Charting a New Path in Today’s Tax Reality
Date: 14th, December 2023
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09:00 Welcome Address
Ms Maria Cauchi Delia - CEO of the Malta Institute of Accountants
Mr Mark Bugeja - President of the Malta Institute of Accountants
Mr Christopher Magri - Director General (Customs Department)
Ms Louise Grima - Chairperson of the MIA Indirect Taxation Committee and Associate Director at KPMG Malta
Moderated by:Mr Craig Schembri - Chairperson of the MIA Direct Taxation Committee and Director at Deloitte Malta
Hon. Mr Jerome Caruana Cilia - Shadow Minister for Finance
Hon. Mr Clyde Caruana - Minister for Finance and Employment
Dr Conrad Cassar Torregiani - Tax Leader at Deloitte Malta
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Ms Maria Cauchi Delia
CEO of the Malta Institute of Accountants
Maria Cauchi Delia is the Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Institute of Accountants, the sole professional accountancy body in Malta. In her role, she leads the institution in the fulfilment of its strategic objectives, in advising national and international institutions in matters concerning the profession and the wider financial industry and represents the MIA in its engagements with key stakeholders at both national and international level.
As a certified public accountant, Ms Cauchi Delia brings extensive expertise gained from her diverse experience in both the public and private sectors, having worked in various institutions in Malta and abroad. She holds a degree from the University of Malta and is a Fellow Member of the Malta Institute of Accountants.
Mr Mark Bugeja
President of the Malta Institute of Accountants
Mark Bugeja is the President of the Malta Institute of Accountants, which, along with the MIA council, sets the overall direction of the Institute and ensures that it continues to develop in line with its mission and values.
Mr Bugeja is currently the Managing Partner of Grant Thornton and has been practicing, mainly in the field of auditing, since he completed the B.A. (Hons) Accountancy course at the University of Malta in 1987.
Ms Louise Grima
Chairperson of the MIA Indirect Taxation Committee
Louise Grima is an Associate Director at KPMG Malta. She joined KPMG in 2015 after graduating with a Master in Accountancy from the University of Malta and has since worked in direct and indirect tax compliance and advisory projects servicing clients in a number of industries including financial services, insurance, gambling and international trade. Louise was awarded the 2015 MIA Best Student of the Year prize for Master in Accountancy Group 2013/2015, holds a Diploma in VAT compliance.
Louise has also successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation with an overall distinction. Louise is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) and is the Chairperson of the Indirect Tax Committee within MIA. Louise regularly delivers courses and seminars relating to VAT, is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta and teaches ACCA at KPMG Learning Academy.
Mr Chris Borg
Member of the MIA Indirect Taxation Committee
Mr Saviour Bezzina
Member of the MIA Indirect Taxation Committee and Senior Manager at EY Malta
Saviour is the senior manager responsible for indirect tax matters at the EY Malta office and forms part of EY’s Global Indirect Tax Network as a local knowledge contact. He joined EY in July 2006 after obtaining the Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons.) from the University of Malta. He is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants, holds a Diploma in VAT compliance, lectures regularly on VAT and indirect tax matters and is a member of the MIA and MIT Indirect Taxation Committees. Saviour was awarded the 2007 MIA prize as the best student who graduated in the Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) Degree Course Group 2004/2006.
Ms Karen Spiteri Bailey
Member of the MIA Indirect Taxation Committee and Partner (Outsourcing and Indirect Tax) at RSM Malta
Karen Spiteri Bailey is the Partner heading Accounting outsourcing services, Payroll outsourcing services and VAT advisory services. She has extensive experience in servicing local and international clients across a wide range of industry sectors including trade federations, chambers and associations. She also has considerable experience in dealing with Value Added Tax and Taxation matters and in recent years continued to focus on Value Added Tax as an integral part of her responsibilities within the firm. Karen also provides regular training on VAT and payroll matters both within the firm and externally to other practitioners.
Karen sits on the Indirect Tax Committee of the Malta Institute of Accountants and the Education Committee of the IFSP.
Ms Audrey Azzopardi
Senior Manager at PwCMs Audrey Azzopardi is a senior manager within the PwC Malta Tax and Legal line of service. She is an accountant specialising in taxation of corporate and international tax law. She participates in various in-house seminars and lectures and regularly contributes to the firm’s local and global publications.
Hon. Mr Jerome Caruana Cilia
Shadow Minister for Finance
The Shadow Minister for Finance, Jerome Caruana Cilia, was elected to Parliament in March 2022. He is a member of the Economic and Financial Affairs Committee.
Caruana Cilia has actively participated in various conferences, both locally and abroad, most recently in the Inter-parliamentary Conference on Stability, Economic Coordination and Governance in the EU.
Caruana Cilia works at a managerial level in the financial services industry. After a number of years working for an international bank in Malta, he joined a Fintech company as the Head of Risk Management. He holds a Masters in Politics and the European Union degree, where he studied Political Economy and also holds a Master of Business Administration where he obtained a distinction. Caruana Cilia is a member of the Malta Institute of Management and a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, in the United Kingdom. He is also a lecturer in the field of management and finance, particularly on Anti-Money Laundering regulations, Supervision and Corporate Governance.
Hon. Mr Clyde Caruana
Minister for 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.
During his tenure at Jobsplus, as Chairperson, he authored several position documents and policy papers, which have been central to the government’s labour force policy. Additionally, he was the main driver to implement these policies and reforms, most notably, related to free childcare, in-work benefits and others.
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.
He has written papers and articles in the welfare state and the labour market, as well as related research and consultancy work.
Dr Robert Attard
Partner and Tax Policy Leader at EY, Central & South East EuropeRobert Attard, Partner and Tax Policy Leader at EY in Central & South East Europe, is a seasoned expert and senior lecturer at the University of Malta. Recognised as a leading authority in tax law, he's a fellow of GREIT, member of the European Association of Tax Law Professors, and part of the International Law Association's study group on the "Protection of Taxpayers’ Rights." His influence extends to serving on the Supervisory Council of IBFD/IFA’s "Observatory on the Protection of Taxpayers’ Rights." A prolific author, Attard has contributed to various publications and argued landmark tax cases in Malta, earning acclaim for his expertise.
Dr John Ellul Sullivan
Tax Partner at KPMG
John, a lawyer, is a partner in the tax function of KPMG and focuses on international taxation. He is a council member of the Malta Institute of Taxation.
Dr Ruth Bonnici
Senior Manager (International Tax Advisory) at KPMG
Ruth, a warranted lawyer by profession, read her Advanced Masters in International Taxation at the International Tax Centre, University of Leiden in 2018. Ruth is currently an Associate Director within the international tax advisory team at KPMG in Malta, mainly involved in advising international clients on setting up in Malta, restructuring their holdings or financing through Malta. In addition, Ruth regularly delivers classes in various courses relating to international and domestic tax.