CEO of the Week

CEO of the Week: Maria Cauchi Delia, CEO of the Malta Institute of Accountants

Maria Cauchi Delia joined the Malta Institute of Accountants (MIA) in 2013 as Financial Controller and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Maria has an extensive knowledge of the accountancy sector and the finance industry, as well as a wide experience in planning, managing and reporting on numerous public-sector systems audits. Prior to joining the MIA, she has held senior positions with APS Consult Ltd. (a subsidiary of APS bank), the Medicines Authority, the National Audit Office and Ernst & Young. 

Executive Profile

Name: Maria Cauchi Delia

Born: 4th July 1978

Marital status: Married        

Family: Husband, a 6-year old daughter, a five year-old son and four Yorkshire Terriers

Home: Siggiewi

Car: BMW X1

School/Education: Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the University of Malta in 2001; Certified Public Accountant and Practicing Certificate in Auditing.

First job: Auditor Ernst and Young

Current job & company: CEO Malta Institute of Accountants

Favourite pastime: Listening to music

Favourite book: Mind Detox – Deborah Marshall Warren

Favourite film:  The Gladiator

Favourite music: Coldplay

Favourite gadget:  Tablet

Last holiday: Sicily

Favourite quote:  "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."  - Andrew Carnegie

Role models/heroes: My Father, Emanuel Paul Delia

Best advice that I have ever received: True leaders create new leaders and want to make a difference


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What does a typical day in your life look like?

In the morning I spend time with my family before heading to the Office. During the day I have meetings with my team and with stakeholders. I also allocate some time to strategic thinking and planning, before heading back home and spending time with my family.

What business issues are high on your agenda?

Strengthening the role of the accountancy profession is what inspires all of the work undertaken at the MIA. The profession creates value to the economy and society in general. Creating an understanding of who we are and steering the profession on sound basis both in terms of competence and values is crucial so that the profession retains its relevance, through the provision of additional value to the professional’s main stakeholder, namely their clients. To achieve this, we work to enhance the services provided to MIA’s members by strengthening the organisation’s drive to build bridges with existing and new stakeholders.

What motivates you to get to the office in the morning?

The Malta Institute of Accountants is an important institution which is looked up at by all professionals and society at large. Aware of this responsibility and our crucial role, the support of a committed team and the strategic mission of our Institute are the main motivation.



Siggiewi Square - Photo Credit: Viewing Malta


My Malta

My favourite location: Siggiewi, my hometown

My favourite local food: Maltese bread

My favourite nightspot: No favourite nightspot since it is difficult to go to nightspots with two young kids


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