The Malta Brands Council includes a distinguished group of independent advertising, marketing, and communication professionals. These individuals possess a deep understanding of the challenges in building and maintaining a great brand.
The Council is responsible for nominating the brands for inclusion in each volume of Malta’s Greatest Brands. Some of the criteria the council applies when nominating a brand include the brand’s quality, resilience and longevity, customer loyalty, market leadership and dominance, and social responsibility.
The Hon. Dr Christian Cardona was born in 1972 and graduated as a Notary Public and Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta. Prior to his appointment as Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, following the 2013 general elections, Dr Cardona was a Senior Partner at CV Advocates. He furthered his studies in International Maritime Law at the United Nations International Maritime Organisation, where he obtained a First Class Masters degree in Shipping Law. His thesis is entitled ‘United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – A Maltese Perspective’. Dr Cardona was first elected to Parliament in 1996 and was re-elected in the 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 general elections. During the 2008-2013 legislature he served as the Labour Party’s main Spokesperson for the Industry, Self Employed and Foreign Investment. In previous legislatures he served as the Labour Party Spokesperson for Competition, Communication and IT. Dr Cardona served as a member in the Malta-EU Parliamentary Committee during the negotiation process of Malta’s application to join the European Union as a full member. In 2016, he was elected the Labour Party’s Deputy Leader for Party Affairs.
Diane Izzo, one of Malta’s leading entrepreneurs, set up her company in 2000 as a fashion retailer and has since masterminded its continuous bursts of growth, expanding into areas such as catering and beauty. She started with the Italian fast-fashion brand Terranova, which has since mushroomed all over the island. She has since expanded to brands like Calliope, Liu Jo, Guess, Brooks Brothers, 7 Camicie, Michael Kors, Elisabetta Franchi and MAX&Co. The business is continuing to grow and she also owns the local Caffè Pascucci franchise and the Make-Up Store. She as plans to expand overseas.
Born in September 1960 and educated at the Lyceum, Victoria, Gozo, Michael started working at age 17 for one of the major banks in Malta. In1991 he moved into private practice in the financial services industry where he now owns his own company after 13 years as a banker. Michael has held various posts within the Gozo Business Chamber, including being the president for four years. He was chairman of the Gozo Regional Committee for four years. Currently, he is a director on the board of Malta Enterprise and Vice-Chair on the board of the Malta Community Chest Fund. He is married to Anna née Naudi and has four children.<br />
Peter Grech is a brand strategist, mentor, CEO and founder of BRND WGN, a leading creative digital agency based in Malta. Currently the company is National Champion 2015/2016 for the European Business Awards in International Growth Strategy. Peter is a challenge-junkie at a corporate, charity and endurance-sports level, ideally merging the three in one, whenever possible. Over the past ten years, Peter has contributed to the creation and growth and re-positioning of various brands, both on a local and international level, including Dan Europe, Air Malta, CHOGM, GO, SPF UK and, of course, BRND WGN Global.
Vanessa joined Business Leaders Malta as Head of Research in 2015. The market research arm at BLM started off in 2014 and Vanessa is responsible for nurturing this relatively new business venture. During her 10 years of experience in the research field, Vanessa has been involved in the execution and project management of various quantitative and qualitative research projects. She has overseen the operations of research projects for local and foreign clients, including consumer research, business-to-business research, retail audits and mystery shopping exercises. She is experienced in questionnaire and discussion-guide design, focus group moderation, data analysis and report writing. Over and above her formal training in Psychology, Vanessa followed a number of research-related training programmes that have been crucial for her further professional development.<br />
Dr Emanuel Said lectures in marketing research, research methods and consumer behavior at the University of Malta on different undergraduate and graduate programmes. He obtained his Ph.D. from Cranfield University School of Management (UK) in organisations’ use of customer insight. He has taught on various undergraduate and graduate programmes in Malta and the UK, including Cranfield, Henley Business School and Grenoble Graduate School of Business. Emanuel also teaches programmes for George Washington University as administered by Informa Middle East (part of Taylor & Francis). He has presented his research at the Academy of Marketing, the Australian New Zealand Academy of Marketing and published on the Journal of Marketing Management. His academic career follows that in marketing research and management consultancy. Before starting his academic life, Emanuel set up a successful market research firm in Malta that helped various customers hailing from different public and private sectors, locally and overseas.
Malcolm J. Naudi is the managing director of Know Now Ltd and runs his own Communications and PR agency, Malcolm J. Naudi Communications. The company has been active since 2008 in the areas of public affairs, PR consultancy, TV production and new media. He is also Managing Partner of FranklinCovey Malta Ltd, the franchise holder for Malta and Gozo of the American multi-national FranklinCovey Co., which specialises in performance improvement with a focus on leadership, execution, productivity, trust, sales performance, customer loyalty and education. He previously pursued a career in journalism spanning 30 years at the leading newspaper group in Malta. He is chairman of the English-Speaking Union of Malta, a Trustee and Hon. Secretary of the Tumas Fenech Foundation for the Education in Journalism, a Trustee and Public Relations Officer of the Malta Guide Dogs Foundation and was a founder member and for 14 years up to 2013 Chairman of the Institute of Maltese Journalists.
Anton Borg is a Certified Public Accountant, graduating as a member of the Association of Certified Accountants in the UK in 1983. He became a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants in 1985, sitting on its Council for 14 years, and serving as President for two years from 1997. No longer practicing the accountancy profession, Mr Borg is Director of Elepac, Meritlink and Eurosupplies Limited. Anton was elected to the Council of the Federation of Industry (FOI) in 1999, and has held various posts, including that of President from 2003-2005. He represented the FOI on the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) and was a Trustee of the Malta Business Foundation. He also served on the Board of Directors of Malta Industrial Parks (MIP) and held the post of Deputy Chairman of Malta Enterprise. As President, Mr Borg represents the Malta Chamber on numerous Boards, including the MCESD and the Malta Community Chest Fund. He also sits on the Board of Malta Enterprise and of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise and is a Governor on the Board of the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology.