Registration Time: 08:15
Forum Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands
MIA Members: €110
Non-MIA Members: €140
Retired Members: €75
Booking and payment is for the full day! To book, select your preferred breakout session and proceed to registration.
Should you prefer the session on the FIAU REQ, stay on this page and register.
Should you prefer the session on Pensions go back to the Home page and select the event titled SME Forum 2019 (incl. Participation in Breakout Session #1: Pensions).
09:00 Welcome Address
Ms Maria Cauchi Delia, CEO, Malta Institute of Accountants
Mr David Pace, Chair, SMP Advisory Focus Group, MIA
09:05 The impact of recent developments in AML & CFT regulation on SMEs and SMPs
Dr Diane Bugeja, Senior Associate, Camilleri Preziosi Advocates
09:50 A Hands-on approach to the practical application of GAPSME
Mr John Debattista, Partner, Audit and Assurance, Zampa Debattista, & MIA SMP Committee Member
10:35 Networking Coffee Break sponsored by Nouv
10:50 An exploration into traditional & new sources of financing – a discussion of the current banking and lending landscape
Mr Matthew Caruana, Manager, ZAAR Crowdfunding Platform; Mr Albert Frendo, Chief Credit Business Development Officer, Bank of Valletta Group; Ms Catherine Galea, Head, Banking Supervision, MFSA; Mr Philip Maurice Mifsud, Country Ambassador for Malta, Revolut (UK); Mr Simon Micallef, Senior Manager, Compliance, APS Bank Ltd; Dr Mariosa Vella Cardona, Deputy Secretary General, Malta Bankers' Association, Mr Ranier Fsadni, Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta - Moderator
12:05 Networking Lunch Break
13:05 Breakout Sessions - Choose one of the following:
Breakout Session 1 – Pensions
Mr David Spiteri Gingell, Leader of the implementation of the 2017-2019 Strategy for Retirement and Financial Capability, Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity
Breakout Session 2 – The FIAU Risk Evaluation Questionnaire – a practical Session
Dr Malcolm Mallia, Founder, LEXCO Compliance
13:50 Leveraging Big Data for Growth
Ms Angie Ann Camilleri, Senior Associate, RSM Malta
14:20 Implementing Formal & Effective Quality Assurance Systems
Mr Thomas Galea, Member of International Assembly, ACCA, & Director, Audit Services, KPMG; Ms Karen Sultana, Head, Quality Assurance Unit, Accountancy Board, Ministry for Finance
15:05 Current challenges and success factors for a growing business - Panel Discussion
Presentation: Ms Abigail Mamo, CEO, GRTU
Mr Neville Cutajar, Managing Director, 3a Malta; Dr Enry Donato di Giacomo, Vice Secretary General, Maltese Italian Chamber of Commerce; Mr Nick Jeffrey, Regional Head of Policy - Europe and the Americas, ACCA; Mr Andrew W. J. Mamo, Vice-President and Chair of the Family Business Committee, Malta Chamber of Commerce; Mr David Vella, Co-Founder & CEO, Altaro; Mr Ranier Fsadni, Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Arts , University of Malta - Moderator
16:20 Leadership skills for 2020
Dr Natalie Kenely, Head, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Malta
16:50 - 18.00 Closing Remarks & Networking drinks hosted by MIA
The SME Forum 2019, including participation in Breakout Session #2: The FIAU Risk Evaluation Questionnaire - a Practical Session, qualifies for a total of 6.75 hours of Structured CPE and categorised as an activity relevant to the attainment of 4.25 hours Core and 2.5 hours Professional Competencies in terms of the Accountancy Board’s CPE Scheme.
Accountants, Auditors, Lawyers, Directors, Shareholders & the C Suite.
4.25 hours Core
2.5 hours Professional
John DebattistaPartner, Audit and Assurance
John Debattista is a Certified Public Accountant and Registered Auditor. He is one of the founding partners at Zampa Debattista and heads the Audit and Assurance function and the firm’s IFRS Advisory Technical team. John sits on a number of MIA committees namely, the audit, financial reporting and SMP committees.
Albert John FrendoChief Credit Business Development Officer
Bank of Valletta Group
Albert Frendo is an accountant by profession and currently occupies the post of Chief Credit Business Development Officer within the Bank of Valletta Group. His career at the Bank spans over 30 years with wide ranging experience in cost management and financial reporting, risk management and credit finance (both commercial and retail finance).
Mariosa Vella CardonaAssistant Secretary General
Malta Bankers Association
Dr Mariosa Vella Cardona LL.D, M’ Jur. is a freelance legal consultant specialising in European Law. Since 2009, she also occupies the post of Deputy Secretary General of the Malta Bankers’ Association, an association having as its members all credit institutions licensed to operate as such within the Maltese territory.
Matthew Caruana is the manager of the ZAAR crowdfunding. ZAAR is a reward-based platform and is currently exploring the investment based crowdfunding option following the regulations issued by MFSA late last year. Before joining ZAAR, Matthew has managed teams within tech start-ups and medium sized companies both in Malta and the UK.
Philip Maurice MifsudCountry Ambassador for Malta
Mr Philip Maurice Mifsud is Senior Vice President, Blockchain Generation (Silicon Valley, USA), Country Ambassador for Malta, Revolut (UK), and Global Business Development Director, Blockchart (Malta). Philip is a focused growth hacker, connector and speaker with more than 17 years of brand building and market growth experience, of which, 7 years were in the Fintech and Distributed Ledger Technology space.
Catherine GaleaHead, Banking Supervision
Catherine Galea is currently Head of Banking Supervision within the MFSA and is a member of the Supervisory Board of the ECB. She commenced her career with the Central Bank of Malta before joining the MFSA in 2002 in order to pursue her career within Banking Supervision. Ms Galea actively participates and represents the MFSA in various international fora.
Ranier FsadniAssistant Lecturer, Faculty of Arts
University of Malta
Ranier Fsadni teaches social anthropology at the University of Malta. Amongst other noteworthy appointments, he has served as Advisor to the Prime Minister on Mediterranean and Maritime Affairs (2004-2012) and Director Operations at the European Commission-League of Arab States Liaison Office (2009-2014). He writes a weekly political and cultural column for The Times of Malta.
David Spiteri GingellAdvisor on Pension and Social Security Reform
Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity
David Spiteri Gingell has held senior positions with government and the private sector. David has worked extensively overseas. In 2004 David was tasked by the then Prime Minister to lead the reform of Malta’s pension system. David continues to play a leading role in pension reform. David is also responsible for implementing Government’s strategy on retirement and financial capability. David is an independent management
Thomas GaleaDirector , Audit Services
Thomas Galea is a CPA, who holds a practicing certificate in auditing. Thomas joined KPMG in 2005 and has worked in various practices within the network. He is currently a Director within the audit function of KPMG in Malta focusing mainly on Banking and mid-market clients. Thomas is also Malta’s representative on ACCA’s International Assembly.
As a co-founder and CEO of Altaro, an international software company headquartered in Malta, David has led the company since its inception in 2009. Before that, David spent 11 years at GFI, his last role being Director of Product Management with responsibility for product strategy, OEM relationships and M&A technical due diligence.
Nick JeffreyRegional Head of Policy - Europe and the Americas
Nick covers issues facing the accountancy profession, the finance sector, and business. He has written on corporate governance, the future of the profession, Brexit, and professional ethics. Prior to joining ACCA, he was global head of policy and part of the UK’s national technical team at a prominent accountancy firm. He is an auditor by background.
Neville J. CutajarManaging Partner and Director
<p>Neville Cutajar is 3a Malta’s managing partner and director. Neville has extensive business experience with over twenty years in public practice. He is 3a’s senior audit partner and in charge with compliance and quality control issues at 3a. He has served as a member on several Committees at MIA as well as at the Chamber of Commerce.</p>
Natalie KenelyHead of Department of Social Policy & Social Work
Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta
Dr Natalie Kenely’s expertise includes management, leadership, and emotional intelligence. Her doctoral thesis, titled Emotional Intelligence and Transformational Leadership, explored issues of organizational climate, HR functions and leadership, and their effect on relationships and emotional intelligence within an organization. She was awarded Best Paper Award in an International Conference on Leadership held at Ashbridge Business School in London in 2013.
Diane BugejaSenior Associate
Camilleri Preziosi Advocates
Dr Diane Bugeja is a Senior Associate at Camilleri Preziosi, specializing in financial regulation and compliance matters, including AML/CFT regulation, providing advice on the impact of the current and forthcoming regulatory regime. She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta and is regularly invited to speak on various aspects of financial services law and financial crime.
Angie Ann CamilleriSenior Associate
Ms Angie Ann Camilleri is a Senior Associate at RSM Malta, specialising in business and data analytics. Her focus lies in helping business organisations take better decisions enabled by business intelligence, data analytics together with data reporting and visualisation. She also provides advice on analytics vendor specification, selection and procurement for business intelligence solutions.
Enry Donato Di GiacomoVice Secretary General
Maltese Italian Chamber of Commerce
Enry Di Giacomo is the Vice Secretary General of the Maltese Italian Chamber of Commerce and Italy Country Manager of the Malta Stock Exchange. He is an Italian Journalist specialised in Business development, Finance and Fintech. He founded the Malta Business Club with the Maltese Italian Chamber of Commerce and has started developing the Italian and Israeli market for the Malta Stock Exchange.
Simon MicallefSenior Manager, Compliance
APS Bank Ltd
Simon Micallef has 28 years professional experience in management consultancy and financial services. Simon graduated with an MBA (Maastricht School of Management) and he consulted with the Government until he joined APS Bank developing the Human Resources function and, later General Manager of APS Consult Limited and now, Senior Manager (Compliance). He has experience with SME both from an operational, consulting and banking perspective.
Andrew W. J. MamoVice-President and Chair of the Family Business Committee
Malta Chamber of Commerce
Andrew Mamo joined Galdes & Mamo Ltd in the import/distribution and insurance sectors and today occupies the post of Managing Director. He has served on Council, as an Officer, as well as several other Executive Committees of the Malta Chamber. He has also served as Chairman of Importers, Distributors and Retailers Economic Group. Andrew is one of the Malta Chamber's representatives on the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bugeja.
David J. PaceChair
MIA SMP Committee
SME Forum 2019 (incl. Participation in Breakout Session #2: The FIAU Risk Evaluation Questionnaire)
Organized By: The Malta Institute of Accountants
Type of Event: Forum
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Date & Time
Wed, 27 February 2019
09:00 - 17:00
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands,
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