MBN UK September 2018 Meeting

Our next MBN UK Members’ Meeting takes place on Tuesday 25 September 2018, between 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Malta House, Malta High Commission, 36-38 Piccadilly, London W1J 0LE.

We are delighted to have joining us as a guest speaker Armando Raish from Biotecture, who will be talking about living walls and sustainability. (http://www.biotecture.uk.com/)  Biotecture is a designer and supplier of hydroponic, modular living wall systems, an innovative, UK based company, managing projects across the country, and working with partners in Scandinavia, mainland Europe, North America and the Middle East. Their vision is to transform urban architecture for the well-being of people and planet through innovative use of vertical greening. They work on principles of collaboration, integrity and excellence, believing that their shared expertise will bring the best results.

Image is from the http://www.biotecture.uk.com/living-walls/ page.

Please register online to attend – only registered attendees will be allowed into Malta House. Late registrations may not be allowed entry. Guests must either be invited or accompanied by a named MBN member. If you wish to attend but do not know any MBN members, kindly contact us at events@maltabusinessnetwork.com

Please note you will also need to carry a photo ID for security purposes.

MBNUK Discusses BlockChain

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Our Speaker for the June MBN UK Members’ Meeting on Tuesday 26 June 2018, is Liliana Reasor, MBN member and a FinTech / Blockchain entrepreneur, venture capitalist and ex-investment banker.

Liliana Reasor was recently on a speaker panel in New York discussing blockchain and new technologies. She will give us her insights on block-chain technology, its usage and application across industries, especially in the light of Malta’s digital strategy and our members interest in this new technology.

With 20+ years of experience in the FinTech and Finance industries, Liliana is now the the founder and CEO of SupraFin, the first global vetted token platform on the blockchain (www.suprafin.io). She is heavily involved in the FinTech / Blockchain startup ecosystem in Europe and is considered a FinTech / Blockchain thought leader. She is a regular FinTech / Blockchain speaker, panellist, investment judge and working group member at top global FinTech / Blockchain and finance events. She was selected as one of the Top 100 Global FinTech Women Influencers and Leaders in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Innovate Finance. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she worked in the FinTech and investment banking industries (M&A, trading, capital markets, and corporate lending) at JP Morgan, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Moody’s Analytics in the US and UK. Liliana has a M.S. in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from UCLA.

Please register online to attend – only registered attendees will be allowed into Malta House.

Guests must either be invited or accompanied by a named MBN member. If you wish to attend but do not know any MBN members, kindly contact us at events@maltabusinessnetwork.com

Please note you will also need to carry a photo ID for security purposes.

MBNUK April Meeting: Discussing Transport and Master Planning Projects with Kirsten Galea

The next MBN UK Members’ Meeting takes place on Tuesday 24 April 2018, between 6.30pm – 8.30 at Malta House, Malta High Commission, 36-38 Piccadilly, London W1J 0LE.

Our guest speaker is Ms Kirsten Galea who will give a brief overview of Weston Williamson+Partner (WW+P)’s portfolio of transport projects from the last 30 years’ experience – including a number of flagship stations such as the Jubilee Line Extension at London Bridge and Crossrail Paddington Station. These and other projects have acted as catalysts for regeneration, supporting new homes, leisure, commercial and cultural quarters.

WW+P have a parallel portfolio of projects that compliments and works hand in hand with their transport work. A master planning portfolio beyond urban planning projects is emerging with skill sets around the technical challenges of delivering new development on and around railways. These are predominantly TOD (Transport Oriented Development) projects that grapple with land use change, implications for established settlements and developing architectural typologies, which aim to address land use intensification and flexible development plot accommodation.

In her presentation Kirsten will also introduce WW+P’s most recent innovative project, an in-house parametric tool for master planning that will help WW+P’s master planners to quickly test options and instantly obtain data such as plot ratio, GEA, GIA, FAR, units per hectare, etc, which manually is usually extremely time consuming. This tool may be specifically tailored to our client’s requirements and allows WW+P utmost flexibility of going back and forth in the workflow.

All images used are courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners.

Kirsten Galea

Kirsten studied architecture and civil engineering at the university of Malta and today is a Senior Associate at Weston Williamson+Partner (WW+P). She has been involved in the design stages of a variety of complex transport projects, including detail design and coordination at construction stage. Currently part of the London studio, she has also worked for WW+P in Kuala Lumpur, Sydney and Melbourne. Kirsten is a co-founder of Women@WestonWilliamson, board member of Women in Transport and member of NAWIC, pushing the envelope for women in Architecture, Construction and the Transport Industry. In 2016 she also made it into the RIBA Journal Rising Stars shortlist.

Outline of Malta 2020: A Broadcast Concert Event

During Peter Manning’s talk at the MBN UK March Meeting, he talked about Malta 2020 and the association with The Victoria and George Cross Association.  They are looking for assistance through donations and support. If anyone is interested please contact Peter Manning directly on peter@manningcamerata.com.

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Outline of Malta 2020:  A Broadcast Concert Event

A powerful concert will be presented in 2020 at the Manoel Theatre, Valletta, Malta to honour the selfless valour and gallantry encapsulated by the awards of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross.  These awards are the highest bestowed in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for acts of selfless valour (see extra sheet for more detail).  The aim is to draw to the attention of a wider public the importance of these awards and concepts.  It will also draw attention to this exceptional and beautiful island whose people throughout its history have suffered and endured so much as its strategic position has caused it to be the stage on which the future of Europe was fought over. The Island of Malta GC is one of two collective awards of the George Cross, awarded by King George VI in 1942 for the island’s stoic and dogged resistance to Hitler’s covetous and brutal bombardment.

The concert will feature the Malta Philharmonic conducted by Peter Manning.  Opera superstar, Joseph Calleja and rising star Nicola Said will bring a selection of arias from the great heritage of Italian and German opera.  They will share the stage with a local a cappella group who will showcase the music of Malta.  Peter and the orchestra, with violinist Carmine Lauri (co-Leader of the LSO), will perform two English greats and the concert will end with the music of Russian composer, Mikhail Glinka.

The intention is that the concert will be filmed by Kriss Russman, film-maker and world leading live-event broadcaster, with many years’ experience working with the BBC’s Proms. Kriss is committed to the project.  Following filming the concert will be edited for a 1 hour TV show that will be aired by TV Malta. It is also anticipated that the TV recording of the concert, once it has been aired in Malta, will be made available to be shown throughout Europe. Avenues for this are being explored.

It is also intended, to promote awareness of the gallantry awards, that four Video Taped (VT) inserts will be added to the 1 hour TV show.  These will be 3 will be short films about living recipients of the Victoria Cross or George Cross and the final film will be of the island of Malta and its award of the George Cross.  The VT of Malta will use the natural beauty of the island.

Funding is now sought to bring this project to fruition.  This is a unique opportunity to be associated with philanthropy which draws attention to not only to the island of Malta itself but also with the prestige of the VC and GC Association and of the nature of the awards themselves.  These awards are multinational to the extent that they are awarded throughout the Commonwealth.  Her Majesty the Queen is Patron of the VC and GC Association and HRH The Prince of Wales its President, following the establishment of the awards by Queen Victoria and King George VI.

Donations and support will be acknowledged appropriately in the concert material to be agreed on an individual basis.

For further information on different levels of sponsorship, please contact: peter@manningcamerata.com

Building resilience at the next MBN Malta Meeting

The concept of resilience and what it means for organisations and countries will take centre stage at the forthcoming MBN Malta Chapter monthly meeting. A resilience-building practitioner will share his knowledge on how this concept can positively impact business performance.

“Strategic resilience is not about responding to a one-time crisis. It’s not about rebounding from a setback. It’s about continuously anticipating and adjusting to deep trends that can permanently impinge on the financial performance of an organisation. It’s about having the capacity to change before the case for change becomes desperately obvious.” said JP Fabri, Managing Director of ARQ Economic & Business Intelligence, a boutique advisory that focuses on resilience-building strategies and which forms part of ARQ Group. During his presentation “Unravelling the quest for resilience”, Mr Fabri will show how any organisation and countries that can make sense of their environment, generate strategic options and realign their resources accordingly, will enjoy a decisive and sustainable advantage.

An economist by profession, Mr Fabri specialised in resilience-building strategies and was appointed as Technical Expert and Lead Consultant on national resilience building to The Commonwealth Secretariat. He developed a resilience-building framework and implemented it in nine countries across the Caribbean, Pacific and Africa. Mr Fabri has occupied various roles in the public and private sector and is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta.

Mr Fabri will share his insights at the MBN Malta Chapter meeting on March 20 at the Xara Lodge between 6.30pm and 8.00pm.

To attend the event please register here.

 

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MBN UK Exclusive: February 2018 Meeting at Art Gallery in Mayfair

Having started our year with 2018 drinks at Henry’s in Picadilly and a talk on crypto-currencies and blockchain, February’s MBN UK meeting is another meeting with a difference.

Co-Hosts of the MBN UK February Meeting

Co-Hosts of the MBN UK February Meeting

MBN UK and Malta Tourism Authority co-host this month’s get together, bringing members to the David Gill Art Gallery in Mayfair for an exclusive evening on Tuesday 27 February, 2018.Francis Sultana

Supporting Sponsors Clintons, the award winning boutique law firm for entertainment and the creative arts

Supporting Sponsors Clintons, the award winning boutique law firm for entertainment and the creative arts

Featuring the internationally renowned furniture and interior designer from Malta, Francis Sultana, this is an exclusive opportunity for MBN UK members to meet him and hear him talk about his work. Sultana is based in London with an international client base covering Europe & Russia, USA and Asia.

He is the favoured designer of many of the world’s biggest art patrons, drawn to his use of noble materials, fine craftsmanship and luxurious finishes. His atelier and showroom are based in St James’s in the same building as David Gill Gallery, of which Sultana is also CEO.

Francis, who is from Nadur, Gozo, set up his studio in 2009 to create interiors for many of his major art collector clients. Francis is also the judge of both PAD and Masterpiece and sits on the board for the NSPCC Art Gala. He co-founded the Design Fund for the V&A and now sits on the International Council for the museum. He is also on the board of MICAS, Malta’s new museum project which opens in 2021 and will house Malta’s contemporary art & design collection.

MBN UK and Malta Tourism Authority are proud and delighted to co-host this exclusive event, which is also being supported in sponsorship by Clintons, the award winning boutique law firm for entertainment and the creative arts.

Attendance is strictly by invitation and registration only, and restricted in numbers. You will require a code to register. Preference will be given to fully-subscribed members and invitations to guests are only extended once members have confirmed. Should you wish to attend but have not received an invitation please email events@maltabusinessnetwork.com.

PLEASE REGISTER AT YOUR EARLIEST TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE AT THIS EVENT.

MBN UK kicks off 2018 with drinks and a talk on crypto-currencies

MBN UK kicked off this year’s activities with drinks on Tuesday January 30th, 2018 at Henry’s Cafe Bar in Piccadilly, Mayfair, London.

During the well-attended evening, the MBN UK Board, members and guests were also joined by Josh O’Neill*, who discussed crypto-currencies and blockchain, providing a thorough overview of what has changed since bitcoin’s birth in 2009 and what we should perhaps expect going forward.

*Josh O’Neill is the Assistant Editor at ClearView Financial Media, the publisher of WealthBriefing, WealthBriefing Asia and Family Wealth Report.

Nature Claims Gozo’s Iconic Azure Window

March 8th 2016, London: A sad day for the Mediterranean island, today saw the tragic collapse of the iconic Azure Window in Gozo. A breath-taking structure that is believed to be thousands of years old, rough seas have finally taken their toll as the magnificent limestone arch has finally crumbled into the Inland Sea.

One of the most popular destinations on the Maltese archipelago, the idyllic turquoise waters surrounding the limestone sculpture has been a popular site for swimming, scuba diving and boating.

2012 saw a large piece of rock dislocated from the imposing arch, an alteration that has significantly led to its devastating and eventual demise.

While the Azure Window might have finally fallen after thousands of years teetering in its precarious position, the memory of the structure will live on particularly with its presence in blockbuster films. The formation can be seen in films such as Clash of the Titans and The Count of Monte Cristo. The Azure Window was also the backdrop of the wedding between Daenerys and Drogo in the first episode of the hugely popular television series, Game of Thrones.

The arch stands very close to another cultural landmark, Dwejra Bay. A dramatic coastal formation that wraps around the Azure Window, the bay is heralded as one of the top five dive sites in Malta. Despite the heart-breaking collapse of this natural monument, the area will continue to be one of the island’s most picturesque attractions particularly with its sapphire lagoon, excellent hikes, and rockpools abundant in marine life.