FinanceMalta Board of Governors

Kenneth Farrugia joined Bank of Valletta plc (BOV), Malta's largest banking group, in 1985 and has since occupied various positions within the Bank. Kenneth currently holds the post of Chief Business Development Officer at Bank of Valletta plc and sits on the Group's Management Board. Kenneth is amongst others responsible for the improvement of the Bank’s market position, as well as the achievement of financial growth and long-term strategic business goals. Kenneth is also the Chairman of FinanceMalta, Malta's national promotional body for financial services, and also serves as Chairman of the Malta Funds Industry Association. He is also the Chairman of Malita Investments plc which is listed on the Malta Stock Exchange. Kenneth is married to Kathleen and has two children.

James Bonello
started his banking career with Barclays Bank in Malta in 1965, and has held various senior management positions in banking, including Head of Commercial Banking at HSBC Bank Malta, and also as Executive Director on the bank’s Board.  Between 1989 and 1993, he was seconded to the Malta International Business Authority (now the Malta Financial Services Authority) where he served as Chief Executive. In 2004, he retired from HSBC and took over as Secretary General of the Malta Bankers’ Association, which position he still holds.

Dr. Matthew Bianchi is a partner at GANADO Advocates and heads the law firm’s Insurance & Pensions team.

He regularly advises re/insurance companies, insurance managers, captives, protected cell companies (PCCs) and insurance intermediaries. Matthew is also the Secretary General of the Malta Association of Insurance Brokers and the Malta Insurance Managers Association.


Wayne Pisani is the Grant Thornton partner responsible for the corporate and financial services team in Malta where he deals with a wide range of asset protection and cross-border regulatory and tax planning engagements for clients ranging from private clients, including family offices and high-net-worth individuals, to NASDAQ listed companies in various industry sectors. He conducts an active consulting practice on the legal and tax implications involved in the structuring of both local and international financial institutions, M&A and project finance transactions. Wayne is the President of the Malta Institute of Financial Services Practitioners.

Dr Annalise Micallef is a partner at Micallef & Associates, a firm of notaries and estate planners.

Having pursued a law degree and specialised with a Masters in Financial Services at the University of Malta, Dr Micallef practises as a notary public while being actively involved in the regulation of the notarial profession as Vice-President of the Maltese Notarial Council. Her main areas concern estate planning, most notably trusts and foundations. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practioners (STEP) Malta Executive Committee, and of the STEP EU Committee which deals with issues concerning different EU initiatives. Dr Micallef currently sits on the Executive Council of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE).

John Huber is Managing Consultant at John Huber & Associates, a Maltese advisory firm catering for tax services with special focus on tax issues related to relocating to Malta. He served as adviser to Government and a technical reference point on various residence programmes.  He also serves as a non-executive Director on a number of Maltese companies.

John has held board level positions and leadership roles at Eurochambres, the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, the Malta Business Bureau, the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development, EU Commission Advisory Committees, Cedefop and the Malta Community Chest Fund.


Giselle Borg Olivier is Marketing Executive and Secretary to the Board at FinanceMalta.

Giselle graduated in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Malta and held marketing roles in diverse industries including language and travel, IT software, and financial services. She has been at FinanceMalta since 2012 where she heads the digital marketing sector and is also a freelance writer and proofreader.


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