Maria Camilleri Calleja
Ambassador Camilleri Calleja joined the Public Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000 and was assigned to the Protocol and Consular Office until October 2001, when she moved to form part of the team covering Near Eastern Affairs within the Bilateral Affairs Directorate. In 2002, she was posted as Deputy Head of Mission and Consul at the Embassy of Malta in Stockholm. In 2005, she was offered the unique opportunity to be the first Maltese female diplomat to serve as Consul-General in Tripoli, Libya, while simultaneously forming part of the Schengen Evaluation team which led to the holistic upgrade of the consulate and eventually the successful assessment and accession of Malta to the Schengen Acquis. During her tenure in Libya, Malta also opened a visa facilitation office in Benghazi which Ms Camilleri Calleja visited on technical missions.
She returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013 in the role of Counsellor and Head of Unit for Africa as well as the EU Common
Security and Defence Policy, while assisting the directorate-general in the preparation of briefing notes for the monthly Foreign Affairs Council of EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels. She was concurrently assigned as Secretary of the Council for Maltese Living Abroad – a government-appointed body – covering diaspora affairs under the chairmanship of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, holding this role from September 2013 till October 2016.
In 2014, Ms Camilleri Calleja was appointed Director (International Development, Economic Affairs and European Institutions) covering sustainable development, commercial issues, relations with the OSCE and the Council of Europe as well as Cultural Diplomacy. Parallel to her directorship duties, she also headed the team preparing the ministry for the 2017 European Union Council Presidency, covering policy, events in Malta, events in Missions, logistics, budgeting and staffing.
In December 2017, she was appointed Director-General (Political and EU Affairs), coordinating inter alia the team that drafts Malta’s positions within the Common Foreign and Security Policy, including other strategic foreign policy positions, as well as covering bilateral relations with all countries in a young and dynamic team of diplomats.
In November 2020, Ms Camilleri Calleja presented her credentials as first resident Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the United Arab Emirates to H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.