Interested in all things tech, lawyer Ian Gauci is one of Malta’s top crypto-currency and blockchain experts. He is a partner at GTG Advocates and co-founder of Afilexion Alliance. Since its establishment in 2016, Afilexion has developed a comprehensive advisory and support services portfolio, offering a 360-degree service to technology clients. Ian also lectures at the University of Malta and helped setting up the Maltese IT Lawyers Association and the Blokchain Malta Association.
Name: Ian Gauci
Born: 12th March 1975
Marital status: Married
Family: My wife and two daughters – Julia and Beatrice
First job: Legal & Regulatory Advisor at the Malta Communications Authority
Current job & company: Partner and Co-Owner GTG Advocates and Afilexion Alliance
Favourite pastime: Reading and working out at the gym
Favourite book: All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
Favourite film: Gladiator
Favourite music: It depends on the mood I am in, but predominately classic and Italian music
Favourite gadget: My mobile phone
Last holiday: Rome, the Eternal City
Favourite quote: “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” Albert Einstein
Role models/heroes: My parents
Best advice that I have ever received: Think big. Don’t be afraid to be bold.
What does a typical day in your life look like? I am an early riser. I wake up at 4:30am and go through my news feeds and emails over breakfast. I head to the gym for my workout and then straight to my office in Valletta. At around 1pm I grab a light lunch when my agenda permits. My days are usually quite long but I make it a point to be at home by 8pm to have dinner with my family.
What business issues keep you up at night? Planning work in general, reading about work related matters and sometimes even executing work because of tight deadlines.
What motivates you to get to the office in the morning? The satisfaction of accomplishing a job and also being appreciated for it, motivates me to be focused and passionate in all I do.
My favourite location: Valletta
My favourite local food: Rabbit Stew
My favourite dining experience: Too many to mention them all
My favourite nightspot: At home by the fire place
Dr Ian Gauci is the Partner responsible for Communications, Media and Technology within GTG Advocates and one of the founding partners of Afilexion Alliance. He is also a founding member of the Maltese IT Lawyers Association & Blockchain Malta. Prior to joining GTG, he was the regulatory and legal advisor for the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) and co-authored the Maltese Electronic Communications Framework. Dr Gauci is a member of the Government’s task force advising on the implementation of Malta’s national blockchain strategy.