Prior to joining UP Limited, Julian was CEO at Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Malta Foundation (JAYE Malta), a Non-Governmental Organisation specialised in providing entrepreneurship education programmes and opportunities for youth in Malta. Julian was also Head of Programmes and Services at Inspire and General Manager at link Projects.
Julian has spent over 10 years living, working and volunteering abroad with the European Commission in Brussels, the UNODC in Vienna, the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa and the Missionaries of Charity across three continents.
Julian is an undergraduate in International Relations and holds a Cum Laude Masters degree in Socio-Economic Development. He is passionate about education and personal development, volunteering, food, sports and reading. In 2008 his contributions to volunteering won him the JCI Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Malta Award and the 2009 JCI Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Awardee for humanitarian and voluntary leadership.
Julian may be frequently found facilitating workshops, giving keynote speeches, volunteering or browsing record shops, wine and whisky fairs or cooking up a storm in his kitchen.
A graduate in Law with a Masters in International Commercial Law, Ian has had a successful international career in 3rd level education, training & development spanning over 25 years.
Pursuing his wanderlust, he spent many years in Greece working first with the National Centre for Public Administration and then heading up a leading Business Academy in Athens. He was a key founder of the Greek Irish Business Association and returned to Ireland to work as International Director for Tradefacilitate, an Irish start up offering paperfree trading solutions to small and medium sized enterprises. Returning to Greece, he focused on training development and quality assurance.
His five years in Malta have established him as a specialist in progamme creation, accreditation, content and delivery. He has an excellent reputation for managing training institutes and engaging students to reach the best version of themselves.
Taking up the position of UP Academy Manager is the culmination of Ian’s career bringing his wealth of experience to a wide and diverse audience. Not afraid to be out of his comfort zone, Ian is looking forward to challenging individuals to attain that best version of themselves. His vision for UP Academy is that it be a place of true learning, a journey of personal mastery and self-development allowing each student to find their flow, make their impact, clarify their role and excel in themselves.
Ian is a passionate speaker with a love for storytelling and inspiring audiences. An avid traveller and opera fan he enjoys discovering Malta “Off the beaten track”
Her philosophy is to embrace and maximize every minute of the day, making time for everything that fulfills her, whilst channeling positive energy and pushing through limits to be the best she can be.
Following a bachelor’s degree in tourism, Daphne kicked off a 12-year long career organising events in the Conference & Incentive industry. She then entered the world of business coaching and leadership development with Up your level and Vistage Malta, as an Academy Manager.
She progressed to complete a health coaching certification and related educational and practical studies in the field of coaching and wellbeing.
Daphne now brings her executive experience, business training and holistic practices to clients in the form of interactive workshops, wellness coaching and corporate wellness programmes.
Using the F.I.R.E philosophy, she will help you live a life full of FLOW that leaves the desired IMPACT through each of your ROLES, and keep you motivated on your path to EXCELLENCE!
She has an ongoing craving for learning, be it in dance, languages, sports or academic subjects and practices her passions for flamenco dance, yoga and long-distance running.
She began her career in marketing which matured and evolved into human resources which she has been dedicated to for the past 10 years. Throughout her experience in HR, Edana has witnessed the ever-changing employee-oriented culture and has focused mainly on continuous personal development, employee retention and an imperative high-performance culture.
Edana brings her rich experience combined with her her highly organisational skills to serve our clients human resources needs and help them bridge the gaps towards building a strong, high performing team.
She is goal-oriented and welcomes challenges that enable her to grow and get closer to her life objectives!
Edana is a passionate about cooking, a trail runner and an OCR enthusiast. She strongly believes that sports challenges her to get out of her comfort zone, both on personal and professional level.
Nathan is a highly sought-after motivational speaker and his keynotes have inspired people all over the world from CEOs and business owners to diverse teams representing every sector of society!
He graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Malta and read an MBA from Strathclyde Graduate School of Business and Executive Leadership at Stanford Graduate Business School. He is a record-breaking endurance athlete, father, husband and philanthropist, and sits on a number of non-profit boards and for-profit boards as a director and advisor.
Previously founder and CEO of Inspire, Nathan is a trustee of Malta’s largest non-profit organisation the Inspire Foundation, as well as previously the chairperson of the Voluntary Organisations Council, the Malta Physiotherapy Association and the Malta Paralympic Movement. He is regularly consulted by government to bring together and strengthen civil society in his various roles. He is a trustee of Children in Need, Inspirasia Foundation and the Academy of Givers, and supports a wide range of other philanthropic initiatives, often through his adventures and endurance challenges.
Nathan also owns UN LImited, an events and lifestyle company that organises the country’s toughest endurance race series XTERRA, as well as fun family events including the Colour My Run. He is a guest lecturer at the university of Malta, the Malta Institute of Management and guest speaker at educational conferences and start-up events.
His passion for business coaching has been recognised by leading CEOs who have engaged him as their confidant and mentor, across all industries locally and internationally. As the Managing Director for VISTAGE in Malta and the UAE and a chair of 5 groups, he coaches 50 top CEOs on a monthly basis across the EMEA region.
He has won numerous awards both including Malta Social Entrepreneur of the Year, JCI Humanitarian Leadership, Malta Sports Award, and is a top 10% worldwide age group Ironman Athlete. He has completed some of the worlds’ toughest challenges, including setting a world record for consecutive marathons, raising thousands of euros for charity in the process.
Nathan has a passion for leadership development, business coaching and generally inspiring people to be the best they can be through self-belief and determination. He’s not happy with his golf handicap, however….but he’s working on it!
“I felt that my business had grown rapidly but was starting to create problems with my work-life balance. I felt that I needed to work harder and harder to keep up, despite spending more and more money on managers to grow the business. It seemed like I was constantly having to make decisions for them and it got to a point that I was actually considering refusing new growth because I didn’t think we could handle it. Whilst I was concerned that I didn’t have enough time in the day to get help and advice, I realised I needed a more objective viewpoint to help me get out of this situation. It was affecting my whole life.
I called in a business coach who worked on three key areas: Purpose, Personal Wellbeing and Leadership. These three diverse but complimentary areas of growth helped me focus on the things that were really important, find time to take care of myself and help me clear the fog that clouded my mind, and develop my leadership skills to empower my management team to share the load. Surprisingly it wasn’t a long drawn-out process as the guys at Ultimate Performance focused on me directly, with a secondary interest in the business. They knew that I was the best person to solve business problems but I needed to sort myself out first. I now feel that I can take on new opportunities without worrying that I’ll lose out on enjoying life.”
“Super inspired by Julian Azzopardi‘s talk yesterday about leading with purpose. He gave some very interesting insights on the roots of human behavior and actions and how they link with the golden circle, explaining how to use those principles to lead a team to success.”CÉCILIA MZAYEKTimeNinja Founder
“Thanks for a much needed and certainly a very insightful 1.5 days. I really enjoyed trying to live those moments in the Now, blanking my ever curious mind from the onslaught of thoughts that are so pervasive in every waking minute of our lives. I felt that the time we spent together gave me a curiosity to learn more about this state of flow and how to harness it in my everyday life and work. Keep up the great work and there will definitely be a part 2 to this.”ANDREW MANGIONEC English Malta Executive Chairman
“If you go to Malta, look up Julian Azzopardi at UP Insights. As the CEO, he is a wonderful blend of strategic thinking and creativity, combined with an attention to detail, a focus on providing the highest level of professional development and a drive to support the growth and success of organisations and their key leaders. He’s making waves, of the best kind!”HENRY ROSE LEEInter-Generational Expert & Keynote Speaker
“Julian is an expert with integrity. Working along side Julian to improve the performance of the company I work for was a massive learning experience and inspirational. Julian’s ability to listen to our ideas and come up with pragmatic solutions is impressive. No matter what question I ask, he will always answer. Julian has developed his skills through years of study, experiences, voluntary work and overcoming obstacles. I strongly recommend Julian Azzopardi if you wish to achieve more out of life.”DAVID SANTSS Lifts Technical Manager
“We had a very interesting session with Julian Azzopardi on how to be our better versions, how to adapt and embrace change, introducing us to the FIRE approach! Thanks for putting so much enthusiasm and passion into it!”MIREIA GARCIA-TAPIA YTURRIAGADDTT Bershka Malta Brand Manager
“Investing in people is a priority for us at ICON. More than ever, we’re seeing true, tangible value by broadening team members’ horizons at every level. Interns gaining new skills via shadowing experiences, ITIL training for all developers and customer-facing team members, and company-wide motivational speeches like the inspirational Nathan Farrugia and his FIRE method, the boost in morale and motivation makes us all stronger. It’s all well and good to push your team to reach their targets, but you can’t expect a team to deliver true value if you’re not investing in them.”IAN CASTILLOIcon Malta Managing Director
“I wanted to thank you for the help and guidance you gave my team and I during 2018. We truly managed to reach what we thought was unreachable from a change management perspective. We also had a record turnover, with a 20% increase over the prior year and the OKRs worked wonders in helping us achieve that!”THOMAS ZAMMITElektra Ltd. CEO