The National Water Conference - The Speakers

The Speakers:

Mr George Vella
George Vella is the MBB’s President. He is the Director heading the Business Advisory arm at Grant Thornton. He has over 17 years’ experience in corporate and project finance, research and development, strategic and project management. He has extensive experience in the fields of risk management, assurance and advisory services. He has held posts as Finance Director at Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest, Hungary and Head of Corporate Strategy at APS Bank. In his current post George leads a team of three consultants that provide financial control, internal audit, evaluation services, assistance in the preparation of business plans, feasibility studies and cost benefit analyses, business valuations, assistance with mergers and acquisitions,  project finance and corporate finance advisory services for a range of private sector and public sector organisations.


Dr Marie-Louise Mangion
Dr Mangion, heads the Tourism and Sustainable Development Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister and which also services the Malta Tourism Authority. She is responsible for formulating policies and for co-ordinating EU affairs relating to tourism and the environment.

Mr Geoffrey Saliba
Geoffrey Saliba was appointed as Project Manager in November 2011. Geoffrey is a graduate in Tourism Studies from the University of Malta and has extensive experience in communicating as well as managing EU LIFE+ projects.

Mr Manuel Sapiano
Manuel Sapiano works as a Senior Analyst at the Malta Resources Authority’s Regulation Unit.  He obtained a Masters in Hydrology at the University of Malta and furthered his studies with a fellowship in Isotope Hydrology with the International Atomic Energy Agency.  At the MRA he is directly involved in the national implementation process of the Water Framework Directive.  He also coordinates the Authority’s participation in a number of EU funded projects in the water sector.  Moreover, he has also collaborated as an expert with various regional and international institutions such as the Plan Bleu and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

Ing Marco Cremona
Ing. Marco Cremona graduated as a mechanical engineer in 1992, and obtained his Masters Degree in Hydrology and Water Studies in 1997. He has been working in the water sector for 20 years. His research projects have achieved widespread international acclaim. His water self-sufficient home won the France 5 Report Terre award in 2009 as the Best Environment Project in Europe; his HOTER sewage-to-potable water project was a finalist in the  prestigious Good Entrepreneur Competition, and televised worldwide in December 2009. In 2011, he was nominated and shortlisted for the StockholmWater Prize 2012, which is the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in the water sector.

Mr Peter Gammeltoft
Peter Gammeltoft is Head of the Protection of Water Resources Unit of the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment. Peter has been working in DG Environment for 20 years, over half of it were spent on water related issues. Mr. Gammeltoft's responsibilities include Protection of Fresh, Marine and Groundwater, Drinking Water Quality and the EU Water Initiative (EUWI). Peter is Danish and holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (1976).

Mr Tancred Tabone
Tancred Tabone is the President of the the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise and led the organisation through its merger together with the FOI, becoming the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry. In his business, he is presently Managing Director of Forestals Group of Companies.  Besides, he is a Malta Enterprise Director and sits on MCESD as a Malta Chamber Representative. Mr. Tabone was also a Director and then Chairman of the Water Services Corporation.

Ing Joseph Restall
Ing. Restall is a graduate Mechanical Engineer with 24 years experience in the manufacturing and service industry. He has been involved in the field of environmental sustainability since 2005 and, notably, led Hilton Malta to become the first EU Eco Labelled Hilton Hotel.

Mr Victor Buhagiar
Victor Buhagiar has for the past 11 years been Manager Administration with APS Bank after spending 10 years in Project Management in the Shipbuilding and Construction Industry.  Mr Buhagiar is responsible for all Infrastructural Developments within Bank and was the Project Manager for the head Office and Operational Centre at Swatar, which introduced new concepts in resources conservation of which water was given prime consideration.


Dr Fabio Masi PHD
Dr Masi is technical director, R&D Manager IRIDRA SRL He is the project co-author for over 250 Designs of Constructed Wetlands for wastewater treatment and reuse - Lecturer and speaker in numerous university masters in Italy, France and Spain, public and NGO organised conferences, courses and seminars in sustainable sanitation, environmental chemistry, water and air pollution, wastewater natural treatment, EIA. He's currently involved in EC funded projects in the ENPI CBCMED, FP7 and Life+ programmes.

Mrs Konstantina Toli
Ms Konstantina Toli is a Programme Officer in the Global Water Partnership –Mediterranean (GWP-Med). With background in Environmental Sciences and Strategic Management, Ms. Toli is leading since 2009 the non conventional water resources projects in Greece and Malta, while she is currently elaborating on the expansion of the projects to other Mediterranean countries.

Mr Tony Zahra
Tony Zahra heads two privately owned Groups,Alpine Holdings Ltd. Trading in the tourism sector and Bastion Holdings trading in the Financial Services Sector. Mr Zahra has held various Government appointments including being a Director of The Malta Development Corporation, Malta International Airport plc and Air Malta plc.He has also held office at a number of constituted bodies including appointment as Senior Vice President of the Federation of Industries, and a Council Member of the Malta Chamber of Commerce. He is currently the President of The Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association.


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