Terra: A Conference on ESG & Impact Investing


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Meet our speakers and panelists

Chiara del Prete - Chair at EFRAG's Sustainability Reporting Technical Expert Group

Chiara has been Chair of EFRAG's Sustainability Reporting TEG since February 2023, although she was already serving this role since May 2022 as Acting Chair. Her role is to lead and manage all EFRAG's sustainability reporting technical activities.


David Howe - Founder at Jordisk

David is a sustainability leader with over 20 years of global business experience. Besides running Jordisk, a firm which advises companies on integrating sustainability into their operations, he is a Non-Executive Director for NHS 24 and a Trustee of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Before founding Jordisk, he led several sectors of Microsoft's business, and also held roles at Compaq, UBS Investment Bank and the British Royal Engineers.


Pascal Lagarde - Executive Director at bpifrance

At bpifrance, Pascal is in charge of International Affairs, Strategy, ESG and Research. Until recently he also was part of the Board of Directors at the European Investment Fund and has held other leadership and high profile roles in both the private and public sectors in areas related to investment, private equity, defence and others.

https://www.bpifrance.fr/nous-decouvrir/direction-generale/pascal-lagarde (in French)

Marie Briguglio - Associate Professor at the University of Malta

Marie Briguglio is a resident academic at the University of Malta (UM) lecturing mainly in Behavioural Economics and Environmental Economics, and expert on themes of economics of wellbeing, environmental cooperation, political preferences, cultural participation and market failure. She is also the principal investigator of the Malta well-being INDEX project.


Andrey Chicherin - Innovation, Technology & Co-funding at the Green Climate Fund

Andrei Chicherin has been working for over 20 years as an investment, finance, and sustainable development professional with regional authorities, private companies, and international organizations in countries from Eastern Europe Asia, and Africa. He has extensive investment banking and financial advisory experience gained at investment banks, Big4, financial advisory firms, and several years of legal practice with the Moscow office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. As Manager of the Private Sector Facility, he led Innovation and Energy Transition teams at the Green Climate Fund. Andrei obtained an MBA from Columbia Business School and a law degree (with Honors) from Moscow State University.


Roberta Lepre - Founder & Managing Director at Weave Consulting

A lawyer by profession, Roberta spent the first years of her career working in the public and non-profit sectors, driven by a passion to create positive change. She engages, and works with, the business community, business leaders and entrepreneurs to implement projects which have a positive impact.


Matthew Swain - Head of Sustainability at APS Bank plc

Matthew Swain is Head of Sustainability at APS Bank plc. Prior to this, Matthew spent over a decade in London working with a major global bank. He specialised in renewable energy lending for corporates, eventually managing and implementing global sustainability risk policies. He is experienced at assessing ESG impacts of large scale financing projects as well as developing climate strategies for the banking sector. In his time at APS he has lead the development of an ESG Strategy Framework and setting up the banks Medium term ESG commitments. He is now working to implement a wider Sustainability strategy ensuring alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as overall responsibility for Emissions Accounting and ESG reporting.


Dr Luke Hili - Associate at Ganado Advocates

Luke works within Ganado's insurance and capital markets practices, assisting clients wishing to raise finance on the capital markets, and advising them on how best to meet their obligations. He also advises financial market participants and advisers with the formulation of their sustainability disclosures, and has worked with a number of life insurers seeking to comply with the obligations arising from the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).


Martins Zemitis - Economic Analyst at the European Commission

Martins is a Deputy Head at the Representation of the European Commission in Latvia, currently serving at a semester in the EU Commission's Malta office. His main areas of interest is economic policy analysis, driving reforms and improving the investment environment. He has experience working with both quantitative and qualitative analysis, research, organisation and policy management.


Mais Taha - Founder at MTiPX and one of the AEE Energy Innovators for 2022

Mais is an ESG start-up advisor with a background in driving sustainable practices and innovative solutions. She excels in guiding clients through the twin transitions of sustainability and digital innovation. She is a strong advocate for creating eco-friendly products and promoting sustainable business strategies. Her expertise extends to enhancing workplace well-being and fostering environments that support return on investment. Mais is also dedicated to closing the circular economy loop, ensuring that resources are used efficiently and responsibly. She works to seamlessly integrate ESG principles into investment strategies, helping clients achieve long-term value and ethical alignment in their portfolios.


Dr Marthese Portelli - CEO at the Malta Chamber

Marthese joined the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry as Chief Executive Officer in June 2021.

A graduate in law, she has a wealth of experience in policy formulation and negotiation. She occupied senior roles in the corporate world for 13 years in the technology sector, before her seven-year stint as a Member of Parliament, during which she shadowed several challenging portfolios including EU affairs, energy, environment, transport, infrastructure, capital projects, planning and property. Following her departure from politics, she was appointed Director General of the Malta Developers Association, while working as a management consultant in her professional capacity.


Lorraine Vella - Head Capital Markets Supervision at the Malta Financial Services Authority

Lorraine, a certified public accountant, joined the MFSA in 2000 and has worked in a number of areas within the organisation, gaining extensive knowledge in regulation, supervision and enforcement in the financial markets sphere. Having more than 15 years of experience in capital markets, throughout her career she was also directly involved in the transposition and implementation of various EU legislation.
Lorraine has represented the MFSA within various Committees of the European Supervisory Authorities and is currently actively involved in European Network Groups related to supervision in financial services. She is also an alternate member on the Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority.


Antonello Gauci - CEO at Inspire

Passionate about leadership, sustainability and driving meaningful change, Antonello is a dynamic and results-orientated leader with a proven track record in team management. He holds a Masters degree in Leadership and Sustainability from the University of Cumbria and is a fellow of the Institute of Leadership (UK). With over 25 years of management experience, he has spent the past 8 years as the CEO of the Inspire Foundation. He is also a board member of several other organisations. Antonello actively supports companies in addressing their ESG and CSRD requirements, underscoring his dedication to sustainable and responsible business practices.


George Mangion - Senior Partner at PKF Malta

George has over thirty years experience in accounting, taxation, financial and consultancy services. Through his efforts PKF has established many e-Commerce and international trading companies in Malta and has developed relationships with market leaders in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, USA, Belgium, Italy and Scandinavia. George often lectures and presents at events worldwide on topics such as taxation, auditing and captive insurance.


Herald Bonnici - Secretary General at Private Equity and Venture Capital Association Malta

Herald has held several C-level positions in both public and private sectors, including CEO at Malta Government Investments. He's led large-scale projects and was a member of EU fora such as the Financial Services Committee and the Tax Group. He set up a network of sovereign wealth funds and serves as director on a number of companies. He chairs the Maltese Turkish Business Council, is a member of the real estate steering committee of the World Association of PPPs, and heads operations within a pan-European development group.


Shannon Weber - Founder & Strategic Director at Numinara

Shannon is a seasoned business owner and strategist with 20+ years of experience. She's a trusted collaborator with both leading global brands and innovative startups, offering pragmatic insights into ESG and brand strategy. Her diverse expertise spans multiple industry sectors, including Web3, AI, Venture Capital, Fintech and more. Her true passion is cultivating strong leadership that adds enduring value and purpose to organisations. In addition to her commitment to value-driven strategies, Shannon has left her mark on sectors ranging from Insurance and Telecomms to Luxury, Education, FMCG, Medical, and E-Commerce.


Graziella Grech - COO at Finance Malta

Graziella has a wealth of experience in the financial services industry, having worked at HSBC for more than 25 years holding various roles, including Branch Manager, back-office operations lead, project manager responsible for simplifying the bank's processes and other sensitive responsibilities. She is a Henley MBA graduate and was awarded the CertFinTech by ACCA. She has won several awards related to sales performance and corporate sustainability, and was nominated for ten consecutive years for the Top Customer Service Award. In 2023, was also nominated as an Ambassador of Change.


Hadrian J Sammut - Chief Officer responsible for Business Advisory and Information Systems projects at iMovo

Hadrian specialises in Customer Experience Management and in Business Intelligence and Analytics.  He has wide experience in the strategic analysis, planning and management of corporate information applications. His portfolio of clients spans across a wide range of local and foreign organisations, in both the public and private sectors.  Hadrian is a graduate in IT Management from the University of Greenwich, UK, and also holds an MBA in eBusiness from the University of Malta.  He is a keen bibliophile, a qualified librarian and serves as a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta, where he teaches analysis, design & management of systems to Information Professionals.


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We hope to see you on the 10th July 2024 at the Marriott Resort, St. Julian's, Malta.

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