Meet the Team

Meet the Team2018-10-09T08:26:21+00:00

Joe Aquilina

CEO

As a co-founder of Smart Technologies back in 2008, Joe played an instrumental role in the initial setting up and formulation of the organisation from the get-go. He was involved in creating the strategy and saw through all the phases which made the company what it is today.

Joe started as an IT manager for a reputable family business in Malta, which made him active in major implementations involving multi-national companies in various market segments – from food & beverage to shipping to engineering, as well as distribution. With this experience, Joe went on to form an IT service company in 2001, before moving on to become the co-founder of Smart Technologies Ltd. Today, he plots and oversees the strategic growth of the organisation, both organically and through local and overseas acquisitions.

Ruben Caruana

CCO

Ruben has 20 years of experience in the IT industry behind him, giving him a solid technical background. With this, he kicked off his career revolving around ICT infrastructure design and managing ICT projects. In more recent years, Ruben shifted from a technical role to a business development and sales role. This made him obtain experience in developing and successfully closing complex IT products, solution and infrastructure sales processes, with a broad range of large organizations in various industries in Malta and the Mediterranean.

Ruben also worked for Microsoft, focusing on business management of Microsoft’s Enterprise Segment including Public Sector, Communications Sector, Commercial Sector and Education. Ruben is now CCO of Smart Technologies, with his main responsibilities revolving around creating a sustainable competitive advantage, helping to retain profitable customers and driving profitable customer behaviour through an effective customer strategy.

Manuel Aquilina

COO IT

Manuel is an IT specialist with over 15 years of experience in various technologies. He is well versed in vendor management, IS management and strategy, as well as project management. His main focus has been mainly on network and mobility technologies, Microsoft platforms and project management.

His strong technical know-how combined with his natural people-skills and business acumen make Manuel the best at providing solutions to clients and end-users. The main areas in his skillset are team management, strategic management, business & IS strategy, and stakeholder-requirements negotiation.

Joeane Gauci

CFO

Joeane is the CFO of Smart Technologies in 2009 and is responsible for the Group’s overall financial management, reporting, cash flow management, credit control and statutory matters.  She is also responsible for the HR Function of the Group.

Previously, Joeane gained audit experience at KPMG.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants and ACCA.

Evan Camilleri

CSA

Evan has been involved in the IT industry since 1990.  He was involved in various projects in Malta as well as in Germany.   His main focus is designing software solutions for client needs by understanding the needs and problems of their business as well as proposing the best technology for the solution.

Evan worked for some time in a family business which gave him a solid understanding of the needs of businesses as well as understanding in logistics.  He now focuses on managing a team of developers developing mostly analytics solutions and tools.  While most of the time he does analysis, Evan still finds time to do some coding since this keep him also in touch with technologies and a contact with his developers.

Simon Bonanno

CPO

Simon has been in the IT industry for over 25 years.  His vision is to help clients empower themselves and optimize their businesses processes through the use of the latest cutting-edge I.T. technologies, with special emphasis on Business Analytics tools.

In fact, the I.T. solutions that Simon helps to develop are innovative and centred around the customer and their business needs.

Another area which Simon actively promotes is IT training both for companies and for private individuals. Here he empowers clients, by specialised training sessions, so they make optimal use of their IT systems whether it is Excel or a complex Business Solution.

Audrey Farrugia

Business Development Consultant

Audrey has been working in the IT industry for the last 25 years. A seasoned hand in gaining invaluable experience in Business Development Consultancy – a skill which is the foundation in Customer oriented sales, her approach providing professional services and on time software solutions including ‘Software as a Services’ (SaaS) ably aiding the Management of IT teams. She has a world of experience in senior-level business development and high-level operations reaching strategic objectives within the companies representing. Has been instrumental in introducing new business streams/products, generate leads and coordinate product related seminars, conferences and participating in marketing campaigns and networking activities to keep up to date with the latest groundbreaking IT solutions and technology.

Karl Fenech

Project Manager Systems

Karl has over 17 years of experience in the IT world with experience in numerous technologies.  His focus matured from installing, configuring and testing of various operating systems to designing and architecting complex ICT infrastructures. In early years, he started as an IT administrator in a mid-sized company gaining experience in extensive support and administrative duties.  This experience helped him grow into a managerial position with Smart Technologies where he drives a team of professionals in ensuring highest levels of systems and infrastructure availability, both in premise, cloud or hybrid systems.

Adrian Borg

Project Manager Hospitality

Adrian has over 20 years of experience in the IT world on numerous technologies and hospitality systems. In the early years, he studied Industrial Electronics from where he launched his career as a computer technician in a mid-sized company. His main role was to install, configure, troubleshoot and repair various complex ICT systems and machines. He then took an opportunity to explore the Hospitality business over these past 10 years both locally and overseas. This experience helped him grow into a managerial position within Smart Technologies where he’s responsible for the Hospitality Business Unit projects and support.

Massimo Avellino

Product Specialist

Massimo has been working in the IT industry for the last 26 years and since his early days he proved himself an accomplished project manager for business-critical projects, especially those which relied on Oracle Technology. He was the local expert to engage when Oracle Technology customers demanded a robust data architecture, optimized database design, data integrity and security, as well as regular performance tuning, for complex high-availability data centre installations with data replication setups, both locally and overseas. His expert skills and competences helped him to show great composure especially when working under extreme pressure and successfully recovering from disaster recovery situations at major Oracle Technology customer sites. The vast experience Massimo has attained and his attributes have made him a dependable and efficient Oracle Database Certified Professional who is very knowledgeable and capable of leading teams to execute technical projects that depend on finely tuned Oracle Technology Product implementations.

Robert Azzopardi

Systems Architect

As a Systems Architect at Smart Technologies with over 20 years of experience in enterprise solutions with driven passion for technology and innovation, Robert strives to achieve excellence using best breed of technologies. He is a highly motivated IT professional, capable of managing projects, providing consultancy and requirements gathering. He has a proven track record with extensive hands-on experience in developing and implementing IT infrastructure solutions and he has acquired a vast knowledge and competences in Storage design, Virtualization, Stretched Clusters, Business Continuity and High Availability to sustain implementations for complex business requirements. His vast experience with HPe has complimented his skills acquired over the past years and have made him a valuable professional expert in the finance, banking, shipping, logistics and manufacturing business sectors. Robert excels in creating a professional collaboration with the customers to make their projects a successful one.

Luke Rocco

Senior Developer

Luke has been working in the IT Industry for over 11 years, as a Software Developer. He specializes in the Back-End development of Libraries, Data Connectors and Databases for different systems. These systems vary from Client Validation systems, Insurance Algorithms, Web API Connectors and Data Collection, Sampling and Report Preparation. Although his main area of expertise is .Net, he has also dabbled in integrating different technologies and systems, whilst creating required connectors to gather data from 3rd Party Software and Repositories to supplement the In-House BI System.

Ivan Bonnano

Senior Developer

Ivan has been working in the IT industry for over 9 Years as a software developer.  He has experience in various technologies that are used to build and maintain Retail, BI & Backend systems. These systems are to help clients manage better their business with stock control, client management, sales and purchasing controls. The BI helps the clients to analyze data and therefore improve decision making that can lead in optimizing of operational efficiency and gain competitive advantage.