Arthur Galea Salomone

Arthur Galea Salomone LL.M., (Toronto) LL.D, graduated as a lawyer at the University of Malta in 1988. As a Commonwealth Scholar, he read International Commercial Law at the University of Toronto and now practices law at Galea Salomone & Associates with a focus on Corporate and Commercial Law, Financial Services Law, Maritime Law, Real Estate law, Foreign Investment. Arthur was Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange from 2010 to 2013. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the Malta Arbitration Centre. He is a Director at APS Bank Ltd. where he also chairs the Risk Management Committee of the Bank. Arthur is a partner and director of the Finco Trust Group of Companies and sits on the Board of Directors of a number of companies in the affiliated insurance field including Multi Risk Insurance Co Ltd, Multi Risk Benefits Limited, Propgen Insurance Limited, Central Life Limited and Rhenas Insurance Company Limited. Arthur Galea Salomone is a member of the Commercial Law Department within the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta. He has lectured widely on various aspects of Commercial Law. For a number of years he was the appointee of the Chamber of Advocates on the Joint Committee for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism.

William Van Buren

William Van Buren has over 20 years experience in various management and executive positions, mainly in financial services, across Europe, the South African Region and the Middle East. He started his career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) leading both audit and non-audit engagements, subsequently taking up Financial Controller positions with the Archdiocese of Malta and then Globe Financial Management p.l.c. (now GlobalCapial p.l.c.). In 2002, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the aforesaid company, where he led the restructuring and eventually the turnaround of the company. In 2004, William, was appointed President of Financial Services for the British American Group in Mauritius, with responsibility to monitor and maintain the existing financial services businesses, whilst overseeing the group’s strategy of controlled growth, both organic and through acquisition and new lines of business. In the period with British American he led various successful initiatives, restructuring a number of group companies and setting-up investment services operations in Mauritius, Dubai and Kenya. In 2007, he joined Al Rajhi Capital, one of the largest investment banks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with over USD2 billion in assets under management, as Chief Operating Officer. In this role William had direct responsibility for strategy and led the intricate project of separating the investment banking operations from the parent company, Al Rajhi Bank. In 2010 he moved to a similar role in Doha, Qatar, as Chief Operating Officer of The First Investor Ltd, the investment banking arm of the Barwa Bank Group. William graduated with Honours in Accountancy from the University of Malta in 1991 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and the Malta Institute of Accountant.