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, Giuliana Barbaro Sant and Paola Prinzis, Programming Officer. Ambra Anselmo 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 Administrator, 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, Laura Harron as Environmental Officer, Mireille Camilleri as Production Officer and Glorianne Parnis, Legal Officer.

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, Maria Mizzi – Social Media Specialist, Jessica Muscat – Publishing Officer, Daniela Cordina – Content Writer and Website Administrator, Lara Schembri – Content Writer and Publication Editor, Samwel Mallia and Clint Spiteri – Graphic Designers, Sefora Mannino – Audiovisual Officer, Josianne Micallef and Sean Borg – Marketing Officers, Justin Mamo – Communications Administration Officer and Stephanie Debono – Press Officer.

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.

The Administration & HR Department caters for the office’s daily needs and ensures that everything runs efficiently. The Administration & HR Department consists of: Marouska Formosa, HR Coordinator and Alison Bone, Administration Coordinator, Inohla Grimsey – Receptionist, Albert Dimech – Logistics Officer and Gordon Grixti – General Office Helper.

Also forming part of the Administration & HR Department are Ivan Vella – Corporate Partnership Director and Angelle Xuereb – Corporate Business Director.


The Finance Department handles budgetary matters for the Valletta 2018 Foundation. It is made up of: Dion Borg – Accountant, Jason Griscti – Accounts Officer, Nathalie Cardona – Accounts Support Officer, Luke Camilleri and Jean Claude Micallef – Accounts Assistants and Charmaine Portelli and Andrew Cachia – Procurement Consultants.

The Tal-Kultura Volunteers Programme is run by Volunteers 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.

The Valletta Design Cluster team is responsible for a project which will transform the abandoned Old Abbatoir site in Valletta into a hub for community and economic development. It is made up of Caldon Mercieca, Valletta Design Cluster Manager, Rafael Pascual Leone, Communities and Projects Officer and Andrea Stegani, Project Management Support Officer.