Building a Data-Driven Economy

Big Data Summit

The Big Data Summit (Malta) is the first event of its kind to be held in Malta aimed at bringing together an international group of business leaders, policy makers and technology leaders to discuss the future of the global economy and how big data and advanced analytics is already transforming the business world as we know it.

This major event brings together thought leaders from some of the key players in Big Data today including Tableau, Qlik , Microsoft, Zendesk and Salesforce as  well as accomplished independent international speakers from a variety of industries , including professional services, IT, Telco, iGaming, Academia as well as areas where some of the major breakthroughs are being made like Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

Who is attending?

The summit has already attracted a lot of interest, amongst the attendees are :

  • CEO/C-Suite executives
  • Chief Information officers
  • Big data specialists from a variety of sectors including public sector, utilities, banking, insurance, igaming , retail and manufacturing.
  • Data Architects
  • Financial services professionals
  • Software engineers
  • Marketing executives
  • Journalists & media correspondents


More than two thirds of the attendees are involved in policy , strategy and procurement for their organizations.

About Malta

Malta, the largest island of a small archipelago situated on the southern rim on Europe , has developed into one of the Europe’s most vibrant economies and is home to major knowledge and data based industries such as iGaming, Financial Services, IT and Pharma.







Serial Entrepreneur, Public Speaker

Charles is a serial entrepreneur who has focused his career on solving tough technology challenges for some of the world’s largest organisations, including HSBC, Barclays, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. Charles is an experienced public speaker having presented at various events in the UK, US, and the Middle East on the philosophical questions around Smart Devices, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence.


Founding Member @ ICIJ Data Unit

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is an active global network of 185 reporters in more than 65 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories, such as the recent Panama Papers and Swiss Leaks. As a founding member of ICIJ’s data unit, Matthew will go into the details of how ICIJ extracts and searches data to break monster stories out of monster data.


Entrepreneur, Financial Data Analytics Expert

Dr Abdalla Kablan is an entrepreneur, and financial data analytics expert. He specialises in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the design of complex systems. He is also the Founder of Hippo Data, a Fintech Startup.


Chief Technology Officer @ Hewlett Packard

Wilfried Grommen serves as Hewlett Packard’s Chief Technology Officer for the Public Sector in EMEA. Grommen has 24 years of experience in the IT industry. In his previous position, he served as Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer for Central and Eastern Europe, focusing primarily on technology policy (interoperability, innovation, security). Wilfried will be sharing his insights on Big Data, Smart Vehicles and Transportation.


Advanced Analytics and Big Data Technology Solutions Professional @ Microsoft

Michal Marusan’s background lies in data warehousing and business intelligence on massively parallel database engines. For the last five years he has been working on numerous Big Data and Advanced Analytics projects with different customers mainly from Telco, Banking and Transportation industries.


Data Scientist @ Teradata

Neil Sammut is a Data Scientist working in the Advanced Analytics team at Teradata. His day-to-day role involves being parachuted into a clients’ offices to munge data and produce actionable insights that can be turned into value. Neil has worked with different customers across both Banking and Retail industries in the UK, using a variety of models and analytical approaches.


Advanced Solutions Sales Director @ Microsoft

Mr. Piric is responsible for leading a team of technical and solutions sales professionals responsible for business development and scaling of Microsoft’s new and emerging technologies in the areas of Cloud, Big Data, Internet of Things, Enable Application Innovation and Media Services.


Product Marketing Manager EMEA @ Tableau

Bob manages Tableau’s Product Marketing for Europe. He has a background in aeronautical engineering and a passion for technology and data. The last twenty years has heralded many changes in IT and Bob has been at the hub of many of them. Data security at Dr Solomon’s and Kaspersky, hardware innovation as Head of Product Management at Sun Microsystems and mobile technology at Toshiba. Bob is a regular speaker on the power of putting data into the hands of the people who need it.


    Managing Director @ Oulala Games

    Benjamin Carlotti, co-founder and Managing Director, holds a Masters in Sport Finance (Georgetown University). He was a financial consultant for three years, as well as a shareholder of a mobile gaming company. Benjamin has been following the evolution of the Fantasy Sports industry in the USA and has anticipated its rise in the European market. He therefore launched three years ago. He regularly speaks at conferences, and contributes to various BtoB publications.


    Head of Marketing @ iMovo

    Daniela’s background lies in digital marketing and online customer acquisition, managing multiple digital channels, including affiliates, PPC, SEO and digital media. She thrives on marketing insights and analytics to increase customer engagement and loyalty and to continually optimise marketing performance. Daniela is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Malta, with published studies on digital marketing.


    Sales & Alliances Director @ QlikView Hellas

    Stefanos Tsolakidis holds the position of Sales & Alliances Director in QlikView Hellas. Having worked for more than 10 years in the IT industry, today he focuses his interest in Business Analytics. He monitoring upcoming technologies and trends within the BI industry and has participated in some of the major international BI conferences.


    Head of Big Data @ Betsson Group

    Doug has focused his career on solving tough technology challenges for some of the world’s largest organisations to deliver tangible business value. Specialising in Big Data/Analytics transformation, he has extensive practical experience at big four IT advisory firms and start-ups in leading and selling complex business change projects/teams, successfully implementing award winning big data/cloud technology digital projects and in establishing multi-million pound consulting practices delivering to global corporate clients and founding start-up companies.


      Head of Data Intelligence @ Betsson Group

      Vlad has worked in a variety of industries – from financial services to telecommunications, and is now enjoying his time in igaming. His journey always kept him close to the data and the value it offers to the consumers. He is passionate about designing and executing impactful data strategies, building teams and structures to enable and support the best in class data-led organisations.


      Senior Account Executive EMEA @ Salesforce

      As a sales expert with a strong experience with some of the world’s largest technology solution and cloud platform providers, Alex is all about helping businesses find, win and keep customers and thus grow their business.

      He is currently helping customers in Malta in a journey to success – and when he’s not doing that he’s having a good time playing the piano or hiking new paths.



      Microsoft view and advantage of Hybrid Cloud Practical examples of customer business scenarios Intro to Cortana and demo

      Eugene Piric and Michal Marusan

      When buzzwords match...however big data infrastructures manage to offer a complete new way of dealing with mobility issues, or enhance the mobility experience. Connected cars, as a precessor of autonomous cars exploit the benefits of big data infrastructures. They allow monitoring, but also steering guidance, and contextual recommendations. Furthermore, some cities exploit big data infrastructures to provide a new “smart” transportation experience. Public transport, road management, event and safety management, social networks are integrated into a smart mobile application or mobility service. Some great cases studies of real digital transformation.

      Mr Wilfried Grommen

      Any gaze into the future starts with a look to the past and present. Any forecast or prediction made without that grounding in the current is just a guess. Every organization knows this already but how much of your data are you using to base your future plans on? My ‘guess’ – not a lot. There is competitive advantage to be had in making the right decisions. Let me tell you how to use more of your data to make better decisions and maybe discover things you never knew about your own organization.


      An exploration of the practical steps that can be employed to ensure that commercial value can be created from Big Data activities to drive organisational growth and enable positive customer experiences

      Doug Brown and Vlad Kaltenieks

      A lifetime ago, whistleblowers dropped caches of documents on newspapers’ doorsteps and journalists would hunt through the documents alone, late at night in their newsroom, with little outside help. A year ago, an anonymous source began leaking close to 3 terabytes of files to a journalist at Süddeutsche Zeitung via encrypted transfer. What happened after that? In this talk, we’ll go into the details of how ICIJ’s data unit made all these files searchable and accessible to hundreds of journalists working all over the world and used data extracted from them to reverse engineer Mossack Fonseca’s operational database. We’ll also take a step into the future of investigative journalism, where journalists cooperate on online platforms, sharing files and leads - and breaking monster stories out of monster data.


      Measuring consumer sentiment, optimizing supply chains, detecting fraud – Big Data is powerful. But to harness that power, organizations must hire data scientists, craft complex algorithms, and make massive investments in infrastructure and software. That leaves business leaders and the IT professionals supporting them wondering: Is it possible to make Sense of Big Data and useful for business users?

      Stefanos Tsolakidis


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