Malta Head Office


Joe Tanti

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.

Executive – Business Support - Ana Vella

Ana Vella

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

Marija Elena Borg joined the MBB team in 2015 as a Project Administrator for the successful ESF 4.245 Project Innovation Leaders: Improving Knowledge on EU Direct Funds. During that same year, Marija Elena graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies (Hons.), and later completed a Master’s degree in European Politics, Economics and Law at the University of Malta. Her experience in overseeing the holistic implementation of the Innovation Leaders project has led her to work on other new and upcoming EU projects as taken on by the MBB.

Geoffrey Saliba

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.


Sarah Abdilla

Executive – EU Policy

Sarah joined 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 supporting MBB’s Brussels Representation Office on EU Policy.

Gabriel Cassar

Executive – Sustainable Development

Gabriel is the most recent addition to the MBB team, joining as a trainee in November 2017, before being employed full-time in 2018. He graduated from the University of Malta with Bachelors in European Studies (Hons.) in 2018.
Gabriel is now focused on implementing initiatives under the MBB’s sustainable development portfolio, working with MBB’s Sustainable Development Manager Geoffrey Saliba on the Investing in Energy project. Gabriel is also the MBB’s project manager for the LIFE FOSTER project which aims to reduce food waste in the hospitality sector.