Francis J. Vassallo occupied various senior positions with Chase Manhattan Bank worldwide in a career that spanned over 28 years and which also included being on the Board of Directors of the bank’s operations in the Channel Islands, Luxembourg and Spain. Francis also occupied the post of Director General of Chase Manhattan Private Bank in Switzerland and of General Manager of Chase Manhattan Bank in Spain. Throughout his years with Chase Manhattan Bank, he was involved in the management of the Commodity Financing, Private Banking and International Banking. In 1993, Francis was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Malta with a mandate to restructure the Maltese banking sector, to develop the financial markets in Malta and to bring the regulatory and supervisory framework in line with EU standards. During his tenure as Governor, Francis was a founding member of the Board of Governors of the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) at the time of the restructuring of this vital sector in Malta. Francis is president of Francis J. Vassallo & Associates Limited and Chairman of FJV Fiduciary Limited and FJV Management Limited. Between 1999 and 2000 he acted as Chairman of the Malta Development Corporation (MDC), a government corporation with a mandate to attract foreign direct investment to Malta. Francis is a non-executive board member of various listed and un-listed companies, and is a member of the Board of Directors of FIMBank plc. He is a member of the Board of Directors of major international SICAVs registered in Malta, namely, Celsius Fund (owned by Barclays Bank plc) and Altma Fund (owned by NBC). He is also a member of the International Tax Planning Association and of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP), and a member of the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of St. John.
Frederick Mifsud Bonnici has wide-ranging experience in the financial services sector and is Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is presently non-executive chairman of Blevins Franks Trustees Limited and Blevins Franks Gamma Limited and non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee of Malita Investments plc. Frederick has been an elected member of the Council of the Malta Institute of Accountants uninterruptedly for over 32 years and its president for three years. He is a visiting senior lecturer in Auditing at the University of Malta. He was formerly Chairman of Bank of Valletta plc Group, MSV Life plc and a member of the board of Middlesea Insurance plc. He was a Senior Audit Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Malta, responsible for risk management for many years and Head of Assurance, before his retirement in 2011. He was Deputy Chairman and subsequently Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange between 1990 and 1999. Frederick was elected as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Mediterranean Bank, effective 30 June 2014.
Michael Walker spent the majority of his executive career with Prudential Financial Inc, one of the largest financial institutions in the United States and a major provider of financial services to the international marketplace. In his capacity as Chief Executive Officer of the group’s international banking operations, based in London, he was responsible for the provision of products and services to super affluent and high-net worth clients located in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. In 2006, Michael was appointed specialist adviser to the UK Financial Services Authority and was subsequently appointed senior adviser to the UK Financial Conduct Authority following the UK regulatory reorganisation in 2012. He also provides specialist advisory and training services to other European regulators including the UK Prudential Regulatory Authority and the European Securities and Markets Authority in Paris. Michael is currently a non-executive director of Peel Hunt LLP, a UK corporate advisory business and an executive director of Acuity 4 Ltd, a UK consultancy specialising in the provision of governance and conduct advisory services to the financial services sector. Additionally, he provides specialist advisory services to European private banks and wealth management institutions. He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Royal Society of Arts, a past member of the British Bankers Association Council and a past member of various Bank of England standing committees.
Benjamin Hollowood is an investment director at AnaCap Financial Partners LLP, a European private equity firm specialising in financial services, where he is the part of the Business Services team responsible for the development of AnaCap’s portfolio company investments. Prior to joining AnaCap, Benjamin worked as a principal at Bain Company where he led a broad range of assignments across the financial service sector, and advised senior management teams across Europe, United States and Africa on strategy, M&A, operational and organisational issues. Benjamin holds a MA in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge.
Dominic Wallace has more than 25 years' experience in the financial sector, gained at a number of major international institutions including Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), JP Morgan and Citigroup, where he spent 13 years and was a Managing Director from 2003 onwards. There he held a number of senior Risk Management positions: most recently he was global head of interest rate, liquidity, currency and equity risk for Citigroup's institutional business, and his previous roles had included responsibility for pricing risk and for new product approval. He has a MA from Cambridge University and a DPhil from Oxford University, both in theoretical physics.
Mark Watson joined Salomon Brothers in 1985 and completed the New York training programme before returning to London to join the Eurobond desk. In London, he traded a variety of European credit and government bonds. In 1991, Mark joined Salomon Brothers Tokyo with responsibility for overnight trading of European products. In 1993, he returned to London to join the Syndicate Desk and later took responsibility for the European primary credit business. Starting in 1996, Mark was given responsibility for all credit trading in Europe and later became co-head of European Origination functions. In 2004, he became head of European Fixed Income at Citigroup, in charge of all Origination and Markets functions for EMEA. Mark was a member of the Citigroup’s European Operating Committee and the Global Fixed Income Management Group. In 2007, he was appointed co-head of Global Credit Markets. He holds a BSc in Business Finance from Cass Business School.
Joaquin Vicent established and built from scratch UBS London’s integrated European residential real estate and ABS platform, including cash and derivative trading, structuring, whole loan servicing, hedging and asset origination. He was a member of UBS’s European Fixed Income Management Committee. Before joining UBS, Joaquin was head of European ABS trading at Citigroup London and managed Citigroup’s Spanish securitisation business in Madrid. He holds a BSc in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Edward Jaccarini held positions as CFO for the National Bank of Dubai – Investment Bank and for an equity derivatives boutique investment bank, Diwan Capital Limited. Both entities were based in Dubai and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. Before moving to Dubai, he was the Finance Officer for Bank of America Securities Limited, a London-based bank, and the Finance Director for 30 other Bank of America subsidiaries. Previously, Edward headed the Regulatory Reporting department for the Bank of America EMEA region. Earlier roles include Financial Controller at Credit Suisse Securities Limited, as well as roles within the Internal Audit departments at the London offices of Credit Suisse and the Bank of New York. For three years he served as SVP, responsible for Accounting Policies and Control, at Riyad Bank, Saudi Arabia. He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and obtained an MBA from the City University, London. He is also a qualified member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Kelvin Camenzuli has over 14 years of technical management experience. He held various technical leadership positions, the latest as GO Plc.’s Chief Technical Officer, where he was responsible for the company’s core and access technologies; offering multimedia, fixed and mobile voice and data connectivity services on a nation-wide basis. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA both from the University of Malta.
Walance Buttigieg Scicluna has more than 15 years’ experience in the financial sector. In 2009 he became Deputy Senior Dealer in the Investments and Reserves section at the Central Bank of Malta, where he was responsible for the Fixed Income desk managing the Banks’ multi-currency bond portfolios. Walance was also responsible for the management of the foreign reserves on behalf of the European Central Bank in conjunction with another Euro system member. He was a member of various technical groups that focused on areas such as portfolio construction, benchmarking and hedging with recommendations presented to the Investment Policy Committee chaired by the Governor. Aside from ad hoc presentations he monthly reported and recommended to the Investment Policy Committee. He also lectured part-time at the University of Malta and the Institute of Financial Services. Walance holds a B.Com. (Hons) in Banking and Finance, an MA in Economics, an MA in Business Ethics (with Distinction) from the University of Malta and an MSc in Finance (with Distinction) from Strathclyde Business School.
Ray Calleja started his career in 1978 by joining Mid-Med Bank, which was taken over by HSBC in 1999. He occupied various managerial roles within Mid-Med Bank and HSBC, including in the Debt Recoveries and Factoring departments. He also worked as a Premier Relationship Manager and later as a Senior Premier Relationship Manager managing a small team of relationship managers looking after a portfolio of high net worth customers and providing priority service to HSBC's best customers. He moved to Credit Europe Bank NV, Malta Branch in November 2007 to lead the Retail Banking Unit, where he successfully helped setting up the Malta operations, thus opening the local market to savings and fixed term deposit accounts offering. Ray has an honors degree in Financial Services from the University of Manchester and is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services.
Paula Galea Farrugia headed the Legal & Corporate Department at Portman International where she acted as Company Secretary for a number of companies. Whilst working at Portman, Paula also managed the London and Dublin offices of the firm. Before joining Portman, Paula worked at the Company Compliance Unit of the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA). She holds a Doctorate in Laws and a Masters in Financial Services from the University of Malta. She is also a member of the Chamber of Advocates, an Associate Member of the Malta Institute of Management and a member of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners.
Henry Schmeltzer founded and managed the European ABS and Illiquid Credit structuring and execution businesses at UBS, including development of the synthetic ABS and ABS derivatives businesses, non-recourse senior funding structures and asset origination strategies and structures. Before joining UBS, he ran credit structuring and origination businesses at Swiss Re London, Merrill Lynch London and Lehman Brothers London and New York. Prior to becoming a banker, Henry was an attorney in New York, leaving the law firm Brown & Wood as a partner. He holds an MBA (Finance) from the New York University, a JD from the University of Chicago and an AB (magna cum laude) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. He was awarded CFA designation and is a member of the bar of the State of New York.
Cynthia Borg started her banking career 26 years ago when she joined Mid-Med Bank which was later taken over by HSBC Bank Malta plc. After 15 years serving in various front facing roles within the Retail Banking and Wealth Management business, Cynthia joined the Internal Audit team. As an internal auditor she participated in audit assignments covering various businesses and functions of the Bank to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of controls for the area under review. In 2011, she moved to the Compliance Department as a Compliance Manager for both the Retail and Corporate businesses. She was subsequently appointed Financial Crime Compliance Lead for the Retail Banking and Wealth Management business, including Insurance and Asset Management. In 2015 she was assigned a more focused role as Head of Global Standards and AML operations within the Retail Banking and Wealth Management business. Cynthia holds a Diploma in Investment Services Operations and Compliance.
Deo Catania joined Bank of Valletta in 1981 and worked in the bank`s retail network for a number of years. In 1994 he joined the Bank of Valletta's treasury team within the Financial Markets group, starting off at the trading level in the foreign exchange markets and bond trading desk. He was responsible for the management of various bank products including deposits and other associated products. Deo was appointed Head of Treasury at Bank of Valletta in 2005 and subsequently Executive Head. He represented Bank of Valletta in various banking related seminars and conferences. He holds diplomas in Political Studies and Labour Studies from the University of Malta, an MBA from Henley Management College, and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute UK.
Lorraine Bonello Ghio began her career with Mid-Med Bank in 1989. After receiving her basic training across a number of the Bank’s departments, Lorraine was appointed PA to the general manager of MIMBOL (Mid-Med’s offshore subsidiary), a position she held until 1996. Moving to a Legal and Financial Services practice, Lorraine developed her role as PA to the Managing Partner through assuming responsibility for the broader Administration and Human Resources functions. Attracted to the challenges of a start-up business, Lorraine joined Mediterranean Bank in its formative stage in 2006, primarily in the role of PA to the CEO, but with involvement across all the support functions of the bank. With the purchase and recapitalisation of the bank in 2009, she was appointed Head of Administration and Human Resources, a role she has remained in through the rapid growth of the bank in the last five years. Lorraine is CertCIB qualified, and holds a diploma in Business Administration and Human Resources.
Charles Cini started his career when he joined Bank of Valletta in 1983, largely in the retail network. In 1991 he joined Lombard Bank Malta where he was mainly involved in Credit and Treasury, at both retail and head office levels. After five years he took up a senior management role with Midland Bank, where he was responsible for successfully setting up the bank’s corporate banking as well as treasury operations teams. Midland Bank was already part of the HSBC group and when HSBC took over Mid-Med Bank in 1999, Charles was seconded to HSBC Bank Malta as a senior manager within the bank’s Head Office Credit function. During the period with HSBC Bank Malta, Charles occupied various managerial roles including that of Senior Corporate Banking Manager, handling some of the largest credit relationships in Malta as well as that of Senior International Banking Manager, covering relationships with foreign companies and financial institutions using Malta as a base for their operations. He moved to Mediterranean Bank in August 2010 to head the Corporate Banking Unit and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Mediterranean Corporate Bank following the acquisition and rebranding of Volksbank Malta in 2014. Charles is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services.
Xavier De Pauw was a Director in Merrill Lynch's Global Structured Finance and Investments (GSFI) team in London. He was responsible for structuring and origination efforts for financial institutions in the Benelux region and was also involved with banks in other European countries including the United Kingdom. His focus was on providing funding and capital management solutions for financial institutions, including asset backed lending, regulatory capital management, cash and synthetic asset backed transactions and asset-liability solutions. He was also responsible for establishing from scratch the RMBS funding programmes which financed Merrill Lynch's UK mortgage lending platforms. Xavier started his career in the award winning fixed income research team at Merrill Lynch in London before joining the GSFI team in 2002. He holds an MSc in Investment Management from Cass Business School and an MSc and BSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Gent.
Alex Konewko has been working in the financial services industry since 2002, joining HSBC Bank in the UK as an Executive Management Trainee, gaining management experience across consumer, corporate and wholesale banking. Since 2009, Alex held a number of senior risk management positions with HSBC Bank across both Retail and Wholesale Risk at a regional level covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa, specialising in credit risk management, risk governance, operational risk, regulatory reporting and compliance. Alex is an Associate of the Institute of Financial Services, he holds a BSc in Financial Services from the University of Manchester, and successfully completed the HSBC Aspiring Chief Risk Officer programme at Cambridge University Judge Business School in 2015.
Giuseppe Caltabiano served as a Director and Head of Business Performance at Barclays in London, with financial analytics and planning responsibilities for the Global Retail and Business Bank. Previously, he was a deal leader at European Resolution Capital Partners (ERC), where he advised leading European financial institutions on strategic and financial issues. Giuseppe has also worked as an M&A banker in the London investment banking departments of Rothschild and HSBC, where he advised a broad range of corporate and private equity funds. He started his career as a Finance research and teaching fellow at Bocconi University in Milan, and he had the privilege to be a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Stern School of Business. Giuseppe received his PhD in Business with a Finance major and his MSc in Business summa cum laude from Bocconi University.
Graham Jackson has over 25 years of international experience in financial services. After qualifying as a chartered accountant he joined Salomon Brothers’ London office in 1989 and held a number of finance roles of increasing responsibility covering proprietary trading, fixed income derivatives trading and private client wealth management. Graham relocated to New York with Citi in 2003 and held a number of senior finance roles including responsibility for the US loan origination, syndication and trading businesses and was promoted to Managing Director in 2009. He returned to London in 2011 as CFO of Religare Capital Markets, an emerging markets focused investment bank and has subsequently undertaken a number of interim consulting assignments.
Owen Camilleri is a Fellow Member of the Malta Institute of Accountants and has more than 15 years’ experience in the provision of audit and advisory services in the financial sector, gained through his senior manager position at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Malta. Throughout his employment at PwC Malta, Owen was actively involved in the firm’s business assurance division, with a special emphasis on the banking and financial institutions field. He led numerous banking assignments including licence applications, due diligences and regulatory projects. His experience also includes various short term secondments to the financial services practice in various foreign PwC offices. Owen joined Mediterranean Bank as Head of Internal Audit and he later moved to the Group’s finance function first as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and subsequently as Acting Chief Financial Officer.
Charlotte Cilia is a qualified accountant at the University of Malta and has more than 15 years' experience in financial services. Prior to joining the bank, she was the deputy CFO of HSBC Bank Malta responsible for the delivery of local and group reporting. She played a key role in the implementation of the HSBC Global Finance blue print by leading the migration of the finance processes to Poland and India. Charlotte also has 10 years auditing experience at KPMG Malta and London working on a number of global accounts including significant banks such as Citigroup and Deutsche Bank.
Before joining Mediterranean Bank in 2011, Tyler Wallace was a Senior Advisor at the Bank of England; he developed and executed the initiative of accepting loan portfolios in the Discount Window Facility. Previously he worked as a trader on the Pamplona Capital Credit Opportunities Fund. Prior to Pamplona, Tyler was an Assistant Portfolio Manager at New Amsterdam Capital where he focused on European leveraged loans. Tyler also worked in the Debt Capital Markets groups of both Bear Stearns and William Blair & Company in London and the US, respectively. Tyler holds a double Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Studies from Indiana University. Tyler is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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