SiGMA 'MALTA' Edition Speakers
As Bit8’s chief executive officer, Angelo Dalli is responsible for leading the company’s product development, business and technology strategy. Angelo co-founded Bit8 with Keith Galea and Brian Fenech after identifying the need for an intelligent backend system that positively impacts the operator’s bottom line while providing an awesome player experience. Angelo has joined Bit8 as its CEO in 2013 and has led the company through its initial growth phase and its first external financing round.
Anton Cristina took over the CSL business in October 2008 and transformed it from a traditional box shifter to a Services Business, which is today the leading IT Outsourcing provider in Malta. The company was a loss making garage company which employed 9 people and over the past six years it tripled its head count, turns over $10million a year and acquired a new client base of 100 + companies in the Gaming and Financial Services sectors.
Anton has been in the IT Industry for the past 15 years. He left Malta early 90’s after finishing University as the conditions of the Maltese economy at the time lacked opportunity since Public Sector dominated the economic climate. Anton went to America to further his education at New Hampshire University on the East Coast, just about 60km outside of Boston. He was fascinated with the American Corporations and their attitude towards being leaders, pioneers and strive to be the best of the best at what they do. An attitude whereby people push the envelope and endorse creativity as important ingredients in their work, whilst comparing this to the conservative, controlling & closed culture experienced in Malta back in the 90’s. At that time Anton couldn’t see himself ever going back on his home turf, as his interest at that point was to understand what shaped the culture of the American corporations and at the same time try to understand why he felt so much at home in America.
The answer to his question was simple – “NO FEAR”, as it is fear that holds human beings back from doing what they could do by letting go. It is fear that kills creativity and doesn’t allow human beings to endorse change as an opportunity and not a threat. At that point his professor at University saw Anton’s increasing interest in Technology and led him to gain an academical view of Big Technology companies, like IBM. Anton could see how technology was already changing and impacting the way we did business in the 90’s and it’s fast paced advancements and achievements. He saw his future in the Technology Business and focused on getting a job with IBM which he achieved. He then moved back to Europe and went to Sweden in the late 90’s, after which he progressed to Ireland, during the times of the Celtic Tiger.
He moved around within the IBM corporation and gained exposure through the Strategic Outsourcing division of IBM Global Services. Anton saw large enterprise companies that were dominating and shaping the global economy through the eyes of Big Blue. When the recession kicked in 2008 due to a very troubled Financial Services Industry, Anton saw an opportunity back on his home ground and decided it was time to go back Home. Malta had just been granted EU accession in 2004 and needed to transition to a knowledge based economy. The Maltese government showed a strong political will and determination to diversify the economic fabric of the country, and clearly knew that the vision for the country could only be achieved through Privatisation & Investment in Science & Technology plus a legislative framework that supports it. Anton is today well established as a leader and successful entrepreneur in the Maltese market, who strives to make a difference through Technology.
Engel & Völkers Sara Grech
From a young age Benjamin Grech studied in the UK at Charterhouse school, a boarding school just south of London. He attended the University of Nottingham in the UK where he read Architecture & Environmental Design to pursue his dream to become an architect; in 2010 Benjamin graduated with MEng. Hons.
In the months after completing his architectural studies Benjamin joined a renowned architectural practice on Bond Street, London. Within a year he joined a more prominent practice based in Berlin, Germany where he worked on a number of large-scale projects, gaining further technical experience within the architectural practice. After several years practising within the architectural environment Benjamin returned back to Malta to get involved in the world of real estate, eager to make changes through his passion for the built environment and experiences overseas. He has been involved in the real estate business from a very early age; officially started gaining experience as an agent at the age of 17.
Upon his return to Malta, late 2012 both Ms Grech & Mr Grech knew that it was time to give their business a new edge and offer higher quality services with access to an international network. Sara Grech Ltd. a household name locally and enjoying a good reputation co-branded with Engel & Völkers a premium international real estate brand. Following months of preparation, the new business model unique to the real estate industry offering agents better training and a more dynamic platform has now been implemented and proving to be a success.
“Our objectives were clear”, says Mr Grech, “and that was to provide the most successful platform for a real-estate agent, to be both professional and passionate about their work and to offer the highest standards of service to their clients. Engel & Völkers has helped us to do just that. A globally established German brand dealing in Premium Real Estate as well as Yacht brokerage. With its proven successful systems and strategies, we are very honoured to have taken on the real estate brand and Mr. Völkers himself is a great inspiration. I am lucky to be surrounded by leaders who are professional and established.”
“Management is about doing things right, while leadership is about doing the right things. Having been involved from the very beginning of our vision, I feel that I have been preparing for this role my entire life. My passion, energy and focus to make certain that the Engel & Völkers Sara Grech brand achieves its goals and objectives are without end. I know that I will have many challenges, but I believe that by maintaining my integrity and passion, I will be able to steadily adapt our vision and strategically guide the business forward to continue the success my mother enjoyed,” stated Benjamin Tabone Grech, Engel & Völkers Sara Grech’s COO.
“The community of iGaming companies in Malta has been growing, and an essential part to many of these businesses is their premises and the lodging of their employees. I am looking forward to giving our company’s view on what the local real estate market has to offer.”
Christer Jansson is CEO of Confident Approach, a human resources firm specializing in HR training, psychometric testing and optimization of human resources. Christer is also a certified Belbin trainer, focusing on sales call reluctance, selling style profiling, analaysis of trainer as well as career styles inventory among others.
Christer specializes in helping sales people and sales organizations to raise their productivity. More calls, visits, closing etc he has two delivery options: in-house trainers, training companies in the research, concepts and tools. It´s a very cost effective way. Christer also runs a number of specialized open workshops per year for sales managers and trainers that want to understand more about the psychology of sales call reluctance. Overall efficiency and efficacy is enhanced by adopting Christer’s training methods, irrespective of department.
Ebbe Groes, 51, is Chief Executive Officer and the main shareholder of EveryMatrix.
Ebbe founded BetBrain.com 2001, a leading odds comparison site which itself was a spin off from robot technology company Kapow, which he co-founded in 1998. EveryMatrix was founded, with Stian Hornsletten, in 2008.
EveryMatrix provides a fully managed sportsbook, a back end system for player and payments handling, and an advanced casino games aggregation application.
He holds an MSc and PhD in Economics and in the past has worked at the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Stock Exchange.
Eric Benz, Managing Director at Cryptopay, has been involved in the ‘payments technology sector’ for the best part of a decade and has delivered retail payment solutions for the world’s largest merchant brands transforming the way in which they sell and ship to their worldwide customers. Eric continues to lead innovative Pay-Tech solutions for the rapidly emerging digital currency and mobile wallet markets. His specialties lye in providing and integrating a wide range of merchant services in combination with accelerating brand and product development.
Georg Westin, from Casino Saga, is a broad leader that has a big interest in both the business and the technical/product development part of running successful companies. Westin can discuss detailed business strategies as well as how to handle large scale IT projects due to my history in both fields.
Georg Westin has a long experience and a track record of positions in extremely successful companies and have recruited 50+ persons and created highly effective teams showing performance far above average. He believes in improving organizations and people one step at the time and rarely have a “revolutionary” approach, he finds great people and give them the motivation and environment to create great things.
Georg Westin enjoys working in organizations with high growth rate and exciting business and love the challenge of making technology and product development create high business growth. He has worked in the i-gaming industry for the past 10 years since it has given the fast moving environment I find most interesting.
Specialties: I-gaming, management, recruitment, business strategies, software architecture, web entrepreneurial strategies
Government of Malta
Prior to his appointment as Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr. Christian Cardona was a Senior Partner at CV Advocates, a legal firm recognized as one of Malta ‘s leading law firms.
Prior his latest appointment, during the 2008 – 2013 legislature he served as the Labour Party Main Spokesperson for the Industry, Self Employed and Foreign Investment. In previous legislatures he even served as the Labour Party Spokesperson for Competition, Communication and IT. Dr Cardona served also as member in Malta EU Parliamentary Committee during the negotiation process of Malta ‘s application to join the European Union as full member.
Christian Cardona was first elected to Parliament in 1996 and was re-elected in the 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 general elections. In 2008, he contested the post of Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs of the Labour Party.
Cardona graduated as a Notary Public and Doctor of Law from the University of Malta . He furthered his studies at IMO International Maritime Institute where he obtained his Master’s Degree in International Maritime Law. Dr Cardona is the author of the thesis entitled ‘United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – A Maltese Perspective’.
“Going digital is no longer an option; it is a necessity. We have launched the Digital Malta Strategy with a determination to keep pushing frontiers and to create the right environment for digital enterprise. Events like these give us the opportunity to show case what we have achieved and where we want to be in the next years.”