Julian encountered challenges from the day he was born, but it is his determination to overcome them that defines him. A rare condition affected both his arms and legs, leaving him physically disabled in more way than one. Julian was handed what he calls a life-changing opportunity when he was asked to take up swimming as his main sport. Working his way up the ranks, Julian represented Malta at the prestigious Para-Olympic Swimming World Championships. In his own words, “Sports has taught me everything, there is no dream too big…”
Lelio graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Malta in 1994. A few years later (2003) he was awarded a Diploma in School Administration from the same University. After thirteen years as a primary school teacher he was appointed Assistant Head at the Gozo College Rabat Primary School. He became Head of the same school five years later. Along with his unparalleled passion for education which truly embraces inclusivity and diversity, Lelio is also heavily involved in the voluntary sector within at a community level, with decades of experience in active engagement.
An architect and urban designer by profession, Dr Antoine Zammit has worked in private practice since 2002 on projects in Malta, Italy and the Republic of Ireland and was further a member on the Planning Appeals Board in Malta. Today Antoine leads his architectural and urban design consultancy, studjurban, and lectures in spatial planning, urban design and urban governance at the Department of Spatial Planning and Infrastructure within the Faculty for the Built Environment, UoM.
David graduated with honours in International Business and Economics from the University of Manchester. During this period, he co-founded a clothing company in partnership with the high street fashion label American Apparel. Following University, David decided to immerse himself fully in the world of adventure sport, a long time interest of his. This saw him climbing mountains in various continents and sailing across oceans. Additionally, he is most known for his 32 day, 4200km solo expedition, where he cycled across the Australian continent.
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As a graduate of International Relations from the University of Malta in 1997, Mikela furthered her studies in Cyprus. She then proceeded to read a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution on a Chevening Scholarship at the University of Bradford followed by an EU Scholarship to read a Masters degree in EU Politics and Administration at the College of Europe in Bruges. Mikela joined the Maltese Diplomatic Service in 2000. In her vast work portfolio, she encountered numerous challenges, including the Asian Tsunami and the Libyan crisis. In November 2013 Mikela moved to the Private sector. In October 2015, Mikela launched her first book ‘Stolen Childhood’ – a true story of the struggle of Jacqueline Vassallo to be a mother to her four children.
Luke Azzopardi is a Couturier, Production Designer, & Installation Artist. His self-titled luxury design house based on the Maltese Islands specialises in bespoke couture. Luke focuses on the idea of timeless elegance, and reflects a sense of a researched and applied aestheticism. Throughout all of his research and design work, Luke aims to use fashion design, and to a broader sense, pop, as modern day narratives to define postmodernism in Malta, as well as to explore the realities of postmodernist issues as lingering phenomena. He is concerned with pinpointing a set of aesthetic principles by which one can create and discuss contemporary fashion.