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Board of Directors

 

Michael Frendo, Chairman

Chairman of the Board since May 2013. A former Speaker of the House of Representatives and a former Minister responsible for various portfolios including Foreign Affairs, Information and Communication Technologies, and the Arts, Dr Frendo is a lawyer with a postgraduate specialisation in European Union law who has also worked in the private sector in both Malta and the United Kingdom. Dr Michael Frendo is a signatory of the Treaty of Lisbon and was a member of the European Convention on the Future of Europe. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta, sits on the Advisory Board of the University of East Anglia’s London Academy of Diplomacy and is a member of the European Group of Public Law. Dr Frendo has been nominated on the Venice Commission – an international independent legal think-tank that acts as an advisory body on constitutional matters. He has published widely including a number of books and articles on European, diplomatic and legal issues.

 

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Faisal Al Thani, Deputy Chairman

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Faisal Al Thani has been Vice Chairman of the Board of Al Faisal Holding since 2010 and also sits on the Board of Directors of Al Khaliji Bank. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the American University of Sharjah (UAE) and of the Arab Academy for Banking and Financial Sciences (Egypt), as well as being Honorary President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Qatar.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar.

 

Mohamed Shafiek, Director

MrShafiek joined the Al Faisal Group in 2002 and has held a variety of senior positions including Group Head of Internal Audit. He has also been a Board Member of Al Faisal Holding. Mr Shafiek is currently Managing Director of Al Faisal International for Investment and of Al Sawari Holding.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Commerce in addition to a Bachelor’s Degree of Law from Ain Shams University, Egypt, as well as a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) from The Institute of Internal Auditors. Mr Shafiek is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) from USA and a Chartered Accountant from Egypt.

 

Michael Collis, Director

Mr Collis was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Al Faisal International for Investment in January 2016 and has over 30 years' banking experience in Corporate Finance, Corporate Banking, as a CEO and as a Board Member. He has worked for global institutions such as Lloyds Bank, the Bankers Trust and the Mizuho Group. 

He was educated at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Joaquim Francisco da Silva Pinto, Chief Executive Officer

Director on the Board since March 2007. Mr Silva Pinto started his career at Oporto University before moving into the financial services sector. In 1978 he joined UBP in the Foreign Department for Trade Finance Operations. In 1987 he joined BNP to launch business in northern Portugal, heading operations and leading trade business. In 1991 he joined Banif Group taking responsibility for banking operations, finance, HR and corporate services of the northern region. Mr Silva Pinto went on to become the National Managing Director for Operations and later National Managing Director for Procedures and Quality. He then became General Managing Director of Operations of the commercial banks within the Banif Group and represented the Bank on national committees. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Banif Bank (Malta) plc in 2007.

  Mario P. Galea, Director

Mr Galea has been a member of the audit committee since 2013.  A fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Malta Institute of Accountants. Mr Galea Sits on the Accountancy Board, which is the accountancy profession regulator in Malta.  He founded and served as Managing Partner and Chairman of Ernst & Young in Malta specialising mainly in auditing, until his retirement in 2012. Served on the Council of the Malta Institute of Accountants as Officer and President.  Served on the Council of the Federation des Experts Comptables Europeens (FEE).  More recently serving as independent non-executive director on the boards of a number of companies listed on the Malta Stock Exchange.  Served as Chairman of the Malta Resources Authority.  Serves as a member or chairman on a number of audit committees in both regulated and non-regulated sectors.  He is engaged also in assisting the boards of a number of family businesses with governance, organisational and financial matters.  Sits on a number of finance committees and currently serves as Chairman of the Ethics Committee and member of the Anti-Money Laundering committee of the Malta Institute of Accountants.  

 

Kenneth Mizzi, Director

Director on the Board since April 2008. A qualified chartered accountant, after working with Touche Ross in London he returned to Malta to join the family business in 1971. He has served as Director on the Board of the Malta Development Corporation (1978-1980) and a number of other parastatal companies. He also served as Director on the Board of Mid-Med Bank Limited and of HSBC Fund Management (Malta) Limited. He is also Managing Director of SAK Limited, franchisee of The Body Shop in Malta, Managing Director of Muscat's Motors Limited and United Acceptances Finance Limited and a Director of a number of other Mizzi Organisation companies.

 

Maurice Mizzi, Director

Director on the Board since April 2008. He read law at the University of Malta where he obtained a Diploma of Legal Procurator. He joined the family business in 1957 and was appointed on the Board of a number of Mizzi Organisation companies. He is currently Managing Director of Continental Cars Limited, Mizzi Limited and Titan International Limited. He has held a number of chairmanships for the government including Mediterranean Film Studios (1984-1990) and the Malta Development Corporation (1997-1998). He has been Honorary Consul of Iceland since 1978. He also served as a Director on the Board of Plaza Centres plc, Allcom Limited, Technical and Management Services Limited, Datatrak Holdings plc, Datatrak Systems Limited, Datastream Limited, and Maltacom plc. He is currently also inter alia Director of Mizzi Associated Enterprises and President of Mizzi Organisation and of the Maltese Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

 

Mark Portelli, Director

Director on the Board since April 2008. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a graduate from the University of Manchester, he has served as a member of the Board of a number of companies and public entities.

 

 Charles Borg, Non-Executive Director

Mr Borg, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK), holds a Banking and Finance Honours Degree and a Masters Degree in Financial Services from the University of Malta. He enjoyed a 34-year career at Bank of Valletta plc until December 2015. During this time he occupied various senior management positions, including that of Chief Executive Officer from 2012 to 2015. Prior to that, Mr Borg also served as Chief Officer, Financial Markets and Investments at BOV, with responsibility for all retail and wholesale funding of the BOV Group, as well as the management of BOV's treasury portfolio. Mr Borg also served as a Director of Valletta Fund Management Ltd, of which he was also General Manager, Valletta Fund Services Limited and BOV Investments Limited. In addition, Mr Borg also served as a Director on other listed companies on the Malta Stock Exchange, including Mapfre Middlesea Insurance PLC. He also chaired the Audit Board of the European Investment Fund, a subsidiary of the European Investment Bank. He served as a Director on the World’s Savings Bank in Brussels and was also the President of the Institute of Financial Services and the President of the Malta Bankers Association. Mr Borg is currently the CEO and an Executive Director of PG plc which has recently been listed on the Malta Stock Exchange, and holds a number of other non-executive directorship positions in Malta. Apart from serving as a Non-Executive Director of Banif Bank (Malta) plc, Mr Borg will also be chairing the Bank’s Credit Approvals Committee.

Roderick Zammit Pace, Company Secretary

Appointed Company Secretary in October 2016. Dr. Roderick Zammit Pace is a partner at Refalo & Zammit Pace Advocates where he heads the firm’s Corporate and Finance Law Practice Group. His areas of practice include banking, financial services and company and general commercial law. He has over 18 years’ experience advising on corporate and financing transactions, regulatory matters and dispute resolution across the banking, insurance and asset management sectors. He is a visiting lecturer within the Commercial Law Department of the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta. He graduated Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta in 1997 and Master of Laws, as a British Chevening Scholar, from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science) in 1998.


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