executive chairman
Tony Sultana
Executive Chairman

Tony Sultana has a strong technical background in industrial electronics, computer aided manufacturing and government information systems through attachment programmes in Singapore and Japan. 

Tony possesses 30 years of hands-on experience in Information Technology together with a proven track record of managing high profile and politically sensitive projects for the Government of Malta. He took an active role in the making of MITTS and MITA with the main responsibilities of managing the implementation of various Information Systems; heading the Euro IT Task Force; and managing the integrated utilities business systems in the Energy sector. 

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Recently, he was heading the Corporate Shared Services Department at MITA, responsible for bringing together various horizontal Core Information Systems across all the departments of the Maltese Government.

He holds a degree in Mathematics and Computing from the University of Malta, and a Master degree in Management from the University of Anglia in UK.​

Tony Sultana was appointed as MITA Executive Chairman in April 2013 and chairs the MITA Board of Directors and the MITA Executive Committee.

Joseph Agius

Board Member

Joseph Agius was appointed Chief Technology Officer in October 2014, and became a member of the Bank of Valletta Management Board in October 2016.

Since joining the Bank in 1985, Mr Agius has garnered over thirty years’ experience in IT and Financial Services. In this time, he has been actively involved in the implementation of various mission critical projects.

In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Mr Agius is responsible for driving the Bank’s IT strategy. He is a strong proponent for modernisation in IT, and running IT as a business with its inherent business value.

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Presently, his primary focus is on leading the Bank’s strategic initiatives on core retail banking transformation and digital banking. In his role as Chief Technology Officer, Mr Agius chairs the Bank’s IT Steering Committee.

Mr Agius holds an Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Reading and an MBA in eBusiness from Grenoble Graduate School of Business. He is also a Chartered Engineer and member of the British Computer.

Ing. Saviour Baldacchino
Board Member

Engineer Saviour Baldacchino obtained a Diploma in Business Management followed by an Honours Degree in Electrical Engineering specialising in Electronics Technology, Computers and Communications.  Throughout his career he undertook continuous professional development in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Malta.

Saviour is currently President of the Malta Chamber of Engineers, a role he occupied for over three years.

He has been in the private engineering practice since 2004.  In 2001, he had a key role in the setting up of a new Internet Service Provider, which he led as its CEO until 2004.

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Before joining the private sector, he occupied the post of General Manager for Information Systems & Technology at Maltacom plc, where he formed part of top management since 1985.

For over ten years, he was appointed visiting lecturer and examiner at the University of Malta, at the City & Guilds of London Institute and at other educational institutions.

In 2005 he was honoured with the Best ICT Professional Award for lifetime achievement. Hobbies and interests include technology, travelling and music.

Tony Borg
Board Member

Between 2013 and 2015 Tony Borg was appointed Head of the Government Customer Care at the Office of the Prime Minister.  He has 28 year working experience in the Public  Service, holding various responsibilities within the Ministries of Finance, Social Services,  Customs, Work and Interior. During this period Tony has represented Government on various Ministerial Delegations both locally and abroad, and has also conducted  negotiations on behalf of Government.

In 2013 he was appointed Head Government Customer Care Unit with responsibility for the Customer Care Sections of all Ministries.

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In 2016, he was appointed Lead Coordinator – Projects Coordinator with the Ministry for Gozo and also as Member of the Steering Committee of the American University of Malta for  the Office of the Prime Minister.

Tony’s experience also extends to the Private Sector, where up to 2007 he established business in the ICT and service sectors.​

Dr. Helen Borg Muscat
Board Member

Dr. Helen Borg Muscat was admitted to the University of Malta (Faculty of Laws) in October 1987 where she obtained the Diploma of Notary Public in 1991.  After successfully submitting a thesis entitled ‘Criminal Responsibility of the Individual in Public International Law’, Helen graduated Doctor of Laws (LL.D) in 1993 and a year later  she was admitted to the Bar.

Helen holds a Diploma of Studies in Canonical Marriage Cases Jurisprudence and Procedure. In March 1987 she joined the banking sector whereby she garnered over 25 years of experience in the lending business as well as the relative legislation.  As from June 2014, she has been employed within the Malta Gaming Authority and she currently occupies the post of Head – Criminal Probity Department. Helen has also held various consultancy positions for the Government of Malta.

Helen also served on the Luqa Local Council between 1993 and 1997.

She is married and has one son, Andre’.​​

Dr. Aron Mifsud Bonnici

Board Secretary

Dr Aron Mifsud Bonnici is a corporate lawyer with two decades’ experience in investment promotion, administrative law, labour relations, privatisation, corporate finance and immigration. He deals with various aspects of commercial, civil and employment law.  He  is proficient in various technical and legal aspects of information technology, media and communications.

Dr Mifsud Bonnici set up and currently manages a multi-disciplinary firm, Mifsud Bonnici Advocates, directing and working within a team of professionals in a number of areas of practice including business law, employment and human resources, property law, maritime and aviation law, immigration law, expat law, fisheries law, IT law, EU funding,  management and strategy consulting.​

Ivan Alessandro
Chief Financial Officer​​ – Finance & Contracts Department

As MITA Chief Financial Officer, Ivan Alessandro is responsible for the financial stewardship of the Agency and he is also responsible for the procurement, contracting, GDPR, licensing, performance management and corporate legal aspects of the Agency.  His role is to ensure that the Agency has a strong financial strategy, whilst ensuring long-term financial sustainability and compliance with applicable legislations.

Prior to the role of CFO, he was Financial Controller and Finance Manager of MITTS Ltd. In this role he oversaw the financial and administrative operations of the Agency, was key for the implementation of MITA cost management framework and system, implementation of various cost containment initiatives, and served also on various committees and tendering boards.

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Ivan also served as Financial Controller of MCST and was appointed a National Contact Point for Legal and Financial Matters of the FP7 R&I Funds between 2007 and 2009. During this term, he gained extensive experience and knowledge on EU funding mechanisms and controls.  He was also instrumental in implementing financial structures and EU funds management controls.

Ivan has a strong financial background and extensive experience in leadership and holds deep interest in technology and digital transformation.  He graduated as an accountant in 2001 and holds a CPA warrant and an Executive MBA with Distinction from Anglia University.  He is also a certified AIIM Business Process Management Specialist, a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants, and member of ICAEW Finance and Management Faculty UK.

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Ing. Ian Bonello
Head of Department – Service Management

Ian graduated in Electrical engineering, and started his professional career in the private sector as a security engineer. He later joined SGS Thompson as a quality engineer specializing in quality outgoing w​ithin the semiconductor industry. In 1993 Ian joined MSU as a Technical Services officer focusing on network design and implementation.

Over the years he worked up the ranks and today runs the Networks and Services Department. During the 20 years employed with the organization, Ian gained experience  in all areas of ICT infrastructure, both from a design and implementation, and also from a support and maintenance point of view.

Priscilla Bugeja
Head of Department – eGovernment and Corporate Solutions

Priscilla Bugeja joined MITA in 1994 as a software developer, and is the Head of the eGovernment and Corporate Solutions Department. 

With over twenty five years of experience in software development, project management and ICT consultancy, Priscilla focuses on the provision of services and solutions that enable the implementation of a whole-of-government approach to public service delivery.

Priscilla has overseen some of the Agency’s key projects in the Police, Agriculture and Lands sectors.  More recently she was involved in the implementation of the Mobile Government Strategy 2017-2018.

Priscilla holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of York (2014), an MSc in Strategic IT Management from the University of Derby (2009), a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Malta (1994), and a Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Malta (2002).

Jonathan Cassar
Chief Technology Officer

As MITA CTO, Jonathan Cassar is responsible for technology strategy and direction, enterprise architecture and roadmaps. His role is to ensure the future technological capabilities of the agency whilst matching technology with the business needs which are in line with both agency and national IT strategies.

Jonathan is an innovative career technologist with over 20 years’ experience delivering business-centric and value driven technology solutions. He has experience in technology management, software development, enterprise architecture and designing coherent enterprise platforms using a wide range of technical domain expertise and business acumen. He is an advocate of emerging technologies, with the ability to drive change through discussion and consensus. 

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Jonathan, joined MITA in 1998 as a Software Developer within the Programme Management Department. He was later promoted to Software Engineer in 2006 and Software Specialist in 2008. Following a number of years as Enterprise Architect he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer in 2018.

Throughout the years he has been instrumental to several success stories in the agency’s technology journey. He also worked in EU funded projects particularly those related to IT Collaboration within the Tax and Customs Union, and the Horizon 2020 Projects.

Ing. Emanuel Darmanin
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.

Robert Galea
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 2018/9 Robert was responsible for the implementation of MITA’s ambitious and single largest investment, the Hybrid Cloud Platform.

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Currently Robert is the Head of the Infrastructure Services Department, responsible for MITA’s operations and projects within the areas of Hybrid Cloud Services, Systems, Databases, Wide Area Network, Internet and related infrastructure services.

Jesmond Mizzi
Senior Manager – Human Resources Office

As a fresh graduate in computer technology, Jesmond Mizzi joined MITA, then known as Management Systems Unit Ltd, in July 1992. During his tenure in the software development arena he advanced from developing to project managing a number of high profile systems within the Public Registry, Courts of Justice, Finance, Social Security and Transport Programmes. In this period, he also spearheaded a number of ICT related reforms within these departments. During the period 2011-13 Jesmond worked in the private sector as consultant, client relations and project manager. 

After reading for a Masters Degree in Creativity and Innovation with the University of Malta he re-joined MITA in 2013 as Business Planning manager. He moved to the role of HR Manager in 2014 where he oversaw and spearheaded several HR reforms within the Agency. In his new role as Senior Manager he is working towards transforming the Agency into an open and learning organisation that is incessantly looking at new and better ways to address change and the upcoming technological and HR challenges. 

Wayne Lee Valentine
Head of Department – Facilities Management

Wayne Lee Valentine heads the Facilities Management Department effectively managing the corporate administration function of the Agency. 

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. 

 

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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 sustainable buildings.

Pierre Vella
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.

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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.​

During the last three years the Programme Management Department has embarked on transformational initiatives to modernize Government Systems an dimplment them on a modern Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure.  This provides opportunities for people to improve their skills and work on higher value tasks.

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