Tech Startup Adjudication Committee

Dr Bernard Agius

Bernard Agius is Business Innovation Manager at the Malta Communications Authority. He heads the Authority’s business innovation arm and is responsible for the development and implementation of the digital business programme aimed at increasing startup and scale-up activity in Malta. Before assuming this role, he headed the national information society programme coordinating initiatives addressing digital inclusion and increasing digital skills. Bernard holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Durham University specialising in ICT diffusion in consumer markets.

Carla Maree Vella

Carla is entrepreneurial and innovative but her key strength is her 'make it happen' approach to business. She is passionate about user experience, digital marketing, technology, data, operational efficiency and CRO. She jumps at any opportunity to improve and enhance online experiences be it customer facing or operational. Carla has been CEO of a highly successful VC and has also managed one of Scandinavia's most prominant igaming brands.

Joseph Portelli

Joseph has over 32 years experience employed in various capacities within the financial industry in the U.S and in Malta. He has vast experience as a portfolio manager, currency and commodity trader and has been employed with Bank of America, Nomura Securities, Goldman Sachs, Millburn Ridgefield, Global Capital, and Liongate Capital Management. His most recent position was chief investment officer and managing director of FMG Funds, an emerging markets specialist.