Name: Karl Azzopardi
Born: 20th July 1971
Marital status: Married
Family: Wife Dorianne and Daughter Valentina (17 months old, adopted from India)
Home: Terraced house in Bahar Ic - Caghaq
Car: Kia, Sorrento
School/Education: Masters level, specialisation Project Management and Business Administration
First job: Projects Officer, Central Bank of Malta
Current job & company: CEO, Malta Industrial Parks Ltd
Favourite pastime: Following my favourite football team and gastronomy-related programmes, articles and reviews
Favourite book: "The Art of Thinking Clearly" by Rolf Dobelli
Favourite film: Brave Heart
Favourite music: Rock music (soft)
Last holiday: Mumbai, India (partial holiday as part of the adoption process)
Favourite quote: "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value" - Albert Einstein
Role models/heroes: Richard Branson, Virgin Group
Best advice that I have ever received:
- People will forget what you said and what you did, but will not forget how you treated them and made them feel.
- It takes a very long time to build a reputation but only a few minutes to ruin it. Hence reflect before you react.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
I stretch as much as possible before getting out of bed in the morning and wake up rather in a hurry, then I prepare hot water for my daughter's bottle and my coffee with some biscuits. I shower, dress up and go to work reflecting on the day's agenda while driving (with my mobile switched off). I arrive at work, switch on my mobile and ensure a second cup of coffee is in place. Then I go through e-mails and reply to urgent matters before I start my first meetings. Every day, week and usually even month is pre-scheduled with meetings, allowing buffers in between meetings for hands-on work. A typical day would see my last meeting scheduled to start around 16.30, so that from 17.30 onwards I have time for hands-on work and thinking time. Normally, I go back home around 19.00-19.30. On my way home I often stop to buy some groceries as would be communicated by my wife. I arrive home and ensure some quality time spent (cooling down) with my daughter and my wife while she prepares dinner, which we often eat late. I have a pretty basic work-life balance!
What business issues are high on your agenda?
New projects, sustainability and most of all resolving issues.
What motivates you to get to the office in the morning?
The challenge to push towards further progress and continuous support to industry.
My favourite location: Valletta
My favourite local food: Baked macaroni
My favourite dining experience: Portomaso, Zeri's
My favourite nightspot: A family late night out dinner and drinks at the Birgu Waterfront