Best ICT Academic Dissertation with an eBusiness Theme - Adjudication Committee

Godwin Schembri

Godwin is the CEO of Finerton. He has over 25 years experience directly in the Software Development Life Cycle specialising in Product development and commercialization, IT Strategy, Cloud Architecture and Payment technologies. Godwin’s experience is a combination of computer science and business management skills which enables him to quickly understand market needs and provide solutions. He has been involved with managing globally dispersed teams and large-scale international projects, from Architecture design to Active-Active Cloud operations, from modular software design to on time delivery, from technical presales to SLA and contract negotiation. Godwin also has direct experience of the IT infrastructure design, implementation, procurement and technology operations for the provision of a Cloud based Payments Managed Service.

David Pace

David joined KPMG in 2002 and has worked on numerous advisory assignments, both locally and overseas. Throughout his career he has assisted clients in successfully raising debt and equity finance and in valuing shares and businesses. He is actively involved in numerous business negotiations and has a lead role in the firm’s Merger and Acquisition service offering. He has also participated on vendor and buy-side due diligence assignments for which he has worked within the local and foreign practices of KPMG. His engagement portfolio has led him to work at the heart of strategy within a number of businesses, helping them throughout the process of considering strategic options, articulation of plans and their subsequent implementation and monitoring. David has provided various training sessions on corporate finance, accounting and business related topics to clients and at public seminars. He represented the local firm as one of the founding members of KPMG’s Centre of Excellence for Innovative Startups launched in 2014. David has also supported various companies as they regenerated their business models, harnessing innovation to support sustained growth.

Eric Flask

Eric Flask B.Sc (Business & Computing), MBA (Henley), GTC. in VET. Mr Eric Flask obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Computing from the University of Malta in 1998 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College, UK in 2008 where his dissertation focused on Market Orientation and Innovation in ICT Service SMEs. He recently obtained a Graduate Training Certificate in Vocational and Educational Training (VET) with Distinction from the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). He currently heads the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department at MCAST. For several years, Eric was a Director at the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) in charge of the National Research and Innovation Programme. Prior to his job with MCST, Eric worked as a Consultant with the Malta Information Technology & Training Services – MITTS Ltd (today the Malta Information Technology Agency – MITA) and later with the Central Information Management Unit (CIMU) within the Office of the Prime Minister where he was responsible for the development of various policies and standards for the public sector including Maltese Standards through the Malta Standards Authority – MSA (today the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority – MCCAA). Throughout his career, Eric has been actively involved in European Union funded Projects with specific focus on Research and Innovation, ICT and Higher Education. He was, for several years, National Contact Point and Programme Committee Member for ICT for the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration of the European Commission (FP6 and FP7), representing Malta in the ICT field.