Maria Cauchi Delia is the Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA), the only recognised professional accountancy organisation in Malta. Its remit is to be a thought-leader for the profession and a key stakeholder for the local economy and the international fora in which it participates.

“We live in challenging times when the role of accountants and auditors is in state of constant change due to regulatory, technological, environmental and economic pressures. Consequently, leading the institute implies simultaneous involvement in various fora and projects. The institute’s vision on the future role of the profession needs to be continuously developed and communicated whilst keeping in mind a dynamic Maltese economy and society, an evolving European Union model and global trade scenarios,” she asserts.

The role of leading the institute also means zooming in on specific issues of local interest, such as contributing towards Malta’s exit from the FATF grey list or providing input in the implementation of a holistic financial services strategy for Malta. Besides, it involves ongoing educational campaigns concerning the attractiveness of the profession; listening to complaints and suggestions by the institute’s members and other stakeholders and the drafting of guidance and provision of input to technical consultations.

Her 10 years at the institute form part of Ms Cauchi Delia’s career in the profession. “As a certified public accountant, I have broad experience in the public and private sectors and have served in organisations both locally and abroad. I seek to share my leadership experience through my daily interactions with our team at the MIA as well as with our members,” she says.

She is a genuine believer that effective leadership in an organisation can bolster and promote teamwork while cultivating a sense of greater good, motivate, inspire trust and, ultimately, lead to success. In this process, she seeks to constantly promote innovation, both internally but also with stakeholders. Many times, she explains, the solutions required to overcome the toughest of obstacles are not solely found in the adaptation of existing practices but, rather, through outside-the-box thinking, which challenges the way things have always been done.

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