Meet our speakers and panelists

Martin Richards - Keynote Speaker

Martin is a crisis management professional. He works with public sector and business clients on crisis preparation, training, exercises, crisis plan preparation and assisting clients manage live crisis situations, including kidnap.


Colin Fitz - Event Leader

Colin is a media personality with extensive experience on radio and in print. As a broadcaster he has presented and produced several programmes of entertainment and cultural value. He has also edited a number of publications and Emcees a number of high profile events.


Dr Sabine Cabourdin - Lawyer and Founder at SA Consult and the FIDEM Foundation

Her vivaciousness, passion and dedication are what drive Sabine in every aspect of her life both as a business & property lawyer and as a philanthropist helping vulnerable women achieve their true potential by giving them access to life-changing education. 


Mariella Porter - Registered Nutritionist

Mariella is a nutritionist registered both in Malta and the UK. She obtained her Master Degree in Nutrition with distinction from the University of Chester. She has also earned a Diploma in diet & weight management, child nutrition, and exercise and sports nutrition.

Daniela Calleja Bitar - Acting CEO at the Richmond Foundation

Daniela has been working in the Mental health sector for 23 years. Backed by an MA in mental health studies, she has a passion for patient advocacy, was pivotal to the introduction of Mental Health First Aid in Malta, and is a dedicated leader to a team of over 90 committed professionals..

Jon Mallia - Podcaster & Producer

Jon began his creative career as frontman of Maltese hip hip outfit No Bling Show. He writes, presents and produces Kaxxaturi & Jon Jispjega, and he is now engaged in producing and writing several other projects for TV, cinema and online platforms.


Erica Micallef Filletti - Criminologist at RISe Foundation

Erica's hands-on experience as a criminologist continues to encourage her to use her voice for honesty & compassion against inequity & abuse inflicted on the vulnerable & marginalized through effective & proactive deterrents to criminality & victimisation.

Josef Gafa' - CEO at Jugs Malta

Josef is Co-Founder, CEO, and Director at JUGS Malta Ltd, an events management company specialising in conferences, team building, and corporate events. As an entrepreneur he has over 25 years of experience in various sectors. He has a passion for cultivating lasting relationships with clients and colleagues. He thrives by challenging himself & others in bringing ambitious visions to life.

David Ozi Borg - Founder of Bigwig Headhunters

David loves connecting people. He is a passionate recruiter and former radio personality. He is bit of a rebel, with strong opinions and good laughs even at his own expense. David runs a podcast full of insights and personal experiences relating to mental health.


Dr Andrew J Zammit - Managing Partner at GVZH Advocates

Andrew is actively involved in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, licensing of financial services businesses with the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and banking and finance transactions.


Julianne Grima - Chairperson at TBWA\ANG

Sharp and creative, Julianne has been the driving force of some of Malta's most effective and influential marketing, advertising and innovation ideas.
She is also the Executive Chairperson at Victim Support Malta and a Psychotherapist who specialises in sexual assault, suicidality and trauma.

Charlotte Sant Portanier - CEO at Healthmark

Charlotte is the Chief Executive Officer for Malta Healthcare Caterers Ltd, Healthmark and Kore Group: a market leader in Healthcare, Social Care and Contract Catering services, and employing more than 3,800 staff.


Daphne Grech Cumbo - Wellness Coach at Up Your Level

Daphne is dedicated to helping people raise their performance and be the best version of themselves through the embodiment of wellbeing in everyday life!


Julian Azzopardi - CEO at Up Your Level

Julian channels his purpose into the strategic direction and growth of UYL while actively contributing to the design and implementation of the various programmes offered. He is also head business coach, key speaker, event moderator and activity facilitator!


Josh O'Cock - CEO at Growth Gurus

Dynamic, explosive, and committed to achieving outstanding results, Josh’s enthusiasm is infectious. Josh has an ability to develop strong relationships, understand objectives and motivate people - making him an awesome CEO!


Lara Buttigieg - Coach

Lara is a full-time sports coach, a PhD student and elite athlete. She loves spending time in raw nature, and having open minded philosophical discussions.


Bryn Kennard - Body Control Pilates Instructor

Bryn has a degree in Sports Science from Loughborough University, is a qualified body control pilates instructor, and an Osteopath from the London School of Osteopathy. He approaches health and well being from a person centered, evidence based biopsychosocial aspect.


Dr Ann Bugeja - Senior Associate at GVZH Advocates

Ann heads the employment practice within the firm. She has advised a number of large companies in Malta on non-litigious employment law arising from day-to-day matters and more specific issues such as collective redundancies and protection of employees under the TUPE regulations.


Edward Curmi - Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Author


Antonello Gauci - CEO at Inspire

After 18 years in the corporate world of business and investments, Antonello decided to take up what he loved doing most, philanthropy, as a full time job, and he has been with Inspire for 6 years now. He also supports companies on issues related to ESG and Corporate Social Responsibility.


Prof Paulann Grech - Associate Professor at the University of Malta

Paulann is an academic and mental health activist involved in a number ongoing campaigns focusing on different aspects of mental health.


Rachael Hollwey - Founder at Walk & Talk, Pilates Instructor and Author


Mary Cassar Torreggiani - Fundraising Manager at the MSPCA

Mary graduated in psychology and went on to complete her Masters in transcultural counselling. After 8 years in the aviation industry, she has spent the last three years dedicated to operations and fundraising in the non-governmental sector, including a focus on wellness and rehabilitation through animal welfare within today's regulatory and current cultural and social context.

Domenic Degiorgio - Specialist Strength & Conditioning and Personal Trainer

Domenic has been in financial services for 28 years before dedicating himself full time to his passion, personal training . He does his utmost to assist people in making tiny consistent changes in their lives to have a healthier life both physically and mentally.

Dr Rachel (Sasha) Taylor_East -
Psychiatrist at Malta Mental Health Services, Mount Carmel Hospital, and President of the Maltese Association of Psychiatry

Rachel is a medical doctor, Consultant Psychiatrist who works with adults with acute general mental disorder. She has been working in mental health services since 2007 and completed her postgraduate in Psychiatry with distinction. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta. She is an activist at heart, passionate about standards of mental health care, patient rights and reducing stigma.

Dr Ovid Tierean - Senior Advisor at PKF Malta

Ovid advises clients on quantitative and qualitative research. He holds an MSc in Economics and a PhD in Marketing. He taught marketing research and consumer behaviour at various universities in Malta and abroad. His main interests are collective psychology and organisational culture.

Jasmine Borg - Health & Sport Psychology Practitioner

Jasmine graduated with a degree in Psychology (Honours) from the University of Malta and read for a Master’s in Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology from the University of Limerick, and a Master’s in Health Psychology from the University of St Andrew’s in the UK.


Morgan Parnis -
Entrepreneur, CEO @ Central Mediterranean Business School, Business Leaders Malta, & Esprimi, Chairperson at LobesLab and Partner at Mdina International

Morgan has cofounded several ventures in the fields of education, research, technology and healthcare. He recently cofounded 3C Malta which offers quality care at home and Edu Alliance creating synergies and solutions for quality learning. Morgan enjoys running competitively and is an avid learner.  He has an MBA from Warwick Business School and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Malta.

Simone Borg - President at the Mental Health Association Malta

Simone has been working in the health department since 1988. She started working with mental health in 2009 and has obtained a Masters in the subject. Today she works as a coordinator, nurse in charge. She has been president of the MHA for the past 2 years.

We hope to see you on the 10th October 2023. Register here.

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