Joseph V. Tabone – Director General


Joseph V. Tabone received his education at the Lyceum in Malta and attended a variety of higher educational and training institutions in Canada. In 1963 he joined the Government of Ontario, working in various capacities largely associated with education administration and policy. He served a total of 30 years in Canada in different managerial positions in education, social services and information systems. In 1989 he was seconded for one year to the Government of Malta to lead the public service reform. Between 1997 and 1999 Mr Tabone was retained as adviser by the Commonwealth Secretarial in London. In 2000 he was appointed to set up the Malta Communications Authority.

Dr Petra Caruana Dingli – Deputy


Dr Petra Caruana Dingli is a lecturer at the Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta. She also lectures within the International Institute for Baroque Studies and the Faculty of Arts at the university. She was Director of Environmental Protection at the Malta Environment and Planning Authority from 2011-2013. She was formerly Director of the British Council in Malta (2009-2011), and and Executive President of the environment and heritage NGO Din l-Art Helwa, where she is still a Council Member. She has written widely on subjects related to the environment, heritage, culture and the arts.
Petra Caruana Dingli has also been a member of several other boards and committees, including the Civil Society Committee (MCESD) (2014); the Ornis Committee (2011-2013); the Committee of Guarantee (2008-2011); the Valletta/Mdina/Cottonera Rehabilitation committee (2008-2011); the Majjistral Nature and History Park Management Board (2007-2011); the Council for Voluntary Organisations (2008 – 2010); the National Federation of NGOs of Malta (2007 – 2009); and the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity Management Board (2000 – 2008).

David Spiteri Gingell

David Spiteri Gingell had the privilege to play a leading role in strategy design / execution in policy areas including public service, ICT, R&I, energy and climate change.Between 1992 and 2008, David held a series of high level appointments in government including consultant to cabinet committees on public service modernisation, public finance, human resource management, environment, social policy and national projects.  In 2008, David co-founded DSG Consulting Ltd and built a prestigious portfolio of clients in Malta as well overseas.  In 2017, David joined Deloitte (Malta) as a senior consultant.

Rachel Xuereb

Rachel Xuereb, a chartered environmentalist, is a Director of Adi Associates Environmental Consultants Ltd and En-Sure Ltd.  She has been working in the field of environmental management with both the private sector and the public sector for over twenty years.  She has experience in project management, environmental assessment, and environmental management and planning.  She has worked on a number of major development projects and is familiar with European Union environmental legislation as she was a member of several government-appointed working groups during the screening of the EU’s Environmental Acquis.  Rachel has contributed to a number of environmental publications including Malta’s National Report on Sustainable Development, a booklet entitled Environment and Sustainable Development in Malta, and has participated in Malta’s first and second National Communications to the UNFCCC with a particular focus on Technology Needs Assessment and the impacts of climate change on infrastructure, health and agriculture and fisheries.

Michael C. Bonello

After obtaining a degree in languages and economics from the University of Malta in 1965, Mr Bonello pursued his studies as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he was awarded an honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1969 and an MA in 1973. He served as a Senior Research Officer at the Central Bank of Malta from 1971 to 1978. Mr Bonello was also President of the Malta Branch of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, now the Institute of Financial Services. In 1978 he left the Bank to join the private sector, where he held senior management positions and sat on the Councils of the Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Industry.
In 1983 Mr Bonello left Malta to join the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, where over a period of sixteen years he held senior positions in the fields of trade and finance and in the Office of the Secretary-General.
In 1999 Mr Bonello was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, a post he occupied for twelve years and which he relinquished at his request in June 2011. During his tenure as Governor, Mr Bonello steered the Central Bank of Malta towards membership of the European System of Central Banks upon Malta’s accession to the European Union in 2004, and subsequently of the Eurosystem when Malta adopted the euro as its national currency in 2008. In his capacity as Governor, he was a member of the Governing and General Councils of the European Central Bank (ECB) and of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), as well as of the Board of Governors of the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA).
Mr. Bonello is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services and a member of the WTO List of Panellists, and currently sits on the boards of Lombard Bank Malta p.l.c, of which he is Chairman, the Island Hotels Group Holdings, a listed Maltese company, the European Wholesale Securities Market and the Global Mediscience Fund SICAV. He is also a Council member of Din l-Art Helwa, the National Trust of Malta.
Mr Bonello is a Grande Ufficiale nell’Ordine Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana and an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Sina Bugeja


Sina Bugeja received her training as a State Registered Nurse at St Luke’s Hospital Nursing School and later furthered her studies to specialise in Renal Dialysis at the University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Medicine in Sweden. She continued her studies with a postgraduate course in Family Planning at Budapest Medical School in Hungary followed by an MSc in Health Promotion and Health Education. Ms Bugeja was Chief Executive Officer of sedqa, the National Agency against Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and Principal Health Promotion Officer in the Ministry of Health. She is currently Executive Director of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) Malta.

John Cassar White


John Cassar White graduated BA in Humanities from the University of Malta. He joined the National Bank of Malta (now BoV) in 1972 and was elected Associate Member of the Institute of Financial Services in 1976 after completing the prescribed exams. He worked in different areas of the bank and occupied senior management posts until taking early retirement in May 2008. Over the past 40 years, he has served on various boards, including Air Malta, MIMCOL and Malta Shipyards. He is a director of two foreign investment companies registered in Malta and currently works as a lecturer at MCAST. He is also a freelance writer with a regular column in the Times Business covering mainly socio-economic topics.

Dr. Michael Frendo

Speaker Emeritus Dr Michael Frendo served as Malta’s Minister (earlier Parliamentary Secretary) for the Arts in the period 1990-1994. A parliamentarian for 26 years, he also served as Speaker of the Parliament of Malta (2010-2013), Minister of Foreign Affairs (2004-2008) and Minister for Transport, Communications and Technology (1994-1996). Michael Frendo was a member of the European Convention on the Future of Europe and is a signatory of the Treaty of Lisbon. He also served as an (observer) Member of the European Parliament and a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. An author of various books and publications on international, european and legal affairs, Dr Frendo is, currently, a member of the Council of Europe’s European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and Chairman of Banif Bank (Malta) plc. He is a partner, and runs the (law and consultancy) Malta office,.of the international law firm Scordis, Papapetrou & Co.

Martin Galea

After finishing his secondary education at St Edwards College in Malta, Martin Galea started his career with Coopers and Lybrand in London as an articled clerk where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1983. He is currently managing Director of Joinwell, a Director of Printex Limited and non-executive chairman of Middlesea Insurance plc.
He is Former President of the Malta Federation of Industries and was vice president of the Chamber of Commerce Enterprise and Industry.
He was also a board member of Malta Enterprise, and a Council Member of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development.
Formerly he was a lecturer and examiner in auditing at the University of Malta and the Malta Institute of Accountants and was Vice Chairman on the Board of Governors at St Edwards College for a number of years.
He was a long time Secretary and later President of the National Trust ‘Din L-Art Helwa’, where he remains a Council Member and was until recently President of the Malta Rugby Football Union, having been its first president in 1991.

Joseph F. X. Zahra


Joseph F. X. Zahra graduated from the University of Malta with a First Class Honours degree in Economics in 1976 and a Masters degree in Economics in 1979. Mr Zahra is Charter Marketer, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Member of the Market Research Society, UK. He has held various important positions in the financial and economic sectors including those of Secretary to the UNIDO National Committee and Chairman Valletta Fund Management Ltd among others. He is the co-founder and Managing Director of Misco (Market Intelligence Service Co. Ltd) and Director of Impetus Europe Consulting. He is a member of the EU Affairs Unit of the Chamber of Commerce and was Chairman of the National Euro Changeover Committee. He has been Chairman of the National Commission for Higher Education since 2006.

Dr. Clare Vassallo


Dr. Clare Vassallo is a Senior Lecturer in English and Translation Studies at the University of Malta and has published various papers in her areas of interest, which include translation and post-colonial theory, genre theory and feminist critical theory. Dr. Vassallo has a BA (Gen) in Philosophy and English Literature with Linguistics, a BA (Hons) in English with Linguistics, and a Ph.D in Semiotics from the Istituto di Comunicazione, Università degli Studi di Bologna.
She was chairman of the Public Broadcasting Service between 2008 and 2010 and has served on various committees. She was Chair of the British Culture Association and is currently a member of the University Faculty of Arts MA Committee, the English Speaking Union and is on the Committee on Bilingualism in schools in Malta.
She is currently co-editing and translating a selection of essays for the University of Toronto Press on Semiotics and Translation.

John Vassallo


John Vassallo, former Microsoft Vice President EU Affairs as well as Associate General Counsel for the company for the period 2008-2012 retired from Microsoft on January 1st 2013. From that date, he is engaged as a Senior Strategic Advisor to Microsoft Corporation.
Between 2007 and 2011, Vassallo served as Chair of AmCham EU, the organization in Brussels that represents 140 companies of US parentage at the European Institutions and EU governments.
From 1993 to 1997 Vassallo was Ambassador of Malta to the European Union, NATO’s Partnership for Peace and Belgium, where he negotiated the timing of his country’s accession to the EU and NATO Partnership for Peace.
He then became General Electric’s Senior Counsel & Director of the European Affairs Office, based in Brussels, a post he held until he joined Microsoft in 2008.
Vassallo attended the University of Malta and graduated with a B.A. degree in English, Italian and Maltese in 1968. He went on to obtain a Doctor of Laws from the same university in 1973. He undertook his postgraduate studies in European Law and Economics at Amsterdam University and in Swedish Law at Stockholm University. After one year at his family law firm in Malta, he joined the Euroc Corporation of Malmo, Sweden, in 1975. During his 15 years at Euroc, he moved from Audit Staff to Group Controller at the Siporex Division. In 1984 he became Manager of Siporex France for a major reconstruction of the company and moved to Vice President and Director Finance and Administration of Dynapac, another division of the group, in 1986.
In 1987 he became President of Dynapac Concrete. From 1991 to 1993 he worked as a lobbyist and Director of Cembureau, the European Cement Association in Brussels.

Patrick Tabone

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Patrick Tabone became Chief of Staff to the Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1998, and was a member of Malta’s Core Negotiating Group during Malta’s negotiations for accession to the European Union. Mr Tabone played a key background role in media relations and worked especially closely on negotiations in the sensitive environment chapter.  In 2004 he transferred to Brussels where he served as Chef de Cabinet to EU Commissioner Joe Borg, responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Mr Tabone then took on the role of Principal of Chiswick House School and St Martin’s College, a leading Maltese co-educational establishment teaching students up to Sixth Form level, and is now Managing Director at Sigma Coatings (Malta) Ltd.

Dr. Max Ganado

Dr. Max Ganado has been practising law for the past 34 years. He started his career as a maritime lawyer dealing with all aspects of shipping, including ship finance. He became a Partner of the firm in 1986 and moved on to develop the Financial Services practices at GANADO Advocates. He has been heavily involved in the drafting of new legislation required for the development of Malta as a maritime, aviation and financial centre, including the revision of the law relating to trusts and the law on legal persons and foundations, as well as on life insurance, netting and, securitisation.

Max has been delivering lectures on varied subjects for a number of years, having been actively involved in disseminating education to the Maltese legal professions and Maltese law students. He has published various articles and has acted as editor of a number of publications.

Max was the firm’s Managing Partner for 6 years. In 2015, he moved into a Senior Partner position within the firm, taking over a mix of duties, some professional and others relating to strategy.