Our Structure

Kopin is directed by a board and staffed by a culturally-diverse team of individuals dedicated to the cause of eradication of poverty and social injustice through sustainable development and education.

Our ranks also include interns and volunteers equally committed to our goal, and who support the executive team.

Our Board Members

William Grech
William GrechExecutive Director and Board Member
William has a first degree in Maltese and a Masters in European Economics, Politics & Law. He has been active in the international development cooperation and global education fields since 2002. Appointed as Executive Director in July 2013, he had previously held the role of Coordinator between January 2009 and June 2013. In his role, he oversees the strategic direction and development of the organisation as well as its administration. He provides training on the relation between sustainable development and forced migration to educators and civil society activists.

William was a member of the Board of SKOP (the National Platform of Maltese Development NGOs – VO/0366) between 2007 and 2017. He is a member of the Maltese AidWatch working group and helped set up the Development Education and Awareness Raising working group. He represents SKOP in CONCORD structures, particularly in advocacy and monitoring of international aid for sustainable development.

William enjoys reading, travelling, good food and spending time by the sea. He has a keen interest in Italian football, especially strategy and tactics, the arts and global politics.

Dominik Kalweit
Dominik KalweitDeputy Executive Director and Board Member
Dominik is Kopin’s Vice Executive Director and Director for Projects and Initiatives. He holds a Diploma (ISCED 7) from the University of Augsburg, Germany, in Political Science and Communication Sciences and has been active in international development cooperation, education and human rights related fields since 2005. In his work, he focuses on strategic planning, project development and management, networking, training, advocacy and research.

Dominik is also an active member (board, working groups) of Malta’s Development NGO platform SKOP and a volunteer for the Kenya Support Programme of Inizjamed. In his free time, Dominik enjoys outdoor activities with his family, friends and dogs, travelling, good food and the sea. He has a keen interest in other cultures, education and experiential learning as well as global politics.

Michael Gatt
Michael GattBoard Member
Michael Gatt is a university graduate in education and educational leadership. He is an educator and administrator by profession and works as an assistant head in a state primary school. He is one of the founders of Kopin and SKOP, the National Platform of Maltese NGDOs. He was Kopin’s first coordinator between June 2000 and December 2008 and the Platform’s first coordinator, until May 2007.

Michael has been involved in different development NGOs since 1983 and has participated in various activities and campaigns, occupying different roles along the years. His main interests are advocacy work in relation to development policy, as well as capacity building. He has represented Kopin in seminars and meetings both locally and on a European level, and has experience in a number of development cooperation initiatives. He is Kopin’s liaison officer with Eurostep and Social Watch. He is also the coordinator of SKOP’s AidWatch Working Group.

Daniela DeBono
Daniela DeBonoBoard Member
Daniela DeBono is Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFAS Fellow at the Global Governance Programme, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute and Senior Lecturer in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University.

Her main research interests primarily lie in the migration-human rights nexus. She has mainly used ethnography as a method in the larger projects, other forms of qualitative methods and policy analysis for shorter projects. Daniela has published on irregular migration, deportation, human rights, EU migration policies, EU border policies. although she has also produced work in other fields notably citizenship, children’s rights and social policy. Her work has been published internationally in academic journals and books. Daniela has volunteered for many years with different non-governmental organisations in the field of justice, human rights and migration with local, national and global interests.

Stefano Moncada
Stefano MoncadaBoard Member
Stefano Moncada (twitter @stefanomoncada) was born in Rome in 1976. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Malta, where he lectures and conducts research in the areas of development economics, climate change, island studies, sustainable development, and impact evaluation techniques.

Stefano’s recent research activities include health and economic assessments, in the face of climate change, of urban communities in Africa and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Prior to join academia, Stefano worked in the Italian Parliament as manager and policy analyst. He also worked as a consultant in several development projects based in Albania, Mexico, Mali and Ethiopia, mainly in relation to socio-economic, health, and environmental funded activities. He has worked with the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) as senior research officer, where he was in charge of the development of impact assessment tools. Stefano is also member of the board of the Islands and Small States Institute of the University of Malta, and part of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Development and Training Institutes (EADI). He is active in numerous outreach and knowledge-transfer initiatives, including training courses and consultation sessions for public, private, and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Our Executive Team

Maria Di Domenico
Maria Di DomenicoTeam Member
Maria has a Bachelor degree in Economics of European and International Integration and a Master in Political Economy from La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy. During her studies, Maria developed a special interest for statistics, economic inequalities and economy of migration, for which the latter two became the main focus of her Master thesis.

Before moving to Malta, Maria worked in various fields. Between September 2014 and April 2015, she was an intern with Kopin, following which she started working as Project Coordinator for the organisation. More recently, Maria has also been engaged in the organisation’s administration.

Eager to learn new things about the world, and being ‘allergic to sports’, Maria enjoys reading, cinema and travelling.

Federica Di Giulio
Federica Di GiulioTeam Member
Federica has an educational background in Cultural Mediation and Development Cooperation and holds an MA in International Studies. She has been working with Kopin since 2013 as a project manager and activity coordinator within different projects, focusing mainly on Development Education, Migration and Children’s Rights. In March 2019, she has taken on the role of Global Citizenship Education Coordinator.

She is primarily involved in the planning, supervision and implementation of educational and awareness-raising initiatives targeting the general public as well as primary and secondary schools and University, focusing on topics related to sustainable development, global citizenship, human rights and migration. She also supports the team in the development of international projects and the delivery of training on a variety of topics. Federica coordinates Kopin’s volunteers offering support services to refugees, asylum seekers and other communities in Malta.

Federica is a member of the National Maltese NGDO Platform SKOP’s DEAR Working Group; she represents the platform within CONCORD Europe’s Hub 4 for Global Citizenship Education and People Engagement, of which she is a Steering Group Member since 2018.

Maria Testa
Maria TestaTeam Member
Maria has a first class Bachelor degree in primary education and a Diploma in Social Studies (Gender and Development) from the University of Malta. Her first degree dissertation research was entitled ‘The Implementation of Development Education in the primary school sector: The Case of Malta’ for which she received a distinction. Maria delivers Development Education sessions and activities in the informal and formal education sector to school children and educators. She works with Kopin in their support with educational sessions and resources to schools on topics such as social justice, human rights, sustainable development and inclusive classrooms. Since 1992, Maria, has been a Director and Trainer with Nobel Mantrich Institute. Maria has worked with migrant women by compiling their education portfolio. For many years, she held different positions within the Ministry of Education and Employment, Foundation for Educational Services (FES), Jobs Plus and Caritas Malta.