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The Chairman and Committee

The Chairman


Dr. Ian J. Stafrace is a Maltese Lawyer who has been admitted to the Bar in 1998.
Since graduating Ian has worked on assignments relating to corporate matters, mergers and divisions and company restructuring. He also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority, the Maltese Agency regulating environment protection and development planning. Since May 2013, he returned to his profession and set up the firm Salibastafrace Legal. He regularly advises public and private entities on property, civil and commercial matters.

The Members

Mr. Joseph Azzopardi FCCA, FIA, CPA, MBA (Warwick) was educated at Stella Maris College where he was scholarship student. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, holds a practicing warrant in auditing and is a graduate Master of Business Administration from Warwick Business School. He has worked in a big five audit firm both in Malta and overseas, lectured at the University of Malta in the Department of Management and was an advisory partner in a mid-tier audit firm. He currently manages his own practice, servicing a number of international clients.

Joseph was director of the Malta Stock Exchange from 2013 to 2015, where he also chaired the audit committee, andwas appointed as a member of the Financial Services Tribunal in 2015. In 1996 he co-authored a publication “A Director’s Guidebook to the Companies Act 1995”.

Dr. Nicholas Valenzia is a Maltese Lawyer who has been admitted to the Bar in 2006.

Since graduating Nicholas has worked on assignments relating to transport law and related banking, corporate and fiscal matters. Nicholas is a partner at MamoTCV Advocates and is currently the treasurer of the Malta Maritime Law Association.  

Mr. Robert Ducker was educated at St. Joseph Rabat and St. Aloysius College. In 1998 he obtained an Associateship from The Chartered Institute of Bankers and a BSc Honours degree in Financial Services from The University of Manchester, Institute of Sciences &Technology.

His career has been mainly within the Financial Services industry. He worked at Bank of Valletta for 35 years and during this period he was assigned various executive level duties within the Bank. He worked as a Branch manager for three years and then moved on to Head Office where he was tasked with heading a number of units such as: Savings & Investments, Wealth Management, Procurement & Administration and Bancassurance.

For the last four years he has served as the chairman of the Housing Authority and is presently a substitute member to The Financial Services Tribunal.

Dr. Joseph Sammut started his academic career by first attaining a Diploma in Law and Administration than successfully completed his studies in 1993 attaining a Degree of Doctor of Laws provided by the University of Malta following which he immediately set up his private practice in various  parts of Malta with the main office being in Valletta. Throughout the years Dr Sammut has acquired  vast experience and served as legal counsel for various organizations both locally and abroad in the fields, but not limited to, infrastructural, planning, investment, financial, banking, transport, insurance, business, marine and legal private matters. Presently, Dr Sammut, apart from other commitments, is founder of SMM Group and is the Senior Legal Head of SMM Advocates. Presently Dr.Sammut holds the position of Senior Legal Counsel to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) and Board Member to the Financial Services Tribunal. Dr. Sammut served as Member of the Maltese Parliament between 1998 and 2013,  MEPA Board Member, Member to the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, Member of the Parliamentary Planning and Environment Committee and Member of the Council of Europe.