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M22099 -The future of the finance function: the digital agenda and technology assurance (Physical Event)

  • 5 Oct 2022
  • 09:30 - 11:30
  • Lower Ground Swatar


Registration is closed
Registration Time: 09:00
Sessions Time: 09:30 - 11:30 (No break)
Venue: MIA Lower Ground Swatar
Participation Fees (The Institute is now accepting payments via Paypal)
MIA Members: €28.00
Non-MIA Members: €50.00
Retired Members: €15.00
Students: €20.00



Gordon Micallef, Chairperson of the MIA Digital Committee

Presentation and Panel Discussion: Finance in Digital Transformation

Moderator: Damian Heath, Member of the MIA Digital Committee
  • Stephen Muscat - Chairperson of the MIA Professional Accountants in Business Group and Chief Financial Officer Liquigas Malta
  • Albert Bonello - Chief Financial Officer AX Group
  • Jason Attard - Head of Data Office, Bank of Valletta
This presentation and panel aim is to discuss how the finance function of the near future will likely evolve in order to keep pace with ongoing industry disruption and digitisation. Utilising modern technologies such as cloud, robot automation and data analytics the finance function should aim to transition from that of manually intervention and record keeping to a function that can focus on providing valued business insight.

PResentations and Panel Discussion: Regulatory Assurance: Implications on the Technology landscape

Moderator: Andrew Schembri, Member of the MIA Digital Committee
  • Beatriz Brunelli Zimmermann, MFSA - Supervisory ICT Risk and Cybersecurity Junior Analyst
  • Efrem Borg, MDIA - Chief Technologist
  • Bernard Fenech, Chief Information Officer and Chief Operations Officer, Oney Insurance (PCC) Limited and Oney Life (PCC) Limited
Following short presentations by the MFSA and MDIA representatives, this panel will set out to unpack upcoming regulations that are being set out to improve the technology maturity across various industries. The session also aims to highlight how regulatory assurance can serve as a vehicle for delivering shareholder value by building trust, both internally and externally throughout the whole supply chain.

Concluding Remarks:

Gordon Micallef, Chairperson of the MIA Digital Committee

Target Audience

All members of the Accountancy Profession 


2 Hours Professional


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Gordon Micallef is the Chairman of the MIA Digital Committee. He is a Partner responsible for Business and Technology Consulting services. He has over seventeen years experience in delivering IT assurance and technology consulting services. He directs a multi-discipline team delivering process improvement, risk management, and project management services across various industries and has extensive experience in helping organisations bridge the gap between business and IT, manage the change, and deliver digital transformation. He was one of the founders of the ISACA Malta Chapter and served as President of the Chapter between 2007 and 2009. He also served on several committees and task forces for ISACA International including global chapter oversight, leadership conferences, and EuroCacs. Gordon is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Enterprise Governance of IT (CGEIT), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and Prince2 Practitioner.
Damian Heath is a member of the MIA Digital Committee. He brings more than 25 years of experience to his role as Deloitte Malta’s Enterprise Technology and Performance lead. His career started in the UK working across the Retail and Manufacturing industries. In 2005 Damian worked with Maltese technology partners to establish and grow an ERP and Business Solutions consultancy, later acquired by Deloitte in 2016. Damian has worked across multiple industries in Malta and internationally, spanning growing family businesses to multinational entities.
Stephen Muscat is the Chairman of the MIA Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Group, as well as a member of the PAIBG Committee of IFAC, the International Federation of Accountants. Mr Muscat is the Chief Financial Officer of Liquigas Malta Limited, operating in the energy market in Malta, a company he joined in 2009.
Albert Bonello started his career in the banking industry during which he obtained the Malta Institute of Accountants/ACCA degree. He joined the AX Group in 2007. His first role was that of a Financial Controller where his primary responsibilities lied with accounting and finance function. In 2016 he was appointed Group’s CFO – Chief Financial Officer.
Jason Attard heads the Data Office at Bank of Valletta. The main goal of the data office is to promote the effective use of data by managing the data supply chain; i.e. the data input, data output and the data-related processes in between, thus promoting a cohesive approach to managing and using data to support the bank in its digitisation efforts. Jason previously worked in UK and local banks in automation efforts by leveraging data, and locally in quantitative finance. Jason is a Certified Public Accountant, studied at the University of Malta and has a certificate in quantitative finance.
Andrew Schembri is a member of the MIA Digital Committee. He is a Senior Manager at PwC Malta primarily focused on Technology Governance, Risk and Compliance. His role includes helping organisations devising strategies to transform and improve their approach to managing risks to drive business performance, maximize efficiencies and improve stakeholder confidence. Throughout his time at PwC, he also spent 2.5 years working with PwC US based in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was helping global leaders with various aspects of Technology GRC.
Efrem Borg successfully managed prominent Digital Infrastructure Projects, and lead the transformation of the Information Security function responsible for the Government’s central digital infrastructure, whilst conducting a nationwide cyber security awareness campaign. At MDIA, he is committed to leveraging his experience to promote and encourage the local uptake of innovative technology, working in tandem with controlled regulation to maximise the benefits that such technologies bring about to our daily life.
Beatriz Brunelli Zimmermann is a Junior Analyst within the Supervisory ICT Risk and Cybersecurity function at the MFSA. She is responsible for the implementation of the EU's Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) in Malta.
Bernard Fenech has over 25 years experience in information technology, process management and insurance. More than 15 years in c-suite positions. Led different IT initiatives and projects in every aspect of the insurance value-chain. Holds MBA in Strategic Management and E-business and MA in Political Science.


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