Thursday, 16th May 2019

The Phoenicia Malta, The Mall, Floriana FRN1478

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The Institute of Directors Malta Branch (IoD) will be holding a conference at The Phoenicia on May 16 to celebrate 60 years of the IoD in Malta. The IoD is a business organisation for company directors, senior business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The conference, entitled ‘Reshaping Malta’s Boards’, will include three plenary sessions, two working groups, a drinks reception and a gala dinner. The first plenary session will feature a keynote by world renowned corporate governance expert Roger Barker and a panel discussing what should be considered for inclusion in a new draft Malta Corporate Governance Code.

The world of corporate governance has changed enormously in the last decade and now is a hugely important opportunity for Malta to take a lead on issues such as board diversity, remuneration, directors’ duties, technology and the responsibility of companies to their broader stakeholder base and not just their shareholders.

The changes under way impact not just listed entities but all companies no matter how small, whether for profit or not-for-profit. Each has a real part to play. As a result of the pressure to change, IoD Malta has embarked on an exercise with other key stakeholders to review the corporate governance platform for Malta.

Plenary 2 will have a keynote from global IoD chair Charlotte Valeur and will be moderated by IoD Malta chairman Edwin Ward, who will focus on director certification, a topic that IoD Malta is working closely on with the Malta Financial Services Authority in a bid to improve director education in Malta, as well as providing a standard by which directors being appointed to various kinds of entities can be validated.

Plenary 3 will feature a keynote from ecoDa secretary general Béatrice Richez Baum and tackle the responsibilities and liabilities of directors, a topic which continues to confuse directors coming from a wide range of backgrounds and industries.

Speakers for the conference include Ms Valeur, Dr Barker, Dr Richez-Baum, Mr Ward, MFSA CEO Joseph Cuschieri, FinanceMalta chairman Kenneth Farrugia, HSBC Bank Malta chairman Sonny Portelli, APS Bank chairman Frederick Mifsud Bonnici, Mapfre MiddleSea chairman Martin Galea, EY Partner Geraint Davies, EVBB board member Anton Theuma, Chartered director Christian Vassallo and former HSBC Malta CEO Mark Watkinson, among others.


Chairman of IoD Malta

Edwin Ward

Advertising and public relations veteran, founder of WX2 Advertising & PR. Copywriter. Presenter. A Scot like his mentor David Ogilvy; he has worked on clients such as APS Bank, Audi, AXA, Barclays, BAT, Berkeley International, BIC, Bupa, Chestertons, Citroen, DHL, Dogs Trust, European Parliament, Gillette, Fair Play Bets, GSK, Guardian, HSBC, Intercontinental, JMV, Kindred Group, Kodak, Kraft, Lufthansa, Maltco Lotteries, Mitsubishi, Nestlé, Novartis, Philips, Porsche, Qatar Foundation, Relais & Chateaux, SAP, Shell, The Phoenicia Malta, Wazdan, Western Union, Unibet and Unilever. Led study of Health & Safety in Malta funded by the UK Government and study to identify new markets for Europe's largest ship register. Involved in the creation of Malta Tourism Authority's new tourism brand identity, later launching a communications campaign across Europe, while simultaneously launching an internal brand campaign in the home market. Pioneered use of a semiotic square in the hospitality industry preparing the brand identity for the €100 million Grand Hotel Excelsior and €50 million Hotel Phoenicia Malta. Visiting lecturer on Brand Identity and Brand Image at the University of Malta.

Global Chair IoD

Charlotte Valeur

Charlotte has held seven directorships at public companies, including three as chair, over the last decade. With a background in finance including stints at Societe Generale, BNP-Paribas and S.G. Warburg, Charlotte has experience in a range of sectors, from property and infrastructure to renewable energy. Her board appointments have included FTSE 250 3i Infrastructure and Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate, where she oversaw an $8bn merger with the firm’s US-listed parent company. Charlotte’s unlisted experience includes a non-executive directorship with the international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke. Originally from Copenhagen and speaking six languages, Charlotte is a specialist in corporate governance, founding and running her own advisory firm, the Global Governance Group. She is also a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom, and has backed this up with action by founding Board Apprentice. This non-profit organisation provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business, and has been cited in the Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for effecting real change.

Advisor, Institute of Directors

Dr Roger Barker

I am a globally active advisor specializing in Corporate Governance and Board Effectiveness. In addition to my consultancy practice (Governomics Ltd, see below), I serve in a variety of other roles: - Head of Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (IoD) - Honorary Associate, Centre for Ethics and Law, UCL - Senior Advisor to the Board, European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa) - Advisory Board Member, European Women on Boards ASBL (EWoB) - Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (the EU advisory body - appointed by the UK Government for a five year term, 2015-2020) - Visiting Lecturer at Said Business School (University of Oxford), UCL (London), and Tokyo University - Member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Board at Cass Business School - Consultant on Corporate Governance to numerous organisations in the private and public sectors, including GUBERNA, VisionFund International (VFI), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the IFC, Securities Investors Association Singapore (SIAS), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Royal Dutch Shell and the Ministry of Defence.

Director, Institute of Directors

Béatrice Richez-Baum

Béatrice Richez-Baum is a Doctor in Law specialized in European Law. She completed also training at the Paris Bar School. Having completed her Ph. D. thesis on international Trade and European Law, in 1999, Béatrice started her career as a legal expert for the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry after few experiences in Brussels in the lobbying sector including the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe and the European Economic and Social Committee.

Béatrice Richez-Baum was appointed Secretary General of ecoDa at the creation of the confederation in March 2005. Since then, she has been able to raise ecoDa's profile by advocating the interests of European board members, and by developing close working relationships with the EU institutions and European peer organisations. She is responsible of the day-to-day management of the confederation, the smooth integration of its members and the organisation of a European education programme for directors.

She is a board member of the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE).

She was a lecturer in a Master's Degree in Law, International Affairs and Management at a French business school (ESSEC). She publishes a lot of articles related to European Lobbying and WTO matters. She drafted the first report assessing the lobbying exercised by French companies. She is part of the GNL, a network of French lobbyists based in Brussels.

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