After working closely and supporting the Digital Skills Foundation over a number of years, we are delighted to be hosting the launch of the Gibraltar Digital Skills Academy with a panel discussion on 'Addressing the Digital Skills Gap'.
The Hon. Minister for Digital & Financial Services Albert Isola will officially open the Academy followed by an introduction from Stewart Harrison Founding Trustee of the Foundation. Join us on 7th October at the 4 pm to hear from private sector and education experts on this extremely important initiative for Gibraltar.
The Gibraltar Digital Skills Academy has made closing that gap the priority. Having signed a number of vocational partnerships with companies like Bland Group and Comtact it will ensure academy learners get a practical and real life educational journey. The Academy has been very kindly sponsored by Europort who have provided the premises for no rent for the next three years. All profits made will go directly back into the Foundation and used to provide even better training opportunities at the Academy and giving back to those who need it most. The EV Foundation supports some of the worst off in our society and we are proud to support this very worthwhile cause in committing to ensure every child in Gibraltar has access to technology using both our connections in the technology industry and purchasing equipment too.
4:00 pm Arrival & Drinks
4:30 pm Hon. Minister for Financial & Digital Services Albert Isola - Opening
4:35 pm Academy Introduction Stewart Harrison
4:40 pm Cybersecurity Challenge UK
4:45 - 5:30 pm Panel Discussion with Nicholas Gaggero Bland Group CEO, Nadine Collado Director of Professional Development & Continuing Education at the University of Gibraltar, Dominic List Serial Tech Entrepreneur. CEO & Founder of Comtact and Sam Buxton CEO at Digital Asset Management Ltd
**Make sure to register promptly, space is limited only 40 tickets are available**
We look forward to our discussion panel and their insights into such a complex and widespread issue which is the technology skills gap.
About Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Month
This month Startup Grind is celebrating DEI month, presented with SVB and supported by Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs. DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; 31 days to emphasize the importance of diversity across our global startup ecosystem, and what it means to all of us. We are so excited to take this time to recognize and amplify the voices of leaders in our globally diverse communities, providing a platform for those that may not have been heard previously.
In addition to this event, you can also view Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Month events taking place across our global startup community here or register for our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit here.
HM Government of Gibraltar
Minister for Gaming, Finance & Digital Services
Gibraltar Digital Skills Academy
The Honourable Albert Isola MP is Gibraltar’s Minister for Gaming, Finance & Digital Services with the primary responsibility of raising Gibraltar’s profile as an established onshore, mainstream & well-regulated financial services centre. He is also responsible for financial services policy, product development, and responding to international initiatives such as international tax compliance.
An accomplished and experienced speaker, Mr Isola has delivered keynote addresses at major financial services seminars and conferences in various countries. He is also responsible for financial services policy, product development, and responding to international initiatives such as international tax compliance. As such and supported by the Finance Centre Director and team, he works closely with the financial services regulator, the Financial Services Commission. Particularly noteworthy is his leading role in the establishment of the Gibraltar International Bank, a first for Gibraltar as a home-grown full-service credit institution that was launched in 2015.
Albert was appointed Minister for Commerce following a Government re-shuffle in October 2016. He has been a member of the GSLP/Liberal Administration since his by-election win for Gibraltar’s governing parties, the GSLP/Liberal Alliance, on 4 July 2013. Mr Isola had previously been a GSLP member of the Opposition in the then ‘House of Assembly’ (‘Parliament’ under the new constitution) from 1996 to 2000. Prior to re-entering Parliament, Albert had been a Partner at a major Gibraltar international law firm from 1985 to 2013.
During his long and successful legal career, Albert gained extensive experience in all aspects of property acquisition, development and financing, and was at the forefront of Gibraltar’s residential and commercial property development.
As part of his legal practice, Albert was at the forefront of Gibraltar’s development as a real alternative to the larger established funds jurisdictions with a wealth of experience in the financial services sector. He also regularly acted as an adviser to the Financial Services Commission.
Albert was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire (1973 to 1980) and read Law at Kingston University (1980 to 1983).
Stewart Harrison, previously Head of Physics, he became a CyberCenturion Team Leader & Founding Trustee Gibraltar Digital Skills Foundation. In 2016 his team became CyberCenturion Winners and in 2018 three local teams reached the finals including an all girls team making history. The Westside all-girl team were also recognised by the UK Cabinet Office. Other awards he and the teams have achieved include U14 Winners 2019, Seriously Security 2019 Award Winner - Best Educator and The National Cyber Awards 2020 School of the Year.
University of Gibraltar
Director of Professional Development & Continuing Education
CEO & Founder
Digitla Asset Management