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Dr. Joseph Muscat took office as Prime Minister of Malta on 11 March 2013. Dr. Joseph Muscat was born in Pietà on 22 January 1974. He received his formal education at the Government Primary School in St. Paul’s Bay, Stella Maris and St. Aloysius’ College. 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.
Dr. Muscat is married to Michelle, née Tanti, and they have twin daughters, Etoile Ella and Soleil Sophie.
Originally trained as a product & industrial designer, Cris spent over a decade as a successful entrepreneur & CEO building an award-winning design group.
He is now a strategic advisor on innovation, recognised globally as a thought leader on innovation strategy, leadership and culture and has helped some of the world’s most ambitious CEOs, visionary leaders, Fortune 500 companies and Governments solve their most complex innovation challenges, develop game-changing innovation capability and build a culture of innovation.
Based in London but working internationally Cris is a Visiting Fellow and Professor at several of the world’s leading Business Schools and a regular keynote speaker at global innovation conferences.
Cris is also the author of the book, ‘The Road to Innovation’ and co-author of ‘Building a Culture of Innovation’, an amazon bestseller and voted one of the CMI’s top books on innovation in 2017.
He is also the co-founder of innovation thought leadership website ‘The Future Shapers’, which brings together a global network of innovation experts, thinkers and practitioners to provide world-class perspectives on the challenges of driving innovation in a VUCA world.
Jef is an authority on learning processes and innovative organizations. He has 25 years of professional experience as Training Manager and Corporate Learning Officer. Today, Jef is an international keynote speaker and four-time TEDx Speaker.
Jef is a passionate and inspirational keynote speaker. His various stories about innovation and change are guaranteed eye-openers. His thoughts on business and education have inspired many.
Jef Staes is the author of the bestselling book: “My Organization is a Jungle”. Through the use of a rich vocabulary and exciting metaphors, he truly engages you in the story of the Red Monkey.
As a UN SDG Advocate, Social Innovation, Climate Change Agriculture, Food and Beverage Expert Network member of the World Economic Forum, Global Food Reformist, and Sustainable Futurist, Marc is on a mission to empower billions of global citizens to live an adaptive lifestyle of health and sustainability within planetary boundaries.
His aim is to reform the agriculture, food and beverage industry with impactful projects and moonshot companies. For example, he teaches and speaks worldwide on climate change and food reform. Marc has also taught entrepreneurs how to build and grow resilient, sustainable, and profitable businesses.
The most prominent examples are ANJA GmbH & Co. KG and the ALOHAS ECO-Center (www.adaptive-nutrition.com), which he co-founded and where he serves as Chief Executive Officer. The ALOHAS ECO-Center is a sustainable food and beverage production company that creates renewable energy and resources without fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, or waste. As an expert on sustainable development, Marc consults for companies in their renewable transition with specialization in innovative systems, recycling, packaging, and organic, raw, and vegan products.
As a Social Serial Entrepreneur, he has been involved in many companies as well as several international family businesses: indeed he comes from five generations of Germanys largest organic farmers and three generations of European Hydroponic Agronomists.
Jeffrey Baumgartner is the author of the innovation books, ‘The Way of the Innovation Master’ and ‘Anticonventional Thinking – the Creative Alternative to Brainstorming’ as well as the science fiction-humour novel, ‘The Insane Journey’ and the literary hack, ‘The Adventures of Felicity Holmes’. He also writes, Report 103, the web’s longest running blog or newsletter on innovation (since 2004).
Jeffrey has an intense interest in the creative process. Frustrated by the ubiquitousness in the business world of brainstorming, a processes proven to be ineffective at producing creative ideas, he developed anticonventional thinking (ACT), a method based on research and modeled after the approach artists take to creative projects.
Having led an eclectic, international life rich in experiences Jeffrey is not a typical corporate innovation consultant. Jeffrey’s past lives include being a teacher of English, a copywriter, a magazine columnist and an entrepreneur in the USA, UK, Portugal, Germany, Thailand and Belgium. He launched one of Thailand’s first web and multimedia development companies in 1994. In the early 2000s he advised the European Commission on promoting e-commerce to EU companies. In 2004 he launched Jenni idea management software, an innovation tool used by companies in Europe, North America, Australia and Africa.
“My dream: turning the mega-challenges of our times into opportunities for future progress and prosperity in society by creating novel value chains capable to bring better lives for the billions. Also I’d love to change public perception about the capabilities of the earth by using the disruptive power of innovation.”
Thimo’s special interest areas are frontier science and impact innovations. He is passionate about the creation of social action and societal impact by applying purpose-driven tech innovations to the world’s biggest challenges. He sees his role in the transformation of business excellence into the non-profit sector and in the connection of pioneering ideas to power, knowledge, and funding.
He holds Master degrees in Business Management and Genetic Engineering from Kitakyushi University (Japan), Bloomington University (USA), the University of Greenwich (London, UK) and the Steinbeis University (Berlin). He is also a carpenter by training.
Ms Hernandez joined Vodafone in 2012 as the head of supply chain radio access at the Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC) in Luxembourg.
In 2015, she was promoted to Group supply chain commercial and services director and was responsible for expenditure across all operating companies. She also was a member of the Board of Directors of the VPC.
Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors of Vodafone Germany and Kabel Deutschland.
Prior to joining Vodafone, she worked for Siemens Mobile Communications and was in charge of global sales account management for international accounts such as Telefonica and Telecom Italia.
Anamaria is an economist with specialisation in finance and an MBA alumni of the Edinburgh Business School, UK. She has over 17 years of experience in innovation management, business development and access to EU funding and other financing options. Her experience in EU and public funding for innovation ranges from guiding and supporting preparation of applications to evaluating project proposals and funding requests, from projects management to implementation monitoring and review engagements, as well as in terms of dedicated innovation exploitation advisory support.
Indeed, Anamaria has worked with the European Commission as staff member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, as Malta National Contact Point and Management Committee representative for the EU’s Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, as well as an independent expert on a number of EU and national funding and support programmes for innovation and entrepreneurship.
She also provides consultancy on innovation management, exploitation strategy and business development to various organisations and companies across Europe, both on an independent basis and as a selected expert service provider in the context of the EU Common Exploitation Booster initiative and the NEPTUNE blue-grown accelerator, as well as of Malta’s EU funded Business Enhance schemes and the national FUSION R&I and Commercialisation support programme.
Marc Anthony is the Research Coordinator of ASTREA – the Astrionics Research Group of the University of Malta that is currently developing Malta’s first spacecraft.
He began his career soon after his first degree with a brief stint at STMicroelectronics, working on automotive electronic products. His thirst for knowledge and the desire to apply it in unconventional and creative ways soon brought him back to the University of Malta as a research trainee. He later joined the Faculty of Engineering as a full time academic where he was involved in several multinational European (FP6/7) research projects in automotive and aerospace engineering.
Building on his combined experience in electronics and the aerospace research sector, and his refusal to accept that small countries cannot do great things, he decided to embark on the unlikely task of building a space industry in Malta – miniature satellites – which is a high growth and high value-added industry that scales ideally to Malta’s resource strengths and limitations.
Dr Ing. Azzopardi is a warranted engineer, holding Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Malta and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Cranfield University, UK.
Maltese – British designer, Jonathan Mizzi, qualified as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where he was awarded a Commendation for his work in Neo-Futuristic design in Architecture. During his education, he also attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles and Escape Studios in London studying Digital Set Design, Visual Effects and Animation.
His unique digital skill set, as well as his love for science fiction and high-tech architecture, led him to a role as a lead concept designer with Foster and Partners, before moving on to further explore media and architecture with renowned interactive design studios, Jason Bruges Studio and Cinimod Studio. Jonathan founded Mizzi Studio in 2011 fusing design, architecture, and art in to one holistic workspace. In 2017, he was awarded the coveted Breakthrough Talent Award at the FX International Design Awards.
Dr Buttigieg is a Digital Health Consultant and Co-Founder of Health 2.0 Malta who is fully focused on creating transformative and effective change within healthcare.He is also a Specialist Trainee in Public Health Medicine within the Ministry for Health, Malta and has a special interest in Social Media, Digital Marketing and Clinical Informatics. He has authored two books, authored multiple publications and tutors on a regular basis.
Dr Buttigieg is currently focused on empowering healthcare professionals to design, develop and distribute user-centric applications for healthcare. Stefan is energised to get the best out of people and helping them achieving their technological goals and vision. In his free time he enjoys walking in the nature,cycling, skiing, reading about the future and swimming.
Dr André Xuereb is a physicist from Malta. He read for an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Malta, a PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Southampton in the UK, and a master degree in entrepreneurship at the University of Malta. He is a senior lecturer in atomic and quantum physics at the University of Malta, is Science Policy Officer of the Malta Chamber of Scientists, represents Malta on several European research networks, and was recently elected as the first Maltese member of the Global Young Academy. André has an active career in science, having established and leading the quantum research group at the University of Malta, and co-owns an educational software startup.
Mikko was born in Finland but has lived in 4 continents (Europe, US, Africa and Asia) and relocated 2 years ago from Beijing, China back to Europe and to Malta after a more than a decade in China.
While majority of his work during last 25 years has revolved around developing business models and strategy in software companies, the result oriented approach has led to ‘’all sides of the negotiation table’’ successfully helping companies raise money, investing in companies (in the role of a Venture Capitalist as well as a private business angel), selling companies and also buying companies in diverse cultural environments.
Mikko’s work has been direct assignments to companies ranging from start-ups to listed companies and public organizations and government organizations. Mikko has been actively building ecosystems around companies via various initiatives internationally. His work has included serving as a mentor and advisor to incubators and accelerators and chambers of commerce’s’, with director roles in both private companies as well as NGO’s such as Finnish Business Council of Beijing (Vice Chairman) and EU Chamber of Commerce in China (Finland’s Representative).
Currently Mikko works at his own consulting/corporate finance company Lion Partners with both private and public clients in EU and Asia in addition he’s a member of Directors’ Chamber in Malta.
Appointed to the current role in April 2016. Dan has extensive experience across a range of Senior Retail Banking leadership roles within the HSBC Group, including Programme Director, Business Management and Performance Director.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Automotive Engineering from Oxford Brookes University. He is married to Mallory and has two daughters Lily and Ella who all live here in Malta. He is a keen sportsman.
Patrick Child has been Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate General Research & Innovation since April 2016. In his function he has specific responsibility for the Commission’s research and innovation policy on clean energy technologies as well as in the environmental and climate sector. He is the Commission representative and elected chair of the steering committee of Mission Innovation (a coalition of 23 countries committed to doubling research in clean energy by 2020). He is also responsible for the overall co-ordination of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation budget (EUR 77 billion for 2014-2020). A mathematician by training, Patrick Child joined the European Commission in 1994, where he held several leading positions, such as Managing Director of the European External Service.
Dr Joshua Ellul is the director of the Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies at the University of Malta. He joined the Department of Computer Science at the same university as a lecturer after having worked on R&D projects at IBM Research Zurich and Imperial College London. His main areas of research focus on Blockchain and IoT integration and virtual machines in aim of enabling a ‘Blockchain of Things’ reality. Dr Ellul was instrumental in setting up the multi-disciplinary Blockchain Research Group at the University of Malta and the Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies, and is actively working on curriculum development for Blockchain and DLT related subjects.
Marco kicked off his career as a software programmer in ’95 and over the years progressively moved into IT systems management, IT governance, IT due diligence and IT security & strategy leading him to the role of CIO at KPMG in Malta. For over two decades he explored different technologies to adopt during the deployment of numerous IT local projects to establish KPMG’s local digital infrastructure and other large-scale IT projects across other KPMG countries.
He is now leading KPMG Software, a tech company offering expertise within the software development field through a team of developers with decades of experience in various areas of software development, with a focus on emerging technologies such as Blockchain, IoT, AI, Machine Learning, and Robotic Process Automation. Through collaboration with experts across KPMG’s global innovation labs, the team is building PoCs, models and solutions to inform our clients and empower them to transform their businesses.
Inġ Emanuel Darmanin joined MITA in 1994 and since then he has held various senior management positions and has been responsible for the setting up of various diverse functions. Previously he enjoyed working experiences in the private sector, both in Malta and abroad.
Emanuel graduated as an Electrical Engineer from the University of Malta in 1989. In 2000, he gained an MBA from Henley Management College and in 2006 an MA in Creativity and Innovation from the University of Malta.
Recent initiatives that he worked on include: Drafting of National and organisational policies and strategies; securing of EU funding for ICT projects; various Blockchain-related initiatives and opening of an Emerging Technologies Lab at MITA; innovation programme targeting start-ups; and several Digital Outreach Projects. He represents Malta at EU level on various committees.
Steve Tendon is a senior executive management consultant, adviser, speaker and author. Steve’s research and consulting work focuses on the use of emerging technologies, and in particular Blockchain technologies, to improve business performance.
Steve is the founder of ChainStrategies (https://chainstrategies.com), a boutique consulting firm that helps decision-makers gain the best insights to make strategic business decisions around Blockchain technologies; the firm provides research, analysis and strategy development for businesses that intend to adopt or incorporate Blockchain technologies into their business models.
In 2016 Steve acted as a Strategic Adviser for the Ministry of Economy, Investment and Small Business (MEIB) of the Maltese Government to increase the country’s global competitiveness. Steve developed the vision of “Malta, the Blockchain Island” and designed Malta’s “National Blockchain Strategy,” which was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on April, 2017. In September, 2017 Steve Tendon was appointed as a member of the Task Force engaged to advise the Government of Malta on further developing and implementing Malta’s National Blockchain Strategy.
Anton has been involved in the IT industry for more than 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Computing and Information Systems from the University of London and a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from Henley Business School. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Anton started his career in I.T. with a leading food import and distribution company in Malta, as a Systems Developer but quickly progressed to the post of IT Manager. He has always been a hands-on IT professional and during the years, he was responsible for the development and implementation of strategic ICT plans including infrastructure and security. He was instrumental in the implementation of various systems including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Sales Force Automation (SFA), Document Management, Fleet Management and Business Intelligence (BI) Tools. Even when he was promoted to more senior positions such as Head of Operations and General Manager, he remained heavily involved in IT operations.
In 2015, Anton joined the Advisory Department of a leading mid-tier audit firm in Malta, where he was involved in various projects with clients in the private and public sector mainly revolving around business analysis, planning and project management. Due to his technical and business background, he also managed projects that required the identification and implementation of technical solutions to business problems.
Anton has a keen interest in blockchain technologies and has been following developments in this area for the last three years. As Director at Blockchain Advisory Ltd he provides advice to private-sector clients in relation to projects revolving around this new technology. His past experience developing systems using various programming languages such as C, Java and VB.net gives him the capability to understand the technical conceptualisation behind blockchain technologies.
Simon is the Chief Product Officer at Sherpa, an insurance company focused on the self employed having raised £3M in seed and is looking to make getting and keeping the right insurance simpler.
With over 10 years experience working with startups across various industries, having organised and mentored at over 100 events, sits on various boards across Europe (startups/tech-focused associations/DTL) and has a strong soft spot for social impact businesses.
Simon is also the President of Silicon Valletta, on the board for Malta IT Law Association, and on the Advisory board for SXSW.
Julian Azzopardi is CEO of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Malta Foundation (JAYE Malta), a Non-Governmental Organisation specialised in providing opportunities for youth in entrepreneurship. Founded 30 years ago, formerly known as Young Enterprise, today JAYE Malta provides non-formal education programmes and activities that help stimulate youth creativity and innovation at all levels of education.
Julian is a graduate in International Relations and holds a Masters in Socio-Economic Development, is a former European Commission and UNODC functionnaire and his Dissertation on the educational benefits of football programmes in underprivileged communities in South Africa was a perfect combination of his passion for the sport, travel and youth development. Julian is also a 2009 JCI Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Awardee for humanitarian and voluntary leadership.
Silvio Schembri is the Junior Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation within the office of the Prime Minister of Malta. He is responsible for the implementation of Malta’s Blockchain Strategy, in aim to make Malta The Blockchain Island. Presently he also lectures Economics studies at the University of Malta.
Previously, Silvio Schembri served as chairman of the Responsible Gaming Foundation Malta, an independent institution which was set up with the scope of helping, educating and preventing problems related to gambling. He accepted the responsibility on a voluntary basis. As a Member of Parliament, Hon. Schembri also chaired the parliamentary committee for economic and financial affairs and worked as an advisor for the Economy Affairs Ministry.
Silvio Schembri was also the a founding member and general manager of GAL XLOKK foundation. GAL XLOKK was officially recognised as a Local Action Group responsible for implementing the Leader Programme in Malta aimed to improve the development potential of rural areas focusing on bringing together the different public and private local actors.
Peter travels the globe helping people tell clearer stories with stronger impact. Bringing more value to their ideas. He helps executives and entrepreneurs develop their speaking style in front of a crowd or on camera, gain investment and persuade with impact.
From Dubai to Amsterdam, Shanghai to Berlin, Peter’s workshops and coaching skills are in high demand across global digital, entrepreneurship and business scenes.
Equally, as an internationally experienced live events MC, Peter has developed an extensive global portfolio of shaping large scale conferences. He loves to be kept on his toes wearing many hats – mentor, coach, presenter and voiceover talent.
Peter has lived in 7 countries and now lives in Croatia.