Malta Future Realised Conference 2022

Location Mediterranean Conference Centre, Triq l-Isptar, Valletta , Malta, VLT 1645, MT

Time 07:30 - 16:30

Attractiveness for Foreign Direct Investment

Join 1,000 CEOs, CFOs, entrepreneurs, investors, advisors, influential business and government leaders from Malta and all around the world, for a unique event designed to propel unchartered strategic thinking into meaningful action.

For the past two decades, EY has brought together great minds under one roof for Malta's largest investment and business conference. In 2022, the international landscape and rising geopolitical tensions are presenting formidable challenges for the island, its businesses, and citizens. 

The residual effect of the pandemic and the start of the first conflict on European soil in the 21st century are having far-reaching consequences. With record inflation, impending recessions, the advancing threat of climate change, weakened global cooperation, and a shifting global tax environment, we are living through unprecedented times. 

Against this backdrop, businesses will need to adapt their strategies to face the volatility ahead. Remaining resilient is key. EY-Parthenon’s Malta Future Realised Conference aims to usher in a new era by asking better questions that will lead us all to better answers.

Join us, on October 18th for the physical return of the flagship event on the Maltese economy! Registration and networking drinks will take place on the eve of the event. 

What to expect

  1. High-profile international speakers, local and international government leaders, and industry CEOs
  2. Discussions on the economic outlook, FDI investment drivers, and business strategy
  3. Results and insights from the 18th edition of EY’s Malta Attractiveness Survey
  4. Networking expo and the exchange of ideas
  5. Thematic and sectoral workshops driving discussion


17 October

15:00   Doors open for networking expo and early registration

17:30   Pre-event reception on the MCC’s Grand Harbour Terrace

18 October

08:00  Registration & networking expo opens
09:00  Part 1 |  EY's Attractiveness Survey 
  • Ronald Attard, Malta and Cyprus Country Managing Partner and CESA Strategy and Transactions Leader, EY
  • Marisa Xuereb, President, Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry
09:15  Foreign direct investment: EY Attractiveness Survey  
  • Simon Barberi, Malta EU Advisory and Attractiveness Programme Leader, EY
09:40  The Maltese economy: Speeches by Malta's Prime Minister and Opposition Leader
  • Hon. Dr. Robert Abela, Prime Minister of Malta
  • Hon. Dr. Bernard Grech, Leader of the Opposition
10:10  Break
10:40  Part 2 | Geopolitics, economic outlook and business strategy
Keynote Speaker: A historical perspective on the challenges ahead
  • Professor Norman Davies, Author and Historian
11:10  Geopolitics and conflict in Europe: business and economic implications
  • Professor Jan Peter Balkenende, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
  • Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, former Prime Minister of Poland and Chairman of EY Poland 
  • Danilo Turk, former President Slovenia and President Club de Madrid 
  • Famke Krumbmüller,  EMEIA Leader, Geostrategic Business Group, EY 
11:45  Global and local economic outlook
  • Dr Marek Rozkrut, Partner, EU & CESA Chief Economist, EY
  • Chris Meilak, Partner, Malta Economic Advisory and Sustainability Leader, EY 
12:05  Business strategy in times of uncertainty
  • Natalie Briffa Farrugia, Chairperson, Vassallo Group
  • Kenneth Farrugia, CEO, Bank of Valletta 
  • Melo Hili, CEO, Hili Ventures
  • Luca Martini, CESA Leader, EY-Parthenon
  • Falco Weidemeyer, Global Turnaround and Restructuring Strategy Leader, EY-Parthenon 
  • Theo Dix, Malta Leader, EY-Parthenon 
12:35  Breakout sessions
  1. Future infrastructure: building resilience and sustainable growth
  2. Leading the Sustainability Agenda
  3. Skills & talent strategies in an era of skills shortages 
  4. Manufacturing business excellence
  5. Banking and financial services - moving beyond compliance 
  6. Industry transformation using data and AI
1:15  Lunch
2:30  Part 3 | European and national investment drivers
The Future of Europe and its Economic Priorities
  • Roberta Metsola, President, European Parliament
2:45  Economic Investment Drivers: Sustainability and Renewables
  • Hon. Miriam Dalli, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainability
  • Professor Jan Peter Balkenende, Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 
  • David Xuereb, Enterprise Chairman, ESG Alliance
  • Chris Meilak, Partner, Malta Economic Advisory and Sustainability Leader, EY
  • Kathrin Kutlescha, Valuations, Modelling & Economics Manager, EY
3:20  Maintaining Malta's FDI Attractiveness in a Changing World (Taxation, Value-Chain Disruption)
  • Hon. Clyde Caruana, Minister for Finance and Employment
  • Marthese Portelli, CEO, The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry
  • Kurt Farrugia, CEO, Malta Enterprise
  • Robert Attard, Partner and Malta Tax Leader, EY
  • John Vella, Professor of Law and Assistant Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, University of Oxford
  • Rachel Attard, Media Strategist at Malta Chamber of Commerce 
3:55  Economic Investment Drivers: Innovation and Digital
  • Hon. Silvio Schembri, Minister for Economy, Lands and EU Funds
  • Nikhil Patil, CEO, GO 
  • Arnaud Denis, CEO, MeDirect Bank
  • Antonios Oikonomou, Public Sector Director, Greece, Malta & Cyprus, Microsoft 
  • Michael Azzopardi, EY Malta Technology Consulting Leader 
4:25  Presentation of EY Consumer Survey
  • Gilbert Guillaumier, Partner Strategy & Transactions, EY
4:30  Closing and networking drinks on the terrace


Top global speakers will deep-dive into Europe’s economic outlook, history, and the current geopolitical situation emanating from the Ukraine war. This will set the scene for discussions on how Malta can weather the current international storm, with a focus on investment and resilience. 

The speaker line-up includes: 

  • Hon. Robert Abela, Prime Minister of Malta
  • Hon. Bernard Grech, Leader of the Opposition
  • Roberta Metsola, European Parliament President 
  • Jan Peter Balkenende, the three-time former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, 
  • Jan Krzysztof Bielecki the former Prime Minister of Poland, 
  • Danilo Turk, the former President of Slovenia and UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs who is the current President of Club de Madrid, (the largest forum of former democratic presidents and prime ministers).  

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Norman Davies - A keynote speech on the history of Europe will shine a spotlight on the current geopolitical challenges. Renowned author, broadcaster, commentator and traveller, Prof. Norman Davies, whose books Europe: A History, Europe East & West, Beneath Another Sky, and Vanished Kingdoms, among many others, make him an authority on all things Europe, will provide key insights on the current conflict, and thoughts on the outlook and role for Malta through the lenses of the past

...and many more to be announced shortly.



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“We are thrilled to be bringing back our Malta Future Realised Conference in-person. 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.”

Ronald Attard

EY Malta & Cyprus Country Managing Partner and CESA Strategy and Transactions Leader

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