The business of the Malta Chamber is managed by a Council consisting of 19 elected members, who hold their post for two years. The Council includes the Chairpersons of the Chamber’s three Economic Groups, as well as all past presidents who are still members of the Malta Chamber.
The Board of Management of the Malta Chamber is elected at the first meeting of the Council each year. The Statute provides for the Office of the President, Deputy President, two Vice-Presidents and three other officers.
The Director-General of the Malta Chamber is responsible for the execution of the policies, guidelines, procedure and decisions of the Council, as well as the everyday management and administration of Malta Chamber activities.
President and Council 2017-2019
Frank V. Farrugia - President
Frank V. Farrugia is owner and managing director of Alphacom Int. Services Co Ltd, a company specialising in the supply of textiles, industrial sewing machines and all related equipment, as well as Alcom Enterprises Co Ltd, which specialises in the supply in of professional tools, all garage equipment, engineering solutions, exhaust extraction systems, Industrial maintenance and treatment chemicals, industrial plant and heavy equipment, RO’s and water treatment technology. Besides the Maltese market, the group also exports and offers its services to companies in North Africa.
In June 1973, he became a shareholder, partner, director in the newly formed company Universal Import and Export Ltd. 1975 -1991 Sales and marketing Director at Universal Import and Export Ltd, Shareholder and Director at Persal Co. Ltd manufacturing hosiery, underwear, and other garments, Shareholder and Director of Saltex Co. Ltd involved in the production of garments for export to the German and Scandinavian market. During this period, he undertook various courses in management, marketing and sales in Malta and also in France, Germany and the Far East.
He joined the Malta Chamber of Commerce in 1976 and has since held various posts including Honorary Treasurer in 2001 and Honorary Secretary in 2002/3. He also served as member of the ethics, import levies, VAT and taxation committees; Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Manufacturers and Exporters Trade Section; Member of the Commission Agents Screening Commission and served as Chairman of its Trade Section; Chairman of the Importers Trade Section, Council Member and Director of METCO representing the Chamber of Commerce. He has also formed part of various committees on behalf of the Chamber. He served as a member of the Malta Standard Authority. He is also a founding member of the Libyan-Maltese Chamber of Commerce and has served as its President and the Vice President of the Joint Council of the Libyan-Maltese Chamber. He has also represented the Chamber of Commerce as a member on the Council of the Maltese Arab Chamber of Commerce and as Honorary Secretary of the Maltese-American Chamber of Commerce.
He had served on the board of the Building Industry Consultative Council. In his own right, Mr Farrugia was also director of Malta Countertrade.
He is currently serving as Chairman of the Malta Chamber Foundation and the current Chairman of the SME Committee within the Chamber and is the Chamber representative on the board of Conservatorio Vincenzo Bugeja and Director on the board of Employment and Industrial Relations, Jobs Plus (formerly Employment Training Corporation), Trade Malta and Malta Enterprise and member of MCESD.
He also served as President of the Lions Club (Malta) Host.
David Xuereb - Deputy President
David graduated from the University of Malta in Architecture and Civil Engineering in 1991 and then from the University of London in Structural Engineering in 1993.
He is the Chief Executive of QP Management Ltd. (forming part of the Corinthia Group of Companies) providing professional consultancy services in design, engineering and management in all areas requisite of the construction and built environment industry. Practice areas include Malta, UK, most European countries, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
His technical experience varies widely but current professional interests focus on sustainable development and resource management. David lectures at the University of Malta, is a director of the Building Industry Consultative and Executive Councils and has been elected a Council Member of the Malt Chamber of Commerce Enterprise and Industry since eight years ago.
He chairs the Chamber’s Energy and Environment Committee, is a member of the Climate Change Board and is a Trustee of the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bugeja.
Andrew W.J. Mamo - Vice-President
Andrew Mamo is Managing Director of Galdes & Mamo Ltd. He has been a member of the Malta Chamber since 1990. Mr. Mamo has served regularly on Council since 2001 and as an Officer from 2003 to 2013 as well as on a number of other Executive Committees. For the last two years he has served as Chairman of Importers, Distributors and Retailers Economic Group.
Mr. Mamo is one of the Malta Chamber's representatives on the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bugeja.
Marisa Xuereb - Vice-President
Marisa Xuereb is an economist and Managing Director of Raesch Quarz (Malta) Ltd, a German-owned manufacturing company producing quartz glass components that has been operating from the Mosta Technopark for the past 20 years. She is Chairperson of the Mosta Technopark Tenants Association, a post that she has occupied since 2006.
Over the course of her career, she has lectured at the University of Malta and undertaken research for the Central Bank of Malta and the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies of the EC’s Joint Research Centre. Since 2015, she has served on the Council of the Chamber as a member of the Manufacturing Economic Group, and has recently been appointed to represent the Chamber on the Board of Directors of Malta Industrial Parks.
She is also Director of Education Malta and sits on the Technology Development Programme Committee of MCST.
Hugh Arrigo - Officer
Hugh Arrigo is Director within Attard & Co Ltd. and also a Founder Director and largely responsible for the establishment of the following JV companies operating within the Attard & Co Group of Cos. World Express Logistics - logistics providers also including the provision of Supplier Managed Inventory & Vendor Managed Inventory services.
Evolve limited - servicing the Pharma companies, the hospital, the university, the food and beverage industry and the microchip industry both in Malta and overseas. First Bridge -provision of financial services,T4 B Technology for Buildings Servicing the building industry with an emphasis on green solutions.
ProSecure Services limited - servicing the forensic and security industries with the provision of border control solutions, development of software also offering biometric solutions. Attard & Co Imaging Offering consultancy and total solutions to the prepress industry including the provision of software, hardware, total preventive and care support services on a 24 x 7 basis
Mr Arrigo has served on the Chamber’s Council in 2015 and 2017. He is also a founder council member of the Maltese Chinese Chamber of Commerce and a Council Member of the Maltese Libyan Chamber
Matthias Fauser - Officer
Matthias Fauser is the Chief Executive Officer of PLAYMOBIL Malta Ltd. The Group of Companies was originally set up in Malta in 1971 and today employs approximately 1200 people. Currently PLAYMOBIL Malta Ltd is extending its factory premises to include a new extension block.
Matthias Fauser has been employed with PLAYMOBIL Malta Ltd. since 1992 when he first was engaged as Manager of the Printing Department, consecutively he held the post of Chief Operating Officer until October 2012, following which he became the company’s CEO.
He held a managerial post with another international manufacturing company in Malta from 1989 to 1992. Matthias Fauser is a tool maker by profession (Master Craftsman) and worked in the automotive supply industry in Germany before he came to Malta. Matthias Fauser upgraded his professional background through distance studies and holds a degree as “Technischer Betriebswirt” (Technical Economist).
Charles A. Zahra - Officer
Charles A. Zahra has run the family business, E. Theuma & Company Ltd, since the early 1990’s importing and exporting various raw materials from textiles to paper to marble, granite and stone.
For the past six years, Mr. Zahra has sat on the Council of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and has served on the Board of Management for two terms in the past. He has also served on various committees within the Malta Chamber, including the Importers Trade Section, the Textiles and Wearing Apparel Trade Section, the Electoral Commission and the Commission Agents Trade Section which he chaired for a number of years. Mr. Zahra is representing the Chamber on the Building Industry Consultative Council and has also represented the Chamber Malta Employers’ Association.
He is currently serving as a director on the Malta Business Foundation, the Trade Fairs Corporation and the Fairs and Exhibitions Ltd and sits on the Importers Business Section Executive Committee.
Mr. Zahra is the Treasurer of the Maltese Italian Chamber of Commerce. He has served as Chairman of the Vintage Vehicles Classification Committee within Transport Malta for many years and has sat on other Boards within this authority. He is currently Chairman of the Federazzjoni Maltija Vetturi Antiki.
Other members of the Council of the Malta Chamber, listed in alphabetical order.
Barbaro Sant Elizabeth
Sullivan Matthew E.
Vassallo Cesareo Christopher
Honorary Legal Advisor: Dr Hugh Peralta, L.L.D
Honorary Architect: Mr Stephen Mangion
Honorary Chaplin: Fr Thomas Moore