The National Hub Malta facilitates local and regional stakeholders by providing the WestMED Community with expertise on the Blue Economy, help project leaders find the right partners with their extensive network on both shores of the western Mediterranean, support project(idea) development, help draft tender applications and advise on the most applicable funding opportunities.
The National Hub (co)organises events to help lead discussions on different maritime topics and can be found at (online) Blue-Economy related meetings to share their expertise.
Contact the National Hub Malta for more information and see how they can help you.
Blue Economy News Malta
Memorandum of Understanding signed between World Ocean Council and the UfM/WestMED to boost private sector engagement in the Mediterranean Blue Economy
Blue Economy Calls Malta
MedPAN Call for Small Projects to strengthen the level of effective protection in Mediterranean MPAs | Deadline: 5 February 2023
Mediterranean sea basin lighthouse – Actions to prevent, minimise and remediate chemical pollution | deadline 27 September 2022
Dr Stephanie Vella
Stephanie Vella is an executive director in a leading economic consultancy firm and lectures part time at the University of Malta. As an economic consultant, she has worked on a number of projects and consultancy assignments with institutions including the EU Commission, Commonwealth Secretariat, Government ministries and authorities and private sector entities.
She has experience on various funding programmes including European Regional Development Fund, Cohesion Fund, European Social Fund, Rural Development Programme and OP Fisheries.
Through her work experience she is also familiar with local funding programmes including those offered by the Malta Council for Science and Technology. She has worked on various maritime related projects including, albeit not limited to the economic and financial feasibility of onshore power supply at the Grand Harbour and Malta Freeport Terminal.
She has also worked on various cost benefit assessments on maritime infrastructure including the upgrading of the breakwater and extensions of quays in the Grand Harbour. She is currently developing and discussing with various stakeholders’ innovation within the maritime sector as part of a case study on Malta within the ESPON Bridges project.
Dr Vella has also developed various capacity events including training events on RDP evaluation as part of the services offered by the Evaluation Helpdesk. This entails the co-ordination of the event as well as the delivery of the material. She is fluent in English and Maltese.
Stephanie Bugeja is an MSc in Environmental Sciences – Sustainable Development graduate, with a specialisation in energy and materials from Utrecht University and holds a Bachelor in European Studies (Hons) from the University of Malta.
She supplemented this with a year-long course at Xiamen University in China, where she focused on developing her knowledge of the Chinese language and culture.
Her MSc dissertation comprised of an exploratory study on the Maltese Islands to analyse the feasibility and potential synergies of hybrid offshore floating wind and solar plants in small island states.
Stephanie previously worked in the Maltese energy sector and has experience in projects regarding greenhouse gases, sustainable buildings, water and waste. Her research interests include sustainability and techno/environmental-economic analyses.