04-Mr Karmenu Vella

1950 –


karmenu_vellaEuropean Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

In office
November  2014 –

Jean-Claude Juncker

Preceded by
Janez Potočnik (Environment)
Maria Damanaki (Maritime Affairs and Fisheries)

Personal details

Born: 19 June 1950
Political party: Partit Laburista
Spouse: Marianne nee’ Buhagiar
Children: John & Philip
Profession: Architecture and Civil Engineering

Mr Karmenu Vella was born on the 19th of June 1950. He is married to Marianne née Buhagiar and has two children, John and Philip. He is also a grandfather of two. 

He graduated in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Malta and later he obtained his Master of Science in Tourism Management from Sheffield Hallam University.

In 1973 he started his own private practice as an Architect and Civil Engineer. In 1973 he was appointed Director on Mid-Med Bank and in 1974 as Managing Director of the Libyan Maltese Holding Company. In 2001 he was appointed as Executive Chairman of Corinthia Hotels International. In 2009 he served as Executive Chairman of the Mediterranean Construction Co. Ltd until 2010. During the past three years he occupied the post of Chairman of Orange Travel Group; a Foundation Member of Vodafone Malta Foundation; Founding Chairman of the Maltese Turkish Business Council; and Board Director of Betfair Group Ltd.  

In 1976 Hon. Karmenu Vella contested for the first time the general elections and was successfully elected to Parliament. He continued to be elected in the elections that followed for nine consecutive times. In 1981 he was appointed Minister for Public works; in 1984 he was appointed as Minister for Industry. He was then appointed as Minister for Tourism in 1996 till 1998, and again appointed as Minister for Tourism in March 2013 till 2 April 2014. 






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