About the Financial Supervisors Academy
As one of the initiatives that was proposed in the MFSA Vision 2021 and the MFSA Strategic Plan 2019-2021, the setting up of the Financial Supervisors Academy (FSA) supports the MFSA’s efforts to invest in staff and human resources, ensuring that the MFSA has the necessary expertise and technical competencies to carry out its functions effectively in today’s dynamic financial environment.
The FSA reinforces the MFSA’s excellence value by supporting the Authority’s members of staff to have the right competencies, combine quality with efficiency, demonstrate professionalism and contribute to the setting of high standards. Through the Academy, the MFSA is training young and upcoming financial supervisors, whilst giving experienced supervisors the opportunity to share their knowledge, grow and develop further.
The MFSA supports knowledge sharing and believes that interaction amongst peers supports supervisory convergence. In this light, the Academy extends most of its training programmes to other regulators, supervisors, policy makers and academics outside of the MFSA.
Meet the Team
The FSA forms part of the MFSA and is set up under the remit of the Strategy, Policy and Innovation Directorate in coordination with the People & Culture function.
Meet our management team:
Dr Christopher P. Buttigieg
As Strategic Director of the FSA, Dr Christopher P. Buttigieg is responsible for the strategic direction of the Academy as well as building its international network.
Dr Buttigieg holds the position of Chief Officer Supervision at the MFSA, following his tenure as Chief Officer Strategy, Policy and Innovation. Dr Buttigieg is a lecturer in the Banking and Finance Department of the University of Malta and has published various papers on financial regulation and supervision in academic and professional journals. Dr Buttigieg is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law (Trier).
Dr Michael Xuereb
As the Academy Director, Michael Xuereb will be responsible for achieving the strategic objectives of the Academy through an efficient and effective implementation of the educational initiatives. He is also responsible for identifying key areas for training and development and contributes towards the development of the educational programme of the Academy.
Dr Xuereb is also the Chief Officer Strategy, Policy and Innovation as of March 2020. He joined the MFSA in 2000, heading a number of functions throughout his years at the Authority. Dr Xuereb graduated as Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta and hold a Master’s degree in Financial Services.
In his capacity as Head of the FSA, Calvin Cassar will be responsible for the operations of the Academy and the development of its training program.
Mr Cassar is also the Head of People & Culture at the MFSA. He holds a M.Sc. in Occupational Psychology from the University of Leicester, and a Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Malta. Mr Cassar is involved in the delivery of training in relation to leadership, management and human resources within different institutions, and has published content in management publications and books for children.
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