Malta Head Office

MBB EXECUTIVE TEAM

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.

Joe 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. He 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

Senior Executive – Business Support

Ana Vella joined the team in 2015, completing her M.A. in Contemporary Diplomatic Studies that same year. Ana 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 organisation’s efforts to help businesses integrate design-driven innovation to become more competitive and resilient. 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 Business Agenda publication.

Marija Elena Borg

Senior 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, particularly EU projects focusing on education and skills, entrepreneurship and university-business collaboration.

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, as well as coordinating MBB’s Annual Report.

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, including the coordination of the LIFE FOSTER project which aims to reduce food waste in the hospitality sector.