he Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) announced Tuesday that its Board of Governors has appointed Dr. Carl Brincat as Chief Executive Officer of the MGA, with immediate effect.
According to MGA officials, Brincat's appointment follows a highly competitive selection process that began with the launch of a public call for applications on December 17, 2020, after the resignation of Heathcliff Farrugia, who left to pursue his own business.
"It is an honor to be selected to lead the organization at such a critical juncture for the MGA and the industry alike. I am proud of the work that has been done by the Authority so far in raising regulatory standards and committed to ensuring that we continue along this path," Carl Brincat said. "However, it is essential that we cultivate stronger partnerships with other regulators and stakeholders, and the industry itself, to achieve a regulatory environment that accomplishes the MGA’s objectives as set out in the law in the most effective, transparent, and proportionate manner."
Carl is a lawyer by profession and previously held the role of Chief Legal & Enforcement Officer within the MGA. Following three years of training in the field of criminal law, he joined the MGA’s legal team and has been a part of it for over six years, forming part of the strategic direction of the Authority and its high-level regulatory Committees for the past four.
Carl sits on the Board of the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, and is a member of the Chamber of Advocates (Malta), the International Masters of Gaming law (IMGL), and the International Association of Gambling Regulators (IAGR), and has also been a regular speaker in local and international conferences relating to gaming and international regulatory issues.