competitive advantage, and seize new opportunities by understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) information. He is the link between WBCSD members and mainstream business standard setters and regulatory bodies and manages the organization’s relationships with key education partners including Yale and Lancaster Universities.

  • Ramona Piscopo

    Ramona Piscopo

    Tax Partner, Piscopartners

    Dr. Ramona Piscopo is the founding partner at PISCOPARTNERS, a firm with offices in Switzerland and Malta. For the past 19 years, she has focussed on cross-border taxation with a particular emphasis on corporate structures.

    Ramona is an examiner on Tax Law at the University of Malta and until recently she was a lecturer at the LL.M. programme of the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. She is also the executive director at a family office, has published several papers on cross-border taxation, and regularly speaks at conferences.

  • Stephanie Galea

    Stephanie Galea

    Head of Business Development and Marketing, Malta Stock Exchange

    Stephanie joined the Malta Stock Exchange in 1991.  She is currently Head of Business Development. Prior to her current role, Stephanie worked in the Compliance and Market Operations for 23 years where she was Head of the department until 2016.  She is a member of the Malta Institute of Management, the Malta Association of Compliance Officers, and holds an MBA (Finance) from the University of Leicester School of Business.  Throughout the years Stephanie was involved in various projects at the Exchange among which was the transitioning to the current trading system.  At present Stephanie is actively engaged in the development and promotion of the Exchange’s Green Market.

  • Carol Pepper

    Carol Pepper

    Founder & CEO Pepper International, LLC

    Carol Pepper is the Founder and CEO of Pepper International, a highly respected Family Office, and Consulting Firm. In 2021, she is delighted to be celebrating her 20th year as the most trusted independent Family Office Advisor on the planet. She is a highly sought-after advisor, thought leader, speaker, and media personality.

    Carol acts as the External CIO to wealthy families and Single Family Offices. She oversees over $5 billion in assets. She is an expert in Impact Investing and integrating family values into an investment strategy.

    She acts as a consultant to families that would like to create their own family offices and has built family offices around the globe.

    Carol has been invited to be a Member of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Capital Development Fund, commencing in July 2021

  • Robert Sultana

    Robert Sultana

    General Manager, VacancyCentre

    Robert is the General Manager at VacancyCentre (VC), tasked with the general management of the recruitment business function; supporting a team of recruiters and support staff; mentoring and coaching; whilst cross-sharing his experiences to consolidate the future business growth of the brand. Has worked across various sectorial industries within Insurance, Regulatory, Training & Recruitment in various management capacities. Throughout the recent years, prior to joining VC, he was Regional Partner for Malta, representing an international executive recruitment firm where he had the opportunity to build lasting relations with professionals across the EU & MENA region.

  • Sheila Pancholi

    Sheila Pancholi

    Partner, National Technology Risk Assurance Leader

    Technology assurance, advisory, and risk and controls specialist with over 27 years experience working across a diverse range of clients including SMEs, middle-market, large global corporate organisations, and Central Government, Charities, and Sport Governing Bodies.

    Partner responsible for leading the National Technology Risk Services team at RSM U.K. and providing Data Privacy, Cyber Security, Business Resilience, Independent Third Party Assurance, IT Internal Audit, IT External Audit, IT Operating Model Effectiveness, and Technology Advisory support to clients across all sectors.

  • Prof. Michael Mainelli

    Prof. Michael Mainelli

    Executive Chairman of Z/Yen

    Professor Michael Mainelli FCCA Chartered FCSI(Hon) FBCS co-founded Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank and venture firm, in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. Z/Yen boasts a core team of respected professionals as well as numerous associates and is well-capitalised due to successful spin-outs and ventures.

    A qualified accountant, securities professional, computer specialist, and management consultant, educated at Harvard University and Trinity College Dublin, Michael gained his PhD at London School of Economics where he was also a Visiting Professor.

  • Mario Vella

    Mario Vella

    Special Commissioner for Economic, Financial and Trade Relations with the UK

    Dr. Mario Vella is Special Commissioner for Economic, Financial, and Trade Relations with the UK, with a focus on post-Brexit problems and opportunities. Previously, he was Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, Alternate Governor for Malta of the International Monetary Fund, Alternate Governor for Malta of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and member of the Board of Governors of the Malta Financial Services Authority. He has served as Executive Chairman of Malta Enterprise and Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Development Corporation and was Director of Foreign Direct Investment at Grant Thornton. Dr. Vella has studied at the University of Malta, the London School of Economics, and Humboldt University Berlin, and lectured for many years at the University of Malta as Visiting Senior Lecturer, at Edinburgh Napier University as Visiting Professor, and at other universities as a guest lecturer.

  • Michelle Mizzi Buontempo

    Michelle Mizzi Buontempo

    Chief Officer Enforcement, Malta Financial Services Authority

    Michelle Mizzi Buontempo, Chief Officer Enforcement at the MFSA has over twenty years of experience in the regulation and supervision of different areas within financial services, including supervision of investment firms and fiduciaries. During her career within the MFSA, Michelle has been entrusted with the responsibility of piloting a number of projects including the setting up of a regulatory regime to enhance consumer protection in the investments and insurance sector, as well as the establishment of a new regulatory framework for trustees and company service providers. She also represents the MFSA at various Committees of the European Supervisory Authorities.

    An advocate by profession, Michelle was also awarded a Masters Degree in Financial Services from the University of Malta.

    Prior to joining the MFSA, she headed the corporate division of a leading audit firm specialising in financial services.

  • Prof. Sir. Andrew Likierman

    Prof. Sir. Andrew Likierman

    Professor at London Business School

    In his professional capacity, Sir Andrew Likierman has advised the House of Commons Treasury, Employment, Transport, and Social Services Select Committees. He is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (who awarded him their Gold Medal) and was a member of the Financial Reporting Council. He has been a member of a number of official inquiries, including North Sea oil costs, international comparisons of telecoms and posts, and accounting for changing prices. He chaired a government study on professional liability. In the field of corporate governance, he was a member of the “Cadbury Committee” on UK corporate governance, and of the steering committee on oversight and governance of the United Nations.

  • Peter Cunnane

    Peter Cunnane

    Director of International & National Initiatives, Innovate Finance

    Currently leading on FinTech strategy, Mr. Cunnane is a committed and enthusiastic policy and innovation advisor, who has implemented change, led projects, and advised business leaders on issues of national and international importance.

    A credible trusted advisor and a confident communicator with strong influencing and organisational skills who consistently acts as a key liaison between colleagues, senior stakeholders, and policymakers.

  • Prof. Edward Scicluna

    Prof. Edward Scicluna

    Governor of the Central Bank of Malta

    Edward Scicluna was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Malta for five years with effect from 1 January 2021. He is a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank and an Alternate Governor for Malta in the International Monetary Fund, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Malta Financial Services Authority.

  • Christopher Sanger

    Christopher Sanger

    Partner | Tax Policy, Global Government and Risk Tax Leader; Tax Policy Leader: EMEIA Tax Centre, UK and Ireland, EY

    Chris is EY’s Global Tax Leader for Government, as well as being the Tax Policy Leader for the UK and the EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa) Tax Centre.

    Chris has wide-ranging experience at a senior level in advising governments internationally on technical policy options, tax legislation, economic matters, and fiscal costings. He is also the chair of the Tax Professionals Forum, from where he advises the UK’s Financial Secretary to the Treasury on the making of tax policy, and a member of the United Nations Subcommittee on Extractive Industries Taxation Issues for Developing Countries, writing guidelines for governments on tax incentives.

  • Keith Demicoli

    Keith Demicoli

    Communications and Business Development, Malta Chamber

    Keith Demicoli is a multi-award winning broadcaster and communicator. Before joining The Malta Chamber as Head of Communications and Business Development in May 2021, he was very well known for his regular broadcasts of TVM News. He regularly moderates and presents high-profile events and is a locally based contributor for Euronews, France24, and BBC. He trained at the BBC Academy, London, and is an alumni of the ‘US International Programme for Journalists’. He holds a Masters Degree in European Law, Economics, and Politics from the University of Malta.

  • Graham Bishop

    Graham Bishop

    Commentator on EU Financial Regulation: driven by politics and economics, UK

    Graham Bishop is renowned for his vision and the courage to propose radical ideas, yet ground them in a mastery of the technical details of the financial system… to the extent that he has even been referred to as a one-man think tank. His influence with EU policy-makers has built up since the early 1990s and he played a key role in designing the changeover to the euro of national currencies, and of Europe’s capital markets – putting him at the meeting point of politics, economics and finance.

  • Phyllis Farrugia

    Phyllis Farrugia

    Senior Advisor (Strategy & Policy), MFSA

    Phyllis’s role at the MFSA is that of a Senior Advisor within the Strategy, Policy, and Innovation Directorate. She is a specialist in regulatory policy and economics and has held advisory roles in various areas of public policy and EU affairs (mainly internal market in services and competition policy) for both government and private entities for more than twenty years.

    She is a graduate in Management and Economics; with post-graduate masters’ degrees in Business Administration (Brunel) and Regulation and Competition Policy (UEA).

  • Garvan Keating

    Garvan Keating

    Director at CountryProfiler

    Garvan Keating is the director of CountryProiler which is an international media company that specialises in the publication of country reports and investment guides on the world’s most innovative and high-growth markets for trade, foreign investment, and international financial services. CountryProfiler’s publications provide blue-chip companies, their executive management, and professional advisors with global business intelligence and market insight they require when managing cross-border operations, investing, or doing business with new markets.

  • Sophia Swire

    Sophia Swire

    Gender-lens investor and award-winning social entrepreneur

    Sophia Swire is a gender-lens investor and award-winning social entrepreneur. She traded a successful City career to establish education and enterprise opportunities for women in conflict zones. Her ethical fashion brand measurably increased Nepal’s GDP.  She established 250 schools for girls and delivered training in lapidary and digital literacy in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border regions. She has advised an impact fund in Africa and various start-ups in the US, Israel, and UK. Since 2014, she has invested exclusively in female-led, tech-for-good companies. She is co-founder of Gender Equity Diversity Investments (GEDI), a new investment platform to back successful tech businesses that can generate top-quartile returns while accelerating the UN SDG’s.  Swire’s work has been recognised with three awards, most recently at the UN.

  • Deborah Webster

    Deborah Webster

    Creator of AMANI™ and CEO of AMANIcircle

    Deborah is the creator of AMANI™ a unique responsible decision-making framework and holistic approach to ESG. Witnessing the impact human decisions have on broader society, Deborah started mapping the characteristics and dynamics of ethical companies and responsible leaders. Her research has covered the developed and developing world, from the boardroom to the community, from high-net-worth families to people living on less than $2 a day. Cross-cultural and inter-generational, AMANI™ captures the wisdom of communities and the possibilities of technology. It is the blueprint of responsible leaders shaping a more equitable and sustainable future.

    Deborah has spoken and moderated discussions at several conferences around the world on a variety of topics, including leadership, innovation, and ethical practices around data and technology.

  • Ivan Zammit

    Ivan Zammit

    Partner, Sheltons Group

    Ivan joined Sheltons in 2006 in Denmark and soon after became director in charge of our Copenhagen office. Ivan is nowadays the partner in charge of our Malta office while still being heavily involved in the Sheltons office in Denmark.

    In 2020, Ivan, with assistance from our tax team, was honoured with the Bloomberg Tax International Tax Author Award, the first Maltese to receive this prestigious award.

  • Leon Allen

    Leon Allen

    Innovation Director at Continent 8 Technologies - Global Hosting, Cloud, Connectivity and Cybersecurity Experts

    As Continent 8’s Innovation Director, Leon leads the company’s mission to discover and deliver innovative technologies, and enhance its market-leading connectivity, data center, cloud, and cybersecurity solutions. He is a highly experienced IT professional with 17 years of experience in the industry. Leon has a BEng degree in Software Engineering and a first-class Master’s Degree in Information Security from City University, London.

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  • Very professionally organized. Panels always provide insight for further thinking and reflection for further solutions and partnerships

    Delegate at the 2019 FinanceMalta Annual Conference

  • Very insightful, founding on all aspects of financing and innovation for finance in a fast-changing scenario.

    Leonie Aquilina Xuereb, Ministry for Foreign Affairs & Trade Promotion

  • An event full of experts, insights and way forward for the future

    Maysam Risvi, Effinity 

Conference Programme

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Malta’s Financial Services Industry: Emerging Stronger (Day 1) – 3 Core, 0.5 Professional Development

Malta’s Financial Services Industry: Emerging Stronger (Day 2) – 3.5 Core, 0.75 Professional Development

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20th July 2021

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome Address

Rudolph Psaila, Chairman, FinanceMalta

09:10 – 09:20 Keynote Address 

Hon. Clyde Caruana, Minister for Finance and Employment

09:20 – 09:35 Keynote speech: Good judgment – The heart of Good Governance

  • Why good judgment is important for good governance in regulated environments in general and financial services in particular
  • What judgment is and how it relates to the development of artificial intelligence
  • The importance of developing it in yourself and your organisation

Prof. Sir Andrew Likierman, Professor at London Business School

09:35 – 10:20 Panel session: Malta’s Financial Services Industry – Quo vadis? 

  • Where is Malta’s international finance industry going and what are the next steps that need to be taken to stay ahead of the curve and remain competitive?
  • As the financial services industry heads further towards its own Spotify moment, we ask how will Malta meet these challenges in such a rapidly changing business environment?
  • Following the MONEYVAL & FATF evaluations, we discuss the key action points and recommendations.
  • Looking to the future, does the sector urgently need a leapfrog strategy to survive and thrive as an international business and finance location and what does that look like?


Garvan Keating, Director, CountryProfiler


Alfred Camilleri, Chairman, National Coordinating Committee

William Spiteri Bailey, Chairman of the Service Providers Economic Group at The Malta Chamber

Kenneth Farrugia, Director, Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit

Dr. Christopher P. Buttigieg, Chief Officer Supervision, Chief Executive Officer ad interim, Malta Financial Services Authority

Joseph Farrugia, Registrar / Chief Executive Officer, Malta Business Registry


10.30 – 10.35 Is Malta emerging stronger?

Three indices carried out by Z/Yen will show how Malta has featured in recent years.

Recorded intervention: Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman of Z/Yen

10:35 – 10:50 Keynote speech: Fintech and RegTech accelerating transformation

An overview of the UK FinTech ecosystem and how it connects with global FinTech markets, and what role Innovate Finance and others play in support of the FinTech ecosystem. The speaker will also provide an overview of Innovate Finance’s priorities for the next 12 months, particularly as the world of FinTech emerges from the pandemic, and how it intends to build connections with like-minded hubs around the globe.

Peter Cunnane, Director of International & National Initiatives, Innovate Finance

10:50 – 11:30 Panel session: International Tax Developments

On 1 July 2021, 130 countries approved a statement providing a framework for reform of the international tax rules. These countries are members of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS (“IF”). The statement sets forth the key terms for an agreement of a two-pillar approach to reforms and calls for a comprehensive agreement by the October 2021 G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting, with changes coming into effect in 2023. Pillar One of the agreement is a significant departure from the standard international tax rules of the last 100 years, which largely require a physical presence in a country before that country has a right to tax. Pillar Two secures an unprecedented agreement on a global minimum level of taxation which has the effect of stipulating a floor for tax competition amongst jurisdictions. The panel will be discussing this subject together with other matters relating to Exchange of Information, and Country by Country Reporting.


Geraldine Schembri, Vice-Chair, Malta Institute of Taxation


Patrick Mifsud, Director (Corporate & International Taxation), Office of the Commissioner for Revenue

Christopher Sanger, Partner, Tax Policy, Global Government and Risk Tax Leader, UK

Dr. Ramona Piscopo, Tax Partner, Piscopartners

Ivan Zammit, Partner, Sheltons Group

11:30 – 11:45 Keynote speech: Considerations when Setting up a Family Office

  • The Global Family Office Model
  • The Family Office Response to the Pandemic
  • Best Practices and Top Challenges

Carol Pepper, CEO, and Founder, Pepper International

Sponsor’s video – Sanne Group

11:50 – 12:05  Keynote speech: INSURANCE: Operational Resilience

Operational Resilience is the ability of firms and the financial system as a whole to absorb and adapt to shocks, rather than contribute to them. It has become a key area of focus of regulators over the past number of years but an increasing focus now at local country levels but also EIOPA and global levels. Firms are now being assessed by regulators not only in terms of financial but also their operational resilience. This presentation will describe the concept, explore trends from a regulatory perspective and provide insights into how companies are looking at compliance and embedding operational resilience into their business models.

Brian Morrissey, Partner, KPMG Ireland

12:05 – 12.20 GEDI: Gender-Smart Investing

Female founders outperform, and they exit faster, so why are they still receiving only 2.3% of VC and private equity funds?

Sophia Swire, Gender-lens Investor, and award-winning Social Entrepreneur

12.20-12.25 Keynote speech: Understanding the implications of the ECB’s Strategy Review

On 8 July 2021, the European Central Bank published its new monetary policy strategy, following a review launched by President Christine Lagarde upon her appointment in 2019. Among other things, the new strategy establishes a 2% inflation target with a medium-term orientation and addresses ways for the ECB to take into account the implications of climate change and the carbon transition.

Prof. Edward Scicluna, Governor, Central Bank of Malta

Sponsor’s Video – Continent 8 Technologies

12:25 – 12:40 Panel Session: The Future of Financial Regulation and Supervision: The Local Dimension within an International Context

What is the current economic situation and the crucial factors for future recovery?


Vanessa MacDonald, Communications Coordinator, Central Bank of Malta


Dr. Michelle Mizzi Buontempo, Chief Officer, Malta Financial Services Authority

Dr. Wayne Pisani, President, Institute of Financial Services Practitioners

12:40 – 12:45 Concluding Remarks

Rudolph Psaila, Chairman, FinanceMalta

21st July 2021

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome Address 

Rudolph Psaila, Chairman, FinanceMalta

Including a recorded intervention from Dr. Jochen Biedermann, Managing Director, World Alliance of International Financial Centers (WAIFC)

09:10 – 09:20 Keynote Address

Hon. Kristy Debono, Opposition spokesperson of Economy, Financial Services, and Lands

09:20 – 09:40 Keynote speech: Cybersecurity: Emerging threats for financial services business

With cybersecurity attacks continuing to rise worldwide, especially around financial services, this panel will provide an insight into the types of cyberattacks, the instigators of attacks and discuss why the volume of attacks continues to rise. What immediate steps can companies take to minimise the likelihood, and severity, of experiencing an attack?

Sheila Pancholi, Technology Risk Assurance, RSM Risk Assurance Services LLP

Leon Allen, Innovation Director at Continent 8 Technologies – Global Hosting, Cloud, Connectivity and Cybersecurity Experts

09:40 – 10:30 Panel session: More or less regulation? London’s orientation and the consequences for Malta.

As financial regulation continues to ramp up across the globe, the participants on this panel discuss the future of London as a financial centre within this context and its relationship with European financial hubs, including Malta. How will changes within the UK impact the European and global competitive landscape, if at all? What does this mean for the different players across financial sectors?


Angele Spiteri Paris, Freelance Journalist and Research Consultant


Dr. Mario Vella, Special Commissioner for Economic, Financial, and Trade Relations with the UK

Graham Bishop, Commentator on EU Financial Regulation: driven by politics and economics, UK

Kenneth Farrugia, Chairperson, Malta Asset Servicing Association

Elizabeth Carbonaro, Chairperson, Malta Insurance Management Association


10:40 – 10:55 Keynote speech: BANKING UNION: Malta’s adoption of the European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS)

An overview of the development of regulatory deposit protection and a comparison of current national Deposit Guarantee Schemes (DGS) with the developing European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS). This session will look at the potential impact on Malta banks and depositors.

With the European Depositor Insurance Scheme (EDIS), the three pillars of the Banking Union will be in place – this will reinforce financial stability in the Euro area. EDIS is currently at a deadlock as some countries are arguing that this may bring along moral hazard leading to cross-border subsidisation. The strengthening of the Banking Union is on Eurogroup’s work program until December 2021, so we expect to see a possible resolution to the current stalemate.

Rick Hunkin, Chairman, Malta Bankers’ Association

10:55 – 11:45 Panel session: Malta’s strategy for Sustainable Finance

The coronavirus pandemic has put economies around the world under great stress. As we rebuild our economies, we need to think through how we tackle issues like climate change, using finance to transition to a low-carbon, more resource-efficient, and sustainable economies. We will unpack Malta’s vision for sustainable finance and its plans for implementing ESG across the broader economy. We will explore the opportunities it brings and the challenges we need to overcome to be respected participants in the global shift towards sustainable finance.


Deborah Webster, Co-Founder & CEO AMANIcircle

Recorded Interventions by:

Hon. Miriam Dalli, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development

Prof. Rodney Irwin, Chief Operating Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development


Steve Ellul, Advisor, Ministry for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development

Stephanie Galea, Head of Business Development and Marketing, Malta Stock Exchange

Phyllis Farrugia, Senior Advisor (Strategy & Policy), Malta Financial Services Authority

Dr. Malcolm Falzon, Camilleri Preziosi Advocates

11:45 – 12:00 Keynote speech: The Case for a Transparent Enforcement Procedure

The frequency and amount of administrative penalties issued by Maltese financial services authorities have increased exponentially in the last two years. While it is clear that further efforts and initiatives are expected from our country as a respected financial services centre, on the other hand, it is not expected that the authorities will relent in the issuance of fines and the imposition of heftier penalties and in generally increasing the standard of regulation, supervision and hence enforcement.

It is in this context that transparency on the administrative process leading to the imposition of such fines is required taking into consideration natural justice principles, equality of arms, due process, proportionality, and independent decision making. Setting out parameters for our authorities’ enforcement procedures and introducing guidance on settlement processes will necessarily lead to a reduction of appeals to the courts which will, in turn, speed up processes in the interest of stakeholders and consumers.

In this session, we intend to discuss this subject and encourage further discussion amongst stakeholders drawing inspiration from what other countries have done to deal with such thorny issues while ensuring that Malta remains attractive as a financial services center.”

Dr. André Zerafa, Managing Partner, Ganado Advocates

Sponsor’s Video – VacancyCentre (VC)

12:05 – 12:30 Keynote speech: EMPLOYMENT: Talent for the Future

  • Globally, the financial services industry is experiencing a talent shortage and Malta is no exception. How should this issue be addressed?
  • What are the key roles and skills that are currently needed for recruitment?
  • How have hiring practices changed over the past five years and what measures are being implemented to attract and retain top talent?
  • What work patterns and expectations have changed as a result of CVOID-19?

Robert Sultana, General Manager, VacancyCentre(VC)

12:30 – 12.50 Keynote speech: OUT OF THE GREY – Iceland´s Journey from the Grey List

What is Iceland´s experience from the FATF Grey List and the lessons learned?

Teitur Már Sveinsson, Chairman of the Steering Committee on Actions against Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Proliferation and Head of Iceland´s Delegation to the FATF.

Sponsor’s Video – Continent 8 Technologies


In interviews carried out with the Prime Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition, the audience will hear about the vision of the Government of Malta, as well as the Opposition for The financial services industry in Malta.


Keith Demicoli, Communications, and Business Development, Malta Chamber


Hon. Dr. Robert Abela, Prime Minister of Malta

Hon. Dr. Bernard Grech, Leader of the Opposition

13:20 – 13:30 Concluding Remarks and presentation of the donation to YMCA

Rudolph Psaila, Chairman, FinanceMalta

The official sponsors of the 14th FinanceMalta Annual Conference

Diamond Sponsor

  • “Trust Stamp’s biometric identity, risk, and compliance solutions establish trust in a virtual space, empowering financial institutions and their customers to emerge stronger with access to secure, low-friction digital services.” – Gareth Genner, CEO, Trust Stamp

Gold Sponsors

  • “Our strategy is spurred by the need for the growth of the Maltese Capital Market. With the launch of the MSE Green Market, we are now looking at supporting Malta’s transition to a circular economy.” –  Joseph Portelli, Chairman, Malta Stock Exchange

  • “Sanne is proud to be sponsoring the FinanceMalta 14th Annual Conference, bringing together a line-up of experts and academics to share impactful insights on local and global industry-moving trends.” – Peter Nagle, Chief Commercial Officer, Sanne

  • “With a record of over 23 years of operating with high ethical standards and good corporate governance as core values, our aim is to be a catalyst in contributing to Malta advancing as a financial services jurisdiction of repute.”- Adriana Camilleri Vassallo, CEO, Francis J. Vassallo & Associates Group

  • “Looking ahead, the FIMBank Group will continue realigning its strategic focus
    towards consistent business performance and enhanced customer value.” – Adrian Gostucki, Chief Executive Officer, FIMBank plc

Some reasons to attend the conference

  • The most comprehensive industry event in Malta covering the financial services sector from all angles – from banking and asset management to fintech and insurance, and more

  • A great opportunity to keep abreast of developments in financial services and understand what our industry will look like tomorrow.

  • Learn about innovation and disruption in the financial services space and find out how to adapt to a continuously evolving environment.

  • Gain new perspectives, find fresh inspiration and fill pandemic-induced knowledge gaps that will allow you to make informed decisions on the opportunities and challenges ahead.

The chosen charity organisation for the 14th FinanceMalta Annual Conference

  • FinanceMalta believes in assisting those people who have had their lives and circumstances negatively affected by the pandemic and social issues.

    We are pleased to announce that we will be donating a generous amount from the proceeds of delegate fees to the YMCA.

    On behalf of the YMCA, we thank all delegates for helping us in this corporate social responsibility initiative.