events | 02 November 2020

FinanceMalta 13th Annual Conference 2020

Innovation in Financial Services: Gearing up for the new post Covid-19 era


13 October 2020

14:30 – 14:35         Introduction  by FinanceMalta chairman – Rudolph Psaila


Hon. Robert Abela – Prime Minister of Malta (video)

PANEL SESSION: Moderated by Deborah Webster, Co-Founder & CEO AMANIcircle

Hon. Clayton Bartolo – Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry for Finance and Financial Services

Hon. Kristy Debono – Member of the Opposition

Rudolph Psaila – Chairman, FinanceMalta

Joseph Cuschieri – CEO, MFSA

Wayne Pisani – President, IFSP


15:30 – 17:00      Session 2: AML: THE NAME OF THE GAME?

15:30 – 16:20     Panel 1: Moderated by Federica Taccogna – Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting

This session will provide a comparative overview of the CoE’s countries’ compliance with the AML regulations. What is Moneyval doing to address any deficiencies? Have such actions been successful? Are smaller countries in a more difficult position vis-a-vis the bigger ones?

Igor Nebyvaev – Executive Secretary of MONEYVAL (video)

Ilze Znotina – Head of Financial Intelligence Unit Latvia

Liliya Gelemerova – Senior Financial Crime Advisor, Head of Transactions Monitoring and Investigations/UKFIU, DMLRO, Director at Commerzbank

Alfred Camilleri – Chairman, National Coordinating Committee on Combating Money Laundering and Funding of Terrorism, Malta

16:20 – 17:00     Panel 2: Moderated by Aidan Larkin – Partner, Asset Reality

Following the MONEYVAL, GRECO and other reports on Malta, our country expressed its ambition and commitment to upgrade its Regulatory, Supervisory and Enforcement resources to, not only satisfy international requirements, but also because it firmly believes that the way forward for each country is to have clean business.

Christopher P. Buttigieg – Chief Officer, MFSA

Kenneth Farrugia – Director, FIAU

Alexandra Mamo – Assistant Commissioner of Police, Financial Crimes Investigations Department

Helga Buttigieg Debono – Executive Head, National Coordinating Committee on Combating Money Laundering & Funding of Terrorism, Malta

17:00 – 17:15     Conclusion by FinanceMalta

14 October 2020

14:30 – 14:35      Introduction by FinanceMalta chairman, Rudolph Psaila


Video message: Michael R. Bloomberg – Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th Mayor of New York City

PANEL SESSION: Moderated by Simone Giudici – Application Specialist, Bloomberg

Malta was the country that brought to the attention of the world the need to take climate change  as an international responsibility at the UN level. The European Green Deal is the new growth strategy launched by the European Commission with the aim of attaining a sustainable financial system as a long term investment. In this regard, the financial services sector must assume social, environmental and developmental responsibility.


Carlos Joly – Fellow CISL, Cambridge University, Former Chair UNEP FI, Co-Chair Expert Group that drafted UN PRI, and CEO of a fund manager

David Uzsoki – Senior Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Simon Zammit – CEO, Malta Stock Exchange

Malcolm Falzon – Partner, Camilleri Preziosi Advocates


15:30 – 16:30                Session4: TAX: QUO VADIS?

PANEL SESSION: Moderated by Juanita Brockdorff – Tax Partner, KPMG Malta

A number of global reports, international discussions and legal requirements such as DAC6 and Pillar II show that taxation in most countries will experience a transformation.  In this session we will hear first hand from the leading tax experts in Malta what discussions are being held at international and European fora, and what Malta can do to keep its tax system attractive, while at the same time, keep in line with regulation and best practice.


Aldo Farrugia – Director General (Legal & International), Office of the Commissioner for Revenue, Malta

Ramona Piscopo – Tax Partner, Piscopartners

Geraldine Schembri – Partner, EMCS

John Vella – Associate Professor of Tax Law, University of Oxford

16:20 – 16:30      Conclusion by FinanceMalta

15 October 2020

14:30 – 14:35       Introduction by FinanceMalta chairman, Rudolph Psaila

14:35 – 15:15      Session5: INNOVATION IN THE NEW DECADE

(Pre-recorded) What kind of Innovation are we likely to experience in the New Decade? How will this impact countries within the European Union? Who are the leaders in Innovation and what is the formula to achieve this? What has Malta been doing in order to lead the way in Financial, Insurance and Regulatory Technology? Where do we stand today? And what is the way forward?

Moderator: Vanessa Macdonald – Communications Coordinator, Central Bank of Malta

Speakers: Michael Xuereb – Chief Officer, Strategy, Policy and Innovation, MFSA

Stephen McCarthy – CEO, MDIA

Dana Farrugia – CEO, Tech.MT

Video: Innovation Hub by Central Bank of Malta:

Moving Forward: the Central Bank of Malta’s Payment Hub
The Central Bank of Malta has introduced a new euro denominated payments infrastructure which will enable it to offer clearing services to credit and financial institutions. The Payments Hub will provide a solution for institutions that were previously dependent on correspondent foreign banks.


15:20 – 16:10   Panel 1 – INNOVATION IN ASSET MANAGEMENT

Asset Management in Malta has, for a number of years, been considered to be a core traditional sector which contributed significantly in Malta’s financial services industry. In this session we will discuss the next steps to make this sector more innovative to keep Malta attractive in this sector in the new decade.

Presentation: Christian Mackintosh – Senior Manager | Wealth &Asset Management | EY, UK [live]

PANEL SESSION: Moderated by Kenneth Farrugia – Governor, FinanceMalta


Christian Mackintosh – Senior Manager| Wealth &Asset Management| EY, UK

Antonia Zammit – CEO, Praude Asset Management

Andre Zerafa – Partner, Ganado Advocates

Hakon Haugnes – CFO/COO, Andurand Capital


16:15 – 17:05   Panel 2 – INSURANCE: NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Notwithstanding the disruptive technology and other factors that are having an impact on Malta’s financial services industry, the insurance industry seems to be the strongest and most stable sector on the island. In this session we will analyse what has made this sector so resilient, and what we can do to make it even more innovative?

Presentation: Javier Baixas Valls – Partner, Strategy& | PwC Madrid

PANEL SESSION: Moderated by Matthew Bianchi – Vice-Chairman, FinanceMalta


Mario Xuereb – Deputy CEO, Lockton European Brokers Limited

Elizabeth Carbonaro – Chairperson, Malta Insurance Managers Association

Javier Baixas Valls – Partner, Strategy&, PwC Madrid

Robert Geraghty – Senior Vice President, International Sales Leader at Marsh Captive Solutions, Marsh UK

17:05 – 17:15      Conclusion by FinanceMalta

Cooperation Partners
  • Malta Employers' Associations
  • Malta Association of Credit Management