Back Row: Mr. Wayne Lee Valentine, Ing. Ian Bonello, Mr. Carmelo Formosa, Mr. Robert Galea, Mr. Ivan Alessandro, Mr. Raymond Navarro, Mr. Rodney Naudi.
Front Row: Dr. Godwin Caruana, Mr. Pierre Vella, Mr. Tony Sultana, Ing. Emanuel Darmanin , Mr. Jesmond Mizzi.
The EXCO assist the Executive Chairman in reaching key objectives, including, contributing towards the setting up of policy and the strategic direction for the Agency, as well as overseeing the implementation of the business plans and monitoring of the Agency's operations and financial performance. Furthermore, the EXCO discusses and takes positions on issues and risks which are of corporate, strategic or critical nature for the organisation's operation. The EXCO also takes proactive measures for the Agency to be an employer and service provider of choice. Additionally, EXCO serves as one of the formal channels for information dissemination from MITA senior management to staff, and for feedback from staff to reach senior management.
Head of Department - Service Management
Chief Technology Officer - Technology Direction & eGov.
Godwin is a (post) graduate from the University of Liverpool (UK) and University of Brunel (UK), where he graduated with a Master of Science with distinction in Information Technology and a PhD with a research focus on High Performance Computing, Algorithms & Machine Learning (Computer and Electronic Engineering programme, School of Engineering and Design) respectively.
He has an avid personal interest in machine learning, distributed (and associated) computing concepts, Internet scale challenges, HPC, big data, cloud, and operating systems research, with published work. He is active in several research and innovation spheres, a Senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery, a member of the British Computer Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as well as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).
With a professional background in software and systems engineering, he is currently the Chief Technology Officer at the Malta Information Technology Agency, directly responsible for all technology and systems governance related matters.
A combination of more than 20 years of experience as well as formal academic background gives him very strong insight and knowledge in various IT disciplines, research, adoption, implementation and governance areas.
Head of Department - Strategy and Business
Emanuel Darmanin joined MITA in 1994 and since then has occupied various senior management positions including that of Chief Information Officer. Over the years he had responsibilities for ICT Governance, Service Management, Information Security and Risk Management, Contracting and Supplier Management, and Project Management.
Previous to joining MITA he worked in the public sector and the private sector, enjoying work experiences both locally and abroad.
He graduated as an Electrical Engineer from the University of Malta in 1989. In 2000, he gained an MBA from Henley Management College and in 2006 an MA in Creativity and Innovation from the University of Malta.
Head Executive Office
After working experiences with the Central Bank of Malta and the Department of Contracts, Charles graduated with honours in Public Administration in 1990. In 1988, he joined the Budget Office at the Ministry of Finance where he worked very closely with various Ministers in the drawing up of the yearly Government Financial Estimates and the drafting of Budget Speeches. Charles then moved to the Corporate Services Department where he held various headship positions.
In 1998, he was appointed Head, Inspectorate Unit within the Cabinet Office. Charles was subsequently appointed Assistant Director – Human Resources at the Ministry of Finance and was also responsible to manage the IT Vote of the Ministry.
After reading for an MBA in Strategic Management at the Maastricht School of Management, he moved to the then MITTS Ltd in 2001 as Corporate Strategist. During the period 2005 – 2008, Charles was called back to the Ministry of Finance to assist as a technical expert in the setting up of the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Unit. Charles also served as Director of the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation between 2007 – 2008.
On his return to MITA Charles occupied various roles and was responsible amongst others for: strategy formulation; business planning and ICT budgeting. In April 2013, Charles moved to the Executive Office. He was also appointed as Chief Administrator of the eSkills Malta Foundation.
Head of Department - Infrastructure Services
Robert Galea joined MITA (then MSU Ltd) in November 1992 within the Network Operations Centre. In late 1993 Robert was promoted to Project Leader responsible for infrastructure projects, then in June 1997 to Manager responsible for operations and projects for e-mail, Internet and the Malta Government Network.
In January 2002 he was promoted to Enterprise Programme Manager responsible for strategic, multi-million Euro, corporate infrastructure projects, chiefly the overhaul of the Malta Government Network, the consolidation of core IT Services provided by MITA and the overhaul of the MITA‟s Internet infrastructure.
In October 2009 Robert was promoted to Department Manager of the Systems Management Department, responsible for the Network Operations Centre (and MITA’s two Corporate Data Centres), the Systems & Databases Team and the Internet & Groupware Team.
Head of Department - Governance, Risk & Compliance
Rodney joined MITA (then MSU) in 1999 as a pupil worker and throughout the subsequent years worked in different fields within the organisation, including those of project management, ICT consultancy, quality assurance and compliance. He was appointed as Department Manager for Information Security in 2008, responsible for the agency’s ISO27001 accreditation process and information security strategy. In June 2014 his responsibility was extended to cover Governance, Risk and Compliance.
Rodney is a visiting senior lecturer at the University of Malta’s Faculty of ICT.
Head - Special Projects
Ray Navarro joined MITA, then MSU, as a Client Representative way back in March 1993. Prior to joining MSU Ray worked as a Computer Field Engineer, Service Manager and subsequently as an Independent Consultant with an International Computer Company. The work was mainly based in Libya but as part of his work Ray travelled extensively to European and other Middle Eastern countries.
As Client Representative, and subsequently as Programme Manager with MSU, Ray was tasked to ensure that the clients’ needs are well catered for in the development and implementation of MSU initiatives. During this period Ray was responsible for the organisation of the distribution of PCs and the IT training of staff and worked with various Project Managers in the implementation of various major initiatives such as Health Care Information Systems, Children’s Allowance and Supplementary Benefits Systems, Police Incident Reporting System etc.
In January 1998 he was appointed Department Manager and over the years Ray was entrusted with the Management and direction of a number of MITTS Departments besides acting as CEO for a period of 6 months. During this period Ray set up the Government wide Service Call Centre and the Contracts Department and was also responsible for the management of Swatar Training Centre and its subsequent outsourcing to the private sector;
For the past 14 years Ray has been responsible for the Projects Department and in this role he actively contributed in a number of major Government Reform processes such as Utility Billing and Energy Benefits Voucher Systems, New Vehicle Licensing Regime - renewal of Vehicle Licenses through Insurance Agents, EURO Change Over, Medical Imaging and Laboratories Systems, New Payroll System etc.
Ray is married and has two grown up children. He enjoys travelling, good food and wine and is an Arsenal fan!
Head of Department - Facilities Management
Wayne Lee Valentine heads the Facilities Management
Department effectively managing the corporate administration function of the
Wayne has started his career with MITA over 20 years ago as
a Technical Apprentice Student. Through his career with MSU / MITTS /
MITA, Wayne has been actively involved in various ICT infrastructure projects across the Education and Health sectors
including Internet for Schools project and Mater Dei Data Centre.
During 2010/2011, Wayne for responsible for the development
of state of the art Data Centre for the Government of Malta. The MITA Data
Centre is TIER III Data Centre Facility certified internationally by Uptime Institute. This certification
demonstrates that the facility has attained high standards while providing a
balance between performance, resource capacity and flexibility.
Wayne is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and holds the
Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Specialist and CDCDP qualifications.
Hobbies and interests include music, energy efficiency and
Head of Department - Programme Management
Pierre Vella joined MITA, then known as Management Systems Unit Ltd, in March 1996 following a nine-year tenure within the Public Service. Pierre has actively contributed to a number of high profile reform projects within the Ministry of Finance, mainly related to tax and fiscal policy with the main initiatives being the implementation of diverse Information Systems projects in relation to the Final Settlement System (FSS) and the introduction Self-Assessment regime within the Inland Revenue Department (IRD).
Pierre was appointed Project Manager in June 2000, where he managed various key transformational projects such as the launch of Inland Revenue Services On-Line, the Corporate Tax Return process and the major introduction of the Non-Filing concept, where the vast majority of taxpayers are not required to lodge Income Tax Returns thanks to the integration of various related information systems.
Following the successful implementation of the above projects, Pierre's portfolio of responsibility was then expanded to include other important sectors such as VAT, the Tax Compliance Unit (TCU) and the Capital Transfer Duty. Furthermore, Pierre was selected to represent the local Inland Revenue and VAT functions within various European and international fora.
Most recently Pierre also worked on the major initiative for the Simplification of Services offered to citizens and businesses across Ministries and Public Service Departments.
Pierre is also active within the European Commission in areas pertaining to EU-wide collaboration in areas of IT and related best practices and has chaired the IT Collaboration Catalyst Project Group in Taxation, between October 2014 and December 2015.