Software engineering skills and national heritage are rarely uttered in the same sentence. However, as CEO for Malta’s National Agency for museums, conservation practice, and cultural heritage, I find myself relying on my extensive experience in the former to improve and promote the latter.
My professional career as software engineer began in Malta and continued in the United Kingdom, where I provided development solutions to multinationals, giving them a competitive edge in their respective sectors.
Eventually, I made my way back to Malta, where I worked within the Malta Centre for Restoration until it was ultimately absorbed by Heritage Malta. Within the Agency, I gradually climbed through the ranks, moving through IT, Finance, Marketing and Business Development, until I was appointed CEO in 2017.
In my few years in this role, I have pooled my knowledge and experience, spanning over two decades, to lead a massive internal cultural shift within Heritage Malta, through careful re-structuring, re-branding and strategic alignment. Heritage Malta clients and observers have surely noticed our focus on digitisation and market presence of our cultural heritage, not just as a way of remaining accessible through COVID-19 or to ensure long term sustainability, but also as a way of preserving our heritage and living up to our motto – ensuring a future to our past.