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Executive Committee

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. 

Chief Financial Officer​​ - Finance & Contracts Department ​
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Ivan Alessandro
​ As MITA Chief Financial Officer, Ivan Alessandro is responsible for the financial  stewardship of the Agency, including financial planning, financial affairs and reporting,  procurement and treasury management.

  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 implementati​on of MITA cost management framework and system,    implementation of various cost containment initiatives, and served also on various  committees and tendering boards.  

Ivan served also as Financial Controller of MCST and EuroMediti and was appointed National Contact Point for Legal and Financial Matters of the FP7 R&I Funds between 2007 and 2009.  He was responsible for the entities financial planning, finances and EU Projects funds management controls.

Ivan, has a strong financial background and extensive experience in the public sector.  He is a CPA Warrant Holder, graduated in Accountancy in 2001 and is a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) and a member of ICAEW Finance and Management Faculty - UK.
 
Head of Department - Service Management​​

Ing. Ian Bonello 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.

Ing. Efrem Borg 

Head of Department - Information Security & Governance 

Pierre VellaEfrem started his career as an apprentice within the agency, then MITTS, almost twenty  years ago whilst sitting for a diploma in Industrial Electronics from the Fellenberg Training Centre. He later persued his studies in sitting for an Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Malta, followed by a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Henley Business School.

He started his professional career working in the private industry in the fields of Telecommunications and Information Technology as a Network and Solutions Engineer and later as a Operations Manager. He later re-joined the agency in the capacity of Project Manager, delivering several IT infrastructural projects of large-scale and national importance such as the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre project, the new Malta Parliament, the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta and Dar Malta in Brussels. Efrem’s latest projects were the ones delivered in 2017 including the Malta EU Presidency, Summit, Digital Assembly for which he successfully programme managed various ICT projects.

He is now leading the Information Security and Governance Department. Efrem’s main objective is that of safeguarding the Government’s digital assets, whist acting as a national point of reference on cyber security to strengthen Malta’s security posture.

 

Priscilla Bugeja
Acting Head of Department - eGovernment and Corporate Solutions
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Ivan Alessandro
​Priscilla Bugeja joined MITA in 1994 as a software developer, and is now Acting Head of the eGovernment and Corporate Solutions Department. 

With over twenty 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  ​
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Ivan Alessandro
​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. 

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.


Head of Department - Strategy and Business​​ ​​

Ing. Emanuel DarmaninEmanuel 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 of Department - Infrastructure Services​​ ​​

Robert GaleaRobert 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.

Jesmond Mizzi
Senior Manager Human Resources Office ​​ ​​

Robert Galea
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 ValentineWayne 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. 

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.


Head of Department - Programme Management

Pierre Vella 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.​