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Mr. Alberto Balatti | Member

Mr. Alberto Balatti is the founder of governance and relocation consultancy MALTAway.

He also has a popular governance and investment blog “albertobalatti” on WordPress.

Alberto has over 30 years of governance and investments experience as a trader and asset allocation consultant. He has been employed by Sky, Schiapparelli, Eni, Confindustria, Accord Group, Resources4Business, and Pride Group (part of Ericsson Group). His board experience includes serving on committees concerning investments, nomination, and compensation.

Alberto earned a College Certificate in 1982 from Liceo Scientifico Milan. He earned a Master Degree in Economics and Political Science in 1986 from Milan University. He earned a Post Graduate Master in International Business and Organization in 1989 from the Master School in Rome.

-citizen of Italy

-resident of Malta

mobile phone: 00356 77635974

Dr. Vanessa Vella | Member

A lawyer by profession since 1998, Vanessa occupied a senior managerial position in a one of the largest local Maltese banks and has been extensively involved in the financial services sector for the past 16 years. She has provided specialised legal advice to the bank’s retail banking and wealth management areas, fund management, commercial banking and global banking and markets, life insurance sector, trusts and foundations, and company secretarial support. Further responsibilities included legal risk management, drafting agreements, bond issues, formation and liquidation of companies, advising compliance regulatory function and interaction with the local regulatory authorities.

Vanessa is currently the managing partner of Vella Grech Legal, a multi-disciplinary boutique Law Firm established in Malta. Her core areas of expertise include financial services, corporate & commercial, banking & finance, investment services, e-Commerce, franchising, intellectual property & competition, consumer & retail and insurance.

She also occupies non-executive directorship and company secretarial roles in local companies and audit committees.

Vanessa was recently interviewed by the Malta Business Review Magazine for the Women Leaders series. She is also currently completing a Masters in European Business Law (European and Comparative Law) from the University of Malta.

-citizen of Malta

-resident of Malta

mobile phone: 00356 99422927

Mr. Mikko Puhakka | Member

Mikko was born in Finland but has lived in 4 continents (Europe, US, Africa and Asia) and relocated 2 years ago from Beijing, China back to Europe and to Malta after a more than a decade in China.

While the majority of his work during last 25 years has revolved around developing business models and strategy in software companies, the result oriented approach has led to ‘’all sides of the negotiation table’’ successfully helping companies raise money, investing in companies (in the role of a Venture Capitalist as well as a private business angel), selling companies and also buying companies in diverse cultural environments.

Mikko’s work has been direct assignments to companies ranging from start-ups to listed companies and public organizations and government organizations. Mikko has been actively building ecosystems around companies via various initiatives internationally. His work has included serving as a mentor and advisor to incubators and accelerators and chambers of commerce, with director roles in both private companies as well as NGO’s such as Finnish Business Council of Beijing (Vice Chairman) and EU Chamber of Commerce in China (Finland’s Representative).

Currently Mikko works at his own consulting/corporate finance company Lion Partners with both private and public clients in EU and Asia.

-citizen of Finland

-resident of Malta

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