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Principal Permanent Secretary

Mr Tony Sultana
​​Mr Tony Sultana was appointed Principal Permanent Secretary on 1 June 2022, following a long career in the Public Service in which he pioneered the use of information technology. He was entrusted with designing the implementation of key Government solutions.

His career began in 1986 with the Government Computer Centre. Over the years, Mr Sultana has been instrumental in implementing tax reform and other holistic systems. He led the Euro-IT Taskforce, and was responsible for coordinating the euro changeover of IT systems. He was also assigned responsibility for the Utilities System, and participated in the implementation of Integrated Utilities Business Systems.

Having held several senior management posts within MITA, Mr Sultana was appointed Executive Chairman in April 2013. During his mandate, he focused on strengthening and modernising the Government’s digital ICT systems, with priority over security.

Mr Sultana has a technical background in industrial electronics and government information systems through specialised programmes he has carried out in Singapore and Japan. He holds a degree in Mathematics and Computing from the University of Malta and a Master of Science in Management from Anglia University in the UK.

THE PERMANENT SECRETARIES

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John Borg

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Gozo and Planning
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Gozo and Planning

Mr John Borg

Mr John Borg studied at St Aloysius' College and further on graduated at the University of Malta with a B.A. (Hons) in Public Administration. He joined the Public Service in 1986, as a Principal Officer in the Trade Department.

In 1996 he was posted within the Consumer and Competition Division, and in 2000 assumed the role of Assistant Director (Administration) in the same Division. In 2006 he was appointed as Director (People Management and Support Services) within the Ministry for Resources and Infrastructure.

Mr Borg was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Tourism, Culture and Local Government in March 2013 and subsequently at the Ministry for Gozo, in April 2014.  He has participated in meetings of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions from the European Union, with active participation in the Islands and Intermediterranean Commissions, with particular focus on challenges faced by islands due to double insularity and accessibility issues.

In January 2024 he was confirmed as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Gozo and Planning.

Mr Borg is married and has three children.
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Sharlo Camilleri

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights

Mr Sharlo Camilleri

Mr Sharlo Camilleri was born on 20th February 1976. He is married and has two children. He graduated from the University of Malta with a Diploma in Agriculture and M.Sc in Environmental Studies and Planning, as well as B.Sc. (Hons) in Geography from the University of London.

Mr Camilleri started as a student worker at the Department of Agriculture. He joined the Public Service in September 1997. In his first years of service, he was involved in research activities, monitoring programmes, consultancies in agriculture, and technical advice on the agricultural policies.

In August 2006 he joined the Agricultural and Rural Payment Agency (ARPA) and contributed in strategic decision taking. He occupied the role of Deputy Director Operations within the ARPA, was the Agency Head, Director for Plant Health and Director General for Rural Development.

He has served on a number of committees and government boards. This includes the Planning Authority Board, and the Consultative Committee for Agriculture. He was Chairperson of the Agriculture Advisory Committee and served on the Selection Committee for Projects within the Rural Development Programme. He also served as a Spokesperson on the Special Committee on Agriculture in the European Union Council.

In January 2020, he was appointed as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Animal Rights. In November 2020, the Ministry underwent a redesignation, expanding its scope to include food and subsequently renaming itself as the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food, and Animal Rights. In April 2022, Mr Camilleri retained his position, and following another redesignation, the Ministry reverted to the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Animal Rights. As of January 2024, Mr Camilleri maintained his position as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Animal Rights.

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Joseph F. Caruana

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Regeneration of the Grand Harbour
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Regeneration of the Grand Harbour

Mr Joseph F. Caruana

Mr Joseph Caruana was born in Marsaxlokk on the 2nd May 1961. He graduated from the University of Malta with a B.A. Honours in Public Administration in 1985 and a Masters in Business Administration (Executive) with distinction in November 2001.

Mr Caruana joined the Public Service as a student-worker in 1980 and in 1985 was appointed Principal Officer in charge of the Land Department's Revenue Collection function. In 1996 he was appointed Senior Principal and in the same year he was given the additional role of IT Projects Coordinator for the Land Department and the Estate Management Department. In October 1999 he was appointed Director of the Estate Management Department within the Government Property Division. In November 2008 Mr Caruana was assigned the role of Director General Operations in the Office of the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport & Communications and also served as a Director of the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation.

Mr Caruana was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change in July 2013. In January 2020 this Ministry was redesignated as Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning.  In April 2022 it was redesignated as Ministry for Environment, Energy and Enterprise and in January 2024 the Ministry was redesignated as Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Regeneration of the Grand Harbour.

He is also a Sustainable Development Network Board member and Chairman of the Eco-Contribution Approving Body.​

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Nancy Caruana

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Inclusion and The Voluntary Sector
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Inclusion and The Voluntary Sector

Ms Nancy Caruana

Nancy Caruana was born in Żurrieq on the 15th April 1964. Following her education at Żurrieq primary and secondary schools, as well as the New Lyceum in Msida, she commenced her career within the Public Service in 1982, starting off as a typist at the Examinations Department. Since then, she has made her way up the career ladder progressively.

In 1994, Ms Caruana moved to the VAT Department taking up the post of a VAT Inspector. She was then entrusted with the role of Central Liaison Officer and was responsible for the VAT Exchange of Information (VIES) on Administrative Cooperation between EU Members States. She was also the Competent Authority for the Recovery of Taxes and a Member of the Public Finance Sectoral Committee for the Euro Changeover.

The Senior Principal examination in 2009 was a turning point in Ms Caruana's career, as soon after she was promoted to Assistant Director at the Government Property Department, responsible for Enforcement Issues. In 2010, Ms Caruana was appointed Director Finance and Administration within the same Department, this time responsible for the HR Department, IT, Procurement and Finance, as well as the overall administration of the Department.

In 2014 she was appointed Director Tourism within the Ministry for Tourism where she played a significant role in the HR aspect. Later in 2014, Ms Caruana was promoted to Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business. 

In November 2020 this Ministry was redesignated as the Ministry for the Economy and Industry.  

In April 2022 Ms Caruana was appointed Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights.

In January 2024, she retained her responsibility for the same Ministry this time for Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector.

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Joyce Cassar

Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister (People and Standards)
Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister (People and Standards)

Dr Joyce Cassar

Dr Cassar is a highly qualified professional, having earned postgraduate and master's degrees in management and Religious Studies from Sheffield Hallam University. 

Her career commenced in the manufacturing sector, where she gained managerial experience and expertise in industrial relations. With over a decade in the tourism industry, she progressed to top management roles, specializing in human resources management.

Beyond her corporate journey, Dr Cassar delved into the social sector, overseeing the establishment of the first female residential program for drug users with Caritas Malta. Joining the Public Service in 2013, she served as Director General Human Resources for the Ministry of Health, later assuming roles in implementation and, eventually, becoming Permanent Secretary of the Division for People and Standards within the Office of the Prime Minister in 2017. 

Dr Cassar's career showcases her dedication to organizational development, leaving a lasting impact on human resources, standards, and training within the government sector.

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Joseph Chetcuti

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Health and Active Ageing
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Health and Active Ageing

Mr Joseph Chetcuti

Mr Joseph Chetcuti was born in 1964. He studied at St Paul's Missionary College and graduated from the University of Malta, in Public Administration.

Mr Chetcuti joined the Public Service in 1986.  He was appointed as Customs Assistant in the Department of Customs. He was promoted to Customs Officer in 1993, to Inspector of Customs in 2007 and to Senior Inspector of Customs in 2013.

In 2014, he was appointed Director (Excise) and two years later, as Director General (Customs). He introduced a comprehensive change programme, premised on a business strategy whose aim was to strike a balance between a customer-centric approach and a secure supply chain.

Mr Chetcuti participated in various meetings which the World Customs Organisation (WCO) organised for Heads of Customs Authorities. He also attended numerous EU Customs Union events, some of which were hosted by Malta. A particular milestone was the organisation of the High-Level Seminar for Tax and Customs Administrations, held in Malta in 2017.

Under his stewardship and through his strategic vision, Mr Chetcuti did not only increase the level of public awareness on the objectives and operations of the Department of Customs but successfully steered it toward the achievement of numerous positive results and success stories. He instilled, in the people he managed, a sense of belonging, a willingness to change and most importantly, a new feeling of self-worth and pride.

Mr Chetcuti served on the National Maritime Security Committee, the Aviation Security Committee, the Sanctions Monitoring Board, the Steering Committee for the Office of the Commissioner for Revenue and the National Coordinating Committee on Combatting Money-Laundering and Funding of Terrorism.

In 2022, Mr Chetcuti was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Health and Active Ageing. Amongst his marked achievements were the amendments to the Blood Transfusion Policy in September 2022, which amendments placed all potential blood donors, whichever their sexual orientation, on equal footing; the introduction of the National Aorta Screening Programme in October 2022, and the introduction of a Holistic Needs Assessment Clinic for cancer patients in November 2022.

Cancer treatment was boosted further when in November 2022, Hospice Malta benefited from the Government Assistance Programme for the provision of services related to palliative care. Additionally, in September 2023, ambulatory chemotherapy pumps were introduced, thereby affording patients the comfort of receiving the service in their own home.

In May 2023, Mr Chetcuti piloted the introduction of the '1579' Mental Health Helpline, followed by a Service Agreement entered into with the Richmond Foundation in December 2023, and with the objective of enhancing cooperation in Mental Health Services.

Mr Chetcuti is married to Jacqueline and is the father of Clara and Julia.​

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Christopher Cutajar

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade

Mr Christopher Cutajar

Mr Christopher Cutajar is the Permanent Secretary for Foreign, European Affairs and Trade since June 2020. He heads the administration and coordinates all the departments within the Ministry. Mr Cutajar sits on the Governing Board of Administrators of the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law since 2020. 

He holds an Honours Degree, which was then supplemented by an Executive Master in Business Administration, both from the University of Malta. In his younger days he was an activist within the civil society as the young leader of the General Workers' Union Youths, editor of a local journal, and financial officer of the executive committee of the National Youth Council.

His career within the public administration started off in 2011 in the role of Executive Secretary for Local Councils and for the national Local Councils' Association. In June 2016 he was appointed as Permanent Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital projects for a four year stint. During that period, he coordinated major projects such as the Triton Square project, which is a landmark at the entrance of Valletta. He also served as the Deputy Chairperson of the Maritime Security Committee at that time.

He was born in 1985 and is married with one son. Fluent in Maltese, English and Italian; also conversant in Spanish.

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Joyce Dimech

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, and Employment
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, and Employment

Ms Joyce Dimech

Ms Joyce Dimech joined the Public Service in 1986, holding various positions within various Ministries and the Office of the Prime Minister ever since. She had several positions within different sections of the Ministry for Gozo, including Education, Care for the Elderly, and EU Affairs.

In 2004 she was appointed Director Customer Services, ably leading this major public service directorate in Gozo with a wide-ranging portfolio that included Health. 

In March 2013 she was appointed Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Gozo and in April 2014 she was appointed Permanent Secretary (Strategy & Implementation) within the Office of the Prime Minister. In July 2020, Ms Dimech was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government. In November 2020 she was also appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Research, Innovation and the Co-Ordination of Post Covid-19 Strategy. In April 2022 Ms Dimech was re-appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government and in September 2023 she was also entrusted with the responsibility for the Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms, and Equality. As of 2024, Ms Dimech was appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Home Affairs, Security and Employment..

Ms Dimech received her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Management from the University of Malta.​​

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Johan Galea

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Justice and Reform of the Construction Sector
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Justice and Reform of the Construction Sector

Mr Johan Galea

Mr Galea joined the Public Service in 1991 in the teaching grade.  Between 2004 and 2007, he served as an Assistant Head of School, following which in 2007 he was placed as Acting Head of School and subsequently appointed Head of School.

In 2009 Mr Galea was appointed Assistant Director in the Planning and Priorities Coordination Division within the Office of the Prime Minister. Following this in 2012, he was appointed Director Corporate Services within the Ministry for Fair Competition, Small Business and Consumers and in 2013, he occupied the same role within the Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto.  In 2015 Mr Galea was appointed Director Corporate Affairs within the Arts Council Malta.  

Since December 2016, Mr Galea has served as Permanent Secretary within the Justice sector. Initially, he held this role in the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government.  Following a Ministry redesignation in January 2020, he continued as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry for Justice, Equality and Governance and as from April 2022 in the Ministry for Justice.  In February 2022 he also took on the role of Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, concurrently serving both Ministries for nine months.  In January 2024 he was appointed Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Justice and Reform of the Building of the Construction Sector.  

Mr Johan Galea graduated from the University of Malta with a B.A. (Gen) Degree in Psychology and Sociology and also Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Diploma in Educational Administration and Management.​

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Anthony Gatt

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Tourism and Public Cleanliness
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Tourism and Public Cleanliness

Mr Anthony Gatt

Mr Anthony Gatt was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Competitiveness and Digital, Maritime and Services Economy in May 2016. In June 2017 he was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Energy and Water Management. In November 2020 this Ministry was redesignated as Ministry for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development. Following the general election of 2022, Mr Gatt was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Tourism which in January 2024 was redesignated to the Ministry for Tourism and Public Cleanliness.

He graduated with BSc in Human Resources Management from the University of Leicester and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Malta.  Mr Gatt is currently reading for a Doctorate in Business Administration.

Mr Gatt has had a long career within the Public Service. He has worked in various Ministries and Departments, including the Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications and the Department of Contracts. In 2015 he was appointed Director for Corporate Services within the Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, led by the Deputy Prime Minister. Over the years as a public officer, Mr Gatt has represented Malta at various meetings organised by the European Union.

Mr Gatt is married to Nadia and together with their son Matteo, they live in Mosta.​

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Kevin Mahoney

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government

Mr Kevin Mahoney

Mr Kevin Mahoney was born in Sliema on 26th May 1962. He attended St Joseph's Secondary School in Paola and graduated with Honours in Public Administration from the University of Malta in 1985. 

He joined the Public Service as an Administrative Officer in 1986 and was employed in the Electoral Office as an officer in charge of the Department and appointed Secretary of the Electoral Commission. In 1989 he was transferred for a short period to the Inland Revenue Department and later he was assigned duties at the Office of the Notary to Government as Head of Administration, Finance and Human Resources. He was appointed Assistant Registrar of the Courts in December 1994. In July 2001, he was appointed Director and Registrar of the Civil Courts and Tribunals. In 2007, he was appointed Director-General of the Courts of Justice as well as a national delegate of the eJustice working party of the Council of the European Union. He was reconfirmed as Director-General in 2010. 

In 2013 he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security and reconfirmed again in 2016 and 2019, twice for a period of three years. He was also appointed national expert of the High-Level Working Group (HLEG) on Interoperability and Information Systems set up by the European Commission. 

In April 2022 Mr Mahoney was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (Coordination and Implementation). 

In January 2024, he was appointed Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for the National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government. 

He is married and has two sons.​

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Godwin Mifsud

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Public Works​
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Public Works​

Mr Godwin Mifsud

Mr Godwin Mifsud joined the Malta Public Service in 2001 as an Economics Officer and served at the Economic Policy Department within the Ministry for Finance in different capacities throughout this period. In 2011 he was appointed Director (Structural Economic Research) and subsequently Director General (Economic Policy) in 2015. Under his tenure as Director General, Mr Mifsud saw to the consolidation of the Department in its policy advisory role with a focus on empirical evidence.

Over the years, Mr Mifsud represented Malta in European Union meetings and, in particular, was Malta’s Head of Delegation to the Economic Policy Committee, one of the preparatory bodies of the ECOFIN Council. He also served as Chairman of the Ageing Populations and Sustainability Working Group of the same committee. Mr Mifsud has led delegations in meetings with international institutions, including the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and credit rating agencies.

Mr Mifsud also sits on a number of Government boards and committees. He has studied in Malta and the United Kingdom and holds post-graduate degrees in Economics and in Public Policy.

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Ronald Mizzi

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for the Economy, Enterprise, and Strategic Projects
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for the Economy, Enterprise, and Strategic Projects

Mr Ronald Mizzi

Mr Ronald Mizzi, is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in the Maltese public service. He currently holds the esteemed position of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for the Economy, Enterprise, and Strategic Projects. His journey in the Maltese Public Service commenced in 2004 when he joined as an Economics Officer within the Rural Development Department.

In 2006, Mr Mizzi transitioned into the role of a Research Analyst at Forum Malta fl-Ewropa until 2008. He then served as a Projects Manager and later as a Senior Manager within Malta's Managing Authority for EU Funding. In these roles, he adeptly managed and executed critical EU-funded projects under the 2004-2006 and 2007-2013 funding programs, culminating in the successful closure of the first program.

His journey continued in 2013 when he assumed the position of Director of EU Affairs and Programme Implementation within the then Ministry for Energy and the Conservation of Water. Notably, Mr Mizzi played a pivotal role in energy reforms during his tenure as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Energy and Health (Energy) from April 2014. His capabilities led him to serve as Permanent Secretary within the Office of the Prime Minister overseeing energy, water, and public-private initiatives.

In 2017, Mr Mizzi took on the role of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Tourism, steering the sector through the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic after its redesignation to the Ministry for Tourism and Consumer Protection in January 2020.

His trajectory continued in April 2022 when he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for the Economy, Lands and EU Funnds, which has been now redesigned as Ministry for the Economy, Enterprise and Strategic Projects. Here, he focuses on economic development, the digital economy, and collaborative projects of national importance between the government and the private sector.

A native of Żabbar, Mr Mizzi holds a Master's Degree in European Studies and a first Degree in International Relations. His dedication extends to his participation in several High-Level Committees on a European level.

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Mark Musù

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Social Policy and Children's Rights
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Social Policy and Children's Rights

Mr Mark Musù

Mr Mark Musù joined the Public Service in 1986, holding various positions within the Ministry for the Family, Children's Rights and Social Solidarity and the Department of Social Security ever since. He worked in various positions within this Department until in December 2005 he was appointed Director responsible for EU & International Affairs within the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity.

In November 2008 Mr Musù was appointed Director (Strategic Development and International Relations) in the Department of Social Security and in November 2012 he was trusted with the role of Director (Pensions Strategy). During these years he represented Malta in various EU social security and other international committees, conferences and seminars.

In March 2013 he was appointed Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity and in June 2017 he was reappointed as Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for the Family, Children's Rights and Social Solidarity. He serves as well as Chairperson of the Pensions Strategy Group. Mr Musu' is also Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Malta Communications Authority (MCA) and member of the Sustainable Development Network Board as well as a member of the Anti-Human Trafficking Committee

In November 2020 Mr.Mark Musù was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Social Justice and Solidarity, the Family and Children's Rights and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Social Accommodation. In April 2022 Mr. Musù was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Social Policy and Children's Rights. Between April 2022 and September 2023 he was additionally entrusted with the running of the Ministry for Social and Affordable Accommodation In January 2023 he was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) and shortly after Deputy Chairperson of the Low Wage Commission.

Mr Musù graduated in Public Administration. ​

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Emanuel Psaila

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Social and Affordable Accomodation
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Social and Affordable Accomodation

Mr Emanuel Psaila

Emanuel Psaila was born in 1968 in Marsaxlokk but spent most of his childhood and adulthood in Żejtun.

In 1986 he joined the Public Service where, following a two-year apprenticeship, he worked in the restoration section of the Valletta Rehabilitation Project.

He joined the Civil Protection Department upon its inception in 1999, as part of its first recruitment. For 16 years he served as Assistance and Rescue Officer, until he was given his first role in the department's administration. He served as Public Relations Manager and then as Deputy Director, going on to become the fifth Director of the Civil Protection Department in 2017 and Director General three years later.

During his career he has also sat on several boards and committees, most notably as President of the Civil Protection Association for 14 years, member of the Academy for Disciplined Forces and member of the National Book Council.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Maltese and a Masters in Maltese Literature. His writings have been acknowledged with literary awards and published in journals and anthologies.

In 2021 he was declared Manager of the Year in the National Worker of the Year Award. In April 2022, Mr Psaila was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Home Affairs, Security, Reforms and Equality, and in September 2023 he became Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Social and Affordable Accommodation.

Emanuel Psaila is married and has a daughter.

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Christine Schembri

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Health and Active Ageing
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Health and Active Ageing

Ms Christine Schembri

Ms Christine Schembri joined the Public Service in 1982 and has since held various posts and positions within different Ministries. She started off her career at the then Ministry for Interior and later at the Department of Education. In 1996, just a couple of months after the introduction of VAT in Malta, she joined a team of Inspectors at the Department for VAT within the Ministry for Finance. Ms Schembri worked her way up and, in 2007, she was appointed to the position of Assistant Director (Review & Investigation) within the same department. Amongst others, she was responsible for administering the ECO Contribution, for managing and directing the operations of the Central Liaison Office within the department and was also responsible for the administrative cooperation between Member States and the exchange of information. She also served as the national Eurofisc Liaison Officer.

On 2nd January 2014, Ms Schembri was appointed to the position of Executive Secretary at the Office of the Public Service Commission where she served for six years. During her tenure, Ms Schembri endeavoured to have the regulations governing appointments and discipline within the Public Service revised with a view to simplifying further both processes.

In June 2020, Ms Schembri was appointed Permanent Secretary within the Cabinet Office in charge of Coordination and Implementation and later, in February 2022, she was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Senior Citizens and Active Ageing.  During this period, she also served as a member of the Revolving Door Policy Governance Board established by the Public Administration Act.

In January 2024, Ms Schembri was appointed as Permanent Secretary within the Ministry for Health and Active Ageing.​

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Carlos Tabone

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Lands and the Implementation of the Electoral Programme
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Lands and the Implementation of the Electoral Programme

Mr Carlos Tabone

Mr Carlos Tabone was born in 1986 and started his career in the Public Service in 2009. ​He graduated from the University of Malta with a Bachelor in Arts with Honours in Social Policy in 2008 and obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration (Executive) in 2012.

Mr Tabone started his career in the Public Service as an EU Fund Officer at the Paying Agency, responsible for managing European funds under the Common Agricultural Policy programme. In 2012, he was appointed Senior Manager at the Agency with responsibility for running the Accounts Division.

In 2015, Mr Tabone was appointed as Senior Manager at the Office of the Principal Permanent Secretary and, in 2018, was appointed Head (Implementation) in the Prime Minister's Office while maintaining coordination with the Office of the Principal Permanent Secretary. In 2020, Mr Tabone was appointed Director (Management Support) to the Office of the Principal Permanent Secretary.

In April 2022, Mr Tabone was appointed Permanent Secretary with responsibility for the Ministry of Public Works and Planning whilst in January 2024, Mr Tabone was entrusted with the Ministry for Lands and the Implementation of the Electoral Programme.

He is married and has two children.​

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Jonathan Vassallo

Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry for European Funds, Equality, Reforms and Social Dialogue
Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry for European Funds, Equality, Reforms and Social Dialogue

Mr Jonathan Vassallo

Mr Jonathan Vassallo joined the Public Service in 2006 as a Programme Manager within the Planning and Priorities Coordination Division (PPCD). Initially, he was responsible for Financial Control on the Single Programming Document 2004-2006 as well as Cohesion Fund 2004-2006 projects. 

Subsequently, he was appointed Senior Manager within the same Division and then appointed Director General of the PPCD in 2011. 

His role as Director of this Division was to ensure the efficient absorption and management of European assistance, both EU and bilateral, through effective coordination across Government departments, authorities, agencies and other stakeholders.

During his tenure as Director General, he successfully oversaw the closure of the 2004-2007 SPD, the 2007-2013 Operational Programme and the Launch of the 2014-2020 Operational Programme.

In September 2022, he assumed the role of Permanent Secretary overseeing EU Funds in Malta. By 2024, his portfolio expanded significantly, encompassing not only EU Funds but also key areas such as , Social Dialogue,Industrial and Employment Relations, Equality and reforms.

Mr Vassallo sits on a number of supervisory boards linked to the implementation of financial instruments supported by European funding.

He studied Public and Private Sector Management, specialising in Public Policy, at the University of Malta.

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Matthew Vella

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation

Mr Matthew Vella

Mr Matthew Vella was born in 1989. He studied at the University of Malta where he was awarded a Bachelor of Honours in Social Work, followed by a Masters qualification in Family Studies. His areas of specialisation include social planning and auditing, community development and services, regulations and policy development.

As from 2018, Mr Vella has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Social Care Standards Authority, and previously from 2015 as a Director of Corporate Services in the Ministry for Economy, Investment and Small Businesses. His career within the Public Service started as a social worker in Children Services.

Recent contributions within the Public Service are the establishment of the Social Regulatory Standards for Social Welfare Services and the Strategic Vision 2020-2027 Striving for Excellence: Driving Social Innovation through Regulation.

Mr Vella has been appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Senior Citizens and Active Ageing and the Ministry for Inclusion and Social Wellbeing in December 2020. In December 2021 the latter was redisignated to the Ministry for Inclusion, Social Wellbeing and Voluntary Organisations.

In January 2022 Mr Vella was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Education and Sports. In April 2022 Mr Vella was appointed Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Education, Sport, Youth, Research

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Paul Zahra

Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Finance
Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Finance

Mr Paul Zahra

Mr Zahra joined the Malta Public Service in 1984 and served at the Economic Division within the Office of the Prime Minister. During 1989-1992, he was personal assistant to the Economic Secretary and Chief Economics Officer at the Ministry of Finance. In 1993 he was appointed Director (Economic Strategy) and subsequently Director General (Economic Policy).

Since 2001 Mr Zahra has discharged duties as Permanent Secretary in a number of Government Ministries, including the Ministry for Economic Services, Ministry of Finance, Ministry for Fair Competition, Small Business and Consumers and the Office of the Prime Minister.

In March 2013 he was appointed to the Ministry for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto. In November 2020 he was appointed Permanent Secretary for EU Funds at the Office of the Prime Minister. In April 2022 he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for the Economy, European Funds and Lands (European Funds) and in June 2022 he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Finance.

Mr Zahra also sits on a number of Government boards and committees. He has studied in Malta and the UK and is formally qualified in finance, management and law.

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Cabinet Secretary

Mr Ryan Spagnol
Mr ​​​Ryan​ Spagnol joined the public administration in 2013 with the then Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee as an EU Policy and Legislation Executive. The following year, he joined Identity Malta whereby he was responsible of the implementation of the new organizational structure of the Expatriates Unit as well as several policies emanating from EU legislation and national policies. In 2015 he was entrusted with leading the process to change the residence documentation of foreign nationals residing in Malta.

After serving as the Agency’s policy officer between 2018 and 2019, Ryan Spagnol joined the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement to coordinate policies and tasks related to migration and asylum. He was responsible for the over-all strategy of the Ministry with respect to migration, contingency planning and the revision of laws and policies applied in this area.

Spagnol holds a degree in Bachelor of Commerce in Management and Public Policy and a Master of Arts in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Malta.