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Dr Mario Vella

Mario Vella was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Malta for five years with effect from 1 July 2016. He is ex-officio a member of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development, the Board of Governors of the Malta Financial Services Authority, a trustee of the University of Malta Research, Innovation and Development Trust, a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank and an Alternate Governor for Malta in the International Monetary Fund.

Dr Vella's core professional and academic activities have focussed on economic development and foreign direct investment throughout his career. Highlights of his prior activities: three years as Chairman of the national economic development and investment promotion agency, Malta Enterprise, eighteen years at the Malta Development Corporation (Malta Enterprise's predecessor organisation) culminating with his appointment as its Chief Executive Officer, and thirteen as Director of Foreign Direct Investment services at Grant Thornton in which position he serviced private and public sector clients internationally in a broad range of sectors.

He studied at the then Royal University of Malta, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Humboldt University, Berlin. Between 2007 and 2012 he was Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University. In 2005 he was Visiting Professor at the Alta Scuola di Economia e Relazioni Internazionali of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore at Milano and at Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo". For about twenty years he taught at the University of Malta from where he took leave to comply with the Central Bank of Malta Act's requirement that the Governor may not concurrently hold other professional offices. He was conferred the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.

Dr Mario Vella