Safeguarding Children and the Young

About the Foundation

The Lisa Maria Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization with an over-arching objective to safeguard children and young people from harm. To achieve its objectives, the Foundation will bring together the leaders of the various local institutions to devise and implement proactive strategies to secure a safe and happy environment within which children and young people can develop to their full potential. In line with its founding principles, The Lisa Maria Foundation will focus its resources on these three key areas:

The effective selection procedures of all personnel entrusted with the care of children and young people
The promotion of a code of behaviour that prescribes the appropriate boundaries between adults and young people
Raising awareness and educating children, parents and all persons working with children and young people on the safe use of social media

The Lisa Maria Foundation intends to operate in synergy with established governmental and non-governmental organisations, educational institutions and other authorities who work tirelessly towards providing a safe environment for children and young people. The Foundation also seeks to support local organisations address any possible deficiencies in their approach to the protection of children from harm, systematically building their capacity to keep children and young people safe.

The Board of Administrators

Tony Zahra

Tony Zahra is the father of Lisa Maria Zahra Fenech who died tragically on 19th March 2014.

Tony is an entrepreneur and also the Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Lithuania in Malta. He has served as a council member on a number of constituted bodies including the Federation of Industry, MHRA and held various appointments in Government Agencies.

Tony is also the Chairman of the Alpine Group and as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility, the Group financed the construction of a day care centre for children in Ethiopia.

Winston J. Zahra

Winston J. Zahra is the Chief Executive Officer of Island Hotels Group Holdings plc.

After graduating with a First Class Honours in Hotel and Catering Management, Winston spearheaded the development of Island Caterers Limited into becoming one of Malta’s leading event catering companies. Since then, he has also been extensively involved in the growth of Island Hotels Group Holdings plc including the Coastline Hotel, the Radisson Blu Resort St. Julian’s and the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Golden Sands together with the launch of the Costa Coffee brand.

Mary Anne Lauri

Studied at the University of Malta, the London School of Economics and read for a PhD at the University of London. Joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Malta in 1992 and is presently Associate Professor and Pro-Rector. Has co-authored several publications, and published in both local and international journals. Is a chartered member and chartered scientist of the British Psychological Society.


Those interested in contributing towards the promotion of the foundation objectives may contact us on the details provided below. For those wishing to make a financial contribution, the foundation bank details are as follows: BOV account IBAN no:

IBAN Number: MT42VALL22013000000040022689883 SWIFT CODE: VALLMTMT