Executive Team

Executive Director – Catherine Tabone is the executive director of the Valletta 2018 Foundation. She is responsible for overseeing the smooth operation of the Valletta 2018 Foundation.

The Programming Department at the Valletta 2018 Foundation is responsible for the implementation and development of the Cultural Programme. The department performs a coordinator and curatorial role thanks to its creatives: Joanne Attard Mallia, Programming Coordinator, and Pawlu Mizzi, Sarah Borg and Giuliana Barbaro Sant, Programming Officers. Paola Prinzis is the Department’s Programming Assistant while Charles Bennett performs the role of Programming Information and Ticketing Officer. Antoine Borg Micallef  works closely with all the teams of the Foundation in welcoming and hosting artists and delegates for a series of artistic and cultural events as the Department’s Hospitality coordinator, while the Programming Administration Officer, Federico Carnevali caters for the Programming Department’s daily needs and ensures that everything runs efficiently. Our Accounts Officer Ramona Scerri aids in managing the Foundation’s finances. The Programming Department also includes Chris Cassar as our Production Manager for the Opening Week.

To focus on the Cultural Programme’s European dimension, Programming also works closely with International Artistic Advisor Airan Berg.

To include all of Malta and Gozo in the European Capital of Culture celebrations, Programming also works closely with five Regional Coordinators who actively broker the Cultural Programme in the areas they operate in by engaging resident communities. These are Marcia Grima (Valletta), Victoria-Martha Pace (Gozo), Marcon Caruana (North), Joan Mangion (Centre), Tania Belfiore (South) and Emanuel Vella (South-East).

The Communications Department is tasked with delivering Valletta 2018’s message and Cultural Programme across various platforms and media. The department is made up of: Annaliza Borg – Communications Coordinator, Marc Buhagiar – Marketing and Communications officer, Alex Arrue Usoz – Programming-Communications Liaison Officer, Maria Mizzi – Social Media Specialist, Jessica Muscat – Communications Administration Officer, Lara Schembri – Content Writer and Publication Editor, Samwel Mallia – Graphic Designer, Daniela Cordina – Website Content Writer and Administrator, Sefora Mannino – Administration Officer, Josianne Micallef and Sean Borg – Marketing Officers.

The Research Department at the Valletta 2018 Foundation is responsible for the documentation of European Capital of Culture impacts through an evaluation and monitoring research process as well as the organisation of various seminars and conferences. It consists of six people: Graziella Vella – the Research Coordinator, Neville Borg – Research Officer, Aidan Celeste – Research Officer, Raffaella Zammit – Research Officer, Steve Mangion – Data Analyst and Xabier Polledo Arrizabalaga, who is responsible for the department’s administration matters.

Administration caters for the office’s daily needs and ensures that everything runs efficiently. The Administration department consists of: Marouska Formosa – the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and the Executive Director, Alison Bone, secretary, Albert Dimech and Gordon Grixti who handle logistics, and Edera Mangion and Inohla Grimsey who are the Foundation’s Receptionists.

The Finance Department handles budgetary matters for the Valletta 2018 Foundation. It is made up of three people: Dion Borg – Accountant, Jason Griscti – Accounts Clerk, and Nathalie Cardona – Accounts Support Officer.

The Tal-Kultura Volunteers Programme is run by Volunteers Programme Manager JD Farrugia, Volunteers Programme Officer Christabel Catania and Programme Administrator Jelena Buvač. The Tal-Kultura programme, which is managed by SOS Malta on behalf of the Foundation, engages active citizens and stakeholders in participating in Valletta 2018’s projects and events.