SCHEDULE AND AGENDA

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12:30 - 15:00

ESG Luncheon, Verdala Palace

Join us for a lovely lunch at Verdala Palace, which will provide a grand and inspirational setting for our discussions among esteemed speakers. The picturesque surroundings will undoubtedly enhance our conversations on ESG matters. Your presence at this event, hosted under the auspices of the President of Malta, would be welcomed, as your expertise and perspective could significantly contribute to the success of our luncheon. We aim to bring together influential business leaders, government officials, diplomats and various organisations to share insights, ideas and strategies to discuss how best to address ESG challenges in Malta and beyond.

Booking required

19:00 - 21:00

Cocktail Reception, Quarterdeck Bar, Hilton Hotel

Join us for an unforgettable evening of networking and socialising at the renowned Quarterdeck Bar at Hilton Malta. Step into the grandeur of the Quarterdeck Bar, where the sophisticated ambiance and breathtaking views of the Portomaso Yacht Marina await. Indulge in a delectable selection of exquisite cocktails and savour the culinary delights that have earned Hilton Malta its renowned reputation for exceptional hospitality.

Booking required

08:30 - 09:15

Registration

The start of an exciting and informative two days. Join us to register for the conference and start the day with a coffee and snack.

09:15 - 09:25

Welcome address by Joseph Portelli

Kicking off the start of a packed, exciting agenda at the Malta Stock Exchange Governance, Risk, Compliance and ESG Summit.

09:25 - 09:40

Keynote
Address by the Hon. Clyde Caruana

To be presented by the Minister for Finance.

09:40 - 10:00

Keynote
How Technology Can Enable GRC Oversight

Identifying and implementing the right technologies to optimise governance, risk and compliance processes within our organisations is rapidly becoming essential. This keynote will explore some tech solutions available (AI driven and more) to enable more effective decision making and better management of regulatory and compliance risk.

10:00 - 10:15

Keynote

Keynote to be given by the Minister for the Environment, Energy and Regeneration of the Grand Harbour

10:15 - 11:00

Moderated Session
ESG Metrics Transparency and Reporting

In today's business landscape, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors have become increasingly crucial for companies to consider and report on. ESG metrics provide valuable insights into a company's sustainability performance, social impact and corporate governance practices. Transparency in ESG reporting is essential for building trust with stakeholders, attracting investors and managing long-term risks.

11:00 – 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:00

Fireside Chat
The Future of Financial Regulation

Interview with Commissioner Summer K. Mersinger. The CFTC operates with the goal of maintaining the integrity of the commodities and derivatives markets, ensuring fair and transparent trading, and protecting market participants from fraud and manipulation. Its regulatory responsibilities cover a broad range of financial instruments, including futures contracts, options on futures, and certain types of swaps. Considering the size of the US derivatives market it regulates – it regulates perhaps the world's largest market.

12:00 - 12:45

Moderated Session
AI and GRC, The Intersection of Technology and Regulation

In this talk, the panel explores the dynamic relationship between Artificial Intelligence and Governance, Risk, and Compliance. The discussion begins by acknowledging the increasing complexity of the regulatory landscape, emphasizing the need for businesses to adapt to stricter oversight and evolving standards. The panel will debate the implications of AI and how it may impact Governance, Risk and Compliance.

12:45 - 13:00

Fireside Chat
A Regulator's Perspective - What is Good Governance?

This fireside chat will bring perspective from the heart of regulatory oversight as we delve into the fundamental question: "What is Good Governance?" From a regulator's viewpoint, this topic transcends beyond mere principles; it's about fostering an environment where ethical conduct, transparency, and accountability form the bedrock of organizational practices. The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) is the international body that brings together the world's securities regulators and is recognized as the global standard setter for the securities sector.

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout Session 1
Implementing an ESG Strategy Within Your Company

This panel will discuss sustainable business practices as we discuss the implementation of an ESG strategy within a company. In an era where responsible corporate citizenship is not just applauded but expected, integrating ESG principles is a strategic imperative.

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout Session 2
Risk Management: The Essential Guide to Protecting Your Business

This panel will discuss the dynamic landscape of risk management – a guide that is indispensable for safeguarding the very core of a business. In an environment where uncertainties are inevitable, understanding, assessing, and mitigating risks become paramount for the sustainable success of any entity.

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout Session 3
AML Compliance and Trends in the Digital Age

This panel will dive into the complex realm of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance, exploring how businesses must evolve to meet the challenges of the digital age. As financial landscapes undergo rapid transformation, understanding AML trends becomes imperative for staying ahead of regulatory expectations and protecting the integrity of financial systems.

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout Session 4
Implementing DORA to mitigate ICT Risk

This panel will cover Information and Communication Technology (ICT) risk mitigation, exploring the implementation of the DORA framework. DORA, standing for Digital Operational Resilience Act, provides a comprehensive strategy to safeguard organizations against the evolving landscape of ICT risks. Key elements and strategies for implementing DORA effectively will be discussed.

15:00 - 15:15

Keynote
Anti-Money Laundering Compliance - Best Practices and Emerging Trends

This keynote on "Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Compliance - Best Practices and Emerging Trends" will cover various aspects of effective AML strategies and the evolving landscape. It will provide an overview of the current regulatory environment related to AML and the expectations set by regulatory bodies globally. The keynote will also emphasize the importance of adopting a risk-based approach to AML compliance, tailoring measures to the specific risks faced by the organization.

15:15 - 16:00

Moderated Session
The Future of Regulatory Compliance

This panel explores the evolving landscape of regulatory requirements and how businesses are adapting to meet these challenges. The discussion likely covers the integration of technology, such as artificial intelligence and automation, to streamline compliance processes. Emphasis may be placed on the increasing complexity of regulations, the importance of data privacy, and the role of proactive compliance and risk management strategies.

16:00 - 16:15

Keynote
Ethics, Compliance and Fraud Trends

This keynote will cover the current landscape of ethical considerations, regulatory compliance, and emerging trends in fraudulent activities. Key topics will include the integration of technology in fraud detection and prevention, the impact of evolving regulations on corporate ethics, and the role of transparency and accountability in compliance efforts. Additionally, the talk will explore the challenges posed by digital transformations and the importance of fostering a strong ethical culture within organizations to mitigate fraud risks.

16:15 - 17:00

Moderated Session
The Role of Risk Culture in Effective Enterprise Risk Management

This panel will focus on the critical influence of organizational culture on the success of risk management practices. The panel will clarify what is meant by risk culture and how it encompasses the collective values, attitudes, and behaviors within an organization concerning risk. The discussions will emphasize the importance of aligning risk culture with the overall objectives and values of the organization to ensure a holistic approach to risk management and compliance.

17:00 - 17:05

Closing Remarks

In the closing remarks, our speaker will summarize key points from the days discussions, and emphasize the importance of the topics covered. The remarks may include a call to action, encouraging the audience to apply the insights gained and implement relevant strategies.

19:00 - 22:00

Networking Buffet, Malta Marriott Hotel and Spa

Join us for an exclusive dinner at the Malta Marriott Hotel and Spa, St. Julians. We invite you to enjoy an evening of networking in a luxurious setting. This exclusive event promises great company, delectable cuisine, and meaningful conversations. We look forward to sharing this memorable experience with you.

Booking required

08:30 - 09:15

Arrive & Welcome Coffee

09:15 - 09:25

Welcome address by Simon Zammit

Kicking off the start of the second day of an exciting agenda at the Malta Stock Exchange Governance, Risk, Compliance and ESG Summit.

09:30 - 09:45

Fireside Chat
Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress

09:45 - 10:00

Keynote
Harnessing AI for Good through Innovation and Responsibility

This keynote explores the transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in fostering societal well-being and progress. The speaker delves into innovative applications of AI, such as healthcare advancements, personalized education, and environmental sustainability. Emphasis is placed on the ethical responsibility accompanying AI development, including the need for robust frameworks and data privacy.

10:00 - 10:15

Fireside Chat
Effective Governance for Better Business

This session will explore how effective governance practices are becoming essential tools in navigating the current business landscape shaped by geo-political and economic unpredictability. The right board composition, governance practices and tech enabled reporting have become key for Boards to find the right opportunities in uncertain times.

10:15 - 11:00

Moderated Session
Attributes of an Effective Board of Directors

This panel will discuss how good governance encompasses various principles and elements that contribute to effective and responsible leadership within organizations. While specific frameworks and definitions may vary, some common elements of good governance include accountability, transparency, rule of law, fairness, and much more. The panel will debate how boards have significant legal and fiduciary responsibilities and how getting it wrong could be costly and reputationally very damaging to the organization and individual.

11:00 – 11:45

Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:00

Fireside Chat
Challenges in iGaming Governance and Compliance

This fireside chat will explore the obstacles encountered in the iGaming industry and the approaches to overcome them. We will discuss the hurdles stemming from diverse regulations in Europe and other regions, with a focus on Responsible Gaming, Financial Crime, and Technical Compliance. Additionally, we'll examine the principles of Good Governance within the iGaming sphere, considering perspectives from both Operators and Regulators.

12:00 - 12:15

Fireside Chat
Sustainable Finance, ESG & Governance

12:15 - 13:00

Moderated Session
Protecting your Organisation from Fraud and Corruption

This panel involves strategies and practices aimed at safeguarding businesses from unethical behavior and financial wrongdoing. The discussion will address the importance of implementing robust internal controls, fostering a culture of transparency and integrity, and staying abreast of evolving fraud and corruption trends. Key components will include employee education, effective whistleblowing mechanisms, and the utilization of advanced technologies for fraud detection.

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout Session 1
Managing GDPR and Regulatory Compliance

The discussion on "Managing GDPR and Regulatory Compliance" will cover strategies and practices for organizations to navigate and adhere to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other relevant regulatory frameworks. Key topics will include providing insights into the key provisions and requirements of GDPR, ensuring a clear understanding of the regulations, implementing robust data governance frameworks to manage and protect personal data in compliance with GDPR guidelines and other general compliance issues.

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout Session 2
The Future of Gaming: Trends, Regulation and Technology

A discussion on "The Future of Gaming: Trends, Regulation, and Technology" will explore the evolving landscape of the gaming industry, encompassing various key aspects. The talk will cover emerging technologies shaping the future of gaming, such as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and advancements in graphics and processing power. Discussing the regulatory landscape surrounding the gaming industry, including considerations related to online gaming, loot boxes, and potential changes in legislation to address evolving trends will also be covered.

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout Session 3
The Human Factor in GRC: Labour Relations, Culture and Ethics

This panel will center on the pivotal role of human elements in GRC within organizations. Key points will include exploring the impact of labor relations on GRC, including the role of employee engagement, communication, and collaboration in fostering a positive and compliant workplace culture. Emphasizing the influence of organizational culture on GRC practices, with a focus on creating a culture of integrity, ethics transparency, and accountability will also be discussed.

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout Session 4
The Progress and Challenges of the Capital Markets Union

A talk on "The Progress and Challenges of the Capital Markets Union (CMU)" will explore the ongoing initiatives, achievements, and hurdles associated with the European Union's plan to establish a single market for capital across its member states. Key points will include providing context on the establishment of the CMU and its overarching goals to create a more integrated, efficient, and resilient capital market within the EU. Discussions will also revolve around the regulatory measures and reforms being implemented to facilitate cross-border investments, improve access to funding, and harmonize rules for financial markets.

15:00 - 15:45

Moderated Session
Building a Cyber Security Culture - Strategies for Embedding Security in an Organisational Culture

The panel on "Building a Cybersecurity Culture: Strategies for Embedding Security in an Organizational Culture" delves into the imperative of instilling a strong cybersecurity ethos within a company. The discussion will outline various strategies aimed at integrating security practices seamlessly into the organizational culture. Key focal points may include employee training and awareness programs, the promotion of a collective responsibility for cybersecurity, and the establishment of clear protocols for handling digital threats. The talk will explore the use of technology, incident response planning, and continuous evaluation to reinforce a proactive and resilient cybersecurity culture.

15:45 - 16:00

Fireside Chat
The Future of Crypto Governance Post FTX

This fireside chat will revolve around the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency governance following developments related to FTX, a prominent cryptocurrency exchange which failed recently. The discussion will cover how regulatory changes and developments, particularly those involving FTX, may impact the broader crypto ecosystem, the governance models adopted by cryptocurrency platforms post-FTX and how they address issues related to transparency, decision-making, and user participation.

16:00 - 16:15

Fireside Chat
ESG Trends and Opportunities

This fireside chat on ESG Trends and Opportunities discusses the latest developments in ESG practices. The conversation delves into emerging trends and identifies key opportunities for businesses and investors to align with sustainable and responsible practices in today's dynamic market landscape. The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is a United Nations program that encourages exchanges around the world to promote sustainability and transparency in the capital markets.

16:15 - 17:00

Moderated Session
AML Risk Assessment - Identifying and Mitigating Money Laundering Risks

This panel will discuss how conducting a comprehensive Anti-Money Laundering (AML) risk assessment is fundamental to identifying and mitigating potential money laundering risks within an organization. One critical aspect of this assessment involves scrutinizing the identity of clients, customers, and counterparties. The panel will discuss how implementing a robust Customer Due Diligence (CDD) process is essential, and also discuss best practices in conducting thorough CDD, including customer profiling, monitoring, and ongoing risk assessments.

17:00 - 17:05

Closing Remarks

Mr Joseph Portelli will conclude the conference. Thank you all for attending!

17:05 - 18:15

Cocktail Reception

Time to relax after an intensive couple of days, spend time with new friends and contacts and enjoy a lovely cocktail hour.

19:00 - 22:00

Farewell Dinner, Malta Marriott Hotel and Spa

Join us for an exclusive dinner at the Malta Marriott Hotel and Spa, St. Julians. We invite you to enjoy an evening of networking in a luxurious setting. This exclusive event promises great company, delectable cuisine, and meaningful conversations. We look forward to sharing this memorable experience with you.

Booking required