Gege Gatt

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Gege Gatt
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Born (1978-12-04) 4 December 1978 (age 42)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Malta[2]
OccupationFounder and CEO of EBO.AI
Chairman of the Board of Beacon Media Group
Director of ICON

Gege Gatt is a Maltese lawyer and serial digital entrepreneur, specializing in artificial intelligence and IT law.[3] While a graduate student at the University of Malta, Gatt was appointed a director of ICON, a company with a focus on the development of custom software and mobile/web applications. He is best known as co-founder and CEO of London-based EBO.AI, a technology company, developing and applying artificial intelligence in the field of automating human communication.[4][5][6][7] Gatt also serves as Vice President of Malta IT Law Association (MITLA) and is a regular contributor to Business-IT publications[8] and a speaker at ICT events.[9][10][11]

Early life and education[edit]

Gege Gatt was born in Malta. In 1996, Gatt entered the University of Malta, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, within the field of Legal & Humanistic Studies. Continuing his studies at University of Malta, he received his Doctoral degree (LL.D.) in law in 2002 with his main focus being on ICT law.[1][12]

Academic and legal work[edit]

Since 2010, Gatt has served at the University of Malta as specialist examiner of doctoral theses covering various aspects of ICT law including subject-specific analysis and examination of theses submitted in partial fulfillment of a postgraduate degree in Law. His work in this field has mainly covered blockchain and distributed ledger technology, artificial intelligence, big data and privacy challenges presented by cloud technology.[13]

He is also a board member of the Humanity 2.0 Foundation, an organization operating from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. The Foundation identifies impediments to human progress and works collaboratively across sectors to remove them by sourcing and scaling innovative technology tools.[14][15][16]

MITLA and Artificial Intelligence[edit]

Gatt has been a proponent of ethical AI that impacts society positively and believes that AI should be properly regulated.[2][17] He has supported implementing new ICT laws in the field of artificial intelligence and its application in the public and private sectors such as financial institutions, customer service and more.[18][19][20] Dr. Gatt is an author of a number of publications discussing the introduction of a legal and ethical framework for new AI applications, such as facial recognition and human tracking technologies.[21]

Gatt has served as vice-president of MITLA, a non-profit association and legal entity which was set up to promote the development of information technology law, including but not limited to computer law, internet law, electronic communications law, information law, electronic commerce law, remote gaming law and also laws defining and regulating cyber crime.[13][22][23]

Gatt's publications and works often relate to the analysis of technology and its impact on behavior and the creation of knowledge.[8] In an essay entitled The Psychology of Digital Behaviour within the book “Navigating the Maltese Mediascape" (co-authored with other scientists and edited by Joseph Borg & Mary Anne Lauri) Gatt argues that "smart devices have become a neural extension of our brain and not merely tools we passively use. In turn this changes our behavior and self-awareness with a shift in how we access and use information and transform it into knowledge."[24][25]

Business career[edit]

Gege Gatt served as a director on a number of organization boards, including Beacon Media Group,[26][27][28] Yellow, MUOVO, ESS Data Bridge Malta and more.[1] He also co-founded EBO.AI and ICON.


In 1999, Gege Gatt co-founded ICON, a technology company in Malta, developing custom software and mobile/web applications. The company has been a partner of Google and Microsoft[29] and also led several complex technology projects for blue-chip brands including PwC, Hilton, McDonald's, the European Commission, Procter & Gamble and Xerox.[30]


Gatt co-founded EBO.AI in September 2017. Initially founded in Malta, the company later opened its offices in the UK expanding its operations, specifically focusing on the health sector.[31][32][33][34] EBO.AI claims that the use of Artificial Intelligence in the health sector can facilitate and automate activities in the provision and management of administrative services.[5] The company's main focus has been on developing products and services which automate interaction between businesses and customers in multiple languages by using and adapting human dialogues with the help of artificial intelligence. The software program is specifically designed to emulate the natural conversational flow of humans and to drive the understanding of language and sentiment.[35]

AI Views[edit]

AI and legal personality[edit]

Gege Gatt has been an advocate for the perspective that AI systems should not be given a distinct legal personality as that would undermine the fundamental principle of human-centric AI.[36] He has consistently held that AI must not be used for its own sake but that of society's benefit.[37][38]

AI and ethics[edit]

Gatt has been a proponent of a 15-point framework to develop Trustworthy AI which bolsters mechanisms that seek to address and redress the intrinsic biases of AI. He has also proposed the enshrinement of digital rights within Constitutional systems so as to secure critical rights, such as the right of informational self-determination , and safeguard these for future generations.[22]

AI and human progress[edit]

Gege Gatt has argued that AI has a critical place in the promotion of human flourishing. He has sustained that technology is a human undertaking that is guided by values and conceptions of what is good and desirable. In this regard he opines that technology is an enabler of social development.[14][39][40][8]

Personal life[edit]

Dr. Gege Gatt lives in Valletta, Malta. He is married and has two children, Beppe and Luigi.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d “Malta Profile:"CEO of the Week: Gege Gatt, CEO of EBO ”
  2. ^ a b “MITLA:"DR. GEGE GATT”
  3. ^ “Times of Malta:"Cain, Moses and Gege Gatt (January 7,2017) ”
  4. ^ “Times of Malta:" brings AI to leading figures in the gaming sector (July 30, 2019)”
  5. ^ a b Foarn, Nicholas (September 9, 2019). "NHS Users Prefer Talking To AI Virtual Assistants Instead Of Humans". Forbes. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  6. ^ “AltFi:"Artificial intelligence firm opens UK office in bid to boost financial and healthcare units”
  7. ^ “Gadgets Malta:"Maltese AI Startup EBO Opens a New Office in the UK ”
  8. ^ a b c Sardana, Saloni (December 12, 2019). "Gege Gatt: AI would be good for financial services". FT Advisor. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  9. ^ “About Gege Gatt”
  10. ^ “Crunchbase:"Gege Gatt”
  11. ^ “Watch: ‘Rethinking customer relationships’ – Dr Gege Gatt”
  12. ^ “LinkedIn Profile:"Gege Gatt”
  13. ^ a b “MITLA Executive Committee”
  14. ^ a b “Maltese Tech Guru Leads Winning Team at the First Ever Hackathon in the Vatican (March 14, 2018)”
  15. ^ “Inside the Vatican's First-Ever Hackathon”
  16. ^ “Singaporean part of winning team at Vatican Hackathon that designed app for refugees”
  17. ^ “Newsbook:"Video: "The right to privacy is protected by the Constitution" - Dr. Gege Gatt (Article in Maltese)”
  18. ^ “AI can improve people's lives’ – Dr Gege Gatt”
  19. ^ “The Fintech Times:"The Inexorable Rise of AI in Finance”
  20. ^ “The Fintech Times:"Almost Two-Thirds of CFOs Expect Digital Transformation to Impact Employment ”
  21. ^ “Mortgage Finance Gazette:"From sci-fi to reality: how virtual assistants are becoming a lender's best friend ”
  22. ^ a b “Reaction Document to the Public Consultation on Malta's Ethical AI Framework ”
  23. ^ “Newsbook:"Watch: Malta is putting the cart before the horse in facial recognition – Gege Gatt”
  24. ^ Newsbook: “PBS should no longer be owned by Government” – media experts
  25. ^ "Navigating the Maltese Mediascape". BDL Books. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  26. ^ “The Church in Malta:"”
  27. ^ “Newsbook:"Watch: Digital is not simply about technology – Dr Gege Gatt”
  28. ^ “WDTNN:"AI and Robotics are redefining healthcare" - Dr Gege Gatt - Newsbook”
  29. ^ “ICON's Partners”
  30. ^ “Independent:"ICON's Digital Solution for Luxembourg Airport receives an e-Business Award”
  31. ^ “Finance Digest:"EBO.Ai Expands Into The UK Market Following Rapid Company Growth ”
  32. ^ “Techapeek:"Industry news inbrief”
  33. ^ “Techapeek:"HTN 100: Matt Hancock, Highland Marketing, Experiential HealthTech, and Big White Wall ”
  36. ^ “Times of Malta:"Do not give robots distinct legal personality – IT association”
  37. ^ “Gege Gatt:"Should AI have distinctive rights?”
  38. ^ “Newsbook:"Artificial Intelligence use should keep humans in focus – MITLA”
  39. ^ “Times of Malta:"Would Jesus hack? - Gege Gatt”
  40. ^ “The Commercial Courier:"Adapting to the Fourth Industrial Revolution”