MBB EXECUTIVE TEAM
Chief Executive Officer
Joe Tanti was appointed as CEO of the Malta Business Bureau in April 2009. Mr. Tanti holds a Masters in Human Resource Management from the University of Strathclyde (Business School) in Glasgow.
Mr. Tanti previously held the post of Head of Human Resources Development at the Malta Tourism Authority where his responsibilities included the development of people in the tourism industry. Mr. Tanti also played a key role in the restructuring of the MTA as he was appointed as the Change Facilitator assigned to facilitate the restructuring process in relation to Human Resources. He has considerable expertise in a wide range of EU-funding Programmes, resulting in the successful submissions and management of various EU funded projects some of which have been acknowledged as best practices by the European Commission. Throughout the years Joe has also gained extensive international experience having worked and lived in Switzerland, UK and Ireland.
Senior Executive – EU Policy
Mark Seychell joined the MBB in 2012. He had already undergone a year-long traineeship at the Bureau in both its Malta and Brussels Offices in 2011 before being employed full time in 2012. Mark is a graduate in Bachelors in European Studies (Hons.) and has read a M.A in European Politics, Economics and Law at the University of Malta.
His role is to provide detailed policy and legislative analysis, draft positions and legislative amendments, as well as lobby those positions and amendments to co-legislators in the EU institutions. Over the years, Mark has built strong working relationships with individuals in key positions within the European institutions, particularly MEPs. This has supported MBB in lobbying the position of Maltese business on critical dossiers through advocacy work.
Mark has Chaired the Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Working Parties during his secondment with Maltese Government during the MT Presidency. He has negotiated a unanimous General Approach on the Directive for a proportionality test before adoption of new regulation of professions in the Competitiveness Council as well as a final agreement between the Council and the European Parliament on the Regulation on Consumer Protection Cooperation. He has also authored and co-authored a number of reports and publications, found on this website.
Executive – Business Support
Ana joined the team in 2015, completing her M.A. in Contemporary Diplomatic Studies that same year. Ana project-manages MBB’s role as an Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) service provider, a service which offers an innovative range of services to local businesses that facilitates the access to markets, access to innovation and access to new business. In 2015 and 2016, she co-ordinated MBB’s role as Ambassador for the Design for Europe Project, Malta and now manages the organization’s efforts on the various Design projects namely, the H2020 DesignShots project launched in 2017. The project aims to tackle the challenges that European SMEs face to integrate Design Driven Innovation to become more competitive and resilient. Ana is currently facilitating in the creation of a Tool to be disseminated with innovation and business intermediary agencies to support SMEs in bringing design to a strategic level.Ana also supports MBB in the submission of EU funding applications in the field of design and innovation, mentors MBB trainees and co-ordinates MBB’s Annual Report and quarterly publication the Business Agenda.
Marija Elena Borg
Executive – EU Funding
Sustainable Development Manager
Geoffrey joined the MBB team in 2011. His role is to identify EU legislative and policy areas of relevance to Malta’s industry within the sustainability portfolio, and to design and implement supporting projects. So far, Geoffrey has managed the EU LIFE+ Investing in Water Project which provided assistance to over 130 businesses and hotels to help reduce water consumption by over 141,000,000 litres of water per year – this successful project has received 3 awards. In 2015, he managed a study carried out by the MBB in collaboration with HOTREC on the potential for energy and water savings through flow rate regulation and greywater treatment. Geoffrey is now managing the ongoing Non-SME Energy Efficiency Initiative and the Investing in Energy Project. This project is supporting medium-sized enterprises within the Manufacturing and Retail sectors to improve their energy efficiency . The project will support Malta in meeting Energy Efficiency targets within the EU’s 2020 and 2030 strategies.
Executive Trainee – Research and Policy
Sarah is the most recent MBB addition, joining the team in early 2017. She had already undergone a 5-month long traineeship at the Bureau in Malta before being employed full-time in 2017.
Sarah graduated from the University of Malta with Bachelors in European Studies (Hons.) in 2016. During her studies, Sarah was also granted the opportunity to participate on ERASMUS+ student mobility programme at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
In her role at MBB, Sarah is responsible for coordinating the Investing in Energy project’s event logistics and international travel. She has also assisted MBB’s Project Manager in carrying out the Non-SME Report – a study aiming to identify energy efficiency circumstances and opportunity within Malta’s Non-SMEs relating to Malta’s transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive as of 2014. Sarah is also responsible for reporting business-related EU political and legislative developments to the Head of MBB’s Brussels Representation Office, Daniel Debono.