Board of Administrators

Portrait of Mr Joseph Bugeja

Mr Joseph Bugeja


Joseph Bugeja is the Chairman and CEO of Transport Malta, the Government Authority vested with detailed regulatory powers for land, sea and air Transport in Malta. Mr Bugeja’s career in the transport sector started off in 1974 at Sea Malta Co Ltd, where he held various senior management positions before becoming the General Manager. After 32 years at Sea Malta, Mr Bugeja assumed the position of General Manager of Malta Motorways of the Sea Ltd/Grimaldi Lines of Naples, specializing in maritime roll on roll of services and international logistics. Until his appointment at Transport Malta, he was also the CEO of the Malta Maritime Forum and an appointed Director to the Board of Malta Marittima Agency. He also served as a Director on various Boards of corporations and companies, including Tug Malta, Mediterranean Offshore Bunkering Company, Med Feeder, Flagstone Insurance Brokers, and served as Ship Owners representative on the Port Labour Joint Council for many years. He is a Fellow member to the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. Mr Bugeja has recently served on the Board of Discipline for the Malta Chamber of Commerce. Mr Bugeja is the President of the Maltese French Chamber of Commerce and he was recently conferred on the prestigious civilian honour Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by current French President Emmanuel Macron

Portrait of Mr Paul Abela

Mr Paul Abela

Board Administrator representing Malta Chamber of SMEs

Mr. Paul Abela has been President of the Malta Chamber of SMEs since 2007. As President Mr. Abela is tasked with managing and overseeing the Council work throughout the year. Coupled with a number of years managing various business ventures, currently Mr. Abela occupies the position of Chairman of Business First. Mr. Abela is also Chairman for Green MT and is a director various SME Chamber subsidiaries in particular on the WEEE Malta Ltd., Malta Energy Ltd. And the Malta Trade Fair Corporation.

In his capacity as SME Chamber President, on a national level, Mr. Abela is also a of board member of the Malta Enterprise Investment committee, board member of the Malta Development Bank, board member of the Malta Maritime Forum and a board member of the Central Business District Foundation.

As an individual, Mr Abela is skilled and expert in business planning and strategy, change management and negotiation

Portrait of Dr Mario Cardona

Dr Mario Cardona

Board Administrator representing Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology

Deputy Principal – Technology and Applied Sciences (VPET)

Dr Mario Cardona graduated with a B.Ed. (Hons.) in History and Early and Middle Years from the University of Malta. He subsequently focused on adult education and training, and community development, with a Laurea from Roma Tre University, a M.Ed. from the University of Malta and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He has an academic and professional interest in adult education and training, community education and development, co-operatives, VET, visual and performing arts, and issues related to education and social justice. He participates in European policy fora and has published books and papers related to his area of expertise. He carries out voluntary work in a rural co-operative at Manikata and in a community-based music school at Qormi

Portrait of Mr Anton Vella

Mr Anton Vella

Board Administrator representing Malta Employers' Association

Anton Vella, a MIMCOL employee, was assigned with Malta Employers’ Association, in July 2013, now serves as an SME Helpdesk Executive.

He has been offering consultancy services to MIMCOL since 2008. In September 2011 he officially joined the MIMCOL management team, as Communications Executive.

Mr Vella obtained a University of Malta Diploma as a Draughtsman and Architect Assistant (A.A.& D.C.). As a draughtsman, he worked for 6 years with Maltconsult International, where he also experienced working abroad under the supervision of well reknown international construction company-Daewoo International. He also worked with a number of local architects, on various projects of National importance.

For a period of time, Mr Vella worked as project manager and project coordinator in the field of exhibitions and displays where he gained vast experience within the marketing sector. He also has good knowledge of media and communications. He is experienced in research, evaluating estimates and quotations as well as supervision of infrastructural works.

Being a business entrepreneur, Mr Vella succeeded in establishing his own company “Pyramid Productions & Services Ltd.” which he directed and managed successfully for a period of 10 years. During this period, he also managed to win a number of contracts with different Local Councils as works manager. These included works of responsibility, monitoring a number of subcontractual obligations by third parties, and supervising other major Local Council’s contracts.

Over a period of 10 years, Mr Vella served different government posts, which included communications coordinator, private secretary, head of secretariat, and policy coordinator within various Government Ministries. As a Government consultant, there was a time when he was also entrusted with various responsibilities on issues regarding Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), including leading the Micro-Business Support Unit, within the Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment.

Portrait of Mr Anthony David Gatt

Mr Anthony David Gatt

Board Administrator representing Malta Enterprise

Anthony David Gatt is Head Of Communications and Aviation lead at Malta Enterprise, Malta’s economic development corporation. Amongst his duties are assisting the current productive activities in the aviation cluster, including the MRO industry, and showcasing Malta as a viable FDI destination. Anthony is also actively engaged in providing the right set-up and infrastructure to solidify the opportunity for a drone/UAV testing and pilot training cluster in Malta. Over the last years Anthony has also helped a number of start-ups launch their operations in Malta.

Portrait of Mr Ivan Tabone

Dr Ivan Tabone

Board Administrator representing Transport Malta

Ivan graduated as Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta and was later admitted to the bar. He then furthered his legal studies by reading for a Master’s Degree in International Maritime Law at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute.

Currently, Ivan occupies the position of Deputy Chief Officer within the Merchant Shipping Directorate of the Authority for Transport in Malta. His area of expertise is the human element and is also the head of the Seafarer Department which deals with the training, certification and welfare of seafarers. He is also entrusted with various special projects that arise from time to time.

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