CEO of the Week: Roderick Cutajar, CEO of the Malta Residency Visa Agency

Roderick Cutajar is leading the Malta Residency Visa Agency. He is responsible for the effective implementation of Malta's residency by investment programme, the so-called Malta Residency Visa Programme (MRVP). The MRVP is aimed at attracting reputable third-country nationals from across the globe to the island. Prior to taking up this role, Roderick held various leadership positions in the manufacturing, retail and aviation industries.


Executive Profile

Name: Roderick Cutajar

Born: 27th  April 1971

Marital status: Happily married with Margaret for 22 years

Family: a son, Aidan, 21 years third year Faculty of Law, UOM and one daughter, Michela, 17 years old studying for her ‘A’ Levels

Home: Zabbar, Malta

Car: Peugeot 407

School/Education: Graduate from the University of Leicester, UK with a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and Development, Investment Migration Council Member

First job: Computers Officer way back in 1988

Current job & company: CEO, Malta Residency Visa Agency

Favourite pastime: Watching movies (whenever possible), cooking 

Favourite book: All books appertaining to two great authors namely Chris Carter & Stephen King

Favourite film: Too many to mention. Currently watching Supernatural – Season 13 (whenever possible)

Favourite music: Italian Music

Favourite gadget: All Apple gadgets

Last holiday: Gozo

Favourite quote: If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. – Nelson Mandela

Role models/heroes: Jim Collins, the author of the renowned book Good to Great and St. Padre Pio a soul who devoted himself to the discipline of poverty. Leading by example at its very best!

Best advice that I have ever received: People who genuinely care about your well-being are those who will criticise you constructively to make you a better person. These were the words of a friend of mine and ex-boss in Management, Steven Merkin Vice President of a large multi-national corporation.


What does a typical day in your life look like?

Very standard I must admit! Waking up at around 5.45am with Margaret to prepare lunch for Michela and see her off to School. One hour on the treadmill and normally leave home at around 7.30am to be at the office by 8am traffic permitting. At the office it is always very hectic from participating to internal meetings with the staff and attending to agents’ enquiries to decision making. Planning, in this function is of the essence hence one must address the challenges that arise continuously together with all the members of the team Would normally leave the office round about 6.30 in the evening completely drained out to be home round about 7/7.30pm. Work related phone calls from some of the agents would normally persist but I do understand that this goes with the role and have no problem with it. Would normally eat dinner round about 8/8.30pm. Round about 11pm I am back on my laptop attending to emails and work related assignments. Would normally go to bed after midnight.

During the weekend I try my very best to leave it entirely for the family. Sunday is the time where I put into practice my culinary skills and abilities by cooking for all the family. Monday back to business!

What business issues keep you up at night?

Difficult for me to draw a line between the office and family time. I am a ‘What you see is what you get’ individual with my weaknesses as well as my strengths. Over the years, I learned to take things into my stride by becoming more emotionally intelligent. The truth is that certain matters (we are all humans) will still keep you awake at night. Let bygones be bygones!

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

Primarily the overall security and well-being of my family. On a personal level, this job gives me great satisfaction and am very motivated to meet and exceed individual and organisational  targets.  Furthermore, I work with a great team of people who go out of their way to face the day-to-day challenges with rigour, positivity and passion. All contribute in one way or another to the success of the Agency. The continued support from Government is very forthcoming.


My Malta

My favourite location: Mdina and the unique, spectacular views it affords.

My favourite local food: The Maltese food is second-to-none (very biased).  I don’t have a special dish however I love to eat baked macaroni (imqarrun il-forn) and beef olives (bragoli).

My favourite dining experience:  At Ta’ Victor restaurant in Marsaxlokk, it is always a unique experience.

My favourite nightspot: I don’t have a specific nightspot and am too old for that now. My priority is the family so they get to choose their preferred locations.  


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