Leadership – Management Overview

A hands-on management approach

Mariner is a recognised player with the proven capability to operate as a lean, efficient and focused business that can act in the port sector with agility to reach its goals. To achieve this, the company relies on a strong, qualified and experienced management team.

Management Profiles

Marin Hili


Marin has acquired a wealth of knowledge through his vast experience in port development, investment and operations, as well as across a broad spectrum of industries in Malta, Europe and beyond.

In 1987 Marin was appointed Chairman of the Malta Freeport by the Maltese Government with a brief to develop the port into a commercially viable hub. In his decade and a half in the post, he developed the port from scratch into a multi-million TEU transhipment hub. During this period he also held the post of Chairman of Malta’s Privatisation Unit.

Marin developed and led the family-owned group’s strategic international expansion vision from its traditional shipping roots into international trade, trade finance, petrochemical and construction supplies, property development, franchising (McDonald’s), real estate and construction engineering. Subsequently he refocused Hili Company’s operations on their present strategic direction.

In 2002, Marin was decorated by the State as Member of the National Order of Merit (MOM) in recognition of his successful contribution to the development of the Malta Freeport.

Marin is Honorary Consul of Latvia in Malta.

Other involvements:

  • Chairman at Hili Company Ltd
  • Chairman at Mariner Finance plc
  • Chairman at Baltic Container Terminal SIA
  • Chairman at Terminal Intermodale Venezia SPA
  • Chairman at Hili Energy Ltd

Michela Borg

Executive Director

Michela has over 10 years of experience in the maritime industry. Having joined Hili Company as a research and development analyst in 2008, she now takes the overall lead in the critical research and analysis which guides the development of company’s various operations, its approach to markets, and the pursuit of new projects and opportunities.  Michela also oversees all corporate marketing for the group.

Michela graduated with a Masters in Medical Genetics from Newcastle University, UK.

Other involvements:

  • Director at Hili Company Ltd
  • Director at Mariner Finance plc
  • Director at Baltic Container Terminal SIA
  • Director at Mariner Shipping Ltd
  • Director at Mariner Logistics SIA
  • Director at Hili Energy Ltd

Edward Hili

Executive Director

Edward joined Hili Company in 2008 as a financial analyst in the group’s Terminals & Logistics segment, Mariner. He is now responsible for driving the strategic growth and development of the group across all business segments.  He has led a number of international acquisition and development projects, as well as several capital raising efforts.

Edward has played a key role in expanding the group’s portfolio. This now includes the renewable energy segment, with projects in Malta and Croatia, and investments in Manoel Island Yacht Yard and Manoel Island Yacht Marina. He has also driven the growth of the logistics segment through the establishment of Mariner Shipping and the expansion of Mariner Logistics’ warehousing and distribution portfolio.

Edward graduated with a Masters in Finance from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the ACCA.

Edward has served as an independent, non-executive director on a number of regulated financial sector entities.

Other involvements:

  • Chief Executive Officer at Hili Company Ltd
  • Director at Mariner Finance plc
  • Director at Baltic Container Terminal SIA
  • Director at Mariner Shipping Ltd
  • Director at Lady Gio’ Ltd
  • Director at Mariner Logistics SIA
  • Director at Hili Energy
  • Director at Manoel Island Yacht Yard Ltd

Gerard Sammut


Gerard joined the group’s Riga operation, Baltic Container Terminal, in 1997 from Air Malta where he held the post of Head of Strategic Planning and Control. Today, as Chief Executive Officer of of Baltic Container Terminal, he is responsible for the overall operation and direction of the terminal. Gerard has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience on both the corporate finance and terminal operation sides of the business.

Gerard graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (Hons) from the Norwegian School of Management and BA (Hons) in Business Management from the University of Malta. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Other involvements:

  • Director at Baltic Container Terminal SIA
  • Director at Mariner Logistics SIA

Kevin Saliba

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin is a certified public accountant and auditor. He joined the group in 2001, specialising in offshore companies and trade finance. In 2004, Kevin moved to Venice to become CFO of Terminal Intermodale Venezia. Kevin held this post for over three years, focusing on fulfilling the financing requirements of the company’s capital expenditure in line with its expansion programme.

During his term he developed his knowledge of the port industry, terminal operations and the Italian financial sector. In 2007 Kevin returned to Malta as Group Financial Controller for Hili Company and in 2013 was appointed Chief Financial Officer.

Kevin graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1996. Two years later he attained his Bachelor in Accountancy (Hons) Degree from the same university.

Other involvements:

  • Director at Terminal Intermodale Venezia SPA
  • Director at Mariner Finance plc

Ian Micallef

PA to the Chairman and General Counsel

A lawyer by profession, Ian has been involved in the maritime industry since the early stages of his career. Following an initial period on the Board of Directors at Freeport Terminal Malta (1992 – 1996), he was appointed Senior Legal Manager of the major transhipment port of Malta Freeport.

Throughout his tenure he decisively contributed on various sectors –  client (Shipping Lines) contracts, dispute resolution, equipment acquisition negotiations up to commissioning, human resource engagement conditions, port work services sourcing and industrial dispute resolution.

Ian’s industry knowledge is complemented by appointments on EU panels as representative of Maltese national bodies.

Ian graduated as a Doctor of Laws from the University of Malta.

Martin Azzopardi

Operations Director

Martin is highly experienced in the port sector having spent over 30 years in the industry and is responsible for overseeing all the group’s port operations. Starting off as a trainee, he went on to serve as Operations Manager of the multi-million TEU Malta Freeport for 7 years. During this 18-year period Martin attained a high level of expertise in port operations and, as part of senior management, helped drive large throughput and productivity increases at the Malta Freeport facility. In 2006, Martin brought this experience to Mariner’s Venice terminal, TIV.

Initially acting as the terminal’s Financial Controller, he then progressed to become Terminal Manager, taking on more of the day-to-day operational management of the company and was central to the company’s re-focusing on its container operations following the disposal of its break bulk and general cargo business. Martin then went on to be appointed General Manager of TIV.

Martin graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Management and Public Policy. He is also a certified public accountant.

Other involvements:

  • Director at Mariner Shipping Ltd

Dmitry Kiselyev

Information Technology Director

Dmitry has 17 years’ experience in IT system development and information management. He joined the group’s Riga operation, Baltic Container Terminal, in 2001 as network administrator and worked his way up to Chief Operating Officer.

As the group’s Information Technology Director he has been responsible for keeping Mariner’s terminals at the forefront of technological developments, driving the adoption of the most advanced terminal operating systems and automation modules, as well as the development of numerous proprietary systems. As IT Director for Mariner, he has also been involved in numerous other projects in the various companies within the group.

Dmitry graduated in Electronics and Computer Science from the Transport and Telecommunication Institute in Latvia.

Other involvements:

  • Director at Baltic Container Terminal SIA

Joe Bugeja

Engineering Director

A civil engineer and architect by profession, Joe has much experience in maritime- based developments including long-term appointments in an operational capacity. He started his career at the Malta International Airport in 1973 working his way to Head of Engineering before joining Malta Freeport in 1988.

Joe’s contribution in the planning, construction and commissioning of the multi-million TEU capacity Malta Freeport facility led to his eventual position as General Manager of the Container Terminal for the period 1997 – 2004. Following the privatisation of the terminal, he was appointed Director of Projects and Development.

He has also consulted internationally on maritime infrastructure for developments in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Joe graduated Master of Engineering from the Imperial Collage London.

Derek Peters

Marketing Director

Derek has been involved in port operations, and sales and marketing of unitised cargo since the advent of containerisation in 1967. Derek has held Directorships in the Ports of Felixstowe, Malta Freeport, Fujairah, Thamesport and, most recently, DCT Gdansk in Poland. He has acquired a unique knowledge of the many requirements in developing container ports and has developed and retained a wide range of contacts among ship owners, cargo movers and associated bodies.

Derek has advised governments, port authorities and trade bodies on the development of new and revitalised port facilities.

Aldis Zieds

Deputy Chairman of Baltic Container Terminal

Aldis is highly experienced in the port sector having spent a career in the industry and is the Managing Director for the group’s Riga operation, Baltic Container Terminal. Starting off as a ship officer onboard various vessels, he went on to serve as Director of Container terminal in Riga Commercial port. In 1996, Aldis brought his experience to Baltic Container Terminal.

Aldis graduated in Navigation and Agriculture Engineering from Maritime Engineers Institute in St Petersburg and Latvian Agriculture Universitie respectively.

Other involvements:

  • Director at Baltic Container Terminal SIA

Roberto Semenzato

General Manager of Terminal Intermodale Venezia

Roberto has been involved in the ports and terminal equipment industry for over 25 years. He joined the group’s Venice operation, Terminal Intermodal Venezia, in 2007 as General Manager, responsible for the day to day management of the terminal.

Roberto graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua, Italy. He also attained a post graduate in Product Innovation and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

Roberto has served as a member of the board of Venice Port Authority, Vice president of the Assiterminal association and is currently a board member of the said board.

Other involvements:

  • Director at Terminal Intermodale Venezia SPA

Karl Naudi

Managing Director of Mariner Shipping

Karl has been involved in the shipping industry for the last 20 years, primarily running Carmelo Caruana. He is now responsible for the development and growth of Mariner Shipping.

Karl has extensive experience in shipping, transportation and logistics, with a wide-ranging understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets and industries; is highly successful in building relationships with upper-level decision makers, dealing with crisis management and delivering on customer commitments. Customer focused and performance driven, Karl led and motivated international teams compromised of more than 100 employees and managed P&L for business divisions exceeding €40 million revenue.

Other involvements:

  • Managing Director at Mariner Shipping Ltd
  • Director at Lady Gio’ Ltd