Stephanie Vella is an executive director in a leading economic consultancy firm and lectures part time at the University of Malta. As an economic consultant, she has worked on a number of projects and consultancy assignments with institutions including the EU Commission, Commonwealth Secretariat, Government ministries and authorities and private sector entities. She has experience on various funding programmes including European Regional Development Fund, Cohesion Fund, European Social Fund, Rural Development Programme and OP Fisheries.
Through her work experience she is also familiar with local funding programmes including those offered by the Malta Council for Science and Technology. She has worked on various maritime related projects including, albeit not limited to the economic and financial feasibility of onshore power supply at the Grand Harbour and Malta Freeport Terminal. She has also worked on various cost benefit assessments on maritime infrastructure including the upgrading of the breakwater and extensions of quays in the Grand Harbour. She is currently developing and discussing with various stakeholders’ innovation within the maritime sector as part of a case study on Malta within the ESPON Bridges project. Dr Vella has also developed various capacity events including training events on RDP evaluation as part of the services offered by the Evaluation Helpdesk. This entails the co-ordination of the event as well as the delivery of the material. She is fluent in English and Maltese.
Dr Gordon Cordina
Gordon Cordina is a leading economist in Malta and co-founder of E-Cubed Consultants Ltd, the major economic consultancy firm on the Island. He has been involved in a number of assignments involving facilitation of networking and cooperation for the EU Commission, the Government of Malta and other public entities. These include acting as national contact point for the rural expert evaluation network for DG Agri, serving as Island territorial specificity expert in the GEOSPECS and BRIDGES projects for DG Regio, and motivating stakeholder participation in the drawing up of the Integrated Maritime Policy for Malta.
Dr Cordina has also significant experience in research projects involving the maritime sector, including cost benefit assessments of infrastructural projects, estimation of the economic contribution and potentials of specific sectors within the Blue Economy, and innovation in the maritime economy. Gordon is fluent in English, Maltese and Italian.