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Rose Anne Abdilla

Rose-Anne obtained her Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) degree from the University of Malta in 1999 with a dissertation entitled: Value for Money in selected Charitable Organisations in Malta. After working for two years in the industry, she joined the Archdiocese of Malta and is currently the Financial Controller responsible for diocesan entities. Over the years she has worked closely with entities in different sectors including residential homes for children and the elderly, and media amongst others. In her current role she sits on a number of Boards including that of the Migrants Commission Foundation.

Fr Anton D'Amato

Anton graduated in Law (LL.D.) in 2009 with a thesis in Criminal Law: “The Interrelation between Criminal Insanity and Mental Disorders in Maltese Law” and was admitted to the Bar the same year. He practiced with a local firm until December 2010. In September 2011 he started seminary formation at the Archbishop’s Seminary in Malta and a read a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Philosophy at the University of Malta and a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology. In 2017 he started a Licentiate in Theology and graduated in 2019 with a thesis entitled “Healing a Turbulent Past: Reconciling Church and Politics in Malta.” That same year Anton was asked to act as a Chaplain at the University of Malta, Junior College. Since January 2021 he is the Director of the Migrants Commission Foundation within the Archdiocese of Malta.

Perit Etienne Fenech

Etienne is an Architect and Civil Engineer specializing in various fields of Sustainable policies, Contemporary Architectural Detailing, and Conservation of Vernacular Architecture. He graduated from the University of Malta, in 2006 with a thesis in Conservation Policies and Ethics: ‘Preserving the recent past for the future….Analyzing the need of the ‘miracle’ material in British defence Architecture & the hidden politics in conserving concrete.’ After working as a leading architect with a local firm, in 2011, he completed a Master’s Degree at the University of Cardiff, with a thesis in Sustainable Policies of the Mediterranean Water: ‘Turning Wine-Dark Sea into Blue Gold: Assessing how water is framed within the Union for the Mediterranean.’ He is also warranted as an Auditor to Energy Performance for both residential and commercial dwellings. Currently, he is director of a unified professional firm and director of a hospitality boutique firm. Since 2021, he forms part of the board of directors to the Migrants Commission Foundation within the Archdiocese of Malta.

Dr Ibtisam Sadegh

Dr Sadegh is a University Lecturer at Faculty of Laws, Civil Law department, University of Malta. She obtained a Doctor of Law (LL.D.) degree at the University of Malta. For her thesis she conducted a comparative research between Sharia Councils, Muslim Arbitration Tribunal and the Beth Din in England and Wales, and the Ecclesiastical Tribunals in Malta. As a PhD researcher in the ERC project Problematizing ‘Muslim Marriages’: Ambiguities and Contestations, she is currently conducting ethnographic research with interfaith couples in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on the Moroccan North African coast. She is very much active as a Pro Bono lawyer with Asylum Seekers and within the Law Clinic at the University or Malta.

Dr Rachel Taylor East

Dr Taylor East is a Consultant Psychiatrist and specialises in Acute In-Patient Psychiatry. She graduated M.D. from the University of Malta and a MSc in Clinical and Public Health aspects of addiction at the Institute of Psychiatry in Kings College, London. She did work in a number of research projects, one of which was a population study on the incidence of psychosis of the Maltese Islands, another was on substance misuse and on migrants' mental health services for detained asylum seekers. Currently she is the Secretary of the Malta Association of Psychiatry.

Marija Zahra

Marija Zahra is a social worker and is currently the Principal Social Worker at the Directorate for Educational Services within the Education Department. She has 20 years of experience as a Social Worker having spent, working in various sectors of the social work field from child protection to community services. Along the years she has been engaged in various voluntary initiatives.