Technology Partner, NOUV
MARK A. AQUILINA
Managing Partner, NOUV
Mark A. Aquilina, is a C-Level professional, founder and Managing Partner of NOUV, a multi-discpilinary firm established in 2008, that helps organisations identify, design, and execute their strategy.
He is a fellow member of the management institute UK, the International Academy of Business and Financial Management, and is a certified Master Financial Controller and Master Financial Professional. He is currently reading for a Master’s (MSc) degree in Finance at the University of Aberdeen.
His experience in the financial services industry dates back to more than has 25 years and worked with large and small firms alike, both locally as well as internationally. Throughout his career, Mark occupied roles in the consultancy division of Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young, was a Group Financial Controller of a renowned Group of companies in Malta and a Financial Controller with one of the largest groups in the Middle East.
AVV. ANTHONY SAMMUT
Anthony Sammut LLB (Hons), M.Adv (Melit.), Dip.Man. (Henley), is a legal practitioner and acts as a management consultant to SMEs and family businesses.
He graduated in Law from the University of Malta and holds a diploma in Management from Henley Management College.
Throughout his career Anthony has assisted entrepreneurs and business owners in their ventures, focusing on development and growth initiatives, turnarounds, succession planning and M&As. Anthony sits on advisory and executive boards of companies that operate in various industries and sectors.
Between 2008 and 2013 Anthony held the post of Chairman of the Malta Film Commission within the Ministry of Finance, Economy and Investment.
Specialised Affiliated Consultant
Christina Farrugia, Dip GRC, is a freelance MLRO & AML/ CFT Regulatory consultant assisting financial services and remote gambling organisations adhere to local and foreign regulations, to build a strong compliance framework to serve as a solid foundation for company's compliance culture. Christina is a highly adaptable and ethical professional with a strong aptitude for working with all levels of management.
Before freelancing, Christina spent ten years working as a Compliance Officer and MLRO with both local and international banks. Her strengths include regulatory gap analysis, transaction monitoring, suspicious transaction reporting, policy reviews and business risk assessments. After a successful career in the banking industry, Christina joined a remote gambling company as an MLRO. Christina holds an ICA in Money Laundering Risk In Betting and Gaming certification, a Gambling Commission Personal Management License and PQ'd by the MFSA.
Specialised Affiliated Consultant
Edward has been working in the Management field for 13 years. He obtained a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration in 1999 and has done several training courses such as AML for VFA issuers and Service Providers. Between 2006 - 2018, he held the position as Managing Director of PEI Limited, the Company that managed the domain www.mybet.com. The platform offered a comprehensive sportsbook product as well as Casino games which were top notch at the time. Various operational departments worked under his supervision and guidance. These included Trading, Customer Support, Anti-Fraud & Payment as well as the Offline Betshop operations.
In October 2018, he occupied the role of Chief Operating Officer with MoneyMatrix Malta Limited, a payment service provider regulated by the MFSA. His main responsibilities included managing the various management teams such as Vendor Relations, Anti-Fraud and Payment, Support, Sales as well as Chairing the Operations Monthly Meetings. Edward gained invaluable knowledge about the payments industry and liaised with various third parties in order to boost internal revenues. In August 2019, Edward decided to go freelance and use his knowledge and expertise and leverage it with various clients that know his work. He is a non-Executive Director on various i-Gaming entities that are licenced locally. He offers gaming related advice on specific jurisdictions and discusses strategy in relation to risk or exposure.
As an independent non-Executive Director of the Company, Edward will be able to illustrate his invaluable skill sets which are mandatory qualifications for the organization and will be an asset for a fully-fledged FC Capital (Malta) Ltd.
Edward is highly driven, responsive and assertive. He is practical in his approach and looks at possible ways of streamlining processes to make the organisation more flexible and perform above expectation. He will act independently which is key in order to have external eyes looking inwards so as to give a different perspective and help lead the Company in the right direction without too many divergencies from the overall strategy of the Group.
Andrew is specialised in Information Technology, Project Management, IT Service Delivery and iGaming technical, compliance regulatory matters. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology (BSc IT) from the University of Malta and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) specialising in e-Commerce, from the University of Grenoble.
For the last 20 years Andrew has held various roles within a local IT services and integration solutions company. Andrew started his career as a software developer, evolving into a business analyst, project manager and eventually heading Project Management Office and serving as Chief Operating Officer. During this period Andrew led several large scale multi-national IT project implementations. Following that, Andrew also served as Chief for Programme Management and Information Systems at the Malta Gaming Authority for a few years, primarily responsible for delivering the Authority’s strategy and IT implementation. While at the Authority, Andrew oversaw the redrafting and enactment of the 2018 Gaming Act and all subsidiary legislation including AML and Compliance related guidelines, for the iGaming industry in Malta.
Andrew has worked on various assignments in the field of IT and Compliance in numerous industries including Hospitality, Oil and Gas, Insurance, iGaming, Fintech, Government and many more. He has led large development teams as well as service delivery and operations teams. Andrew brings a wealth of experience having delivered numerous projects ranging from large scale ERP implementations to more specialised initiatives.
Andrew currently runs his own consultancy firm at NOUV focusing primarily on regulatory compliance, AML and RG, IT Consultancy, Internal and External Audit and Business Process Reengineering in the iGaming industry.