The MMF’s Organisation is made up of Chairman, Vice Chairman and 10 Board Members:
Mr Vassallo is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Honorary Member of the Malta Maritime Law Association and recipient of the IMLI degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa. Mr Vassallo worked tirelessly in development and promotion of the Malta flag State regime. He is a firm believer in the tandem of private and public sectors, the importance of the technical cooperation at all levels rather than technical assistance on its own and the crucial need of training and international exposure. He was one of the first exponents of the concept of maritime Malta that eventually evolved into the Malta Maritime Forum.
In 1991 she moved from there to Chaffe, McCall, Phillips Toler and Sarpy in New Orleans. In 1992 she joined Fenech & Fenech Advocates setting up the Marine Litigation Department. She was appointed Managing Partner in June 2008.
She has extensive experience in disputes ranging from ship building contracts to immediate casualty response in collisions having acted and advised some of the most important international maritime operators.
She has been responsible for the drafting of a number of laws related to the maritime sector including the Pilotage Regulations and the sections on Jurisdiction in Rem in the Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure. She lectures extensively on the subject in Malta and abroad; she is the President of the Malta Maritime Law Association. In October 2010 she was appointed an Executive Board Member of the European Maritime Law Organisation. In 2012, 2014 and 2015 she was awarded Best in Shipping Law at the European Women in Business Awards held in London. In October 2013 she was appointed Honorary Patron of the Malta Law Academy and in June 2014 was elected on the Executive Council of the Comite Maritime International (CMI) – the international organisation responsible for drafting the vast majority of international maritime conventions. She was also appointed Chairman of the international working group on ship finance security practices. In October 2015 she was appointed on the Malta Maritime Forum Board of Directors and in April 2016 she was also appointed to represent the Malta Maritime Law Association on the board of the government agency Malta Marittima. In September 2017 she was elected to serve a second term on the Executive Council of the CMI.
In his early days as an IT Specialist, Alex was responsible for setting up and implementing the Terminal Operating Systems, which were created in-house alongside the Company’s development and expansion. Added to this, Alex has been responsible for the operations of the Terminals, the marketing of the Container Terminals as well as negotiation and management of contracts with the shipping lines resulting in the client mix that has been attracted to the Freeport’s facilities.
Alex serves as board member on the Malta Maritime Forum and heads the Marketing and Internationalisation sub-committee. He is also a member of the Institute of Management and a member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Mr Abela started his working career within the family business, mainly in the importation of grains and cargo haulage. This gave Mr Abela long years of experience in the logistics industry and in the functioning of ports.
Along the years Mr Abela has occupied a number of high-level positions both within the private sector and public boards and fora. Currently Mr Abela occupies the position of board member of the Malta Maritime Forum, is a member of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development, the Malta Enterprise Board and the Mriehel Central Business District Foundation.
As an individual, Mr Abela is skilled and experienced in business planning and strategy, change management and negotiation.
Thomas entered the shipping industry in 2012, working at Seatrans Shipping Agency, where he is currently involved in business development, enhancing current business while identifying opportunities in new potential markets.
He is known to be a hands-on individual with a flair for problem-solving, bringing his enthusiasm into the equation and attracting the right customers and employees to the company. Constantly attending conferences and seminars allows him to share and use the knowledge he gains with others in the local industry.
Thomas Sullivan was recently appointed a board member of the Association of Ship Agents in the Shipping and Bunkering Section at the Malta Chamber of Commerce. In 2017 Thomas became a member of the IBIA (The International Bunker Industry Association which is the voice of the global bunker industry), and in 2019 was appointed a board member in the Malta Maritime Forum.
Lisa has been employed as an advocate with MCConsult and Associates, a family run boutique shipping firm, since July 2019. Where she specialises on legal advisory mainly related to corporate services, ship registration and shipping finance.
Lisa was an active student during her time at University. She formed part of the Malta Model United Nations society as well as the Junior Chamber of Advocates Executive Committee. She has taken part in conferences both locally as well as internationally and represented Malta’s student body at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York, related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals back in 2016. During this conference Lisa was also honoured by being asked to deliver a closing speech on behalf of European students at the prestigious United Nations General Assembly Hall. Lisa has also been an active member of the Malta Maritime Law Association for the past 8 years.
In September 2017, Lisa was also accepted as a legal apprentice with the International Chamber of Shipping in London for 3 months, whereby she attended numerous IMO meetings relating to GHG’s, unmanned vessels and others. During this time Lisa also attended internal meetings with ICS legal committee and social policy committee as well as meetings with the UK Chamber.
Lisa was enrolled as the Executive Secretary for the Malta Maritime Forum in January 2016 until February 2019. After the attainment of her warrant and legal education, Lisa’s role evolved into Legal and Research Officer, where she is now mainly responsible for compiling and presenting statistical and empirical research to the Board and preparing MMF’s position on local maritime current affairs, compliance with the VO registry, planning and attendance of local and ad hoc events and any other related responsibilities. Lisa now sits as an observer to the Board and forms part of the Internationalisation, ENMC, MSPC, Blue Economy and Promotion Sub-Committee.
In 2000, Karin moved with her family to Malta. She held the position of Policy Research Coordinator at the Housing Authority before she became Research Administration Executive of the Malta Maritime Law Association in May 2010. In addition, she took over the duties of Administration Executive of the Malta Shortsea Promotion Centre in September 2017, which led to her joining the Malta Maritime Forum as Executive Secretary in March 2019.