Meet the Council

Dr. Simon Grima

MACO President

Ph.D (Melit.), MSc (Lond), MSc (BCU), B.Com (Hons) (Melit.), FFA, FAIA (Acad), is the Head of the Insurance dept, in charge of the Bachelor of Commerce in Insurance, the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Master’s degree in Insurance and Risk Management and a Senior lecturer at the University of Malta. He served as the President of the Malta Association of Risk Management (MARM) between 2013 and 2015, and is the Current President of the Malta Association of Compliance Officers (MACO) since 2016. Moreover, he is among the first Certified Risk Management Professional (FERMA), is the chairman of the Scientific Education Committee of PRIMO and a member of the curriculum development team of PRIMIA in 2014. His research focus and consultancy is on Governance, Regulations and Internal Controls (i.e. Risk Management, Internal Audit and Compliance) and has over 30 years of experience varied between Financial Services and with public entities in academia, Internal Controls, Investments and IT. He acts as an Independent Director for Financial Services Firms, sits on Risk, Compliance, Procurement, Investment and Audit Committees and carries out duties as a Compliance Officer, Internal Auditor and Risk Manager.

Simon has acted as co-chair and is a member of the scientific program committee on some international conferences and is a chief editor, editor and review editor of some Journals and Book Series. He has been awarded outstanding reviewer for Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance in the 2017 Emerald Literati Awards.

Dr. Stefan-John Berry

MACO Secretary

Stefan is a lawyer with postgraduate specialisations in International Maritime Law and EU Commercial Law. He commenced his professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, then served in a number of roles at Lombard Bank Malta plc, (Mapfre) Middlesea Insurance plc and other FinServ licenced institutions. Stefan is involved in the convergence between Internal Controls, FinServ and FinTech.

Dean Bucknell

MACO Treasurer

Dean has over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry. He manages the compliance, fund accounting and finance activities of Oceanwood Capital Management Ltd and its client Funds. With over $2bn in assets under management, Oceanwood is a large AIFM in the European event-driven space. Prior to joining Oceanwood, Dean established and was CEO of Blue Planet Investment Management in Malta, where he moved in 2008. He previously was Operations Director at Blue Planet Investment Advisors Ltd., a UK-based boutique investment trust fund management and administration company. Dean has a strong background in multi-jurisdictional compliance, investment administration, management company accounting, accounting systems and multi-jurisdiction fund & management company taxation. He started his career in Edinburgh with the Scottish Midland Co-operative Society as a retail management accountant. Dean is a graduate of Edinburgh University and has a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering.