WHO'S WHO is intended to identify and chronicle the achievements of notable Maltese contemporaries worldwide.

The foremost consideration in determining who will be listed is either the position of responsibility held or the level of achievement attained in a career of noteworthy activity.

Readers are encouraged to nominate outstanding individuals for inclusion in Malta's WHO'S WHO. Nominations should be accompanied by a relevant brief profile of the individual.

Sketches should ideally end with a few thoughts on the prominent individual's life. The statement (preferably by the biographee) should reflect those principles, goals and values that have been guidelines for success and achievement. Individuals to be profiled are requested to include a listing of one's avocations, thus providing additional insights into their personal lives and interests.

This Malta web site bears no responsibility for the accuracy of the biographical information or other material contained herein.

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--- Prof. Guido de Marco (President of Malta)
--- Dr. Eddie Fenech Adami (Prime Minister)
--- Dr. Joseph Said Pullicino (Chief Justice)
--- Mr. Anton Tabone (Speaker of the House)
--- Dr. Joe Borg (Minister of Foreign Affairs)
--- Dr. Alfred Sant (Leader of the Opposition)
--- Ugo Mifsud Bonnici (ex-President of Malta)
--- George B. Saliba (Ambassador of Malta to the U.N.)
--- Charles Flores (Poet, Journalist)
--- Val V. Barbara (Translator, Poet)
--- Rena Balzan (Biotechnologist, Molecular Biologist, Writer)
--- Mark F. Montebello (Lecturer, Writer)
--- Christopher J. James (Biomedical Engineer, Neuroscientist)
--- Carmel Cassar (Lecturer in History, Researcher, Writer)
--- Trevor Zahra (Writer)
--- George Bonavia (Journalist)
--- Joseph S. Micallef (Consul for Malta, Minnesota, USA)
--- Toni Sant (Teacher, Writer, Media Director)
--- Clotilde Crawford Mifsud (Tour Operator, Lecturer, Writer)
--- Alfred Grech (Journalist)
--- Michael A. Riccioli (Lecturer, Writer)
--- Jean Busuttil Zaleski (Artist)
--- Albert Borg Olivier de Puget (Ambassador to the US)
--- Mario Azzopardi (TV & Film Director)
--- Achille Mizzi (Secretary to Malta President)
--- Victor A. Vella (US Federal Service Executive)
--- Peter Serracino Inglott (Former Rector of University of Malta)
--- Michael Bugeja (Writer and Poet)
--- Joseph Aquilina (Scholar of Semitic & Romance Linguistics)
--- Oliver Friggieri (Chairman: Dept of Maltese, University of Malta)
--- Bryan Gera (Director: Alfred Gera & Sons Ltd, Malta)
--- Pawlu Grech (Artist and Composer)

Ex-President of Malta

Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici was born in the sixteenth century City of Cospicua on the 8th November, 1932 and is the younger of two brothers. His father, Carmelo was Minister for the Treasury at the time.

Dr. Mifsud Bonnici received his Primary Education in various state and non-state schools before moving on to the Lyceum, the then prestigious and only state secondary school for male students. On finishing his secondary education, Dr. Mifsud Bonnici entered University as a Law student. He was quite active in student literary societies and was, for a time, president of the Società Universitaria di Letteratura Italiana, in which role he edited the quarterly Malta Letteraria, and committee member of the Maltese Language Association. In 1952 he graduated Bachelor of Arts and in 1955 Doctor of Laws . He practised law in his home town of Cospicua until he was appointed Minister in May 1987.

On the political front Dr. Mifsud Bonnici successfully contested the March 1966 General Elections for the Second Electoral Division under the banner of the Nationalist Party and was returned for the same Division in all subsequent elections in 1971, 1976, 1981, 1987 and 1992. In 1972, whilst his party was in opposition, he was appointed Opposition Spokesman on Education and was a member of the Shadow Cabinet up to the May 1987 elections, when his party was returned to power. In 1977 he was elected President of the Nationalist Party's General Council and of the Administrative Council, two prestigious and high-ranking party posts he continued to hold until 1987. He also represented the Nationalist Party in the talks which culminated in the Constitutional Amendments of 1974 and 1987.

In May 1987, Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici was given the portfolio of Minister of Education with responsibility for the Environment, Broadcasting, Libraries, Museums, Culture, Youth and Sport whilst in 1990 he became Minister of Education and the Interior, responsible for, among other things, the Police like his father before him. After the February 1992 General Elections he was appointed Minister o f Education and Human Resources. On the 4th April 1994 the Maltese Parliament elected him to the highest post in the country, that of President of the Republic.

While Minister of Education, Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici was responsible for such reforms in the educational field as the 1988 Education Act which provided amongst other things for the grant of Professional Status to teachers and the initiation of the decentralisation process of state schools thr ough the setting-up of School Councils; the introduction of Kindergarten classes for children aged three; the introduction of the Technician Apprenticeship Scheme; the refounding and development of the autonomous University of Malta; the widening of subject options studied at Sixth-Form level; the agreement for the subvention of Church Schools and for the method of the teaching of Religion in state schools. As Minister responsible for Museums and the Environment, Dr. Mifsud Bonnici reorganised the National Archives and was responsible for the Law for the Protection of the Environment.

On his appointment as President on 4th April, 1994, Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici became a member of The National Order of Merit in the grade of Companion of Honour. As President, he is the Head of The National Order of Merit and of the "Xirka Gieh ir-Repubblika.

On 9th October, 1994, Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici was honoured by the conferment on him of the Knight Grand Cross of The Order of Christ by the Portuguese Republic.

On 4th February, 1995, during the Official Visit to the Holy See, the Secretary of State of the Vatican conferred on him the Order of Cavaliere di Collare Di Pio Nono, (dell'Ordine Piano).

On 16th November, 1995, during the State Visit to Malta of The President of Italy, H.E. Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, he was conferred with the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, Decorato con Gran Cordone al Merito.

On the 5th January 1996, he was conferred with the Doctorate (Honoris Causa) in Literature by the University of Malta.

During his chequered political career he also presided over the Nationalist Party Bureau of Direction of the Party Press. During the late 1960's he frequently, almost daily, contributed editorials to the Party paper Il-Poplu and later In-Nazzjon Taghna and during the late 1970's and throughout the 1980's he regularly contributed an article to the Party's weekly Il-Mument. These articles were mostly an analytical study of the prevailing political situation and contributed not only to the upward surge of the paper's readership, but also to the education of the general public about the beliefs of the Nationalist party.

Dr. Mifsud Bonnici published three books: Biex il-Futur Jerga' Jibda; Il-Linja t-Tajba - L-Ahjar Artikli ta' Dottor Ugo Mifsud Bonnici and Biex il-Futur Rega' Beda, the last two being anthologies of the weekly articles that had appeared in Il-Mument.

Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici is married to Gemma née Bianco and they have two sons, Carmelo and Anton, and a daughter Jeanne-Pia, who are all lawyers. Dr. Mifsud Bonnici is also the proud grandfather of three boys, Clemente, Anselmo and Gregorio, the sons of his elder son Carmelo.

E-mail to the President of Malta.


Date of Birth: 27th January 1944


Primary Zurrieq Primary Boy's School.

1956-61 Secondary Lyceum Hamrun.

1966-68 Plater College Oxford, two year Diploma course in Social Studies.

1968-70 Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, two year Master's Degree course with Middle East as area specialisation.


1964-66 Clerk Finance Department, University of Malta

1971-73 Lecturer in Politics at University of Malta
Lecturer in Social Studies at Malta Polytechnic

1973-74 Secretary/Manager of a leading agriculatural co-operative

1974-76 Public Relations Officer, Kuwait Embassy, Malta

1976-81 General Manager of a feedmill employing over 50 persons.

1981-85 Non-resident Ambassdor of Malta to the countires of the Arabian Gulf

1985-87 First resident Ambassador of Malta to Riyadh

1987-93 Resident Ambassador of Malta to Tripoli, Libya where I also served as Dean of the Diplomatic Corps

1993-97 Ambassador of Malta in Moscow

1997 to present Ambassador of Malta to the UN where I also serve as Rapporteur of the UN Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.


1964-66 National Secretary of the YCW

1971-76 Regular columnist to the Sunday paper "it-Torca"

1971-81 Radio and TV commentator on current events, particularly on Middle East issues.

1978-81 Secretary and Vice-President of Zurrieq Football Club

1980-81 Founder/President of the Maltese Arab Friendship Society

Family Married in 1981 to Yvonne Saliba nee Spiteri; have three children Daniel, Andrea and Elena.

George B. Saliba


Born in Kalkara, Flores followed diploma courses in radio and television news at Syracuse (New York) University, USA, and in journalism at the Belgrade Institute of Journalism.

Flores started as reporter in 1967 and held various editorial posts with local newspapers. In 1977 he was appointed Information Officer with the Department of Information, and in 1979 Head of News and Current Affairs with Xandir Malta, the Maltese national radio and television organisation. In 1986 he took up the post of Head of Radio and, in 1994, that of Head of Publishing within the Public Broadcasting Services that had eventually replaced the old Xandir Malta set-up. In 1997 he took over the internal and external communications of the company besides deputising for the General Manager.

For many years Flores has been a correspondent to various international newspapers and magazines.

Flores's publications in Maltese include Kalejdoskopju (1969), Hijack (1983), Turgien (1983), L-Ghexieren (1988), and Mwieg (1994), has also many shared anthologies with other poets. In English, he has published Correspondences (1973), A Voice from Kalkara (1974), Laughing Eyes (1986), and various shared anthologies and broadsheets.

Winner of the 1996 Commonwealth Short Story competition (Europe and Canada region), Flores is married to Margaret nee Ciantar. They have two daughters - Rona and Davida.

E-mail to Charles Flores at:
Read a sampler of Flores's poems at: POEMS & VERSI VJOLINI VJOLENTI


Val V.Barbara (V.V.B.), elder son of Grazio and Catherine née Micallef, was born at Cospicua, Malta, on the 29th March 1920. He received his education at the State Primary School and at the Lyceum of Valletta. He studied philosophy and theology at St Th omas Aquinas College of Rabat, Malta. Graduated B.C.G. at the Pontifical Insitute of Sacred Music in Rome. He was teacher of Maltese (1948-1962) at St Albert the Great College, Valletta. Started writing poems in 1943; in 1944 he was accepted as a membe r of the Akkademja tal-Malti, and now and again was member of its Council. Some of his poems were included in various antologies, others were translated in Italian by Notary V.M.Pellegrini and included in his book Orizzonte senza fine - Xefaq bla tmiem. Later he concentrated his literary work translating several books from Latin, English, Italian, French and Spanish. With regard to this work Prof. Oliver Friggieri of the University of Malta wrote to him saying: ³I have no doubt that you h ave made for yourself a name as one of the leading Maltese translators of all times and you are well at par with Saydon. Your work shall always stay to witness the widest cultural horizons attained by our language. You deserve the admiration and gratitud e of all the Maltese.² The well-known poet Ruzar Briffa, a personal friend of Barbara whose poems were very much appreciated by Briffa, entrusted him with the very first publication of his poems (R.Briffa, Poeziji, Lux Press, Malta 1960).

Barbara was a member of the Liturgical Commission of the Ecclesiastical Province of Malta and official translator of most of the new liturgical books issued after the II Vatican Council, in recognition of which work he was awarded the Pontifical decoratio n Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (P.E.P.); he also translated liturgical and other books for the Dominicans of Malta. He helped the Dominican Sisters of Malta in re-organizing and updating their Constitutions in order to obtain the Decretum laudis from the Holy See. He was one of the translators appointed by the Maltese Biblical Society for the translation of the Bible into Maltese from the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts.

In 1974 he emigrated to Australia where he continued his literary work. He was one of the Maltese translators for various Federal and State Departments, co-founder and president of the theatrical company T.O.M.M. (Theatre of Maltese Migrants), and for so me years literary editor in the Maltese programme of the ethnic radio 2EA, Sydney. He is a Justice of the Peace for the State of New South Wales. He was awarded the 1993 Cultural Award from the Maltese Cultural Association of N.S.W.

He is married to Mary Agnes Leong B.Sc .(Liv.), P.G.C.E. (Lond.), Maths teacher in a Sydney Catholic Senior College.

Among his works are:
Intietef - a collection of his poems (still unpublished).
Innijiet Liturgici - a collection of the liturgical hymns translated by himself for the Liturgy of the Hours, 1991.
Innijiet Liturgici (6 volumes) - a collection of 529 hymns translated by himself and others and used in the liturgy of the Maltese islands and of the Religious Orders in Malta (still unpublished).
Min Kienu - exegetical notes on each and every person mentioned in the Bible (Media Centre Publications, Malta 1997).
Persons in the Bible - an English translations of Min Kienu (still unpublished).

His many translations include:
Gulju Cesri (Julius Caear), by W.Shakespeare.
Dar ta¹ Pupa (A doll=B9s house), by H.Ibsen.
Il-Lukandiera (La Locandiera), by C.Goldoni.
It-Triq (El camino), by Iosemaria Escrivà de Balaguer.
Aghtina x-xita (El milagro), by M.Descalzo.
Ghaxar Snin Habs (Le mie prigioni), by S.Pellico.
L-Ewwel Zminijiet ta¹ l-Ordni tal-Predikaturi (De principiis), by Jordan of Saxony O.P.
Vitae Fratrum (The life of the Brethren), by G.Frachet O.P.
Kronologija ta¹ l-Opri ta¹ S.Wistin, from the Latin original by S.M.Zarb O.P.
Id-Djalogu (Dialogo), by St. Catherine of Siena.
L-Istqarrijiet (Confessiones), by St Augustine of Hyppo.
Il-Belt ta Alla (De civitate Dei), by the same.
Id-Diskors tal-Mulej fuq il-Muntanja (De sermone Domini in monte), by the same.

See also:
Val V.Barbara interviewed by Dr Barry York Ph.D., original tape kept in the National Library of Australia, Canberra.
The genius of St Augustine, by Prof.J.Aquilina, The Sunday Times, Malta, 21.1.1990.
Val V.Barbara, Innijiet Liturgici, by M.Nicholas-Borg, The Maltese Herald, Australia, 21.5.1991.
Maltese Liturgical Hymns, by Prof.J.Aquilina, The Sunday Times, Malta, 9.6.1991.
Valentin V.Barbara, Harsa hafifa lejn hidmietu, by F.Zammit, The Maltese Herald, Australia, 17.8.1993, and In-Nazzjon taghna, Malta, 31.8.1993.
Meeting People - Valentin Barbara,
by Prof.J.Aquilina, the Sunday Times, Malta, 16.10.1994.
Hbiebi l-Awturi Maltin, Jien u Valentin Barbara,
by Guzè Chetcuti, pp. 577-587, PEG Publications, Malta 1998.
>From Abaddon to Zur,
by L.J.Xerri, the Sunday Times, Malta, 18.1.1998.
Persunaggi mill-Bibbja,
by P.Aquilina, Il-Gens, Malta, 6.2.1998.
Biblical Who¹s Who,
by N.Ellul-Vincenti, The Times, Malta, 20.2.1998.

E-mail: jopeng@bigpond.com


Dr. Rena Balzan Ph.D.
Department of Physiology and Biochemistry,
University of Malta
Msida MSD 06
Tel.No. (+356) 316655
Fax No. (+356) 342228

Biographical note:

Dr. Rena Balzan graduated in Pharmacy at the University of Malta. She specialized in Genetics at the State University of Milan, Italy, and read for her Ph.D. in Biotechnology/Molecular Biology at Cranfield University, U.K. She is a lecturer in the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry of the University of Malta. She is carrying out research work on the Molecular Genetics of Yeast and on Protein Mitochondrial Targeting with a particular focus on the study of oxidative stress in living organisms and the eukaryotic response to this type of stress.

Literary Publications in Maltese:

Ilwien Mohbija (Hidden Colours). A book of poems and short stories. Veritas Press, Malta, 1973.

Fil-Firda l-Ghazla (Choice in Separation). A novel. Gulf Publishing Ltd., Malta, 1981.

Il-Holma Mibjugha (The Sold Dream). A novel. Gulf Publishing Ltd., Malta, 1982.

Turgien (Steps). A book of poems (co-author). Gulf Publishing Ltd., Malta,1983.

Ilkoll ta' Nisel Wiehed (All of One Breed). A novel. Publishers Enterprises Group (PEG) Ltd., Malta, 1st edition, 1987. 2nd edition, 1998.

Fiz-Zifna ta' l-Ibliet (Dancing to City Tunes). A novel. Bugelli Publications, Malta, 1995.


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Carmel Cassar was born in Malta in July 1959. He has read for a BA in History and Italian (Malta 1980), an M.Phil in Social Anthropology (Cambridge England, 1989) and a Ph.D in History (Cambridge, England, 1994). He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, and a member of several academic institutes including the Royal Anthropological Institute.In April 1996 he was granted a Visiting Fellowship to carry out research for a new study on gender roles in Malta at Grey College Durham, England where he has been invited to give research seminars at Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Exeter and Nottingham. Between 1990-1996 he lectured in History and Anthropology at the University of Malta and is now lecturer in history.

Carmel Cassar is mainly interested in the study of cultural historical values in the 16th and 17th centuries with special emphasis on the role played by religion. He is also interested in the history of witchcraft, gender issues and conspicuous consumption. His most recent publications include Witchcraft, Sorcery and the Inquisition. A Study of Cultural Values in Early Modern Malta (Mireva Publications 1996). His Ph.D dissertation originally entitled: 'Economy, Society and Identity in Early Modern Malta' will be published with a foreword by Peter Burke.

Since 1992 he has been developing an Ethnography Museums Section with the Museums Department with a base at the Inquisitor's Palace, Vittoriosa which is being rehabilitated. The Museum will serve to show how the Inquisition and the Council of Trent had managed to transform the cultural values of Maltese society between the 16th and 18th centuries. Work is also being carried out on the Windmill at Xaghra Gozo and there are plans to upgrade the Gozo Folklore Museum at the Citadel (Victoria) into a Museum of Agrarian society.

A Selection of Publications:

CARMEL CASSAR, Witchcraft, Sorcery and the Inquisition. A Study of
Cultural Values in Early Modern Malta. Mireva Publications (Malta,
Carmel Cassar, Fenkata. An Emblem of Maltese Peasant Resistance?
Ministry of Youth and the Arts (Malta, 1994);

Carmel Cassar, 'Witchcraft Beliefs and Social Control in Seventeenth
Century Malta', Journal of Mediterranean Studies Vol.3 No.2 (1993),

Carmel Cassar, 'Popular Perceptions and Values in Hospitaller Malta', V.
Mallia-Milanes (ed), Hospitaller Malta 1530-1798: Studies on Early
Modern Malta and the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Mireva Publications,
(Malta 1993); 

Carmel Cassar, 'The Reformation and Sixteenth Century Malta', Melita
Historica Vol.X No.1 (1988) pp.51-68;

Carmel Cassar, 'Everyday life in Malta in the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries', V. Mallia-Milanes (ed), The British Colonial Experience:
1800-1964. Mireva Publications, (Malta, 1988); 

Carmel Cassar, 'The First Decades of the Inquisition 1546-1581', Hyphen
- A Journal of Melitensia nad the Humanities Vol.IV 1985;

Carmel Cassar, '"O Melita Infelix". A Poem on the Great Siege of Malta
written in 1565', Melita Historica Vol.VIII (1981);

'"U mulu di Malta". Trade in donkeys and mules in early modern Malta'.
Storja '96 - Journal of the Malta University History Society (1996);

'An Index of the Inquisition: 1546-1575', Hyphen - A Journal of
Melitensia and the Humanities, vol.vi (1990), pp.157-178;

'1564-1696: The Inquisition Index of Knights Hospitallers of the Order
of St John', Melita Historica vol.xi (1993), pp.157-196.

Dominic Cutajar & Carmel Cassar, 'Malta and the Sixteenth Century
Struggle for the Mediterranean' Mid-Med Bank Report and Accounts 1985
(Malta, 1985);

Dominic Cutajar & Carmel Cassar, 'Malta's Role in Mediterranean Affairs:
1530-1699', in Mid-Med Bank Report and Accounts 1984 (Malta, 1984) 2nd
edition with minor changes reprinted in Mid-Med Bank Ltd., Malta:
Studies of Its Heritage and History (Malta, 1986);

Dominic Cutajar & Carmel Cassar, 'Budgeting in Seventeenth Century
Malta' in Mid-Med Bank Report and Accounts 1983 (Malta, 1983) 2nd
edition reprinted in Mid-Med Bank Ltd., Malta: Studies of Its Heritage
and History (Malta, 1986).

E-mail to :
Carmel Cassar Ph.D. (Cantab)

Born on 16th December 1947 at Zejtun (Malta) of Walter and Josephine nee Caruana. His mother died in 1969 and his father remarried to Beatrice nee Chetcuti in 1974. Trevor is the third of four children.

In 1971, Zahra married Stella nee Agius and they had two children, Ruben and Marija. Stella died in 1989 at the age of 38 years and he wrote the autobiographical essay: Stella, Jien u Hu (Stella, Me and Him), in her honour.

His post secondary education included the study of Art at an advanced level. He worked for a while as a script-writer, producer and director of childrens programmes for television. Then in 1967 he enrolled for a two year teachers course at the Teachers Training College (Malta). He started his teaching career in 1969, teaching Maltese language and Art in the state secondary schools.

His first childrens adventure, Il-Pulena tad-Deheb (The Golden Figurehead) was published in 1971. From that time onwards he never stopped writing novels, poems, workbooks and short stories. His adult novel Ta]t il-Weraq tal-Palm (Under the Palm Tree), won first prize in the Klabb Kotba Maltin (1974) novel competition. He was awarded the 1995 Literary Prize for his fantasy novel Is-Seba Tron[iet Mewwija (The Seven Enchanted Grapefruits). His pleasant style of writing, full of humour and imaginative thinking, and his clear illustrative drawings that complement his writing makes Zahra the most popular writer of childrens books in Malta.

He has more than 70 publications.

E-mail to Trevor Zahra

GEORGE BONAVIA O.S.J. (1920 - ) was born in Zabbar, Malta. After being educated at the Lyceum in Malta and completed a one-year course in sanitation and medical health, he worked as inspector with the Medical and Health Department. During the second world war he served in the King's Own Regiment in Malta. For 3 years following the end of the war he worked as editor with the Allied Malta Newspapers in Valletta. In 1948 he emigrated to Canada where he settled in Windsor, Ontario. He worked with Ford Motor Company until 1953 when he joined the Canadian Civil Service and worked as Immigration Officer in Windsor. In 1965 he moved to Ottawa to work as Information Officer and the following year he accepted the position of Information Officer in the Immigration Office of the Canadian Embassy in Rome. In 1968 he returned to Ottawa where he worked with the Department of Manpower and Immigration dealing mostly with the ethnic media and ethnocultural groups. In this latter capacity he edited Kaleidoscope Canada until 1982 when he retired after nearly 30 years of service with the Civil Service.

Mr. Bonavia is well known for his unswerving service to the Maltese Immigrant communities in Canada and his prolific popular writings in Maltese and English about issues of immigration and citizenship. Shortly after his arrival in Canada he started writing weekly letters (known as "L-Ittra mill- Kanada") published in the Maltese daily newspaper "Il-Berqa" between 1948 and 1957. Between 1954 and 1965 he edited and published "The Malta News," a monthly newspaper for Maltese in Canada and the United States. In 1954 he organized the first Maltese radio programme in Canada and in 1961, with the cooperation of the C.B.C. International Service, he initiated a monthly radio programme, "With George Bonavia in Canada," which was broadcast for a long time on both Rediffusion and radio in Malta. Mr. Bonavia is still a regular contributor to the radio programme in Malta "Magazin ta' l-Emigranti". Besides contributing regularly to Maltese newspapers, George has published 4 books in Maltese ("Canada, Land of Hope and Prosperity," 1951; "Workers in Canada," 1961; "In Canada Now: Thoughts and Events; and "Canada: From an Unknown Country to a Great Nation") and a monograph ("Maltese in Canada," 1981, published in both English and French) as part of a series commissioned by the Multiculturalism Directorate of the Department of the Secretary of State, Ottawa. He still contributes regularly in "L-Ahbar" (a monthly newspaper for Maltese in north america published in Toronto since 1987) by writing the column "Books from Malta".

Mr. Bonavia has also contributed to other ethnic groups in Canada. For example, in 1958 he commenced "International Rendezvous" (a 30 minute radio programme on the C.B.C. network, for all ethnic groups), in 1961 he edited and published "The Citizens' News" (a monthly in English for all ethnic groups in Canada), in 1960 he was instrumental in getting the Citizenship Council of Greater Windsor underway, and in 1970 he was elected president of the Citizenship Council of Canada.

In recognition of his service and dedication, Mr. Bonavia has been honoured by several awards, including the following: knighted in the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta (1958); the Canadian Ethnic Journalists Award (1979); the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal; the Ontario Volunteer Service Award by the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Citizenship; and Award of Excellence from the Canadian Ethnic Journalists' and Writers' Club (1994).


B.A. - College of Saint Thomas (cum laude), 1958.
J.D. - William Mitchell College of Law, 1962

Director & Consultant, ex-President & CEO, Fiduciary Counselling, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota.
Trustee, Great Northern Iron Ore Properties Trust, St. Paul, MN
Past President, Member of Executive Committee, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
Member of University of Minnesota Law School Board of Visitors, Minneapolis, MN
Director, Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation, Inc.
Member of Board of Overseers, Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, and past Regent of Saint Johns University, Collegeville, MN
Member of Investment Advisory Committee, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis
Member of Cathedral of Saint Paul Fiannce Council, St. Paul, MN
Director The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, Minneapolis, MN
Director Emeritus & Chairman, Investment Committee, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
Member of Board of Trustees, James Jerome Hill Reference Library, St. Paul, MN
Member of MN Medical Foundation, Scholarship Steering Committee, Minneapolis, MN
Director, Plymouth Music Series, Minneapolis, MN
Member of Government Relations Committee, Minnesota Council on Foundations
Member of American Bar Association, Committee on Real Property, Probate & Trust Law
Member of Minnesota Bar Association, Probate & Trust Law Section.
Member of Board of Governors, The Minnesota Club, St. Paul, MN
Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jeruslem
Honorary Consul General of Malta (St. Paul/Minneapolis)

Worked with the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library's projects in Malta for over 23 years and the establishment of the Malta Study Center

Clubs: The Minnesota Club
Town & Country Club
Casino Maltese (Malta)
The Union Club (Malta)

Born: October 19, 1933
Married to Jane (nee Yungers)
Children: Lisa, Maura (Fisk), Sara (Hulse), Amy, Joseph, Jr.
Residence: 7 Montcalm Court, St. Paul, MN 55116
Office: 332 Minnesota Street, Suite 3090, St. Paul, MN 55101 <




Clotilde (Cloe) has followed varied career paths while exploring and developing her interests in people, the environment, art and travel.

She has worked with thousands of people in her public relations job for American Export Lines; created a travel consulting business-Safari Superlative organizing custom itinerery safaris to East Africa; worked with architects and interior designers in New York City; and was a free-lance editor of field guides and natural history books.

Cloe presently gives workshops and seminars on Career Choice/Career Change, and has a private career counseling practice.

When time permits, she gives travel talks and writes travel articles on Malta and the Mediterranean, and writes childrens books about birds and bees and lots of other wild and wonderful critters.

Cloe has been visiting the Maltese islands since the mid-1960s when she was Social Directress aboard the American Export Isbrandtsen Lines passenger ships ssConstitution and ssIndependence. Her affection and affinity for this very special place comes from her ancestors - her father was born there and she was named for her paternal grandmother.

Originally from New York City, Cloe moved to New Hampshire in 1980, where she wore two 'career hats' as both career counselor & workshop facilitator and tour operator, creating Goddess Tours to Malta in 1992. In offering Goddess Tours to Malta she combines her appreciation of art and architecture, her fascination with the feminine-based spirituality of the Neolithic and its inspiration for modern-day women's issues, and her love of exploration and sharing with others the friendly island homeland of her forebears.

Cloe is a graduate of Spence School, Finch College and Duke University and holds degrees in Art History and Psychology. She is a frequent speaker at Women's Studies classes at universities and women's discussion groups throughout the United States.

Clotilde Crawford Mifsud can be reached at her permanent address:
P.O> Box 388, Portsmouth, NH 03802-0388, USA
Phone/Fax: 603-436-3733

or in Malta (approx. December thru June):
5/9 Karm Galea St., Sliema SLM 09, Malta, Europe
Phone/Fax: (+356) 340221


ALFRED GRECH URL: http://www.avsim.com/grech



Born in Istanbul on 8 April 1950. British citizen of Maltese descent (paternal great grandfather born in Vittoriosa, Malta in 1827). Married (Church of St Lawrence, Vittoriosa) to Armelle née Alliot and they have a son, Thomas and a daughter Olivia.


The English High School for Girls & Boys (primary and secondary), Istanbul; École Française d'Istanbul (French Embassy Lycée for foreigners),

Obtained grant from ‘Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Fund Grant1 (British Consulate-General -Istanbul) 1972-1975 for university studies

- B.A degree (University of the Sorbonne-Nouvelle - Paris III)1976
- Master1s degree (Dissertation: ‘Turkish Foreign Policy since 1945 and Anglo-Turkish Relations‘; Certificates: a) Teaching English as a Second Language; b) Civilisation of Modern Britain) - University of Paris III, 1977
- Diplôme d'Études Approfondies (DEA) (post-graduate diploma obtained after an M.A and before completing a Ph.D.) Dissertation: ‘Anglo-Turkish Relations since 19451; Certificate: Applied and Theoretical Linguistics; University of Paris III, 1982;
- Ph.D. thesis: Anglo-Turkish Relations 1939-19801 including the Cyprus strife and a chronology of events 1939-1980 based on articles published in The Times (of London), University of Paris III, 23 June 1994.


- 1970-1971: Berlitz School of Languages, Istanbul (Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL))
- 1976-1980: Istanbul Turco-British Association (ITBA) - in association with the British Council, TEFL; Assistant Director of Studies January - June 1980
- 1976-1979: École Ste Pulchérie (Sisters of Charity French Secondary School, Istanbul - TEFL)
- 1977-1980: Lycée St Michel, Istanbul (French Lycée which used to be run by the Frères des Écoles Chrétiennes - TEFL)

- Between 1981 and 1994 he taught General English, Business English, Computer English and British Civilisation at the universities of Paris V (IUT - Polytechnic), Paris X-Nanterre, Paris III, and at the Paris Chamber of Commerce and the Lycée Morin de Secrétariat

- 1981-1995: The British Institute in Paris (University of London) - Tutor in the English Department; Visiting Lecturer since October 1996. (General English, Business English, Writing Skills using the word processor, examiner for all University of Cambridge exams)

- 1982-1995: The Catholic Institute in Paris - Tutor in the English Language and Literature Department, Visiting Lecturer since October 1996. (Translation from French into English, Seminar (M.A. students) on 'Research Methodology')

- Since October 1996: University of Picardy Jules Verne -Amiens where he works as a full-time lecturer in the English Department (Translation from French into English (prose sentences), Listening Comprehension, Writing Skills, British Cilization, History of Britain (1850 to the present day); Seminar (M.A. students) on ‘The British in the Mediterranean1).


- Going into Business (with Marion Elliott) - coursebook for Distance Learners, The British Institute in Paris, 1984
- Anglais commercial par les Mots-Croisés (Bilingual / French-English / Business English crosswords), Paris, Editions Retz, 1985 [O/P]
- Placement Test (with Jean Rene Rouquette) - written in BBC BASIC for the French Department of The British Institute in Paris, 1985
- Anglo-Turkish Relations 1933-1939 by Ludmilla Zhivkova - review in Cahiers d'Études sur la Méditerranée Orientale et le Monde Turco-Iranien, CEMOTI, Fondation des Sciences Politiques, Paris 1985, pp 84-86
- Business English Crosswords in Les Cahiers de l'APLIUT, Pédagogie et Recherche, Paris, 1986
- International Transport (Bilingual crossword) in Cross Examinations, Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris 1987
- Easy Programming in BASIC for Language Teachers in Les Cahiers de l'APLIUT, Pédagogie et Recherche, Vol. 4, No. 25, Paris, 1987
- Lab Expos (lecturettes in language laboratories) in Les Cahiers de l'APLIUT, Pédagogie et Recherche, Vol 5, No. 26, Paris, 1987
- Bilingual / French-English / crosswords in The Key and The Key Junior (English language newspaper for learners of English which used to be published twice a month), Paris, 1988-1990
- Je me Perfectionne en Anglais - coursebook (with Dr Bernard Bazin), Editions Retz, Paris, 1988. [O/P]
- Presentation of 'Dictation Master' - computerised dictations (with Sylvie Grasdept) at the University of Paris V, 1988
- What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG): Word-Processing for Language Teachers in Les Cahiers de l'APLIUT, Pédagogie et Recherche, Nos. 32-33 Paris, 1989
- Dictation Master (with Sylvie Grasdepot) Les Cahiers de l'APLIUT, Pedagogie et Recherche, Paris, September-October 1989
- L'Anglais des Affaires (Business English), coursebook (with Michael P. Grant), 2 audio cassettes, Le Livre de Poche No. 8541- Les Langues Modernes, Hachette, 1991, (2nd edition) 1993
- Desktop Publishing: A Mystery? in Les Cahiers de l'APLIUT, Pédagogie et Recherche, No 38, Paris, 1990
- Business English Revisited (with Michael P. Grant) in Les Cahiers de l1APLIUT, Pédagogie et Recherche, Nos. 42-43, Paris, 1991
- Desktop Publishing: Still a Mystery? in Les Cahiers de l'APLIUT, Pedagogie et Recherche, No. 46, Paris, 1992
- Malta G.C. -The George Cross Island: From the Language Question to Bilingualism1 - Colloquium - Fin d'Empires: Conflits d'Expression dans les Anciennes Terres Coloniales -Université Paris-Dauphine, 10th March 1993
- What You Scan Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) in Les Cahiers de l'APLIUT, Pédagogie et Recherche, No. 49, Paris, 1993
- L'Anglais de la Communication Commerciale - letter-writing and telephony (with Gerard Selbach), 2 audio cassettes, Le Livre de Poche No. 8543- Les Langues Modernes, Hachette, 1993
- 3Malta of Gold, Malta of Silver, Malta of precious metal2 - review of ‘Malta in British and French Caricature 1798-18151 (Dr Albert Ganado & Dr Joseph C. Sammut), in Franco-British Studies (a British Institute publication) No 16, 1993, pp. 89-92
- L'Anglais des Affaires (with Michael P. Grant), Hachette, CD-ROM version, Studio Multimedia, Paris 1994
- L'Anglais de la Communication Commerciale (with Gérard Selbach), Hachette, CD-ROM version, Studio Multimedia, Paris, 1995
- Les Verbes à Particules en Anglais (Phrasal Verbs in English), coursebook (with Dr. Bernard Bazin), Le Livre de Poche No 8584 - Les Langues Modernes, Hachette, 1996
- Translation of two articles from Turkish into English in A Study in Depth of 143 Maps representing the Great Siege of Malta of 1565 (Dr Albert Ganado and Dr Maurice Agius-Vadala)

Forthcoming publications:
Phrasal Verbs (CD-ROM version), English Grammar for Business English students, Management English.


English, French, Turkish (spoken, read and written)
Italian (fair), Modern Greek (fair)
Is doing his best to learn Maltese


Playing the guitar (folk and classical) and the electronic organ, painting


New teaching methods (adults and university students), Writing Skills (using the WP), Anglo-Turkish Relations, Cyprus, Malta and The British in the Mediterranean.

Thesis on Anglo-Turkish Relations 1939-1980 (Contents)

E-mail to Dr. Michael A. Riccioli.


Biography 1970-1996



Moore College of Art, Philadelphia
Pratt Institute, New York
Parsons, New York
Art Students League, New York


1996 Trinity College Fine Arts Center, Hartford, CT
1995 A/E Gallery, New York City
1993 Sweet Briar College, VA
1991 Z Gallery, NYC
1998/9 Citicorp Center, NYC
1987 Romano Gallery, NJ
1983 Hodgell Galleries, Sarasota, FL
1982 Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
1981 VA Center for the Creative Arts, VA, 5 Year Retrospective
1980 Alonzo Gallery, NYC
1975 Adelphi University, NY
1974 Galleria Stuciv, Florence, Italy (during Italian residence)
1973 Il Gabbiano Galleries, Naples, Italy (during Italian res.)
1971 Wallnuts Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1970 Neikrug Gallery, NYC


Museum of the City of NY: Recent Acquisitions
Allbright Knox Museum: York Collection
Virginia Museum/VA Ctr for the Creative Arts: Trav Exh.
Brooklyn Museum, NY: Works on Paper/Women Artists
Sweet Briar College, VA: Eleven Women Artists
Frick Museum, Pittsburgh, PA: Four Artists
Oklahoma Art Center
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy
Denver Museum, CO
Int'l Women's Arts Festival, Cannes, France: gold medal


1988 Artist's Space Grant, Ny NY
1982 National Endowment for the Arts/Brown Univ., RI Grant
1970 Gold Medal, Int'l Women's Arts Festival, Cannes, France

RECENT FELLOWSHIPS: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA (1975-96); Ragdale Foundation, ILL (1986-92); Tyrone Guthrie Foundation, Ireland (1991); Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada (1986); Ossabaw Foundation, GA (1981-82); Montalvo Center for the Arts, CA (1977).

SPECIAL HONORS: National Organization for Women; Susan B. Anthony Award in the field of Painting (1986); Invitation to the White House by President Carter; member of a delegation of five women artists (1977).

PERMANENT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (Selected): Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the City of NY; New York Public Library, NY NY; National Museum of Malta, Europe; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA; Ragdale Foundation, ILL; American Studies Center, Naples, Italy.

BOOKS PUBLISHED: "Cow/Lines", pub Copper Beech Press; collaboration with poet Edwin Honig (1981)
"Winged Spirits": collages - pub Bayeux Arts

PROFESSIONAL LISTINGS (Selected): Who's Who in American Art; World Who's Who of Wome; Int'l Who's Who of Professional & Business Women.


Winged Spirits, 24 collages, full color; pub. Bayeux Arts (1995)
Exhibition Catalog; Malta and Megaliths: The Ancestor Series for exhibition at Z Gallery, NYC. Includes essays by Joan Marter and Prof. A. Bonanno, University of Malta. (1991)
The Artist's Magazine, Sheila Elliot. Cover photo and article, Zaleski, the Allure of Shifting Light; many color reproductions (Sept. 1987)
Women in The Arts Newsletter, NY NY, Artist of the Month, Profile and reproduction (1987).
The Artist's Magazine, John Shanks: Jean Zaleski, The Search for Gesture. In-depth article, many color reproductions (June, 1985).
La Revue Moderne des Arts, Paris, France: B/W photo and review (1970).
Newsday, Jane Margold, article, Jean Zaleski - Within the Colorful lines there's Always a Point. (1970).


Phone: 212-929-4194
E-mail to Jean Zaleski.


Born in Valletta, Malta on 15 April 1932.


St. Aloysius (Jesuit) College, 1946-1951
Senior Oxford Certificate, 1950
Royal University of Malta, 1951-1958


Diploma of Legal Procurator, 1954
Doctor of Laws, 1958
Appointed Magistrate on 09 November 1983


English, French, Italian and Maltese (spoken, read and written)


Ambassador to the United States of America, since October 1991
High Commissioner to Canada, since March 1992
Ambassador-designate to Mexico, 1996
Ambassador to France
and concurrently accredited to Spain, Portugal and Switzerland, 1987-1991
Malta's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, 1987-1991


Member of Parliament - Malta, 1966-1981; Government Chief Whip and Personal Assistant and Political Advisor to the Prime Minister, 1966-1971; Opposition Chief Whip and Shadow Minister of Commonwealth and Foreign Affairs, 1971-1974; Shadow Minister without Portfolio, 1976; Shadow Minister of Tourism, 1977-1981.

Member of the Parliamentary Delegations to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 1966-1975 and member of the Joint Committee, the Standing Committee, the Political Affairs Committee, the Social Affairs Committee, the Cultural and Scientific Committee and its Sub-Committee on Youth Questions; the Committee on Science and Technology; and the Organizing Committee for a Symposium on the "Exploration and Exploitation of the Seabed and its Subsoil", held by the Legal Affairs Committee (Strasbourg, 3-5 December 1970).

Member of Parliamentary Delegations to the Second Congress of Parliamentarians of the European Movement (The Hague, 1968); invited to attend as Observer and to address the Assembly of the Western European Union (Paris, 1969) on behalf of the Malta Parliament; Parliamentary Delegate to the Symposium on the "Exploitation of the Seabed and its Subsoil" (Strasbourg, 1970) and to the Parliamentary and Scientific Conference (Lausanne, 1972); Member of Parliamentary Delegations to Egypt and to the Libyan Arab Republic, 1974; to the 21st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (New Delhi, 1975) and to the 24th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (Jamaica, 1978).


Civil, Commercial and Criminal Practice; Legal Advisor to various Companies and Corporate clients, e.g.: Comino Hotels Ltd, The Malta Bitmac Co. Ltd., V & G Spiter-Sacco Co., etc.


Member, Ambassadors Advisory Board of the Executive Council on Diplomacy (1995 to present); English-Speaking Union, Patron (1995 to present); Appointed as "Arkansas Traveler" by Arkansas Governor Guy Tucker (1994).

Addressed various organisations in Washington such as: The Association on Third World Affairs, Inc., English-Speaking Union, Washington Club, etc.

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Nationalist Party; Vice-President, Christian Democratic Group, Council of Europe (Strasbourg); Member of the Bureau of the European Union of Christian Democrats (UEDC); Hon. Vice-President, Malta Council of the European Movement; Member, Malta Atlantic Association; International Secretary, Nationalist Party (1975-1977)


Former Editor of "Studenti" (Organ of the S.R.C.); Former Member of the Editorial Boards of "Patria"; "Il-Poplu", "Malta Taghna", "In-Nazzjon Taghna" and "Encounter", Corresponding Member of "Panorama Democrate Chretien" (UEDC); Author of various articles and interviews on current international affairs in the Maltese and Foreign Press. Participated in various discussion groups and gave various talks and interviews on current international affairs on Maltese and Foreign Radio and Television.


Chamber of Advocates, Malta
Guild of Graduates, Malta University

Address: Embassy of Malta
2017 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008

E-mail to Embassy of Malta.


Born in Malta in 1950, emigrated to Canada in 1978.

Educated at St Aloysius College and the Royal University of Malta. Directed his first feature film in Malta at the age of 21. "GAGGA" was the first full length feature film in Maltese. For five years after graduationg from University Mario was a resident actor/director with the Atturi Theatre Group, a repertory company that was instrumental in reviving theatre in Malta on a national and professional scale, producing an average of nine productions yearly. In 1977 his play "Sulari Fuq Strada Stretta" was banned from the National theatre in Malta, which resulted in unsuccessful court litigation, causing his emigration.

In Canada he got involved in the then fledgling film industry and soon became one of the leading TV directors there, directing shows for american TV networks.

Among the 120 hrs of TV directed were episodes for Night Heat, The Flash, Viper, In the Heat of the Night, Sliders, Outer Limits, Mantis, Highlander, RoboCop, Secret Service, Counterstrike, ENG, Wiseguy etc etc.

He also directed two featrure film, Nowhere to Hide, Divided loyalties.

Married to Therese Vella from Zabbar, three kids, Lara, 16, Yari 14, and little Kyra, 5.

(Submitted Sept 11 1996)

E-mail to Mario Azzopardi.


Born at Zabbar on the 19 February 1939. Son of Emanuel and Natalina née Lia. Educated at De La Salle College, the Archiepiscopal Seminary, and the University of Malta (1958). Started his career as an Emergency Teacher in government schools (1958-1963). Appointed Junior Customs Officer in 1963 and Officer in 1967. In 1988 he joined the Ministry of Education and Culture, where he was involved in the organisation of cultural activities, especially during the celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of Independence in 1989. Formed part of Government delegations to ILO (Geneva) UNESCO (Paris) and the Council of Europe (Strasbourg). Appointed Assistant Head of Department in 1992 At present, he occupies the post of Secretary to The President of Malta. In 1995 he was nominated Commendatore of the Ordine Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. In the same year he was also conferred with the Croce dell'Ordine al Merito Melitense of the Order of Malta. Married to Yolanda Mifsud on 27 September 1964. Had three sons: Marcel, Ramon and Pierre and a daughter, Désirée.

Started writing poetry when eighteen years old. His poetic talents were early recognized by Prof J.Aquilina who included him in Il-Muza Maltija 1964. Since then, he has been represented in practically every anthology of Maltese authors. In the sixties he was one of the founding members of the Moviment Qawmie n Letterarju (Movement for the Promotion of Literature) which had brought about a revival of the Maltese language and literature. In 1968 he was accepted as a member of the Akkademja tal-Malti of which he became President in 1994. Very early in his career he was acclaimed as one of the leading exponents of Maltese poetry. Through his efforts, he has contributed in bringing Maltese poetry into the mainstream of modern world literature and furthered the development of the Maltese language as a literary medium. In 1988 he was selected by Government to represent Maltese authors in an international conference in Bled (Slovenia). In 1989, together with other representative authors, he was invited for a week of Maltese literature in Berlin. He received an honourable mention in various foreign books and publications.

He published the following collections of poetry:

L-Ghar ta' l-Enimmi (1967) By the author.
Mas-Sejha tat-Tnabar (1971) Klabb Kotba Maltin
Il-Kantiku tad-Demm (1981) A. C. Aquilina & Co
Taqtir is-Skiet (1987) Pubblikazzjoni Bugelli
Poeziji - Achille Mizzi (1993) Mireva Publications
The last mentioned is the first "complete works" of a living Maltese a uthor ever published . It also includes a new collection called Ilsna tan-Nar.

He was also the winner of the 1994 Literary Award sponsored by the Maltese Government. Besides literature, his interests include reading, art, music, history and travel.

E-mail to Achille Mizzi.


U.S. Federal Service Executive; born in Malta, Europe; Naturalized U.S. citizen, 1954; Education: Lyceum, Valletta, Malta 1947; B.A. Business Administration, Newport University, CA, 1985; Certified Data Processor, DPMA, 1965; Certified Data Educator, 1973; Certified Systems Professional, 1985: Federal Executive Institute, 1986; Career: Forty four years data processing background, consisting of sixteen years in Operations and Systems Analysis, and twenty eight years in Management & Supervision including eighteen years in Executive Management of U.S. Navy Central Design Agencies & Data Processing Service Centers; Commendations: Labor Medal First Class, Republic of Vietnam, 1970; U.S. Navy Civilian Award 1970: Memberships: Association of ADP Specialists in Vietnam (Permanent Honorary President, 1969), GUIDE, 1964-1966; DPMA, 1965; Management Systems Association, 1985. Listed in the Who's Who In California, 1986 Edition.

Victor Vella passed away March 27, 1999.


Educated at the University of Malta (1951-55), Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford (1955-58) M.A. - awarded Chancellor's Prize for English Prose; Institut Catholique de Paris (1958-60) B.D. cum laude; Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano (1960-63) PhD., with a thesis on Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Rev. Professor Peter Serracino Inglott was Rector of the University of Malta, from 1991 to 1996 and Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris II (Sorbonne - Panthéon) and has been Visiting Professor (Philosophy of Communication) at the University of Ottawa (1970-71); UNESCO Fellow at the Open University (1978); Guest Lecturer at the Universities of Cincinnati (U.S.A.), the Università Cattolica of Milan, Ca Foscari (Venice) and Palermo. He has been awarded the Légion d'Honneur (France) and the Gra-Cruz da Ordem do Merito (Portugal), the D.Litt (Honoris Causa) by Luther College, Decorah, Iowa and, also the degree of Doctor of the University (Honoris Causa) by Brunel University, U.K. He is also a member of the Council of the International Ocean Institute and the Executive Committee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the editorial boards of several international journals (including Arte Cristiana, Ethos, Kos). Formerly, he was Governor of the Commonwealth of Learning and Chairman of the Commonwealth Science Council; Treasurer of the Mediterranean Society of Philosophy; Member of the Office Catholique International du Cinéma; Member of the Malta Broadcasting Authority; Consultant to UNESCO (Division of Human Settlements and the Socio-Cultural Environment) in international projects relating to the use of audio-visual media in the Social Sciences, small island ecosystems, the rights of future generations; Consultant on Curriculum Development to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (U.S.A.).

He is the author of a few books (including Beginning Philosophy) and numerous articles mainly in the border areas between philosophy and the human sciences.


Nationally published writer and poet with some 700-plus credits in literary magazines and anthologies.

He has authored four textbooks: Guide to Writing Magazine Nonfiction (Allyn & Bacon); Living Ethics: Developing Values in Mass Communication (Allyn & Bacon/Simon & Schuster, 1996); Poet's Guide (Story Line Press, 1995); and The Art and Craft of Poetry (Writer's Digest Books, 1994). In addition, he has published two books of social criticism: Academic Socialism: Merit and Morale in Higher Education (Orchises, 1994) and Culture's Sleeping Beauty: essays on Poetry, Prejudice, and Belief (Whitston, 1992). He also has six book-length collections of poems: Talk, University of Arkansas Press, (forthcoming 1997); Flight from Valhalla, Livingston university Press, 1994, (nominated for a Pulitzer); Platonic Love and After Oz, Orchises Press, 1991 and 1993; What We Do For Music, Amelia Press, 1990; The Visionary, Taxus Press, England, 1990. Bugeja has also published a collection of award-winning short stories, titled Little Dragons (Negative Capability Press, 1996).

Bugeja has a new poetry book forthcoming: "MILLENNIUM'S END, Archer Press," Archer Press.

In 1991 he was named contributing editor for WRITER's DIGEST and is responsible each month for a 2000-word column about making and marketing poetry. In 1993 and 1994, he edited the directory POET'S MARKET (Writer's Digest Books).

His writing awards include The Strousse Award, Prairie Schooner, poetry; The Hoephner Award, Southern Humanities review, poetry; a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, fiction; a national Endowment for the Humanities grant, culture; an Associated Writing Programs anniversary award, poetry; an Aacademy of American Poets award; Writer's Digest Grand Prize award; and Poet of the Year, Ohio Poetry Day Association, for After OZ. He was chosen as a Kennedy lecturer by Ohio University-Zanesville. He is listed in Marquis' WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA (2000 Edition).

Bugeja earned a doctorate in creative writing at Oklahoma State University, a master's degree in mass communication at South Dakota State University, and a Bachelor's degree in German at Saint Peter's College. Bugeja also has received several teaching honors, including an AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award (Oklahoma State University, 1985) and the University Professor Award (Ohio University, 1987). He is full professor at E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, where he teaches ethics and writing. He is adviser to the President on standards, at Ohio University. Before entering academe, Bugeja was a state editor for United Press International. Bugeja lives in Athens, Ohio, with his wife Diane and their children Erin and Shane.

Bugeja is special assistant to the President at Ohio University.
Dr. Michael Bugeja
Special Assistant to the President
Cutler Hall 110
Ohio University
OHIO 45701, USA
Address: Michael J. Bugeja, E.W. Scripps Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OHIO 45701, USA

E-mail to Dr Michael Bugeja.


Born in Munxar, Gozo, 7 April 1911. Died August 8, 1997. Educated at the Bishop's Seminary, Gozo, and later at the University of Malta and the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London (1937-40). He was the first holder of the Chair of Maltese and Oriental Languages (1937-76) at the University of Malta where he also became Dean of the Faculty of Arts (1948-66 and 1972-75). He was also Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Malta (1970-74), President of the Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (1972-82), President of the Association of Teachers, Royal University of Malta (1952-76) and President of the Association Internationale d'Étude des Civilisations Méditerranéeennes (1972-82).

His literary awards included Gold Medal Guzè Muscat Azzopardi (1966), Gold Medal of the Confederation of Civic Councils (1973), Gold Medal of the Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (1979). He became Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1963) and was editor of the Journal of the Royal University of Malta Literary Society (1932-37), Lehen il-Malti (1940-76), Taghlim ghall-Kbar (1953-65), Journal of Faculty of Arts (1957-76), and Journal of Maltese Studies (1961-76).

His scholarly interests ranged widely over the field of Semitic and Romance linguistics. He also read papers at several international linguistic and onomastic Congresses and was the author of linguistic and literary books.


Born in Malta in 1947, studied at the University of Malta (Ph.D., 1978) and at the Catholic University of Milan (1977). Now Head of the Department of Maltese at the University of Malta, he is the author of numerous books of poetry, literary criticism, two novels, many short stories, biographies, as well as translations, and The History of Maltese Literature. Among his works of literary criticism are several books on the Italian influence in Maltese literature, especially on Dun Karm, Malta's National Poet. He is a member of The International Poetry Society ad ex-president of the Movement for the Promotion of Literature, Malta (1971-75).

Address: 93, Fleur-de-Lys, B'kara, Malta.
Tel: 336-451


Born: 28.08.1934; Malta. Studied at St. Edward's College, The Lyceum and The Royal University of Malta obtaining a Diploma in Business Administration.

Scholarship 1974: was awarded a scolarship by the American Embassy in Malta to visit Management Schools and Chambers of Commerce in the U.S.A.

Hon. Secretary Malta Chamber of Commerce during the years 1972 and 1973. Chairman, Business Education Committee since 1974.

--- Appointed to the Board of Mid-Med Bank Ltd. representing the 40% shareholding held by Barclays Bank Int. Ltd. (1976-1977).
--- Alternate Director on the Board of Simonds Farsons Cisk Ltd, representing the "Courage" interest. (1980-1985).
--- Director Simonds Farsons Cisk Ltd, representing the public interest. Director, Formosa & Camilleri Ltd which represents Guardian Royal Exchange Insurance. (1986-present).
--- Chairman Simonds Farsons Cisk Ltd. (1995-present).
--- Director Wands Ltd. (1980-1994).
--- Chairman Wands Ltd. (1995).
--- Managing Director: Alfred Gera & Sons Ltd. The largest distributors to the chemist trade in Malta. The company has been trading since 1888.

Malta Govt: Member of the Board of Standards (1974-1990).

Award 1990: Was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, USA for starting the Luther scholarship and services rendered to the College since 1974.

Governorship: Member of the Board of Governors of St. Edward's College since 1990.

Clubs: Past President of the Rotary Club in Malta (1981); The Casino Maltese; Malta Union Club. vvv

Residence: "Alexander", 78 Wilga Street, Paceville, St. Julians, Malta.
Tel: 332-727 (Home); 246-955 (Office)
Fax: 230-426



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