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Country Manager, Netherlands
Marvin is the first ANCHOVY. employee to be permanently based outside of head office in Malta. He started his career as a graphic design intern, before he set the foundations for the User Experience department. He eventually left the island to head back to The Netherlands, but his passion and love for the agency was so apparent that he was chosen to lead Business Development in Amsterdam. His passion revolves around understanding people and their motivations, as well as following the latest innovation and technology on any scale. He’s an avid reader and a film buff who is obsessed with outer space.
With a background in hospitality and management, it comes as no surprise that Company Secretary Sandra has been charged with keeping things in tip-top shape at the agency. She’s our Compliance Officer and Assistant to the Directors. When she’s not ensuring things are running smoothly, she enjoys travelling, reading, sailing, skiing, practising yoga and gardening.
Also known as the office mother, office manager Lisa is the kind of person who keeps everyone smiling and keeps operations at the Malta offices running smoothly. Lisa comes from a background in office management, although she did spend a large part of her life travelling the world and undertaking many fun jobs whilst spreading her smiles. If she’s not at the office, you’ll most likely find Lisa sitting on a quiet beach, telling a story or two.
Lead Business Development
Alessandro started his journey at ANCHOVY. as an intern in digital marketing. His outgoing personality and drive to make people happy made him the perfect candidate to be picked up for a Business Development executive, and over his career he has grown to fill the role of Head of Business Development for ANCHOVY. in Malta. Alessandro is a family man, who goes home to his loving wife and daughter – who he notoriously spends every Friday at the beach with!
Brian’s journey with us defines the true ANCHOVY. story – starting as an intern, he eventually moved into the role of a junior graphic designer with a special interest in motion graphics; before taking on the job of Creative Director. Before moving to Malta from Dublin, Brian worked as a QA supervisor from one of Ireland’s leading Market Research companies. Brian loves jumping into the little details – whether it’s checking out the entire back catalogue of a film director or browsing the under-belly of Wikipedia for something inspiring.
Zak takes care of the business side of things. He leads the business development and international growth of the agency. After completing his Masters of Engineering in Software Engineering for Embedded systems from Fraunhofer IESE, he teamed up with his brother Benji to set the foundation for ANCHOVY. Zak has a passion for the sea, and if he’s not at the office he’s driving his passion for long distance swimming, sailing and windsurfing.
Head of Affiliates
Effortlessly the coolest character at ANCHOVY. Chris is a self-taught SEO guru and the Head of Affiliates. Before jumping onto the Anchovy train Chris worked hard to learn all that he could and immerses himself into anything digital. Chris is an avid reader, absorbing knowledge at every turn and continually shares it with his team. He is the kind of person who will help you bring your ideas to life – a natural born leader.
Head of UX
Our very own UX mascot, Luke completed an MSc in Design and Digital Media from the Edinburgh College of Art, eventually taking jobs in UX Design and coordination in the iGaming and financial sectors, before joining the ANCHOVY. team to optimise user experience in all aspects of the company. Luke enjoys watching obscure films and bragging about it to people, and is driven by figuring out why people are the way they are. His biggest regret in life is not being allowed the job title “King of UX”, which he still begs for periodically.
After completing his degree in advanced character animation in California, he identified, together with his brother Zak, a niche in Malta’s market for a data-driven digital marketing agency – and the rest is history. A serial entrepreneur by nature, when he’s not pushing the boundaries on innovation and setting up new start-ups, Benji loves reading, observing people and enjoying the simple things in life. He’s an avid windsurfer, who has sailed semi-professionally since the age of 13 – but there’s nothing he loves more than spending time with his family, friends and his girlfriend.
Head of SEO
Born in Belgium, Antoine came to Malta to learn English and found a new home at ANCHOVY. when he discovered his passion for SEO as an intern one year ago. The discipline resonates with his natural curiosity to see how things work and make them better. His enthusiastic and hard working nature quickly moved him up the ranks and while he loves living and working in Malta his life is not the same without Belgian fries and his favourite beers. In his free time Antoine likes playing volleyball, riding his motorbike and exploring Malta off the beaten track.
Chief Operating Officer
Not your conventional Chief Operating Officer, Bettina comes from a pharmaceutical background, having completed her MPH from the University of Glasgow. This took her as far as Finland where she worked in the European Chemicals Agency, and in public policy for the European Commission. It’s no wonder that her excellent organisational skills keep the ANCHOVY. team happy, motivated and ready to face anything. Outside of work, she’s a happy mother to two gorgeous daughters, and loves spending time with her family – on the boat, travelling – and grabbing a movie with her husband Ian.
Driven by data, Head of Digital, Kurt is the kind of person that loves to experiment and push the boundaries. After undertaking a Masters in Creativity and Innovation at the University of Malta, Kurt joined the ANCHOVY. team as a project manager before discovering his love of all things digital. Kurt is a serial hobbyist who loves learning about new things, and in his free time he enjoys eating out, meeting up with his friends and tending to his aquarium. He’s the kind of person whose drive is reflected in all areas of his life – whether it’s reaching client goals or challenging himself to fitness goals.