I have been privileged over the years to work with many outstanding people. And I continue to work today with a number of superb professionals. Owen Cutajar – who generously gave his time to design this website – and gave me the confidence to go forward so publicly – is in an inspirational class of his own and it is right that I should start my thanks to colleagues and professional advisers with him.
Owen and I will be working on a book together “Planning a Ruckus” which will bring together a number of my experiences, my recent involvement with the altMBA movement and our plans for the future with the creation of a new Foundation focusing on Social Innovation and Social Enterprise. This book will also contain a number of excerpts and writings from others whom I have found truly inspirational, with the aim of sharing these with others.
Owen moved to the British Isles in 1999 and settled permanently in the Isle of Man in 2006.
He has been an important member of the local community for many years.
He was Chairman of the Junior Chamber of Commerce; a Committee Member of the British Computer Society; winner of the Isle of Man Grand Challenge; co-founder of the Manx Social Media Club; presented at TedX Douglas and, very importantly for many of the Island’s children’s future – he founded the Isle of Man Code Club which encourages computer coding skills in a dedicated following of local youngsters.
Owen was educated in Malta where he gained degrees in Business Computing and in Marketing. He has an international educational background – including the Victoria University of Technology in Australia. He is an MBA graduate from Heriott-Watt and recently graduated from Singularity University in California.
He is also a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Ethical Hacker, as well as holding a number of specialised industry qualifications. He has a range of industry experiences through working with companies from the very large to the very small. He has worked on projects with M&S, Adecco and Britvic and locally with the Isle of Man Government, Manx National Heritage and IOM Post. He has been building and delivering websites since 2002 when he set up “The Only Network” a small outfit specialising in provision of web services. He is also active in the Open Source community, having built a number of WordPress plugins including “WP Auctions” a plugin that has been downloaded and installed almost 100,000 times. Recently he set up his own consultancy company “Future Tech Ltd, a local IT Consultancy that which specifically aims to help organisations make best use of emerging technologies, applying a strategic perspective and assisting in implementation.
Owen has an important role within MICTA – the Manx ICT Association – liaising with on-island educational efforts; fostering enthusiasm for technology and providing industry backing where needed.
He believes passionately that technology provides mechanisms for exponentially increasing our potential and he believes – and practises his belief – that helping others (especially our youngsters) discover a passion for IT will give them a brighter future.