Kenneth Farrugia joined Bank of Valletta p.l.c., 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. Mr Farrugia 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.
Dr Robert Suban
Dr Robert Suban is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Banking and Finance of the University of Malta. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Masters Degree. He also holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Manchester Business School. He regularly attends and presents his research at various internationally peer-reviewed academic conferences in the area of finance and international business. He has worked at the Central Bank of Malta and was also Manager EU affairs at the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC). He has represented ETC/Maltese Government on various local and EU committees. He has been involved in various research and consultancy reports commissioned by local and international organisations. Currently, he is also a Director of Malita Investments p.l.c. and is the Chairman of its Investment Committee.
Paul Mercieca currently acts as an independent non-executive director on the boards of various companies and previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Malta for twenty three years up to 31st December 2013. Paul was also the firm’s first Risk and reputation Leader. Over the years, Mr Mercieca has been responsible for a number of clients operating in various sectors of the economy including one of Malta’s largest banks and companies listed on the Malta Stock Exchange. He served as a member of the Accountancy Board for eight years between 1988 and 1996 and is a former member of Council of the Malta Institute of Accountants. Mr Mercieca was also the Chairman of the Institute’s Risk Management Committee and served on the Independence, Ethics and Regulatory Committee. Paul is currently a director of an insurance company regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority and other companies whose shares and bonds are quoted on the Malta Stock Exchange. Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, the Malta Institute of Accountants and a Member of the Malta Institute of Taxation.
Ray Sladden is a Certified Public Accountant and a fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants. He is also an associate of the Institute of Financial Services and the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He has completed further studies in business management and is a member of the British Chartered Management Institute. As from 1998 he has held the position of Group Finance Director and Company Secretary of all the companies within the Tumas Group and coordinates the corporate affairs matters at group company level. He is a director of a number of Tumas Group subsidiaries and sits on the Board of two Group associate companies; AllCare Insurance Ltd and Cars International Finance plc. He has previously occupied the position of Financial Controller and subsequently Group Treasurer of AirMalta p.l.c., the national airline. He has held a number of directorships in various companies within the airline, hospitality, insurance and finance sector. Mr Sladden is also a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism.
Dr John Buttigieg
Dr John Buttigieg was born in Hamrun on the 18th June 1945. He graduated from the University of Malta as a Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Laws. In 1971, 1976, 1981 and 1986 Dr Buttigieg was elected to the House of Representatives of Malta. He has served as the Chairman of the Bank of Valletta p.l.c. and also as Chairman of Inveskredit International Bank p.l.c. Between 1976 and 1981, Dr Buttigieg formed part of the assembly of the Council of Europe and in 1996 he was nominated as Malta's Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe and as Malta's ambassador to Holland. From 1983 to 2012 he was the President of St Gaetan Band Club of Hamrun. He is married to Rose Buttigieg and has two children.
Prior to being involved in consultancy work, Eric Schembri was Chairman & CEO of various commercial companies in which he held a shareholding, amongst which were Flamingo Ltd and Mirage Holdings Ltd Group. Between 1991 and 1995, he was appointed as the Executive Chairman of MIB Holding Co. Ltd. and subsidiaries. Eric Schembri was also Director on the board of Middle Sea Insurance plc (1991-1996) – and a Director of The Malta International Training Centre. In 1995, he was the promoter leading the Board of Mid Med Bank plc (HSBC) to set up its own life assurance company. He was appointed executive coordinator, Chairman of the steering committee and then executive director of Mid-Med Life Assurance Co. Ltd., (now HSBCLife Assurance Co. Ltd). During the past twenty five years Eric Schembri held the position of Executive Chairman of Allcare Insurance Agency Ltd and during the last twelve years that of Executive Chairman of AIB Insurance Brokers Ltd. He is currently the Chairman of Allcare Insurance Ltd and Crystal Finance Investments Ltd.