Mr Joseph Bugeja – President
Malta Motorways of the Sea Limited – Grimaldi Group
MFCC: Vice President and ex President 2009 - 2011
Malta Motorways of the Sea Limited was incorporated on the 25th November 2005, a Limited Liability Company under the Malta Merchant Shipping Act. MMOS is a Grimaldi Group fully owned Company, with its Registered office of the Company is located at 21/22, St. Barbara Bastion, Valletta, Malta. The Authorized and Issued Capital of the Company is Fifty Million Euros.
MMOS is a ship owning and operating Company providing guaranteed maritime links between Malta and mainland Europe for the Maltese Economy and Local Industry.
Dr. Kevin Deguara – Vice President
Kevin is a qualified lawyer and Managing Partner of DF Advocates.
Kevin advised a number of local and international companies involved in difference economic sectors. Amongst other he has advised financial institutions, iGaming companies, real estate companies, manufacturing companies as well as sport organizations and clubs on various matters from complicated corporate structures involving various jurisdictions and joint ventures to sponsorships and contract negotiation. Kevin has also advised high net worth individuals including international sport personalities. He advised clients on a number of issues from private asset management to image exploitation.
Kevin started his professional career as a tax consultant with one of the big four firms. He later was a founding partner of DF Advocates and today he occupies the role of Managing Partner with DF Advocates. He is also executive Director of DF Marine Consultancy Ltd and DF Corporate Services Ltd and Quantum Services Limited. Kevin also occupies the post of director with a number of companies involved in international businesses. He also acts as chairman to Malta Football Arbitrational Tribunal and the Malta Youth Football Protest Board. Kevin is a member of the Chamber of Advocates Malta, as well as member of the Eurojuris International Tax Group (Eurojuris International).
Mr John Rausi – Treasurer
Director – Rausi Company Limited
Rausi.Co.Ltd is one of Malta's leading Importers, Retailers and Suppliers of various products. For more than 4 generations the Rausi name has been synonymous with quality and diversity. "People will remember quality" is the family business philosophy handed down from father to son since its establishment in 1885.
Our company also operates one of the largest retail outlets, offering various household products, garden furniture, as well as items for baby and kids. The company is also actively involved in the contracts and tenders for government departments, hospitals, schools and hospitatlity entities.
Ms. Ann Petroni – Honorary Secretary
Phoenix Group Ltd
MFCC: Honorary Secretary / Council over 6 year period
The origins of the company are a family business that was incorporated in 1981. A branch dealing in firearms and ammunition was established in 1996 under the name Lock, Stock & Barrel (LSB). Since then LSB gained the widest possible experience in firearms and related services that includes imports & exports, consultancy, logistics, technical knowhow and training. LSB is active in several branches of the industry such as civil and defence supplies, the maritime security sector and film armoury services.
Mr. Mario Genovese – Public Relations
GTI Group Co Ltd
GTI Group Co Ltd, Mario’s initial business could not have initiated its business paths in a tougher period. Way back in 1985 Mario started a travel outlet and a fashion business in the heart of St Julians and as government restrictions were put in place for importations from the UK followed by Italy and then France it mainly made running an up market fashion business next to impossible. Notwithstanding all this GTI Group grew to become a major player in the multi brand designer field importing labels such as YSL, Gianfranco Ferre, Armani, Nina Ricci and also many medium studio designer labels. GTI Group represents more than 27 brands to date.
Mario was also appointed on various International Fashion boards such as the EMRF and voted chairman for the AIPPD for three years running for the far east region hence his vast knowledge in the fashion industry. He has also been involved in various other businesses from catering to property investments and in recent years went on to develop a media branding business for foreign fashion brands creating all the necessary tools and strategies for the foreign aggressive markets.
Dr. Mark A. Miggiani – Council Member
Lawyer / Managing Partner
M & R K Advocates
MFCC: President 2012
Dr. Miggiani set up the law offices of M&RK Advocates Malta in 2012 after returning to Malta from Paris where he served as Ambassador of Malta to France from 2009-2012.
M&RK Advocates deals chiefly with international clients in areas such as cross-border corporate and fiscal issues, company registration, taxation and management, immigration and residency matters, company start-ups, corporate management, shipping and aviation.
Mr. David Fleri Soler – Council Member
Head of Sales & Business Development
Express Trailers Limited – Express Group
Past President / Vice President / Secretary
It can be safely asserted that Express Group was a product of its time, when after World War II, Malta was experiencing an industrial and manufacturing revival. This spurred the founders of the company, the Vella family, to venture into the transport and logistics sector, to service the booming commercial activity. Express Group eventually grew to become the Maltese leader in the provision of total logistic solutions, servicing Maltese and foreign companies in their day to day transportation requirements.
Offering premium quality road services with reliable networks across Europe and North Africa one can transport a diverse range of freight. The highest standards are ensured at all stages, guaranteeing clients a truly professional approach to storage and final delivery to and from any point in Europe in a reliable and safe environment. Using telematics, all trailers are controlled in Malta by Express Group’s operational staff which provides live temperature-reading facilities, available to the client whilst the cargo is in transit to the final destination.
Express Group has since positioned itself to start offering even more value to its clients through Third Party Logistics, a service which can be scaled and customized down to a customer’s particular needs.
Whatever your logistics need, we are there to provide you the necessary link in your supply chain.
Ms Bernadette Bonnici Kind – Council Member
Sales & Marketing Director
Auto Sales Ltd
MFCC: Treasurer /President/ PR Officer over 20 year period
Auto Sales Ltd is a family owned Company which has been in existence for over 80 years. The Company is Importer for Renault, Dacia, Mercedes-Benz and Smart vehicles, and for Michelin /Kleber/Riken/ BF Goodrich tyres in the Maltese Islands. In addition to supplying original spare parts, the Company also provides full maintenance and service facilities per strict Manufacturers’ criteria, including Body Repair for all Brands of vehicles.
Mr. Gilles Gutierrez – Council Member
ICP Concepts Ltd
Born in 1949 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), married with three children.
Doctoral thesis in Pharmacy at the University of Lyon, France.
In 1982, Gilles Gutierrez founded the TEXINFINE Laboratory in France, specializing in the development of pharmaceutical forms.
He is also the creator of the Institute for Cellular Pharmacology in Malta (1998), a research centre for new pharmacology substances to be used in human and animal health domains.
In 2004, he discovered a new molecule, Maltanedienol, a chemical substance extracted from brown algae, Padine, to be found in abundance in the Mediterranean sea. Thanks to the personal intervention of the President of the Republic of Malta, Mr. Guido De Marco, the skeleton of this molecule was named Maltanedienol to refer to Malta. Professor Marc Brincat, Dean of the Malta Medical School, was in charge of its clinical development and emphasized the importance of this substance in the treatment of bone age degeneration. Scientists from Malta and Tunisia, associated with this discovery, are continuing their work to promote this molecule that has its origin in “Mare Nostrum”.
A number of patents, publications and communications are landmarks along Gilles Gutierrez's career path. His principle focus in biological research is the evolution of degeneration due to ageing.
Mr. Richard Cleland – Council Member
Cleland & Souchet Ltd
MFCC: Council member since 2009
Cleland & Souchet Ltd is a highly reputed local company that operates a market leading luxury lifestyle retail business from its location in Portomaso and a separate wine importation and distribution business from its head office in San Gwann.
The company is the exclusive retailer and distributor for all the brands within its vast portfolio, including France’s leading brands of tableware and home decoration (including Baccarat, Christofle, Bernardaud) and some of its most recognised wine producers (Pommery, Castel Freres, Mellot, Lamblin & Fils, Gustav Lorentz, and many more).
Ms Odette Vella – Chargée de Mission
Mobilité Internationale Malta Ltd
Odette joined the MFCC 5 years ago, after she finished her Master Degree from the French Business School ESSEC in Strategy and International Business. As Chargée de Mission of the MFCC she manages the day to day running of the Chamber which includes follow up of members, answering any requests received from local or French businesses, attending different meetings with Council members, ensuring all administrative work is taken care of for the Chamber, taking meeting minutes, etc.
For the last 4 years she has also been supporting French colleges and Universities in their mobility projects to Malta. This is a way in which to promote Malta’s business potential to these future ambassadors of our island. Odette has just recently set up her company – Mobilité Internationale Malta Ltd, which will enable her to continue promoting Malta to different French entities and collaborate with them in order to ensure successful projects be they linguistic, educational or of a cultural nature.