Executive Committee

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Antonio Ghio

President

Dr Antonio Ghio is a partner at Fenech & Fenech Advocates and heads its ICT Law Department. For the past twelve years his work has solely revolved around ICT law issues, trying to find solutions to the constant struggle existing between law and technology, both inside and outside of the courtrooms. Ghio lectures ICT law and Cyber Crime at the University of Malta and is a regular supervisor and examiner on technology law related matters.He held the position of Chairman of the Malta Communications Authority after having served as a member of the Board of Directors for the last five years.

He has an LL.M in ICT law from the University of Strathclyde where he specialised on legal aspects of Internet security and online privacy. He is a regular speaker on ICT law issues in local and international conferences and has a regular column on ICT law issues on the Sunday Times of Malta. His personal blog on ICT Law issues can be found here. Ghio is also the Malta contributor for Electronic Signatures in Law (Cambridge University Press) and author of the Malta chapter of Data Protection: Laws of the World (Sweet and Maxwell).

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antonioghio

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Gege Gatt

Vice President

Dr Gege Gatt is CEO of the Artificial Intelligence company: ebo. He’s a partner and director at the technology firm ICON. For the past eighteen years in the industry, he has proven to be a results-driven leader focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive ICT environments.

He is experienced in driving product, project, process and customer service improvements while building partnerships with key business decision-makers. He served as a director at ICT recruitment specialist: MUOVO (a Gi Group partner) and as a Non Executive Director on the industry leading shipping data solution firm: essDocs. He is a specialist examiner for doctoral thesis relating to ICT Law at the faculty of Laws, University of Malta.

He holds a Bachelor degree in legal & humanistic studies and a Doctoral degree in Laws. He has published various articles on ICT and Law, is a regular speaker at local and international events and maintains a personal blog on Law and ICT here: www.gegegatt.com 

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gege_Gatt 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gegegatt

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Deo Falzon

Events, PR & Project Manager

Dr Deo Falzon is an associate at Fenech & Fenech Advocates within the TMT department. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Intellectual Property from the University of London and the ISO accredited CIPP/E and CIPM certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

In previous years Deo was widely involved in student activism and was President and Vice-President of ELSA (Malta).

Deo practices mainly in Technology, Media and Telecommunications including litigious matters and gaming. He specialises in Intellectual Property where he advises on obtaining IP protection, dealing with infringements and assisting with filing strategies. He regularly advises clients in relation to information technology issues, gaming law regulatory issues as well as in setting up and assisting with privacy (GDPR) compliant programs.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deo-falzon-aab45087

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Sarah Cannataci

Secretary & Project Manager

Dr. Sarah Cannataci is an associate within the International Practice department at Fenech & Fenech Advocates working mostly in Technology, Media and Telecoms Law (TMT) as well as Intellectual Property Law and takes a particular interest in issues created by the interplay between these two legal fields. Sarah advises and assists clients in relation to information technology, cybercrime, gaming law as well as in matters relating to trademarks, copyright, and design rights amongst other intellectual property issues.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-cannataci-753a07147

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Karen Coppini

Treasurer and Events

Dr Karen Coppini runs her own legal practice ‘Coppini Legal’ offering corporate and commercial legal services with special focus on IT Law. She has been involved in a number of assignments relating to GDPR compliance, including data audits and Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs). Dr. Coppini advises clients on various  IT and commercial matters together with activity regulated by the Malta Financial Service Authority (MFSA), amongst which Financial Institutions, Capital Markets and Virtual Financial Assets. She currently holds the position of company secretary on various companies, including the company listed on the Malta Stock Exchange Von der Heyden Group Finance plc.

She read a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree from the University of Malta and was later admitted to the bar. She also read a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Queen Mary, University of London in Computer and Communications Law. Dr. Coppini started her legal career as a trainee and then an Associate at Refalo & Zammit Pace Advocates. She was later appointed group Company Secretary of Hili Ventures Limited, including four of its listed companies: Hili Properties plc, Hili Finance Company plc, 1923 Investments plc, and Premier Capital plc. She was then engaged by Dr Werner & Partner to assist with obtaining its Virtual Financial Assets Agent License.

Dr. Coppini joined the executive team of MITLA in January 2020.

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Sharon Xuereb

Dr Sharon Xuereb’s main practice areas are Media and Communications Law, laws on Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Privacy Law. She also forms part of the firm’s litigation team. In fact, she concentrated on these areas in her postgraduate studies at Queen Mary, University of London. In partial fulfilment of her LL.M. there, Sharon submitted a thesis on the regulation of online gaming and betting entitled “Legal Protection of State Monopolies over Online Gaming: A critical appraisal of the implications of recent ECJ decisions on EU Remote Gaming”. Sharon graduated as Doctor of Laws at the University of Malta in December 2009 after submitting her thesis entitled “Evolving Legal Frameworks: Defamation in Cyberspace”.
Sharon is a regular speaker at Intellectual Property and ICT conferences. She leads various training courses on the new General Data Protection Regulation. Sharon is also a lecturer at Middlesex University where she teaches an E-Commerce and Information Technology Law module to Master students reading for an MSc in Business Information Systems and Data Science.
Sharon has a keen interest in the legal implications of disruptive technologies, such as crypto currencies, blockchain, quantum technologies, and AI.

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Kenneth Terribile

Ing. Kenneth Terribile is a Senior Engineer at Melita Ltd forming part of the Corporate Solutions Department. Kenneth advises and assists clients requiring connectivity, datacentre and IoT solutions, in line with local and international regulatory requirements.
In the past years, Kenneth was involved in the local engineering community as Public Relations Officer of the Chamber of Engineers and was previously also involved in student activism as Secretary General of KSU (Kunsill Studenti Universitarji), and President of UESA (University Engineering Students’ Association).
Kenneth holds a B. Eng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Malta and is also Prince II certified.

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kenterribile/

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Alexia Valenzia

Dr Alexia Valenzia is an associate at Camilleri Preziosi and forms part of the firm’s EU, Competition and Regulatory Group. Her main areas of practice are intellectual property, privacy, pharmaceutical and healthcare laws. Alexia is also part of Camilleri Preziosi’s Blockchain Taskforce, an interdisciplinary team set up by the firm to study the technology and its potential applications to the firm’s practice areas. She obtained a Masters in Law (LL.M) degree in Corporate and Commercial Law with the University of London via correspondence in 2020, where one of the modules of her studies was Transfer of Technology laws. Prior to this, she graduated from The City Law School in London after having completed the Graduate Diploma in Law course and after having obtained a First-class Honours degree in Pharmacology from the University of Portsmouth in 2015.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alexia-valenzia-358b91a4

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Jonathan Spiteri

Jonathan Spiteri is a vastly experienced program and change manager and led a number of large-scale strategic projects. Throughout his career Jonathan has spearheaded several change and transformation initiatives of different sizes and complexities.
He has also established a number of Professional Services and Programme Management offices with different organisations, setting up operating models, frameworks, processes and team structures. As a strategic thinker with excellent stakeholder and team management, Jonathan managed to transform cost centre units into revenue generating, high gross margin functions. He has worked closely with high profile clients, coached all levels of the organisation and issued reports to different entities including regulatory bodies.
Jonathan holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and holds different qualifications in Agile, IT and Electronics.

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