When we put our team together, we made it a point to choose people who came from diverse disciplines and who possessed different skills. This makes our team truly complementary and enables us to challenge conventionality and to find disruptive solutions.
Our people reflect our unwavering willingness to diversify and evolve. They bring broad expertise from academia, marketing, strategy consulting, telecoms, fintech, product development, security, logistics and many other sectors. Together we are able to analyse the bigger picture and present solid perspectives.
We are excited to be able to bring together a team that delivers so much professional experience. To our mind, experience is not counted in years, but its counted in ideas generated, projects delivered and challenges overcome. With that metre in mind – we know this is a group that can contribute and really deliver value.
Keith Busuttil was appointed Chief Executive Officer at 1923 Investments plc, the investment arm of Hili Ventures, in 2020. He is responsible for the company’s success in achieving its commercial and investment objectives. He also manages shareholder relations and supports the senior executives of the subsidiaries across the 1923 Investments group. Mr Busuttil joined the company from London-based Oceanwood Capital Management where he was Portfolio Manager in the European Event Driven Master Fund since 2014. He was previously a Partner at Dalton Strategic Partnership, a Vice-President at The Blackstone Group, and a senior analyst within the Investment Banking Division at Credit Suisse in London. Mr Busuttil holds a Master’s in Corporate Finance cum laude from SDA Bocconi Business School and is ACCA-qualified.
George Kakouras is the Managing Director of Hili Properties plc, a division of Hili Ventures. He previously served as the Managing Director of Apco Systems Ltd, a subsidiary of Harvest Technology plc.
Earlier in his career, Mr Kakouras gained extensive international management and leadership experience at Intralot group and Maltco Lotteries, where he was Chief Operating Officer and a member of the board.
George Kakouras holds a BSc and an MEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA in Engineering Economics Systems from the National Technical University of Athens.
Conrad Aquilina is a seasoned strategic leader with 15 years of experience, who brings forth in depth knowledge in Cyber Security, Enterprise IT Governance, Leadership and Digital Transformation. A visionary, who translates evolving industry risks into ambitious technology road maps and robust security programs.
Mr Aquilina was appointed as Head of Group IT at Hili Ventures in 2016 and later promoted to Director of Group IT where he leads the global IT strategy and technical roadmap along with the development of corporate technology, polices, and corporate information systems across the Group.
Mr. Aquilina holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Information Technology Management from the University of Derby and boasts experiences in National and Cross border Security, Healthcare, Retail, Logistics, Properties and Restaurant technologies.
Jacqueline Camilleri is a Certified Public Accountant and a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants. She graduated from the University of Malta with a B.A (Hons) in Accountancy and holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Business School. Ms Camilleri held various roles at AX Holdings between 1990 and 1998. She later joined the team at the Foundation for Medical Services responsible for the opening of Mater Dei Hospital, and served as Directorate Management Accountant at Stock Mandeville Hospital in the UK. Ms Camilleri has provided financial consultancy to the private and national health sector in Malta and worked on privatisation processes, strategic reviews and business evaluations during her time at MIMCOL. In 2010, she was appointed Director General Finance and Administration at the Ministry for Health, Elderly and Community Care. In 2014, Ms Camilleri was appointed Chief Executive Officer of retirement village Hilltop Gardens, a subsidiary of AX Holdings. She served on the board of the Foundation for Medical Services between 2005 and 2010, and was Vice Chair of Malta International Airport between 2008 and 2013. Ms Camilleri now provides business advisory services. She is also a member of the board of directors of Hili Finance Company Plc.
Stephen Paris spent 30 years in the profession at Deloitte Malta and was admitted as Partner in 2000. For 19 years he held various leadership roles at Deloitte as Head of Audit, Financial Services Industry Leader, and Head of Risk and Regulatory Advisory. Throughout his career, he led audit and non-audit assignments for clients operating in diverse sectors. Mr Paris was a council member of the Malta Institute of Accountants and a lecturer in Auditing for several years.
Peter Hili graduated from the University of Malta in 2016 with an Honours degree in International Relations. After some time on the staff of the Embassy of Malta in Washington DC as a Policy Officer, he joined Hili Ventures, Hili Properties’ parent company, as a management trainee. In 2017, Mr. Hili relocated to Canada for a placement with McDonald’s in Ottawa and was appointed Restaurant Manager at McDonald’s Bay Street in Malta the following year. He was named Business Consultant at Premier Restaurants Malta, the operator of McDonald’s, in 2019 and was promoted to Managing Director in 2020. Mr. Hili is also a board member of Hili Properties plc.
Malcolm Falzon’s areas of specialisation are mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, aviation and ship finance, insurance, pensions and gaming law. He also leads Camilleri Preziosi’s Blockchain Taskforce which was set up in order to study the technology and its potential application to the firm’s practice areas. Dr Falzon joined Camilleri Preziosi as a Trainee in 2003. Upon his return from postgraduate studies in 2005, he was made Associate, and was admitted to partnership in 2013.
Chris Fenech joined Hili Ventures in April 2016 as Finance Manager (Accounting and Controls), having previously worked at PwC Malta as an audit and tax supervisor. In 2019, Mr Fenech was appointed Chief Financial Officer with Harvest Technology. He joined Harvest from 1923 Investments, the investment arm of Hili Ventures, where he was Director of Finance since July 2018. He is a qualified accountant and auditor, and an accountancy graduate from the University of Malta.
Pierre is an experienced sales professional with a proven track record in sales growth and business development and key account management skills. He has always worked in the ICT and security sectors, mainly focusing on solutions for government and banking. Pierre previously held the roles of Head of Business Development, responsible for the execution of PTL’s sales strategy and for building stronger partner relationships, and of General Manager for PTL. He was appointed Managing Director in August 2019, and sits on the board of directors of PTL. Pierre holds an Honours degree in Information Systems and Statistics, as well as an MBA.
Andrea Bocchino was appointed Managing Director of Apco Systems Limited in May 2021 to lead the growth strategy and company expansion.
Mr Bocchino has international experience within the banking and payment sector having held various roles at PayPal Inc. across Fraud Prevention, Credit Risk and Compliance AML
He has worked for J.P. Morgan within the Merchant Services and Wealth Management arms of the business as Credit Analyst.
Prior to joining Apco Systems Limited, Mr Bocchino served as Head of Risk in the financial industry locally in Malta.
Mr Bocchino holds a Business Economics degree from the University of Cassino and has attended studies abroad in Paris at Université de Creteil
Christian has been working in the ICT Industry for over 20 years, and has held technical, consultant and project management positions with various government organisations and the private sector both locally in Malta and abroad. He has broad experience in multiple technical streams including IT architecture, software development, server infrastructure, networking, databases and business intelligence. Over the years he has also acquired extensive experience in leading multi disciplinary technical teams.
Prior to joining APCO Ltd., Christian headed the Products Engineering and Architecture, QA and Business Applications Units within PTL Ltd. and was responsible to establish and direct all technology and architecture aspects with respect to the current product portfolio and new innovative products within PTL. Chris holds an Honours degree in Information Technology from the University of Malta and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh.