The 2019 BDO Leadership Conference for the EMEA (Europe, the Middle-East and Africa) region which was held in Malta for the first time ever, has come to an end. The conference took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. Julian’s and was made up of over 100 delegates representing their respective BDO firms from several countries across the EMEA region. BDO’s Global Team organises a series of annual regional conferences across the globe, where Managing Partners and CEOs from BDO member firms come together to discuss the network’s vision and strategic goals. The conference held in Malta last week, focused on BDO’s dream – Becoming market leaders.
BDO EMEA Chief Executive Officer, Trond-Morten Lindberg opened the conference on Tuesday 9th July and was followed by a welcome message and presentation from BDO Malta CEO, Mark Attard. Mr Attard opened his presentation with an incredible video about Malta, some interesting facts and figures, and an overview of the county’s and the firm’s remarkable success over the last 5 years.
Mr Attard’s presentation was followed by an inspirational speech from BDO Global CEO, Keith Farlinger who discussed the importance of having a dream and the hard decisions companies and individuals must make in order to achieve their dreams.
Later, that day the Prime Minister of Malta, Hon. Joseph Muscat joined a panel discussion which included Mark Attard, Keith Farlinger, Trond-Morten Lindberg and BDO Global Head of Business Development and Marketing, Allan Evans. The panel discussed various topics including Leadership, Innovative Technologies like Blockchain and AI, regulating industries and the strategy behind Malta’s success over the last 6 years. Further sessions were held on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th.
On Tuesday 9th July, BDO Malta treated its guests with a culinary experience at the Sheer Bastion atop Senglea’s 16th century bastions, overlooking extraordinary views of Malta’s Grand Harbour marina. This dinner party was well deserved after a full day of presentations, discussions and business meetings. During the dinner there was also a band that played some lovely music which helped the delegates to unwind, relax and refresh for the final day of the conference on Wednesday 10th July.
On Thursday 11th (literally first thing in the morning to avoid the scorching summer heat), BDO Malta organised a bicycle ride around renowned Golden Bay and Mgarr for the BDO Global Leadership team. During this ride, the team was able to enjoy some of Malta’s most beautiful natural scenery. After the ride, BDO Malta also awarded the Global leadership team with coffee and some pastries at the riviera snack bar.
In the afternoon Mark (BDO Malta CEO) and Chris (BDO Malta Head of Business Development) took Mr. Farlinger and Mr. Darley to the silent city, Mdina. This city is located in the northern region of Malta and was first inhabited and fortified by the Phoenicians in 700 BC. Mdina also served as the capital city of Malta during medieval times because it offers a great view of the whole island as it sits on Malta’s highest point and away from the sea. This offered great defensive advantages during sieges.
On Friday 12th July, Keith Farlinger and Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific region, Stephen Darley visited BDO Malta’s office in Msida which was inaugurated in September 2018. Mark Attard, Senior Managing Partner, John Attard and Head of Business Development Malta, Chris Scicluna showed the BDO Leaders around and introduced them personally to each and every member of staff in Malta. The Leadership team of BDO Malta also showed Mr. Farlinger and Mr. Darley the premises that the firm in Malta has.
In the evening, Mark and Chris took the guests from the Global office to Valletta, which is the current capital city of Malta. Valletta is also a very old city and was built by the Knights of St. John in 1565 after the Great siege of Malta.
What an exciting, eventful week of events!
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