Mr. Herman Zandt | Director

Resident in Malta since 2002 and originating from the Netherlands (1971), Herman holds various directorship mandates for foreign-owned and Malta-based entities with a key focus on strategic decision-making, international market development, managing multidisciplinary projects and maximising organisational efficiency.

Achievements and key executive duties in MFSA-regulated environments have been carried out for, amongst others, the United Trust Group (Amsterdam/Luxemburg/Malta), Ferratum Group (Finland) / Ferratum Bank (Malta), Mediterranean Bank (Malta) during acquisition by Anacap Financial Partners (London) and for the NDG Financial Group (Canada) as member of the Executive Team and Advisory Counsel and CEO of its Maltese subsidiaries Northway Financial Ltd. (Malta) and Northway Broker Ltd. (Malta).

Herman holds the Executive MBA from Henley Management College (UK) and enjoys Accredited Mediator status through CEDR (London) and MTI (USA).

In parallel to his professional duties, Herman has been active for Rotary International (President of Rotary Club La Valette Malta and active member of District 2110 Committees) and for BNI® Business Network International (Vice-President of BNI® De Redin Chapter, Malta). Possessing his private pilot license, Herman takes every opportunity to change the scenery and discover new destinations in so far unexplored regions.

-citizen of The Netherlands

-resident of Malta

Mobile phone: +356 99834527

Mr. Petri Tuokko | Director

Petri began his career in the insurance industry followed by investment banking and wealth management positions in Finland and Belgium. Residing in Malta since 2007, he has held managerial positions with Ganado Advocates and HSBC International.

He currently holds several independent non-executive directorships and a compliance officer position in Malta.

He obtained an accounting qualification from Helsinki Business College followed by specialisation studies in finance at the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. He also obtained a qualification in risk management awarded by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).

-citizen of Finland

-resident of Malta

mobile phone: 00356 99164474

Mr. Alberto Balatti | Member

Mr. Alberto Balatti is the founder of governance and relocation consultancy MALTAway.

He also has a popular governance and investment blog “albertobalatti” on WordPress.

Alberto has over 30 years of governance and investments experience as a trader and asset allocation consultant. He has been employed by Sky, Schiapparelli, Eni, Confindustria, Accord Group, Resources4Business, and Pride Group (part of Ericsson Group). His board experience includes serving on committees concerning investments, nomination, and compensation.

Alberto earned a College Certificate in 1982 from Liceo Scientifico Milan. He earned a Master Degree in Economics and Political Science in 1986 from Milan University. He earned a Post Graduate Master in International Business and Organization in 1989 from the Master School in Rome.

-citizen of Italy

-resident of Malta

mobile phone: 00356 77635974

Dr. Francis Zammit Dimech | Member

Hon. Dr. Francis Zammit Dimech has been a member of the Parliament of Malta since 1987. He has served as Minister in the government of Malta seven times with six different portfolios: Transport and Communications, Environment, Resources and Infrastructure, Tourism, Tourism and Culture, Foreign and European Affairs.

He is currently Shadow Minister for Culture, the Arts and Communications and is a member of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Malta.

Dr. Francis is a lawyer by profession. Francis Zammit Dimech Advocates has a multidisciplinary team and is active in the investment management and investment fund industry.

Dr. Francis is an alumnus of the University of Malta, where he graduated as a lawyer in 1979 and earned a Master degree in Financial Services in 1998. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Henley School of Management (University of Reading, UK).

-citizen of Malta

-resident of Malta

office phone: 00356 21228340

Mr. John Christmas | Director and Secretary

John has a background in banking. He has been employed by commercial banks in the United States and Europe in a variety of functions ranging from commercial lending to capital markets and investment banking. As a self-employed property developer, he initiated the Riga International Business Park project in Latvia. He has been a resident of Malta since 2009.

John was recognized at the Offshore Alert Conference in November 2015 as being the whistleblower in the largest fraud in Latvian history, involving the collapse of a Latvian bank and the ensuing cover-up organized by Eurostat and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance at Cornell University.

He currently holds director and investment committee mandates in Malta. He is a member of the UK CFA Society with an Investment Management Certificate. He earned a diploma in risk management from MITC.

-citizen of Latvia

-resident of Malta

mobile phone: 00356 79964939

Mr. Malcolm Schembri | Member

Malcolm started his career in an audit and accountancy firm with clients from diverse industries. He held senior positions in the financial sector dealing with credit, risk analysis, compliance, cash flow management, controls, and forecasts.

He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management and Banking & Finance and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Malta. He has also successfully completed all three Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examinations.

He currently holds a number of positions in Malta.

-citizen of Malta

-resident of Malta

Mr. Jacques Ellul-Soler | Member

Jacques began his career with a UK offshore financial services company during which he occupied several senior positions, including compliance officer, private client manager, and head investment analyst. He was responsible for conducting economic, financial market and fund research analysis. For a few years he was also an investment manager and investment committee member for a large Maltese financial services firm.

He is currently an MFSA approved director and portfolio manager for a UCITS management company of Malta and sits on a number of boards and investment committees.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Banking and Finance degree and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Malta. He also obtained the Certificate for Financial Advisors (CeFA) from the Institute of Financial Services and the Investment Management Certificate from the UK CFA Society.

-citizen of Malta

-resident of Malta

Mr. J. Anthony Farrell | Member

Anthony began his career in the insurance industry where he became the compliance officer of a UK Friendly Society. Subsequently, he was director of a regional IFA firm, a general insurance firm, and an international property company with projects in Bulgaria and Russia. His experience includes management of portfolios for private clients, professional clients, pension funds, and offshore trusts. He has advised on emerging markets, natural resources, and small company investments. He has trust planning experience in the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and British Virgin Islands. He has arranged and advised trusts including: fixed and discretionary trusts, gift and loan trusts, and discounted gift trusts.

He is currently a director for a UCITS management company of Malta and CAM (BVI) Inc. of the British Virgin Islands. He also provides consultancy services to international companies, trusts, and professional and private clients.

He is a member by Advanced Diploma of the Chartered Insurance Institute and Personal Finance Society. He holds the Investment Management Certificate from the UK CFA Society of which he is also a member. He is an affiliate member of STEP, holding a Distinction in the International Trust Management Certificate. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

-citizen of the United Kingdom

-resident of the United Kingdom

mobile phone: 0044 7714294530

Dr. Vanessa Vella | Member

A lawyer by profession since 1998, Vanessa occupied a senior managerial position in a one of the largest local Maltese banks and has been extensively involved in the financial services sector for the past 16 years. She has provided specialised legal advice to the bank’s retail banking and wealth management areas, fund management, commercial banking and global banking and markets, life insurance sector, trusts and foundations, and company secretarial support. Further responsibilities included legal risk management, drafting agreements, bond issues, formation and liquidation of companies, advising compliance regulatory function and interaction with the local regulatory authorities.

Vanessa is currently the managing partner of Vella Grech Legal, a multi-disciplinary boutique Law Firm established in Malta. Her core areas of expertise include financial services, corporate & commercial, banking & finance, investment services, e-Commerce, franchising, intellectual property & competition, consumer & retail and insurance.

She also occupies non-executive directorship and company secretarial roles in local companies and audit committees.

Vanessa was recently interviewed by the Malta Business Review Magazine for the Women Leaders series. She is also currently completing a Masters in European Business Law (European and Comparative Law) from the University of Malta.

-citizen of Malta

-resident of Malta

mobile phone: 00356 99422927

Dr. Nicolai Xuereb | Member

Nicolai began his career in financial services with a leading law firm in Malta. He assisted funds and fund managers to get licenses and provided advice on trusts and foundations. He worked as legal and compliance manager of an online casino operator licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority. He handled all legal, compliance and regulatory procedures including monitoring and controlling the implementation of international regulatory and compliance reporting requirements. He also performed risk assessments to identify legal challenges.

Now he has set up his own firm and advises mainly in the corporate, iGaming, financial services, trusts and foundations areas.

Nicolai is on the board of directors for a MFSA-licensed trustee and administrator for private foundations.

He is a lawyer holding a masters degree in Banking and Finance from University College London. He also holds a Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners Certificate as a Trust and Estate Practitioner and a Certificate in Trust Law from the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners.

-citizen of Malta

-resident of Malta

mobile phone: 00356 99451930

Mr. Mikko Puhakka | Member

Mikko was born in Finland but has lived in 4 continents (Europe, US, Africa and Asia) and relocated 2 years ago from Beijing, China back to Europe and to Malta after a more than a decade in China.

While the majority of his work during last 25 years has revolved around developing business models and strategy in software companies, the result oriented approach has led to ‘’all sides of the negotiation table’’ successfully helping companies raise money, investing in companies (in the role of a Venture Capitalist as well as a private business angel), selling companies and also buying companies in diverse cultural environments.

Mikko’s work has been direct assignments to companies ranging from start-ups to listed companies and public organizations and government organizations. Mikko has been actively building ecosystems around companies via various initiatives internationally. His work has included serving as a mentor and advisor to incubators and accelerators and chambers of commerce, with director roles in both private companies as well as NGO’s such as Finnish Business Council of Beijing (Vice Chairman) and EU Chamber of Commerce in China (Finland’s Representative).

Currently Mikko works at his own consulting/corporate finance company Lion Partners with both private and public clients in EU and Asia.

-citizen of Finland

-resident of Malta

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