The ability to leverage our collaborative talents is key to success.


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.

Vast Experience

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.

The Board

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.


Melo Hili is the Chief Executive Officer at Hili Ventures. He has led Hili Ventures since its inception in 2013, having joined the family business in 1988. He started out at Motherwell Bridge, then a joint venture with Motherwell Bridge Group of Scotland, where he served as managing director for twenty years. Melo was named Developmental Licensee for McDonald’s in Malta in 2005 and went on to expand across Europe, obtaining licenses for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 2007, Greece in 2011 and Romania in 2016. Under his stewardship, the company has diversified into new sectors including technology, hospitality and real estate. 

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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, and in 2022 was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Premier Capital plc. Mr Hili is also a board member of Hili Properties 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.

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.

Yasmine Aquilina joined Hili Ventures in December 2019 as data protection officer and was appointed Head of Privacy in January 2023. She is responsible for privacy governance across the group and ensuring that this is aligned with the overall strategy. Dr Aquilina provides strategic and regulatory compliance support while guiding and liaising with other data protection officers across the group on privacy matters.

Dr Aquilina graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta and is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She was previously an associate at Malta law firm GVZH Advocates, where she focused on data protection, gaming and technology law as well as the licensing of financial institutions.

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.

Executive Team

Mr Mifsud Saydon was appointed Chief Financial Officer for 1923 Investments plc in 2018, having previously held the role of Chief Executive Officer at Harvest Technology plc (a 1923 Investments company). Mr Mifsud Saydon joined Harvest Technology in 2016 after a long career across a range of service lines at Ernst & Young in Malta. He has led various external audits in Malta and overseas and headed the Transaction Support Services Department. He has been involved in several risk management assignments and drafted numerous national strategies for online gaming, financial services, ICT and media strategy, and the Eco-Gozo project.

Mikaela holds the position of Director of Human Resources for Harvest Technology plc and its various subsidiaries. Mikaela returned to Harvest Technology plc in February 2022, where she was originally employed as an HR Coordinator back in 2019 . Prior to her return, Mikaela gained extensive leadership and HR management experience whilst working as an HR Manager within the automotive industry.

Over the years Mikaela has obtained various qualifications and certifications in the Human Resources field, including but not limited to: Human Resources Management, Effective Leadership, Performance Management, Employment Law, Occupational Psychology as well as Coaching and Mentoring.

Mikaela is committed to continue to offer strategic direction to the management and leadership teams, to grow and nurture a strong culture of inclusivity, and to increase engagement and retention within the business, by continuously implementing new initiatives and giving priority to employee voice. 

Pauline Debono joined Harvest Technology plc in April 2021 as Senior Legal Counsel responsible for corporate, contractual and legal matters of the Group. Dr Debono graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 2004 and she joined Harvest Technology from the Malta Information Technology Agency where she focused on legal matters related to technology law, contract drafting as well as procurement law.


Jonathan joined Harvest Technology last July as Marketing & Digital Lead, and has since greatly contributed to its marketing presence.

Mr Gianino is responsible for the planning and execution of strategic marketing, positioning of brands according to business objectives, while also acting as a brand guardian for the company and its subsidiaries, as well as elevating employee voice.

Since he joined the company, he has worked closely with senior management members to design and implement campaigns for various channels, ranging from digital, to social and web, in order to drive sales and market growth.

Over the course of his career, Mr Gianino has gained valuable marketing experience across various roles at both executive and strategic levels at a number of companies, including over two years each at Debono Group and Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from The London School of Economics and Political Science, a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing from Digital Marketing Institute, and an Advanced Diploma in Marketing from MCAST.

Leadership Team

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.

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.

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