Meet the Team

Robert Micallef 
M.ENTR. , B.Sc. (Hons) SAL(Melit.)

Head of Academy

Robert Micallef is a dynamic Chief Executive Officer of a local business enterprise which also has a strong international dimension. Robert has occupied this position for the last 7 years and has consolidated the business operations and at the same time diversified the enterprise through active engagement and networking. The position of CEO has provided Robert also with a unique opportunity to develop strong competencies in negotiation, formulation of partnerships and synergies in the business field, and overall knowledge of the market economy.

In addition, Robert has also occupied roles and positions related to sales and management in the corporate environment. Through this activity, Robert has gained invaluable skills related to the business and management fields, and also contributed to forming a sharp business acumen.

Through formal education and training, Robert is constantly striving to keep updated with new knowledge within his field and beyond. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Active Lifestyle from the University of Malta, Robert has progressed to read for a Masters in Entrepreneurship (concluding in November of this year).

Moreover, Robert is an avid ambassador of sports and youth development in Malta. Apart from being active in several sports activities himself, he was also involved in various management roles in the field of sports, particularly football, in Malta.

Robert Micallef
M.ENTR. , B.Sc. (Hons) SAL(Melit.)

Head of Academy

Robert Micallef is a dynamic Chief Executive Officer of a local business enterprise which also…

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Claudio Azzopardi 
B.Sc. (Hons) SAL(Melit.)

Head of Operations

Claudio Azzopardi B.Sc.(Hons) SAL (Melit.) has graduated from the University of Malta in 2017. For many years, he participated in extracurricular activities and worked voluntarily in close collaboration with young people especially in the field of sport academies, in which he is still involved till today. His working style with young people was always to present himself as a friend while trying to empower them to get involved in sport.

Along these years, Claudio always tried to nurture young people who are constantly getting into trouble to actually understand what they are doing by breaking it down for them in a sport point of view. Throughout his experience with youth in sports, he added values to the life of young people, assisted them to develop lasting skills and empower them in decision making. Claudio invested time in spreading new methods about sports as a tool for inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities and promoted mutual understanding.

Claudio Azzopardi
B.Sc. (Hons) SAL(Melit.)

Head of Operations

Claudio Azzopardi B.Sc.(Hons) SAL (Melit.) has graduated from the University of Malta in 2017. For…

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Prof. Christopher H. Tienken 

International Consultant

Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an associate professor of leadership, management, and policy. He
has public school administration experience as a PK-12 assistant superintendent, middle school
principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and elementary school assistant principal. He
began his career in education as an elementary school teacher. Tienken is the former editor of the
American Association of School Administrators Journal of Scholarship and Practice and the
current editor of the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Tienken is also provides education consulting
services to schools in North America, South America, and Southern Europe. He coaches
education leaders and teachers on topics such as strategic planning, leadership, curriculum,
instruction, and assessment.
Tienken’s research interests focus on curriculum and assessment policy and practice at the local,
state, national, and international levels. He was invited to be a member of the Society of
Professors of Curriculum in 2015 and was named the 2014 Seton Hall University College of
Education and Human Services Researcher of the Year. Tienken received the Truman Kelley
Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for
Education in 2013. The United Stated Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences
recognized his research about the effects of professional development on student achievement
and the National Staff Development Council (Learning Forward) awarded him the Best Research
Award in 2008.
Tienken has authored over 80 publications including book chapters and articles. His latest book
is Defying Standardization: Creating Curriculum for an Uncertain Future. His co-authored
books include, The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies with Don Orlich
and Education Policy Perils: Tackling the Tough Issues with Carol Mullen. He presents papers
regularly at state, national, international, and private venues. Tienken has ongoing research
collaborations with colleagues at the Universita` degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, the
University of Catania, Sicily, and he was named as a visiting professor at both universities.

Prof. Christopher H. Tienken

International Consultant

Christopher Tienken, Ed.D. is an associate professor of leadership, management, and policy. He has public…

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Prof. Genc Alimehmeti 

International Consultant

Genc Alimehmeti is Associate Professor at the Department of Management, University of Tirana. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy and advanced his research at the Tilburg University, Netherlands and University of Antwerp, Belgium and received his bachelor and master degree in management and business administration at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna. He is also visiting professor at the University of Bologna and University of Malta. His research interests lie in the area of school leadership, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship. He works as consultant for the IFC–World Bank Group; Delegation of the European Union to Albania, OSCE etc.

Prof. Genc Alimehmeti

International Consultant

Genc Alimehmeti is Associate Professor at the Department of Management, University of Tirana. He completed…

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Prof. Angelo Paletta 

International Consultant

Angelo Paletta is Professor of Management Control Systems at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Deputy Rector for Finance and Social Responsibility, President of the Agriculture Company of the University of Bologna, and Consultor of the Congregation for Catholic Education – at the Vatican. His main research interests include: educational management and leadership; governance and accountability; crisis management and corporate reorganization.

Prof. Angelo Paletta

International Consultant

Angelo Paletta is Professor of Management Control Systems at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna,…

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Daniele Cristian Passalaqua 

International Consultant

Chief Technical Adviser of LuxDev Project KSV/015 ‘Support to Vocational Education and Training Reform in Kosovo’, Development Cooperation expert with a specific background in Technical and Vocational Education and Training interventions, 15 years of experience in the sector, former head of the Programme ‘Supporto al Settore della Formazione Professionale e al Mercato del Lavoro in Tanzania’ and expert of the Italian Development Cooperation. He has conducted several studies and developed specific strategies and plans for the development of the capacities of educational institutions towards their sustainability and the improvement of the quality of their pedagogies of learning.

Daniele Cristian Passalaqua

International Consultant

Chief Technical Adviser of LuxDev Project KSV/015 ‘Support to Vocational Education and Training Reform in…

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