Senior Leadership Team

Rosario Fiorentino 

Executive Director, Portfolio Manager & IC Member

Coming from a legal background and having worked for over 15 years in the financial industry, Mr. Fiorentino has held various roles, ranging from trader and consultant in complex strategies and hedging, to Advisor, portfolio manager, director of a UCITS Fund and of a Category 2 Asset Management company licensed by MFSA.

With a passion for derivatives, pricing models and risk management, the role of Director, and the work associated with the management of licensed structures, have allowed Mr. Fiorentino to delve deeper into the fields of compliance and reporting.

Joseph Falzon

Executive Director, Portfolio Manager & IC Member

Prof. Falzon is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange (MSE). He is also the former Head of the Department of Banking and Finance, and the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy, at the University of Malta.

Prof. Falzon started his studies in Economics in Malta and then went on to specialize in International Finance, Monetary Economics and Macroeconomics by studying a Ph.D. degree in Economics at the Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.

He also taught at several American Universities before returning to Malta where he served as a Consultant to the Government of Malta including the Office of the Prime Minister; the Ministry of Finance; the Office of Fair Competition and the Ministry of Economic Service.

Prof. Falzon has also been named a Director on the Board of several financial companies in Malta and he is the author of numerous publications and papers both in Malta and abroad.

Michele Beneduce

Non-Executive Independent Director

Mr. Beneduce graduated in computer engineering and is an algorithmic and discretionary trading expert. He has worked as a trader since 2001 and has progressed to become a senior trader specialising in options and derivative products.

During his career, he has been responsible for the analysis and coordination of teams of traders, and he has created and perfected software specialised in providing analysis and support in assessing risk and opportunities of derivatives.

Gianfranco Antonio Vento

Investment Committee Member

With almost two decades of experience in the sector, Prof. Vento has held senior leadership roles in banking, insurance, electronic money institutions and asset management companies, including as the current CEO of ‘Cassa di Risparmio di San Marino’.

Prof. Vento has ample experience in consultancy, including currently holding the role of Risk Management Consultant with World Bank.

In terms of academics, he is a Professor of Banking and Finance at Regent’s University (London, UK) and Guglielmo Marconi University (Rome, Italy).

Teuta Bakalli

Investment Committee Member

Ms Bakalli is an FCA approved person who has been a forerunner in the regulated financial sector for over 22 years, spearheading the success of market leaders across Europe as CFO/Executive Director.

Her experience spans across asset management, investment banking, insurance and ecommerce, including acting as trusted advisor to investors and boards, driving value-building entrepreneurial strategies, and having launched a successful consultancy practice.

An expert in ESG/sustainability and energetic leader, Ms Bakalli has built her career on her passion for sustainability, her conviction to drive change and her innovative thinking.