Speakers  2020

 Speakers  to be announced soon

Amongst the Speakers for 2018

Hon. Ian Borg

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects

The Hon. Dr. Ian Borg was appointed Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects in June 2017, at the start of the 13th legislature. His current role includes overseeing the construction and maintenance of roads, the effective implementation of different programmes and major Government infrastructural projects.

During the previous legislature, as the youngest member of the Cabinet, the Hon. Dr. Ian Borg also served as Parliamentary Secretary for the EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds. During this time, he was responsible for the national preparations for the successful 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, together with the strengthening of the EU Funds absorption process towards a more efficient and transparent practice. In fact, in 2016, Malta recorded a 100% absorption rate in EU Funds for the programming period 2007-2013.

The Hon. Dr. Borg graduated as a Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2012, after successfully reading a Doctoral degree in Laws, a Diploma in Public Notarial Practice and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.

His political career started in 2005 with his election as Mayor of his hometown Dingli, which was reaffirmed in 2008 and 2012. In 2009, he was also elected as an Executive Member of the Local Councils Association. The Hon. Dr. Borg has also served in the North Regional Committee and in the Users’ Committee of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority. In 2010, he was a member of the Maltese delegation to the Committee of the Regions as part of the European Socialists Party.

Minister Borg’s commitment towards a radical improvement in the country’s infrastructure is visible in the continuous and persistent work being undertaken by the Ministry and the authorities falling within its remit. “Infrastructure, Transport, Capital Projects, Planning, the Property Market – every sector within our remit affects the lives of each and every one of us. Our priority is to improve the quality of life of the Maltese and Gozitan people; that is why we strive – so that our country can benefit from sustainable development, a revolution in infrastructure, innovative projects, efficient transport, and continuous evolution.” Minister Ian Borg

Dr. Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre

Gauci-Maistre Xynou (Legal | Assurance) - Managing Partner

Dr Jean-Pie Gauci-Maistre is Gauci-Maistre Xynou’s Managing Partner, having co-founded the firm in 2015. He specialises in Ship and Yacht Registrations under the Malta Flag as well as Ship and Yacht Finance. With the amendments of Maltese Aviation Law in recent years, he has also focused on the firm’s aviation practice.

Jean-Pie’s focus throughout his career has been in different areas in the maritime industry. Following stints with the EU Commission cabinet for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs and the internationally renowned ship management company, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited, he moved to Malta to head the legal department of GM International Services Limited.

Following seven years heading said legal department, Jean-Pie co-founded Gauci-Maistre Xynou in 2015 and acts as Managing Partner thereof.

Jean-Pie is also a lecturer at different institutions and universities, including the World Maritime University.

Mr. George Procopiou

Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd - Founder & Chairman

Mr. George Procopiou has managed throughout the years a shipping fleet in excess of 500 vessels since entering the shipping business in 1974 and is among others, the founder of Dynacom Tankers Management, Sea Traders and Dynagas Ltd. Since 2002, he has built more than 120 vessels at shipyards in China, South Korea and Japan. Mr. Procopiou holds a degree in civil engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. Mr. Procopiou has also served as Chairman of the North of England P&I Association. He is Chairman of the Greek committee of Bureau Veritas, as well as member of the Greek committees of DNV GL, Lloyd’s Register and ABS. In 2005 Dynacom was awarded Tanker Company of the Year award by Lloyd’s List. In 2012 Dynagas made history, when the company’s LNG carrier OB RIVER became the world first LNG Carrier to transit and carry a cargo through the Northern Sea Route. In 2015 Dynagas received Statoil’s “Working Safely With Suppliers” operator award for safety performance above industry standards. In June 2017 Mr. Procopiou was presented with Seatrade’s “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

H.e. Kitack Lim

International Maritime Organisation (IMO) - Secretary General

Comm. Karmenu Vella

European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs