Bernard Mallia is the CEO of Equinox Advisory and Equinox Academy, the President of the IRISS, the Vice-President of the MIICT, and a visiting lecturer at a number of education institutions. Lecturing appointments have included the UOM, the ILM, the ETC, LEAD Events, LEAD Training and the Equinox Academy.
Bernard holds a first degree in Commerce with a specialisation in Public Policy & Economics, as well as an honours degree in Public & Private Sector Management from the University of Malta. He pursued post-graduate studies in Economics at the University of Edinburgh & at the European University where he earned an MSc. in Information Systems. He also holds diplomas in Computerised Bookkeeping (IAB), Project Management (CIC), and Advertising & Public Relations (CIC). Bernard is also a certified MS Office power-user & a SQL Server 2005 MCP.
Bernard’s areas of specialisation include corporate strategy, holistic project management and appraisal, finance, regulation, information systems & IT, electronic communications, quantitative methods, data modelling and mining, and economics with a focus on regulation, incentive mechanism design, competition policy, economic policy, decision support, environmental & energy economics, development issues in small islands & health economics.
Bernard has worked for several public, private & supranational organisations and brings to the table a wealth of technical and managerial experience, as well as broad insight and a well-entrenched network of associates.
He has, in the past, provided consultancy services to the European Commission, Maltese agencies like the MGoz, the MMA, the MITC, the MRRA, the MFEI, the KMS, the ETC, the Malta Chamber Of Commerce, and the Competitive Malta Foundation, as well as international ones like the World Economic Forum and AEGON Asset Management.
Bernard is also a member of the American Economic Association, the Competitive Malta Foundation, the PAEN and the World Economics Association.
Jackie obtained a Doctorate of Laws at the University of Malta in 1999 and commenced her career as a litigation lawyer, gaining experience in civil, commercial, constitutional and insurance litigation.
Eventually, she proceeded to pursue her studies at Queen Mary, University of London, in the areas of Internet Law, Communications Law, Computer Law and Competition Law.
Jackie has organised a number of training workshops relating to IT Law, Privacy and Electronic Communications in conjunction with COMNET-IT, an independent international foundation sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Government of Malta, and has carried out a number of speaking engagements relating to Electronic Communications, Competition Law, Data Protection, e-Commerce and Copyright Law and her publications include the widely quoted “Web 2.0 and User-Generated Content: legal challenges in the new frontier” (Journal of Information, Law and Technology (JILT)). Jackie is also as a part-time lecturer for the MSc in Business Information Systems Management programme provided by STC Training in conjunction with Middlesex University in the United Kingdom and also lectures with the Department of European Law at the University of Malta.
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Shaun James Micallef was awarded a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Malta where he specialised in Economics, Banking and Finance. Shaun continued his studies and was awarded an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Malta. Shaun has been well trained in both Economics, Banking and Finance as he also holds an Advanced Certificate in Fund Administration from IFS Malta in collaboration with Manchester Business School. Soon after completing his studies, Shaun joined Equinox Advisory Ltd. as a trainee consultant.
Between October 2015 and February 2016, Shaun was selected to participate in a traineeship at the European Commission. He joined the Task Force for the Collaborative Economy, New Business Models and SMEs within DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) in Brussels. During his traineeship, Shaun worked in tandem with the Principal Adviser and the members of the Task Force to compile the Commission Communication on the European Agenda for the Collaborative Economy (published June 2016). Shaun was also responsible for implementing different strands of the Task Force’s work program and remit which included the public procurement of several low-value contracts.
Following his secondment, Shaun joined the team at Equinox Advisory Ltd. as an Economics Consultant and the team at The Institute for the Research and Improvement of Social Sciences (IRISS) as an Economics Researcher. In 2016, Shaun was involved in drafting an Economic Impact Assessment for a novel toy designed for children with speech language impediments and in consulting Transport Malta on the roll-out and implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems in Malta. In August 2016, Shaun was appointed President of IRISS.
Shaun’s main interests include environmental economics, Cost-Benefit Analysis, transport economics, economic policy, and development economics. He has an excellent grasp of econometric techniques, specifically through the EViews statistical package and is experienced in qualitative and quantitative data analysis as well as academic report writing in the Social Sciences.
Diana Spiteri is responsible for Corporate Services at Equinox Advisory and Research Coordinator at IRISS
Diana holds a B.A (Hons) in Europeans Studies at the University of Malta and pursued post-graduate studies in Humanitarian Action and Crisis Management, and is a registered PRINCE2 Practitioner with APMG.
Diana has over eight years’ experience in EU Affairs and Governmental operations, of which, three and a half years focused on Justice and Home Affairs at the European Union Secretariat within the Office of the Prime Minister; and five years in Research and Innovation (R&I) Policy, Projects and Programmes.
Diana was Malta’s Programme Committee Member and National Contact Point for Research and Innovation at EU Level for SMEs, International Cooperation, Energy, Environment, Transport (incl. Aviation), Health as well as other areas. Diana simultaneously worked on coaching and training both national and international clients with their Research & Innovation, to help them develop their ideas into concrete winning projects as well as enable them to team up with key international experts for the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020. Diana also Project managed a number of Projects such as Horizon 2020: TEMARA and FP7: C-ENERGY+, NMP Team 2, Health NCP Net, BIONET, and EURORIS Net+.
Diana has also held a number of stakeholder meetings in various sectors especially in her role for Strategy – thus enabling Public, Private, Academic and European relations to secure engagement for collaboration, whilst also assisting individual researchers and entities to network and partner up to better their expertise and collaborate with others in Europe and beyond.
Diana has conducted a number of trainings both locally and abroad, related to coaching ideas from innovation to market given her experience with managing national, regional and EU funding programmes and acting as managing authority for 4 funding programmes on a national level. She has also held training workshops on proposal writing, evaluation, reporting and financials for local and EU funds, thus ensuring that clients can truly master the innovation cycle to deliver innovation driven ideas to market.
Diana’s areas of expertise include EU Affairs, EU Projects and Programmes, EU policy, Government Policy & Procedures, Project Management, Humanitarian Affairs, Crisis Management, Training and Coaching, Research and Innovation Policy and Funding Mechanisms, and Justice and Home Affairs Policy.
Diana is also a member of the Women in Management Committee at the Malta Institute of Management.
Irene De Bernardin is the Projects Coordinator at Equinox Advisory and the Coordinator of Studies at Equinox Academy.
Irene holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in International Sciences and Diplomatic Relations from the University of Trieste, in Italy, specializing in European Projects Management for International Cooperation. As a Junior Policy Officer at the Brussels Delegation of the Association of Chamber of Commerce for the Veneto Region (Italy), she analysed European Affairs to support small and medium enterprises, identifying the most interesting political instruments and funds made available for the Venetian region.
Irene further enhanced her professional expertise by working for over three years as a Project Manager at Eurosportello Veneto, the European Information Centre hosted by the Association of the Chamber of Commerce of the Veneto Region. Irene is very fluent with EU funding instruments, especially those directly managed by the European Commission, in the field of energy, research & innovation, tourism, education and culture. She was technically and financially responsible for EU funded projects, assuring the sound management of foreseen activities, and contributed to the submission of several project proposals to various EU programmes. Moreover, she has ample experience with supporting small and medium enterprises and public authorities in developing their business ideas as well as guiding them to internationalisation. Irene also has ample experience with structural funds, particularly in European Regional Development Funds.
Irene’s areas of interest include Proposal Writing and Project Management, EU Affairs and EU Funding Instruments, Research and Innovation, Tourism promotion, Education and Training programmes.
Reece Delia is the Chief Financial Officer at Equinox Advisory and the Financial Controller of Equinox Academy and the IRISS.
Reece is in the possession of a first-class Bachelor in Commerce in Accountancy and Banking and Finance from the University of Malta. He then further pursued his studies within the aforementioned institution, attaining a Master in Accountancy in 2016 and joining the firm soon after. His interests particularly include strategic management accounting and performance measurement and management, external auditing, financial reporting, in particular for SMEs, as well as financial management and the development of risk management frameworks.
Reece also has experience in the field of accounting, working for the Company Accounting and Administration Services of one of the major internationally-renowned big-4 audit firms during his student years at the University of Malta. In addition, he has also worked as an accounting data input clerk for a major travel company in the early years of his working life.
Apart from accounting, Reece is passionate about studying a number of foreign languages. He is fluently bilingual in both Maltese and English, both being mother tongues, and is also a proficient user of French, Spanish and Italian. In addition, he is also able to communicate considerably well in German and Portuguese, having a B1 and A2 level in both languages respectively as per European Framework of Reference for Languages. Reece actively pursues courses in most of these languages and holds a number of related certificates and awards. Moreover, his previous employment with the Contact Centre of two European airlines as well as cultural exchanges abroad have allowed him to acquire a good grasp of his languages. Reece also studies music and has been playing the violin for the past 7 years.
His participation in a number of competitions and events along the years such as the Junior Achievement Young Enterprise, Mini-European Assembly, Euro Competition and Valletta Summit on Migration, amongst others, have allowed him to hone his business and entrepreneurial mindset and provided him with important organisational and managerial skills which he aspires to apply to his post at Equinox.