Meet the team

To achieve our goals, the Group has invested in top-level corporate leadership in their respective sectors. Together, we are forging ahead, driven by a passion for excellence and guided by integrity.

Johann Schembri

FOUNDER & CEO

Johann Schembri is a seasoned expert in the gaming industry with over 25 years of experience and leadership in various market segments including Video Lottery, Sports Betting, Bingo Operations, Casinos, and Gaming Technology…

Franco De Gabriele

Chief Commercial Officer & Executive Director

Mr. Franco De Gabriele joined IZI Group plc in November 2012 and forms an integral part of its management team. Mr. De Gabriele’s primary responsibility is to oversee the business development function within the Group…

Chris Fenech

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Chris Fenech is a qualified accountant and auditor. He embarked on his career in 2012 after graduating with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Malta. Mr. Fenech began his professional journey at PwC Malta, where he served as an audit supervisor. His early experiences at PwC provided him with a comprehensive understanding of financial processes and compliance standards.

Chris Fenech

Dr Christian Gernert

chief gaming officer

Dr Gernert has extensive knowledge of the gaming industry, vast experience in various management positions with Casinos Austria AG and with Century Casinos Inc. CNTY (NASDAQ) as Chief Operating Officer…

Dr. Duncan Borg Myatt

‪Chief Corporate Services Officer

Dr. Duncan Borg Myatt joined IZI Group plc as a seasoned professional in the field of Human Resources and Industrial Relations. Holding a Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta, he brings over 20 years of legal expertise and practical experience to his role…

Duncan Borg Myatt

Albert Muscat

Chief Technology Officer

Albert joined the Group in May 2011 and has been responsible for managing the IT and Group Systems ever since. Albert is primarily responsible for the smooth running of the entire I.T…

Svetlana Birca

Chief International Business Officer

Svetlana joined Dragonara in 2010 when the Group took over the operation of the Casino. A gaming expert with over 15 years of experience, 9 of which at Century Casinos (Listed on NASDAQ – CNTY)…

Cristian Rachieru

Head of Digital Product and Brands

Cristian is an accomplished and skilled product designer with a distinguished career spanning more than a decade, specializing in the iGaming industry. His extensive experience and expertise make him…

Valentine Paris

group hr director

Valentine possesses more than 15 years of extensive expertise serving as a senior executive assistant, program manager, and event partner within esteemed global corporations. Throughout her professional journey…

Sergio Cappitta

SALES DIRECTOR – NATIONAL LOTTERY PLC

An experienced professional in the gaming industry with over 17 years’ experience, within the core operations in various market segments, including Lotteries, Sports Betting, Video Lottery, Commercial Bingo and Gaming Equipment…

Maria Barbara

Legal & Compliance Director

Maria joined IZI Group plc in January 2022 as the Legal and Compliance Director and is responsible for the overall regulatory framework of the Group. Maria’s experience in the gaming industry has its roots in the national lottery…

Joe Bonanno

Chief Operating Officer – National Lottery plc

Joseph is a seasoned professional with over 26 years of experience in the ICT and the land-based gaming industry focusing primarily on business analysis, information security, projects implementation…