Our Speakers

Cybersecurity Conference


Donald Tabone
Mark Vella 
Trevor Sammut
Christian Colombo 
Ian Fish 
Carm Cachia
Carl James Debono
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Efrem Borg 
Robert Debono 
Chris Farrugia
Christopher Bugeja
Wayne Grixti 
  
Donald Tabone​Donald Tabone

Donald currently manages the Information Security department at Swedish based  LeoVegas Gaming. He joined LeoVegas after having served the role of Chief  Technology Officer with Irish based MiFinity Global Payment Systems and earlier,  with  Allied Newspapers Ltd providing the necessary strategic direction to meet some of the most demanding business requirements.  

Prior to that, Donald worked for   KPMG spearheading their Information Security efforts whilst gaining invaluable work experience across Europe. As a seasoned IT professional and certified IT trainer, he has delivered several presentations to national entities and private organisations on security-related topics. Donald is a certified CISSP and holds an Honours degree in Computing and Information Systems, as well as a Masters degree in IT & Telecomms​ Law.

Dr Mark Vella​ ​

Mark Vella
​Mark Vella is an information security lecturer and researcher, and currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. After spending a number of years participating and leading the development of enterprise application and integration projects, he moved back to academia. Motivated by the complexities and limitations of access control mechanisms, he pursued a research doctorate in the area of computer systems security at the University of Strathclyde (UK). 

His initial research on developing intrusion detection techniques inspired by the workings of the human immune system has today found a home and immediate application within the context of using memory forensics for incident response. At university, he lectures and advises undergraduate and postgraduate students on systems security, malware forensics, and cryptography, as we​​ll as more generic computer systems ones. Research findings emerging from his efforts, along with those of his students, have been presented internationally at peer-reviewed conferences.​​
Trevor Sammut​​​​
Mary Clearly
 
Trevor Sammut is the Chief Regulatory Officer at the Malta Digital Innovation  Authority and is responsible for the Management of the Authority’s Regulatory  Department, composed mainly of the Authorisations, Compliance, and Enforcement functions.
 
Mr Sammut’s experience includes over eight years as an ICT Applications Officer for the Ministry for Health engaged in the implementation of large-scale ICT Projects for the various business requirements related to Healthcare systems. He was responsible for project management related to IT networks and ICT infrastructure as well as detailed technical consultancy for the commissioning and implementation of healthcare projects. The Information Management Unit within the Ministry for Health interacted with a potential user-base of approximately 10,000 users.
 
Previously, Trevor spent nine years as a Police Inspector in the Malta Police Force handling Police/EU/Europol ICT Projects, ICT Department and IT team management within a high-security ICT Infrastructure and environment. He also steered and guided high-level management projects and systems, mostly related to national security.

Christian Colombo​​​​


Christian Colombo obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of  Malta, his main areas of research being runtime verification, software testing,   compensating transactions, and domain-specific languages. For the past years, he has been working on the creation of dependable software systems by verifying them against formal specifications at runtime. The area, better known as runtime verification, involves the automatic synthesise of verification code which is then automatically injected into the system under observation. He is currently the  Working   Group chair of the COST Action ARVI aiming to bridge the gap between academia and industry and has been involved in a number of funded projects: Secure Communication in the Quantum Era (NATO), Open Payments Ecosystem (Horizon 2020), Generating Online Monitors from Tests Automatically (MCST), Dependability and Error-Recovery in Security Intensive Financial Systems (MCST).

Ian Fish

Dr Luis Fernández-Sanz​


Ian is a senior volunteer with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and is currently the  Chair of the BCS Security and Privacy Executive, Chair of the Information Security  Specialist Group, a member of the BCS Community Board and an executive committee member of the BCS ICT Ethics Specialist Group.  He also acts as a  consultant to various organisations dealing with the information assurance requirements of HM Government departments and agencies.​​


Carm Cachia​​
Carm Cachia


Carm Cachia is an information technology professional with a pioneering career reflecting his systems and management qualifications coupled with sound and successful leadership in major projects of national interest. During the course of his career, he has encompassed most of the areas in digital sphere including software engineering, infrastructure, design, information security, project management and executive leadership. As a professional, he is in favour of a structured and formal approach while at the same time introducing modern methods and concepts. Leading a significant number of projects in the industry, including travel, banking, financial, manufacturing, telecoms and government, he has also introduced major technology suppliers to Malta.

He consistently brings a balanced approach ensuring confidence and cooperation on both sides of the table.  This is complemented by a good combination of technical skills and understanding, identifying business requirements and suggesting processes for an increasing inefficiency.

Carm is a qualified chartered IT professional and a fellow member of the BCS. He has been instrumental in setting up local branches for various IT institutes and in introducing a good number of internationally recognised industry certifications to Malta including PRINCE2, BPM, AIIM, BCS, ISEB, BCI to mention just a few. 
Currently heads the eSkills Malta Foundation and its board.  He is a council member at the University of Malta and board member of various University Institutes, including the latest Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies.  He is Chairman of the BCS Malta Section.

Prof. Carl James Debono
Carl James Debono



Prof. Carl James Debono obtained his B.Eng.(Hons.) degree in Electrical  Engineering from the University of Malta, Malta in 1997 and a PhD degree in  Electronics and Computer Engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy in 2001.

In 1997 he was employed as a Research Engineer with the Department of  Microelectronics at the University of Malta. In 2001 he joined the Department of  Communications and Computer Engineering at the University of Malta as a lecturer and is now a Professor. Prof. Debono is currently the Dean of the Faculty of ICT.
 
Prof. Debono has served as National Contact Point and Programme Committee Member for the Thematic Area Aeronautics and Space during the EU 6th Framework Programme. He also served as National Contact Point and Programme Committee Member for the Thematic Areas Space and Security for the EU 7th Framework Programme. He was a Member of the Management Committee of the COST Action IC1105 - 3D Content Creation, Coding and Transmission over Future Media Networks (3D-ConTourNet), where he chaired the 3D Media Coding Working Group. Prof. Debono has worked towards the formation of the IEEE Malta Section and managed to gather the required support in 2006. He was the first IEEE Malta Section Chair between 2007 and 2010. He served as IEEE Region 8 Conference Coordination Subcommittee Chair between 2011 and 2012, and IEEE Region 8 Vice-Chair for Technical Activities between 2013 and 2014. He further served and still serves on a number of IEEE committees. He has participated in a number of local and European research projects in the area of communication systems. His research interests are in Resilient Multimedia Transmission, Multi-view Video Coding, Computer Vision, and Wireless System Development and Applications.

Keith Cutajar​

Dr Luis Fernández-Sanz​


Keith is a Cyber-Security specialist, focusing in the fields of Cybercrime, Digital  Forensics and Cyber-Terrorism. He has worked on a variety of IT projects over the years, while employed, and as a consultant in his personal capacity. Keith has read for a BSc(Hons) in IT at the University of Malta and an MSc in Information Security at the Royal Holloway College(University of London), with his dissertation titled as "A   pro-active approach towards Cyber-Terrorism: Defining a policy document to assist decision-makers". He is also a Court Expert in Digital Forensics, Cybercrime and  Cyber-Terrorism at the Courts of Law in Malta as well as a frequent speaker at a  number of presentations and training sessions in various prominent cyber-security conferences and training sessions at institutions both in Malta and abroad.

Ing. Efrem Borg

Dr Luis Fernández-Sanz​

Efrem Borg leads the Information Security and Governance Department within MITA, Malta’s central driver of Government’s ICT policy, programmes and initiatives with the ultimate objective of safeguarding Government’s digital assets. He also stands on the Maltese National Cyber Security Strategy Committee responsible for the development of the National Cyber Security Strategy and the overseeing of its implementation, intended to enrich Malta’s cybersecurity posture.​

Robert Debono

Robert Debono



Robert is an information technology and change management specialist, with a key focus on emerging digital technologies, ICT training and enterprise resource planning. Over the years, he was responsible for a number of national IT projects in his former role as Chief Information Officer. He has also fulfilled the role of Head of the National EU Agency for Education after which he took up the role of Change Manager Principal within a leading firm in the manufacturing sector. Robert is at present engaged as a Director of IT Studies at the PwC's Academy in Malta, focusing mainly on IT training curricula development, digital learning platforms and training advisory.

Robert is currently reading for a Doctorate in Business Management with a focus on digital skills and enterprise practice at the University of Middlesex in London. Robert holds a Masters Degree in Business Management from the Management Institute in Maastricht and a first degree in International Relations (Hons) with Communications as a secondary area from the University of Malta. He holds a warrant in engineering design having trained students at secondary and tertiary levels. He also holds an ICT International Diploma in Computer Programming and eCommerce through NCC UK complemented with a number of industry certifications, including Cisco Networking, SCRUM Master and Prince2 Practioner.​​

Chris Farrugia

Chris Farrugia

Chris Farrugia is a senior lecturer at MCAST's Institute of Information and Communication Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in IT (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Malta and a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications Systems from Aston University. Chris is responsible for the Information Security and Digital Forensics research stream within the newly founded ICTAR research group at MCAST. Current research interests include Open Source Intelligence, forensic use of Software Defined Radio and novel forensic data extraction and representation methods.​

Christopher Bugeja

Christopher Bugeja
​  Having more than 10 years experience in the Information Security field, Christopher has worked for multi-national companies both locally and abroad. He also has worked in various industries which include Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Banking and most recently iGaming.​​​

Wayne Grixti 

Wayne Grixti

Wayne Grixti is the Chief Technology Officer of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority and Chairman of the MALTA.AI Taskforce. Mr. Grixti was an Advisor on the Malta National Blockchain Taskforce and was instrumental in the articulation of the DLT regulatory framework and the supporting guidance notes. Wayne graduated from the University of Malta with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and has over 17 years of experience working with the Malta Information Technology Agency, engineering solutions for the Government and leading various projects on identity and cloud computing. Wayne participated in several expert group meetings organised by the European Commission and is currently an active member of the European Blockchain Partnership.​