The creation and development of strategies for the sector falls under the Strategy Directorate.

The Directorate is built on five strategic focal points which include internationalisation and business development but also research, education and training and diversity and communities. These points also run through the council’s national strategy for the cultural and creative sectors for the years 2016-2020.

The directorate also focuses on the management and development of the funding portfolio, which currently includes nine national funding programmes amounting to around 1.5 million euro. A brokerage team also assists operators in the cultural and creative sectors to maximize their potential.

The Team

Mary Ann Cauchi - Director of Funding & Strategy  
As Director of Funding and Strategy, Mary Ann’s role involves overseeing funding processes and the coordination of the various strategic areas, both within Arts Council Malta as well as for the Public Cultural Organisations. Mary Ann provides overall direction for the strategy and funding teams, setting the strategy and vision for Arts Council Malta and coordinating programmes and initiatives aimed at supporting the cultural and creative sectors.

The Associates


Adrian Debattista - Research Associate
Adrian’s role involves developing and managing the council’s research programme through qualitative and quantitative research while gathering statistics and data mining, analysing cultural practices and monitoring trends effecting or resulting from cultural participation, production and consumption. He is also responsible for ensuring quality control of research by setting up appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems. The aim is to produce a knowledge base from which effective policy recommendations can be made, while aiding cultural operators through more informed decision-making.

Neville Borg - Research Executive
Neville’s role involves contributing to the development and management of the council’s research programme through various activities. These include contributing to the drafting of the Malta Profile for the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends, carrying out qualitative and quantitative data collection investigating the impacts of policies and strategies of the local cultural sector, and further encouraging evidence-based policy development. 



Romina Delia - Internationalisation Associate
Romina's role is to facilitate the international development of the cultural and creative sectors to sustain both the sector's growth as well as its contribution to Malta's international relations. She is highly passionate about cultural exchanges, international collaborations and the promotion of unity in diversity through intercultural dialogue.

Simone Inguanez - Diversity and Communities Associate
Simone helps enhance access and participation in culture. At Arts Council Malta, diversity is a strength – in terms of origin, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age. Priorities include development of skills, infrastructure, resources and initiatives in response to community needs and aspirations. Simone is also fund manager for Creative Communities, a community-led funding programme for creative and artistic activities and Il-Premju tal-President għall-Kreattività.

Lisa Gwen Baldacchino - Strategy & EU Affairs Associate
Lisa is responsible for the ongoing research and development towards an all-encompassing national arts strategy, which is receptive and informed by the sector. She is also in charge of EU Affairs, whereby she presents and contributes positions on cultural and creative matters on behalf of Arts Council Malta and in the interest of Malta-based arts communities within, and beyond member states. Furthermore, she is the liaison between the Council and Public Cultural Organisations and manages the Project Support Grant.


The Marketing and Communications Team


Neil Attard - Marketing & Communications Executive
Forming part of the Chairman's office, from marketing campaigns to media coverage, Neil is the Council's voice who ensures that the cultural agenda and strategy remains actively debated. Through the Council's various media channels, he relates the stories with the ultimate aim of informing artists and the general public of the hard work that goes on behind the Council’s walls.


The Funding and Brokerage Team

Annalise Buttigieg - Senior Fund Executive
The Fund Administrator liaises between artists and cultural stakeholders in the administering of funds within the Council's portfolio. Annalise is responsible for coordinating the evaluation process. From the processing of applications to the issuing of contracts, the Fund Administrator is present from start to finish during the funding process.

Christabel Catania - Senior Fund Executive
Christabel assists in the coordination of Art’s Council Malta funds administration process. She also supports the setting up and maintenance of the council’s Partnership Agreements with key cultural organisations in Malta and Gozo and heads the evaluation and selection process of the prestigious Premju għall-Arti. Additionally, Christabel manages and coordinates the Education and Training Portfolio within Arts Council Malta through liaising with different entities active in formal and informal training and the managing of the training and education funds which include Kreattiv, Professional Development Grant and the Young Talent Fund.

Joseph Lia - Creative Broker
Joseph is the creative broker who liaises between the Council and the creative practitioners. He is the first point of contact, answering queries, organising information sessions and acting as a broker between the sector and public cultural organisations.