MBN UK attends fundraising event for St John Association at Chapter Hall, St John’s Gate London

The Malta Business Network UK recently extended a special invitation to its UK members to attend a fundraising evening in aid of the St John Association, Malta at the magnificent Chapter Hall of the historic St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell, London, now the headquarters of the Venerable Order of St John.

The event, held on November 1, 2018, was co-hosted by the Prior of England and the Islands and Chair of the St John Ambulance, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, and the chairman of the St John Association, Malta, Dr Michael Frendo.

It was a unique opportunity to visit such a significant venue in the heart of London.  The event was well attended by representatives of the MBN UK Board and members, together with Maltese business and professional people residing in the UK and British members of the Venerable Order.

The Prior of England, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, with Dr Michael Frendo (right) and Chev Ray Cassar

The Malta Association was represented by Dr Frendo and by Chev Ray Cassar, member of the Association’s Council and chair of its fundraising committee. The deputy chairman and Commander of the Malta St John Association, Colonel Mark Mallia, who had also overseen the organisation of the event, was regrettably unable to attend at the last minute.

The Prior of England, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, addressing guests present

At the event, the Prior of England formally invested Dr Frendo with the rank of Commander of the Venerable Order of St John, a British Royal Order of Chivalry, of which Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign Head. Following this investiture, Chev Cassar delivered a brief illustrated overview of the history of the Knights of St John. Dr Frendo then delivered a presentation on the history and works of the St John Association Malta and the projects that required support and financing.

Chev. Ray Cassar, Chair of the Fundraising Committee, delivered a brief illustrated overview of the history of the Knights of St John

Three Maltese artists generously donated three works which were auctioned at the event. Joseph Baluci donated a painting of a procession of knights emerging from St John’s Co-Cathedral, Anthony Patrick Vella donated a painting representing a helmet, shield and a sword symbolising the military history of the Order, while a young artist, Jennings Falzon, donated a statuette, The Warrior Monk. All three works of art attracted a great deal of interest and were successfully auctioned to those present. The event was also supported by the Corinthia Hotel, London, Marsovin and Farsons.

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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.

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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.

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.


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.


MBN UK Director, Perit Charles Saliba re-appointed on the Building Industry Consultative Council’s Advisory Board

MBN UK Director, Perit Charles Saliba B.E.& A. (Hons.), M.P.M. (UTS), MRICS has recently been re-appointed on the Building Industry Consultative Council’s (BICC) Advisory Board for 2017 / 18.
 The BICC’s Advisory Board consists of 25 stakeholders within the Maltese building industry representing regulators, consultants, educational institutions, employers, developers and financial institutions all of which contribute to support the BICC’s mission of ‘monitoring the building industry and to advise policy makers on ways to enhance it as a strong social and economic contributor to improve sustainable development’.
On his re-appointment Perit Saliba said, “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to once again work closely with the BICC’s Executive Chairperson and contribute to the BICC Advisory Board by bringing an international viewpoint to local issues. This also continues to put in practice one of the Malta Business Network’s key aims of encouraging and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and ideas between UK and Malta based professionals.”
(Featured Image: MBN Director, Perit Charles Saliba (first from the left) hosting a BICC delegation at Ecobuild, London)

Embracing Blockchain at the next MBN Malta Meeting

Blockchain technology will be explored during the next MBN Malta Chapter monthly meeting, where two distinguished guest speakers will share insight into how this new technology can improve the business process.

“The correct application of Blockchain technology can create new channels of business or improve existing ones. Being knowledgeable on the topic can lead to one business getting to the opportunities first and translating them to business advantage,” said Marcel Cutajar, Managing Director of Agilis – an IT Business Solutions company founded over 30 years ago. Mr Cutajar will be delivering the presentation together with Agilis Technical Director Loui Mercieca, a certified trainer on Blockchain and Emerging Technologies.

Entitled ‘Embracing Blockchain: Real-life Scenarios’ their presentation will look into practical and real-life case studies. It will help attendees understand more about this complex technology and how they can change or improve their way of doing business, explained Mr Cutajar, who has been a MBN member since its inception in 2011.

Mr Cutajar has been involved in the ICT Industry for over 20 years. He founded and managed Key Services, a company offering IT Managed Services, Training and Software solutions. In 2013, the company was acquired by PWC Malta. He has held various posts within the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, including IT Business Section Chairman, Chairman Smart City Action Group and Chamber Council Member.

Mr Mercieca is a member of the National Blockchain Strategy Taskforce, acting as a technical Blockchain advisor to the Government of Malta. With over 12 years of experience in the IT industry, he has been studying Blockchain and Bitcoin since 2014 and is currently in the process of obtaining his certification as Ethereum developer.

Mr Cutajar and Mr Mercieca will share their expertise at the MBN Malta Chapter meeting on February 19 at the Xara Lodge between 6pm and 8.30pm.

To attend this event please visit our Eventbrite Page

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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.