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Charles Theuma

Principal

Charles Theuma is an information systems engineer with a thirty year career in academia (at Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education, the University of Malta, and the Institute of Tourism Studies) and large project developments in various organisations such as Mid-Med Bank plc (today HSBC Malta plc), the Department of Social Services, and the Malta Financial Services Authority). He is a graduate in mathematics and computer science, and also in marketing management, banking and finance.

Mr Theuma's areas of academic interest are focused around information systems engineering,with an interest in strategy, entrepreneurship and european business. He is also very involved in the education pedagogy of emerging adults and adult learning.

Alessandra Theuma

Head of Department Business & Finance

Ms. Alessandra Theuma started her studies with the University of Malta where she read for her undergraduate in education, B.Ed(Hons), specialising in Economics and Accounting. She later went on to read for her MBA in International Management with the University of London, Royal Holloway University, from where she graduated with distinction.Ms Theuma's presence in the education field dates back to the early 1990's and over the years she has constantly sought to raise the bar in the teaching of Economics and Accounting both in the state and in the private sector. She has also delivered courses in Economics at the Malta Institute of Accountants. Her experience also sees her chairing an examining panel for the Matsec Board, University of Malta. Ms Theuma also boasts experience in the industry as she management relations for an international franchise in Malta.Ms Theuma's main research interests lie around exploring innovative pedagogical trends in Economics Education with a particular focus on the use of ICT in this field. She is also involved in researching the field of entrepreneurship with a focus on entrepreneurial strategy in SME's. Ms Theuma is the Head of the Business, Entrepreneurship and Finance Department apart from sitting on the Board of Directors at Saint Martin's Institute. Ms Theuma has a passion for reading, swimming, travelling and classical music. She is a pianoforte player and a licenciate of the Trinity College of Music (London).

Ronald Aquilina

lecturer

Dr. Ronald Aquilina is a senior lecturer at Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education. For the past 10 years, he has been lecturing Information Systems and Management to Saint Martin's undergraduates and tutoring BSc students in Information Systems Research projects. He was also Vice-Principal of the same institute between 2007 and 2011. Dr. Aquilina graduated in Economics with honours from the University of Malta. He furthered his studies by reading for a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the same University. He also received intensive training in Management Services related to Work Study, Motivation and Communication at the Work Study Correspondence College in the UK. He completed his formal education at the Robert Gordon University (RGU), Aberdeen. At RGU, he successfully completed the postgraduate certificate programme in Research Methods with distinction and earned his Doctorate by doing original research on IT strategizing in small firms.

Dr. Aquilina was Atlas Technology Group's Support Manager. He also was Information Technology Manager at Marsovin Group - a post that he occupied following gradual promotions since he joined the Group. At Marsovin, Ronald proved to be an important catalyst for the management of change in the context of technology assisted process re-engineering and the development of true teamwork in the sharing of knowledge. Prior to this employment, Ronald was Systems Manager at Dowty (Malta) Limited - a post that he occupied following gradual promotions since he joined the Company as Sales Co-ordinator.

Erika Borg

lecturer

Ms Erika Borg, obtained her Bachelor's (Honours) degree in Commerce majoring in Economics from the University of Malta in 2008. After working with a consultancy firm for a year, she pursued a Postgraduate Masters of Science degree in Economics at the University of Bristol, U.K where she was awarded a first class for her dissertation titled "Long-term Projections of the Maltese Public Finances: Analysing the Impact of Ageing". Ms. Borg now works at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Joe Borg

lecturer

Mr. Joseph Borg has obtained MSc.in Mathematics in 2001 and MSc. in Engineering in 1986. Mr. Borg has been lecturing Managerial Economics at Saint Martin's Institute since 2007. Mr. Borg is interested in random processes, queuing, and chaos and recently used these resolve a call centre problem with a local telecommunications company. He worked for almost a year as a research scientist in Surface Physics at Delft T.U., the Netherlands. He has been lecturing in Pure and Applied Mathematics at sixth form level for the last 23 years, as well as giving credits in Mathematics, Statistics and Probability at the University of Malta on a part time basis. He also lectured in Operations Research at the Malta Institute of Accountants.

Joseph Camilleri

Lecturer

Mr. Joseph Camilleri has obtained Postgraduate Graduate Course in Education. He started off his teaching career in CELTA and progressed to a management post in a prominent TEFL company. At this point he had achieved his B.A. in his chosen subjects, these being English and International Relations. He was also following a diploma course in Art in practice and History of Art. After finishing his post graduate course, he started teaching secondary level students in a private institution. After several years he opted to change his career and entered the banking industry. He is currently lecturing English and History of Art at Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education. His subject specialisation & research interests include: English, History, History of Art and International Relations.

Iris Camilleri Mifsud

lecturer

Ms. Iris Camilleri Mifsud started her working experience in the banking sector where she received her hands-on training in different departments. Whilst working in different multi-national as well as state-owned companies, in the Finance and Marketing departments, she furthered her studies by becoming a graduate in Economics from London University and read an MBA from Brunel University in conjunction with Henley University. With a successful track record of over 20 years, she covered different managerial positions in various companies, both private and state-owned. This also includes her latest post as a senior Corporate Communications Manager; where she gained experience in delivering in-house lectures to the company's 200 agents covering the Corporate Social Responsibility function of the gaming industry. As a part-time lecturer, she also covered part of the syllabus focusing on strategic management and business planning to students sitting for their accountancy degree, whereby the effective evaluation of companies' performance, careful management of potential risks and proper supervision of agreed procedures and processes were fully analysed. At present she is also serving on different Boards in the post of Chairperson and Director respectively.

Hein Chetcuti

lecturer

Mr. Hein Chetcuti has obtained MSc International Business and BSc (Hons) Information Systems & Management through the University of London International Programmes. Mr. Chetcuti has over 5 years teaching experience in the field of information systems and also participated in the 1st National ICT Conference. Mr. Chetcuti also held the posts of information Systems Specialist & Business Analyst in the past three years. Currently he is occupying the role of Operational Business Strategist with Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd. He is interested in doing research in business process re-engineering, information systems' use within organisations, and business and information systems strategies including their alignment. He is also a keen follower of major European football leagues.

Roberta Fenech

lecturer

Ms Roberta Fenech is an Occupational Psychologist. She has 14 years of experience working in Human Resources and Addictions within Caritas Malta. She also took an active role in the Employee Support Programme run by Caritas Malta. Over the past two years she has been working as a consultant, coach, researcher and trainer within both the private and public sector. In October 2012, Ms Roberta Fenech, started lecturing within Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education where she lectures Human Resource Management and contributes to the A+ programme. Ms Fenech is currently reading for a PhD in Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is researching successful generational transitions in family businesses.

Elaine Grech

lecturer

Ms. Elaine Grech specialises in the area of marketing management, having achieved her MSc in Marketing with Distinction from Heriot-Watt University. She holds a B. Com. (Hons.) in the area of Management and a B.Sc. in the fields of Business and Computing from the University of Malta. Elaine has over 5 years of experience working with a marketing consultancy company. She has been responsible for a wide range of marketing projects in various industries and has also supported a number of clients to benefit from EU funding programmes. In 2011, Elaine started lecturing Marketing at Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education. She also lectures Marketing at the University of Malta.

Mariella Stivala

lecturer

Mariella Stivala obtained her B.Psy (Gen) Degree from the University of Malta. She continued her studies in social work and later on also in Diplomatic Studies. She later achieved an MBA from Henley Management College. She worked as a social worker for a period of ten years in various fields such as domestic violence, child protection and mental health. Following this she worked as a Home Manager in a residential home for the elderly. In 2009, she joined the team at Saint Martin's Institute where since then she has taught Sociology, Organizational Theory, Human Resources Development, Creative Thinking, Personal Development and Management. Ms.Stivala's main area of interest is human resources management, focusing mostly on the effect of stress on employees. She is also a member of the Centre for Distance Education (University of London).

Margaret Vassallo

lecturer

Margaret has obtained an MSc Finance with distinction with the University of Leicester. She also holds the Accountancy Professional Qualification through M.I.A and CPA warrant, and is also an associate of the Institute of Financial Services in the UK. Margaret is a forward looking, seasoned, professional banker with a track record of managing major new projects. Strong background in corporate and trade finance, financial restructuring, international and private banking, risk management, coupled with excellent negotiation skills and experience in senior management roles. Margaret currently occupies the position of Head Special Projects at Bank of Valletta plc. Margaret in fact, joined the Bank in 1987 and has been occupying a senior managerial position for the past fifteen years, during which period she was directly in charge of the Trade Finance and Advances Departments at BOV and also headed one of the relationship teams at the bank's Private Banking arm for a period of six years. Margaret later joined the Bank's Corporate Centre as credit analyst for the evaluation of audited financial statements, management accounts and cash flow projections of corporate clients' facilities. Then for eight years she headed the Bank's market risk management arm within the Risk management Unit. For two years, she was also the Branch Manager at Floriana, a corporate business oriented branch. Her experience in tutoring actually goes back to 1993 and currently, she is lecturing Corporate Finance and Financial Intermediation at Saint Martin's Institute.

Suzanne Wallbank

lecturer

Ms. Suzanne Wallbank began her studies at the University of Malta, where she read for a Bachelor of Commerce specialising in Accountancy, Insurance and Finance. She later went on to read for a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) at the same university. Ms. Wallbank started her career working at one of Malta's leading and largest professional services organisations and formed part of the tax consultancy department. She has been employed as a full-time lecturer at Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education since 2012. Ms. Wallbank enjoys cooking, reading, tennis, swimming and travelling.

Dylan Seychell

Head of Department Computing

Mr Dylan Seychell is a lecturer and the Head of Department of the department of Computer & Information Systems at Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education. Mr Seychell is a co-author of various international peer-reviewed publications and a book chapter. After graduating from a BSc in IT with honours, from the University of Malta, he completed a Master of Science degree in the field of Intelligent Computer Systems. Mr Seychell is a co-creator of the award winning project "DINOS for Smart Cities". With this project, Mr Seychell won two prestigious international awards: European Satellite Navigation Competition 2010 - First Place in Media, and CeBIT 2011 Gold Seal of e-Excellence. He also worked in various software houses and with large-scale telecommunication companies. Mr Seychell was also active in student organisations and among others chaired the Malta University Sports Club and the IEEE student branch at the University of Malta. He is currently reading for a PhD in the field Computer and Communication Engineering at the University of Malta. His research interests include: Mobile Technology, Human Computer Interaction, Telecommunications and Intelligent Systems.

Alistair Attard

Lecturer

Alistair Attard (b. 1988, Malta) is a composer and educator. His interests lie principally in sound, art and live interactive music. Currently he teaches music and sound design at Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education, MCAST and in several primary schools. In his works, he uses a variety of media from purely electroacoustic and acousmatic music to instrumental music with or without electronics. His music was performed in Malta, by the Malta Philarmonic Orchestra, after being selected in a Young Composers' competition. Other works were performed in Bangor and Cardiff by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In 2012 he finished reading a Postgraduate Certificate in Education of Music. Also, in 2012 he graduated with an M.A in Compostion and Sonic art at Bangor University (Wales) with Dr Pwyll Ap Sion and Prof. Andrew Lewis, after being the recipient of a scholarship in 2010. In the same year he graduated with a B.A (Honours) in Composition from the University of Malta under the supervision of Dr John Galea.

Charles Axisa

Lecturer

Mr. Charles Axisa graduated in B.Ed (Hons), and has been working as a full-time Computer Studies teacher since 1995. His favorite hobbies are programming (using different computer languages according to the task), robotics, electronics and playing 5-a-side football.

Jonathan Barbara

Lecturer

Jonathan Barbara has been teaching at Saint Martin's Institute since the year 2000: starting off with corporate training on Java, Microsoft .NET development and SQL Server technologies and Computing A-Level. In 2004 he joined the faculty delivering the University of London International Programmes in Computing and Information Systems lecturing in Java, SML, Prolog, and e-Commerce to part-time students. In 2006, Mr Barbara was one of the core lecturers to the first full-time cohort of students reading CIS and the newly launched Creative Computing degree programmes. Forming a close liason with top faculty members at Goldsmiths University, providing academic direction in the Computing programmes provided by University of London, Mr Barbara was able to co-ordinate the local delivery of the core Creative Computing subjects, and train further faculty members in its delivery, as well as co-ordinate, and help in the delivery, of the Game Development Challenge organised by Saint Martin's, now in its fifth year. Mr Barbara is also a project supervisor for third year Creative Computing projects, with students attaining top rankings amongst the University of London's worldwide students. Having held the position of Head of Computing Department for six years (2006-2012), Mr Barbara is now furthering his studies with postgraduate studies in Game Design, supported by his wife and two young children.

Mark Bugeja

Lecturer

Mr. Mark Bugeja graduated with a BSc. (Hons) in Creative Computing with the University of London, after studying with Saint Martin's Institute in 2012. Mark has participated in various Game Development Challenges over the years, as well as different Game Jam Competitions. His role has varied from programming to artwork, as well as team management. His areas of interest include: Game Development, 3D Modelling, Digital Graphics, programming and web development.

His areas of expertise include Java and C# as well as 3ds Max and the Unity 3D game engine. He is currently teaching various information technology and creative subjects at Saint Martin's Institute.

Dunstan Briffa

Lecturer

Ing. Dunstan Briffa has obtained his Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Electrical) from the University of Malta (1999) and the Engineering Warrant in 2003. Mr. Briffa is a full member of the Chamber of Engineers (COE), the Institute for Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE). He had been employed with ST Microelectronics (Malta) Ltd between 1999 and 2006 occupying different roles within the Equipment Engineering and Automation Sector and the R&D Group. Mr. Briffa started his teaching experience in 2006 and has been employed as a full-time lecturer at Saint Martin's Institute since 2008. He is teaching in the fields of networking, computer security, encryption, as well as providing necessary mathematical support at the institute. His specialisation includes electronics, automation and vision systems, together with networking and computer security. Research interests include communications, RFID, computer security, alternative sources of energy and automation.

Joe Cachia

Lecturer

Mr. Joseph Cachia has obtained an MSc in Information Systems Management and is a Project Manager in the Systems Department of Bank of Valletta plc. He has been developing software on a commercial basis for the Bank since 1994 and as from 2008 is responsible for the implementation and support of new software systems as Project Manager. He had four years of experience as a part-time lecture with the Institute of Financial Services (Malta) before joining Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education, where he has now been lecturing at degree level since 2005. Mr. Cachia holds a First Class Honours Degree in Computing and Information Systems with the University of London and a Masters in Information System Management with the University of Liverpool. His technical education and experience in the software development arena is wide and varied, being also a Sun-certified Java Programmer.

Kenneth Camilleri

Lecturer

Dr Kenneth P. Camilleri is a warranted electrical engineer. He has specialised in signal processing and machine intelligence and was awarded the degree of Ph.D. for research in image processing. His research interests include: computational intelligence; extraction and selection of features from data sources, and the use of classification or clustering techniques; signal analysis, processing and filtering; image processing and computer vision; biomedical engineering and brain-computer interfacing.

Charlene Debattista

Lecturer

Ms. Charlene Debattista has achieved Degree in Maltese Language and Literature with Honours from the University of Malta back in 2010. Since then she has been working as a lecturer at Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education where she has taught Maltese Language, Personal Development, Presentation Techniques, Communicating and Working in the IT Industry, and Communication and Employability Skills for IT. During these past 4 years Ms. Debattista has also furthered her studies by undergoing a PGCHE course and a Masters Degree. Her research interests are mainly associated with Maltese Linguistics but she is also keen in widening her knowledge in different areas such as I.T. and Social Studies.

Jeremy Grech

Lecturer

Mr. Jeremy Grech graduated in BSc. (Hons) in Creative Computing with the University of London, studying with Saint Martin's Institute in 2011. During his studies, he had taken part in the first and second iterations of the Game Development Challenge, a competition organized by SMI, and is now helping to taking care of the organization of the competition. His areas of interest include: Game Development, Computer Animation, Video Editing and Digital Graphics in general. His areas of specialization include Programming in Java and C# and Animation using Maya.

Silvio McGurk

Lecturer

Mr.Silvio Mc Gurk's career in the IT industry kicked off in 1999, working as a computer technician and technical representative for a local company. Later on, he broadened his technical expertise with various works on point-of-sale terminals and the design and implementation of small business networks. He was also involved in the planning, setting-up and installation of a network of online gaming terminals for a local lottery and gaming company. Silvio joined Saint Martin's Institute in August 2006, at that time in the capacity of IT Systems Administrator. His shift to a teaching career, though still within the ICT umbrella, goes back to 2007 where he was involved in and delivered a number of software and hardware subjects at BTEC First Diploma and Extended Diploma levels. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Computing and Information Systems from University of London in 2012 and the Diploma in Industrial Electronics from Fellenberg Training Centre in 2003. His subject specialisation & research interests include: Internet Technologies, Networking, Security, Compression, and Data Communications & Electronics.

Darren Mizzi

Lecturer

Mr Darren Mizzi is a certified and practicing Project Manager, holding a B.Sc. in Business and Computing from the University of Malta, as well as a number of certifications in Service Management, Software Testing, Networks, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. Besides Project Management, he has work experience in a number of areas, namely: Web Development, Analysis, Quality Assurance and IT Service Management. He is a Project Manager with Vodafone Malta Ltd. and formerly worked at the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) and at Transactium Ltd., starting his career way back in 2005. As of 2011, he started lecturing Electronic Commerce at Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education, and has also supervised students for their dissertations in the same area. His main research interests include Telecommunications, Project Management, Electronic Business, Payment Processing, Electronic Signatures, Data Standards and Privacy, Social Media Marketing and Service Management. Mr Mizzi's hobbies include reading biographies, aircraft and travelling.

Keith Pace

Lecturer

Mr. Keith Pace graduated from a BSc. (Hons) degree in Computer Networks from MCAST in collaboration with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in 2010. During his studies, he also worked with a local company where he managed their computers and network system; has also developed their websites, and produced a number of adverts which have been published on various well-known Maltese magazines, newspapers and the business telephone directory. In 2008, Keith had the opportunity to design 'PAVLVS: The Shipwreck 60 A.D.?' book cover (published by Allied Publications). In 2012, Keith took the responsibility to create, design and publish the digital publication of Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education - Aspire magazine. His areas of specialization are computer networks and web development. His interests are photo editing/manipulation, photography and animation.

Stephen Rota

Lecturer

Mr. Stephen Rota obtained his B.Sc. Information Technology (Computer Science) degree from the University of Malta. For ten years he worked in Software Development in leading local companies, and in the UK in the area of e-commerce. These companies include Crimsonwing, 6pm, Methode Electronics and Arena Limited and was involved in projects for Microsoft, Bell microproducts, Toyota GB, Novacroft and Tesco, to name a few. He has occupied positions as a Systems Analyst, Team Leader, Senior Software Developer and as a Team Leader in QA. Areas of specialization are online websites providing pre-paid card services and integrating with payment gateways. Mr. Rota is a Microsoft Certified Applications Developer (MCAD) and specializes in Object Oriented Programming in Java and C#.NET, as well as ASP.NET and SQL Server. Mr Rota has also obtained a PGCHE and began his teaching career at Saint Martin's Institute, where he has been for the last five years. Mr. Rota's research interests are in the area of film-making. He has obtained a certificate of completion on film making and attended numerous courses and seminars in script writing. He has directed and produced two short films that have won awards both locally and abroad, one of which was also screened in Los Angeles, California. He attended the first edition of the Valletta 18 screenwriting initiative 'StoryWorks' as a writer, and was also one of the lecturers responsible for the 'MarBoa' project - where students from the Birmingham Ormiston Academy joined students from SMI to create high quality media products for the Malta Tourism Authority.

Frankie Tanti

Lecturer

Mr. Frankie Tanti has obtained a B.Sc. Mathematics and Computer Science. Mr. Tanti has over 10 years teaching experience at undergraduate level on subjects related to object oriented programming in Java and logic programming in Prolog at Saint Martin's Institute of Higher Education. He has over 18 years' experience in the IT industry working as a software engineer in the area of networking. Mr. Tanti has been trusted in leading various innovative projects from the design phase up to the implementation of software related to remote connectivity on different desktop operating systems including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and on mobile operating systems iOS and Android. During this time he mastered many programming languages such as Java, C, C++, and Objective C.

Joseph Thomas Vella

lecturer

Mr. Joseph Thomas Vella started his career in Information Systems way back in 1972 as a programmer with Barclays Bank International - the organisation that introduced computerisation to Malta. Since then he has gained experience in a number of industries such as manufacturing, beverages, and telecommunications. Mr. Vella has always worked on the soft side of IS such as software development, information systems management, and project management. The latter two areas constitute his preferred research interest. Joe read for an MBA in e-Business at the University of Malta, and has lectured part-time for a number of years. He recently took up teaching on a full-time basis.