Members of the Commission

The Maltese National Commission is composed of the following members:

 

Prof Henry Frendo 
Chairman

A doctoral graduate of Oxford and elected Life Member of Clare Hall,Cambridge, Professor Henry J Frendo has been a Visiting Professor or Fellow in Firenze,Salzburg,Augsburg,Melbourne,Cambridge,New Orleans, Enna and Indiana, and an International Visitor in the UK,USA,Germany and the EU. The author of several books on party politics, language, culture, nationalism, decolonization, migration, the press and media, with special reference to the central Mediterranean and Australasia since 1970, he is a onetime daily newspaper editor; UNHCR officer and representative in Europe, Africa and Asia (1978-1985); chairman of the European Cultural Foundation (Malta Branch); as well as a Mayor, president of the College of Mayors (68 municipalities), head of Malta's delegation to the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, and chairman of the CLARE Euro-Med Group until 1999. The senior professor of history at Malta, he is director of the Institute of Maltese Studies and chairman of the Malta University Press, a governor of the Asia-Europe Foundation, and he has been president of Malta's refugee appeals tribunal since its inception in 2001. He is a long-serving member and V/P of the Council of Europe's committee of experts on local government. Professor Frendo has produced and directed various TV and radio programme series on current affairs, history and politics. In 2010 Professor Frendo was invested as an Officer of Malta's National Order of Merit by the Head of State. An elected member of theUniversityofMalta's Senate, his most recent academic work (Midsea,Valletta, 2012) is Europe and Empire: Culture, Politics and Identity inMaltaand theMediterranean(890pp). Professor Frendo, who has dual Maltese and Australian citizenship, is married to Margaret nee Debono and they have three children: Juliana, Benjamin and Oliver.

 

Contact details 
The Maltese National Comission for UNESCO 
Ministry of Education and Employment, 
Great Siege Road, 
Floriana,Malta 

 

 

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Mr Philip Cassar 
Executive Secretary

Joined the Civil Service in 1967, and in 1973 joined the Diplomatic Service and was posted to the Malta Embassy inLibya. In 1977 left the diplomatic service and was appointed Marketing Director of the family business which operated inLibya. In 1977 took also the post of Managing Director of Associated Publicity Services, a public relations company which also promoted Malta with publications in the Tourism Industry and export promotion. In 1987, founded Alpha Communications, a company which provided computer communication services and on-line database information. This company represented British Telecom, Dialog information Services, SilverPlatter and Infocheck U.K.. In 1991-1994, was appointed Marketing Consultant with the Dragonara Casino. In 1994, Alpha Communications was renamed Telemail, then Sky Telecom and now operates under the name of Ozone Ltd, and was appointed Executive Director of these companies up to retirement in 2012. Served on the Board of Allcom Ltd, a Maltacom subsidiary, and currently sits on the Board of Ozone Ltd. A member of the Chamber of Commerce up till retirement, during which time was elected as President for two years of the Internet Service Providers Section, and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management of UK. Studied at the Lyceum,Malta and later obtained Diplomas in Journalism, Marketing and Co-Operatives. Attended various training in the UK for On-Line research and database access and obtained appointment by Dialog USA as qualified trainer for on-line research techniques and was assigned to train researchers in Milan, Italy.

Contact: info.unesco.mede@gov.mt; 

             philip.a.cassar@gov.mt

 

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Mr Godfrey Xuereb

Honorary Secretary

 

Mr Godfrey Xuereb studied Electrical Engineering at the HM Dockyard Technical College and obtained industrial experience in Electronics & Telecommunications at the Naval Base (Malta). He later joined the Education Department as a Master teaching at the Technical Institute and advanced his academic qualifications in theUK, first in technical education and later in counselling and guidance. He was one of the first guidance counsellors inMaltaand established the guidance and counselling unit at theUpperSecondary School. His career in education included serving as Head of School in a number of secondary schools within the Ministry of Education. Mr Xuereb co-ordinated the Literacy Campaign by the Ministry of Education (Malta) for the 1997 'Year of Literacy' and represented the Education Department in a number of international fora of the Council of Europe. Since his retirement he has trained in ceramics and has become one ofMalta’s leading ceramists with several solo and collective exhibitions under his name.

 

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Members:

 

Ms Tania Bayona

On 13th December 2008 Ms Tanya Bayona was decorated by the President of the Republicof Malta, Dr Edward Fenech Adami, with the Medal for Service to the Republic - Midalja Ghal Qadi r-Republika (MQR) - of the National Order of Merit in recognition of her life-long commitment to dance education and promoting classical ballet in Malta.                                                          
Ms Bayona started her training in classical ballet in Malta as a student of Princess Nathalie Poutiatine and continued her professional training in London and later on in Rome and Paris. In 1965 she introduced the Cecchetti Method in classical ballet to Malta and established her own ballet school - The Tanya Bayona - Poutiatine Academy of Ballet - which she directed until 2004. Ms Bayona has worked extensively as a dancer and choreographer with her own dance company in local and international dance festivals and in theatre and television productions. 

In July 26, 2009, she was honoured with the Enrico Cecchetti Gold Medal Award at the Royal Ballet School,CoventGarden,London                                                                                                  

In 2011 Tanya Bayona was invited by the Siberian section of the Conseil International de Danse UNESCO and the Ministry of Education and Science of Novosibirsk Region to participate in the Second Siberian International Scientific Congress on Problems of Higher and Secondary Special Choreographic Education' and to give master classes in the Classical Dance Section. In 2012 she was invited by the Kemerovo State University of Culture and Arts for the International Scientific Methodological Conference: "Educational standards of the third generation: mechanisms"

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Dr Ruth Bianco

Dr. Ruth Bianco is an artist who creates work and projects addressing interventional space and geopolitical territories using a variety of multimedia processes. Travel, migration and transboundary movement have often featured in her work as creative mechanisms to question the expansion and consumption of space. She explores digital transmedia and forms of connectivity in contemporary fine art research practice. 

She has shown and travelled with her work to participate in different and significant exhibitions. In 2008 she was invited to take part in Dans la Nuit des Images at the Grand Palais in Paris, a European exhibition representing 10 years of international contemporary audiovisual and multimedia art. She represented Malta in Femmes d'Europe 2006 - La Premiere Edition Ete Cultural de Saint-Tropez, France, an exhibition featuring selected women artists from Europe, and also in Breakthrough and Nieuwe EU Landen Kunstzentrum in The Hague at the time of the 10 new countries in the EU accession of 2004. Other invitations include: Dum Umeni as part of the Bezruc Festival in Opava, Czech Republic; Remont Gallery, Belgrade; Faux Mouvement Centre d'Art Contemporain, Metz; Rencontres Internationales Paris, Berlin, Madrid; Stemperando Biennale 2012; and Sarajevo Winter Festival 2013. Her collaborated book project Camouflage, Revolution, and Desire - drawing from movies, was launched in July 2012 at The Horse Hospital venue for new media art in Bloomsbury, London. Her work is held in international collections including the Tate Gallery, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Royal College of Art, London. 

She has an MA and PhD in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts,Kent,UK. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Art and Design in the Faculty for the Built Environment at theUniversity ofMalta where she teaches contemporary culture, spatial installation in architecture and digital fine arts. She has curated exhibitions and coordinated international artist collaborations inMalta and has taught and lectured in theUnited Kingdom and otherEuropeanUniversities.

 

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Ms Mariella Bose

Ms Mariella Bose has been actively involved in the travel industry for a number of years, both in theUnited Statesand inMalta. She worked as Assistant Director in the Research Department of an International Business newspaper based inHouston,Texas, as well as an interpreter in French and Italian at various international meetings and small conferences. In 2004 she obtained a Diploma in Diplomatic Studies from theUniversityofMalta. She is a professional licensed tourist guide specializing in cultural and personalised tours. She is a board member on the council of the Malta Union of Tourist Guides.

 

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Prof  Frank Ventura

 

Professor Ventura received his education at the Lyceum, St Michael'sTrainingCollege, theUniversityofMaltaand the University of Reading (U.K.). After teaching at the primary and post-secondary education levels, in 1977 he joined the team entrusted with the setting up of the Faculty of Education at the University where he was responsible for science education. Prof Ventura served as the first head of the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technical Education in the Faculty from 1989 to 1997. During this period he was also actively involved in the setting up of the MATSEC Examinations Board in 1991 of which he became Head of the Academic Division and later Chairman, a post which he has occupied since 2001. Prof Ventura's publications in journals and books and his presentations in local and international conferences cover areas in education and science, and in particular, science education, environmental education, educational assessment, astronomy, archaeoastronomy and the history of astronomy. He has been actively involved in working groups commissioned to review and prepare reports on the MATSEC System of Examinations (2005), the Transition from Primary to Secondary Education (2007), and the development of the National Curriculum Framework (2011 and 2012).

 

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Ms Anna-Maria Gilson

 

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Anthony Borg

 

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Chantal Sciberras

 

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Charles Hili

 

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Dr Noel Camilleri

 

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Joseph Camilleri


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