Malta Future Realised Week 2021

The future is in your hands 

October 19 - 22 | Malta's largest virtual business and investment forum returns!

EY’s annual flagship event – a checkpoint for Malta’s economy – is back next October! The almost two decades old event, previously known as the Malta Attractiveness Event, went through a transformation of its own in 2020, turning into a week-long virtual experience open to all of Malta: public and private sector leaders, academics, students, NGOs, businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups, environmentalists, advisors, investors, techies, creatives … everybody with Malta and their own future, at heart.
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What to expect

The future is in your hands... and we really mean it.


As Malta battles through and emerges from the biggest global crisis of the 21st Century, we must view this moment as the opportunity to really build a better working Malta


You’re probably wondering: how can we do that? 


Everything begins with an idea ...


Immerse yourself in 4-virtual experiences which ask better questions to achieve better long-term answers for the challenges currently facing the country, businesses and its people. 



Agenda: 4 Virtual Experiences

Time: 10:00am CET
  • Attractiveness and Recovery

    Welcome to Future Realised Week! A week exploring Malta’s economic landscape across all aspects of business, academia, youths, and society.

    Day 1 begins with a global framing of the current international and European challenges. We reveal the 17th EY Malta Attractiveness Survey, this year carried out within the context of COVID-19 and the FATF’s grey listing. Find out where foreign investors believe Malta is doing well and what can be improved. Finally, we look at a Malta Reimagined, with the onus on businesses – large and small, and people from all walks of life to help build a better Malta. #TheFutureIsInYourHands

    10:00 – 10:45 | Global economic landscape and Malta's recovery

    • Kotaro Ishi, Deputy Unit Chief in the European Department and Mission Chief for Malta, International Monetary Fund
    • Leopoldo Rubinacci, Director DG Trade, EU Commission
    • Ben Butters, CEO, Eurochambres 
    • Ajay Rawal, EMEIA FS Sector Leader, EY Global
    • Chris Meilak, Economic Consulting Associate Partner, EY Malta 

    10:45 - 11:30 | Malta Attractiveness Survey and what foreign investors think

    • Simon Barberi, Consulting Director and Attractiveness Survey Lead, EY Malta
    • Marisa Xuereb, President, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry 
    • Prof. Alfred Vella, Rector, University of Malta, 
    • Gordon Cordina, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Bank of Valletta
    • Norman Aquilina, CEO, Simonds Farsons Cisk

    11:30 – 12:00 | Malta reimagined

    • Prof. Simone BorgChair National Post-Pandemic Strategy
    • Jan Peter Balkenende, Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
    • Michael Collis, CEO & Managing Director, BNF Bank
    • Chris Sanger, Government and Risk Tax Leader and EMEIA and UK&I Tax Policy Leader, EY Global
    • Ronald Attard, Country Managing Partner & CESA SaT Leader, EY Malta
    Moderator: Albert Galea, Journalist, The Malta Independent
Time: 10:00am CET
  • Innovation

    In collaboration with the Malta Chamber

    Day 2, held in collaboration with the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise, and Industry, commences with a quick look at innovation trends taking place now, next and beyond. We then look at innovation and how Malta can play to its strengths with a deep-dive into the e-health and health sector as a driver for growth. Manufacturing, a cornerstone of Malta’s economy has an even greater role going forward – listen to key players and find out what kept the industry so relevant and where it’s going next. #TheFutureIsInYourHands

    10:00 – 10:45 | Innovation trends from around the world

    • Valentina Ion, Business Strategy for Global Public Sector, Microsoft
    • Tom Raftery, Global VP for SAP, an Innovation Evangelist, Futurist, SAP
    • Michael Azzopardi, Technology Consulting Lead, EY Malta
    • Ing. Antoine Sciberras, Chief Officer - Spectrum Management & Technology, Malta Communications Authority (MCA)
    • Emanuel Darmanin, Head Strategy and Business Development, MITA

    10:45 - 11:15 | Playing to our strengths – healthcare as a driver for innovation and growth

    • Hon. Dr Chris Fearne, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Health, Government of Malta 
    • Prof. Natasha Azzopardi Muscat, Director, Division of Country Health Policies and Systems, World Health Organisation
    • Prof. Neville Calleja – Director Health Information & Research, University of Malta 
    • Steve Agius - Chief Operating Officer, Head of COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, Mater Dei

    11:15 – 12:00 | Industry transformation – what this offers Malta’s Manufacturing industry

    • Hon. Dr. Miriam Dall, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development
    • Hon. Silvio Schembri, Minister for the Economy and Industry
    • Martin Hignett, Managing Director, Trelleborg
    • Sergio Vella, Pharmaceutical Executive 
    • Lina Konstantinopoulou, Policy Director, Eurochambres
    • Kurt Farrugia, CEO, Malta Enterprise 

    Moderator: Ivan Martin, Times of Malta

Time: 10:00am CET
  • People

    In collaboration with the Malta Chamber

    Day 3 is all about people, skills, education and Malta’ youths and held in collaboration with the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise, and Industry.

    We start with a debate on the future of work and education, what does this mean in practice and how can Malta capitalise? We reveal the 4th EY Generate Youth Survey which gathered the views of over 700 Generation-Z and Millennials in Malta. The surveys purpose is to provide public and private sector leaders with deeper insights into the thinking of Malta’s younger generations, their similarities and differences. Finally, we hear from a panel of former world leaders as we discuss matters which are shaping industries all over the world. 

    10:00 – 10:45 | Future of work and education

    • Panayiotis Thrasyvoulou, Associate Partner, Head of People Advisory Services, EY Cyprus
    • Ediana Guillaumier, Connect Learning Lead, People Advisory Services, EY Malta
    • Marthese Portelli, CEO, Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry
    • Josef Bugeja, Secretary General, GWU
    • Josef Vella, CEO, UHM
    • Prof. Alexiei Dingli, Senior Lecturer of AI, University of Malta 
    • William Portelli, President, Mube

    10:45 - 11:15 | Generate youth survey results and analysis

    • Zach Ciappara, CEO, Freehour
    • Melissa Mercieca, Intern, EY Malta
    • Joseph Farrugia, Director General, Malta Employers’ Association 
    • Abigail Agius Mamo, CEO, Chamber of SME's
    • Kenneth Farrugia, Chief Retail Banking Officer, Bank of Valletta

    11:15 – 12:00 | A new paradigm – resetting priorities for a changing world (discussion including former world leaders)

    • Jan Krsysztof Bielecki, Former Prime Minister of Poland
    • Yves Leterme, Former Prime Minister of Belgium
    • Prof. Catherine De Vries, Professor of Political Science, Bocconi University 

    Moderator: Julian Bonnici, Editor-in-Chief, Lovin Malta

Time: 02:00pm CET
  • Society

    Future Realised Week comes to an end with a key focus on sustainability, long-term value and what companies can do to help build a better working Malta. We start with global speakers and figure out what does long-term, sustainable value really mean? We then speak with local architects on the construction and development challenges being faced. Finally, a distinguished panel of local experts provides their views on the role of business to continue stimulating economic growth but not at the peril of the environment. #TheFutureIsInYourHands

    14:00 – 14:45 | Sustainability: global and local perspectives

    • Emily Bayley, ESG Lead, World Economic Forum
    • Monica Dimitracopoulos, Long-Term Value Leader, EY Global
    • Massimo Bettanin, EY Partner
    • David Xuereb, CEO, David Xuereb Consultancy 

    14:45 - 15:15 | Local political leaders

    • Hon. Dr Robert Abela, Prime Minister
    • Hon. Dr Bernard Grech, Leader of the Opposition 

    15:15 - 15:45 | Bettering our built environment 

    • Michelle Piccinino, CEO, ERA
    • Andre Pizzuto, President, Kamra Tal-Periti
    • Karl Azzopardi, CEO, Building & Construction Authority
    • Prof. Alex Torpiano, President, Din L-Art Helwa

    15:45 – 16:15 | The role of private sector today for a better tomorrow

    • Nikhil Patil, CEO, GO
    • Adriana Camilleri Vassallo, CEO, Francis J. Vassallo & Associates Group 
    • Etienne Sciberras, CEO, MAPFRE MSV Life 
    • Theo Dix,  Senior Manager, Malta EY-Parthenon Strategy Leader, EY Malta 

    Moderator: Paul Cocks, Deputy Editor, Malta Today


International Speakers

  • Yves Leterme - Former Prime Minister, Belgium
  • Jan Krzysztof Bielecki - Former Prime Minister, Poland
  • Jan Peter Balkenende - Former Prime Minister, Netherlands
  • Kotaro Ishi - Deputy Unit Chief in the European Department and Mission Chief for Malta, International Monetary Fund
  • Emily Bayley - Future of Investing Project Lead, World Economic Forum
  • Valentina Ion - Business Strategy Director, Microsoft
  • Tom Raftery - Global Innovation Evangelist, SAP
  • Prof. Catherine De Vries - Professor of Political Science, Bocconi University
  • Dr. Natasha Azzopardi Muscat - Director - Division of Country Health Policies and Systems, World Health Organization
  • Leopoldo Rubinacci - Director DG Trade, EU Commission
  • Ben Butters - CEO, Eurochambres
  • Lina Konstantinopoulou - Policy Director, Eurochambres
  • Ajay Rawal - EMEIA FS Sector Leader, EY Global
  • Monica Dimitracopoulos - Long-Term Value Leader, EY Global
  • Panayiotis Thrasyvoulou - Associate Partner, Head of People Advisory Services, EY Cyprus
  • Chris Sanger - Government Risk Tax Leader and EY EMEIA and UK&I Tax Policy Leader, EY UK

Local Speakers 

  • Hon. Dr. Robert Abela - Prime Minister of Malta
  • Hon. Dr. Bernard Grech - Leader of the Opposition
  • Hon. Dr. Chris FearneDeputy Prime Minister & Minister for Health
  • Hon. Dr. Miriam DallMinister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development
  • Hon. Silvio Schembri - Minister for the Economy and Industry
  • Norman Aquilina - CEO, Simonds Farsons Cisk
  • Dr. Gordon Cordina - Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Bank of Valletta
  • Kenneth Farrugia - Chief Retail Banking Officer, Bank of Valletta
  • Nikhil Patil - CEO, GO
  • Marisa Xuereb - President, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise & Industry
  • Marthese Portelli - CEO, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise & Industry  
  • David Xuereb - CEO, David Xuereb Consultancy
  • Michael Collis - CEO & Managing Director, BNF Bank 
  • Andre Pizzuto - President, Kamra tal-Periti
  • Joseph Farrugia - Director General, Malta Employers' Association
  • Emanuel Darmanin - Head Strategy and Business Development, MITA
  • Abigail Agius Mamo - CEO, Chamber of SME's
  • Joseph Vella - CEO, UHM Voice of the Workers
  • Joseph Bugeja - Secretary General, General Workers' Union 
  • Michelle Piccinino - CEO, ERA
  • Karl Azzopardi - CEO, Building & Construction Authority
  • Sergio Vella - Pharmaceutical Executive
  • Martin Hignett - Managing Director, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Malta
  • Prof. Neville Calleja - Director Health Information & Research, Ministry for Health
  • Steve Agius - Chief Operating Officer, Head of COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, Mater Dei
  • Prof. Alexiei Dingli - Senior Lecturer of AI, University of Malta
  • Prof. Simone Borg - Chair National Post-Pandemic Strategy
  • Alex Torpiano - President, Din L-Art Helwa
  • Adriana Camilleri Vassallo - CEO, Francis J. Vassallo & Associates Group 
  • Etienne Sciberras - CEO, MAPFRE MSV Life
  • William Portelli - President, Mube

EY Malta Speakers

  • Ronald Attard - Country Managing Partner, EY Malta
  • Chris Meilak - Economic Consulting Associate Partner, EY Malta
  • Massimo Bettanin - Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY Partner
  • Simon Barberi - Director, EU Consulting and Attractiveness Program Lead, EY Malta
  • Ediana Guillaumier - Connect Learning Lead, People Advisory Services, EY Malta
  • Michael Azzopardi - Technology Consulting Lead, EY Malta
  • Theo Dix -  Senior Manager, Malta EY-Parthenon Strategy Leader, EY Malta


  • Ivan Martin - Journalist, Times of Malta
  • Albert Galea - Online Coordinator, The Malta Independent
  • Paul Cocks - Deputy Editor, Malta Today
  • Julian Bonnici - Editor-in-Chief, Lovin Malta

1.  Top international and local speakers with the latest insights …

Join over 50 speakers: CEOs, CFOs, entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, influential business and government leaders from Malta and all around the world

Unleash ideas and share experiences on business growth, innovation and what’s shaping the future of the global economy.

2. Business planning for Covid-19 recovery and what’s next …

Before the pandemic, many companies delayed responding decisively to new value drivers and imperatives. That’s no longer an option.

As Maltese businesses and society embark on a new voyage, we must chart a more sustainable course together. The stakes have never been higher.

3. The hottest data on Malta’s FDI investment, youth, consumer and tech landscapes …

EY's latest research will provide talking points and insights throughout:

  1. Foreign direct investors latest thinking on Malta's business environment 
  2. The differences and similarities between Gen-Z and Millennials
  3. The technology and digital trends taking over now and ones to watch for the future
  4.  ... and much more!
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“We are thrilled to be launching Future Realised Week for the second time as we felt last year’s event came at a pivotal moment in the crisis and this year’s will be the right time to start outlining what a recovery should and could look like. 
We will once again bring the biggest global companies and international institutions to provide their views, stimulate debate and generate ideas for a better, more sustainable and inclusive Malta. The Malta Attractiveness Survey will be the basis of our discussions and local businesses will be able to comment on the transformations taking place. 
It is up to all of us to work together and make a difference – the future really is in your hands.”

Ronald Attard

EY Malta’s Country Managing Partner and CESA Strategy and Transactions Leader


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