Dr Alfred Sant

Was born in 1948 and graduated B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics from the University of Malta in 1968. He studied public administration and diplomacy at the Institut International d’Administration Publique (I.I.A.P.) in Paris (now part of E.N.A., the Ecole Nationale d’Administration) and was awarded the I.I.A.P.’s diploma. Between 1970 and 1975, Sant worked as second and first secretary, specializing in European affairs and in bilateral relations with Western European countries, at Malta’s Mission to the then European Economic Community in Brussels; the Mission doubled as an embassy to the Benelux, West Germany, France and Spain.

He left the diplomatic service to undertake full time studies in Boston, U.S.A. He obtained an M.B.A. with high honors from Boston University in 1976, and a D.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1979.

His involvement in politics started in 1982, as chairman of the Malta Labour Party’s information department. Subsequently, he was elected President of the Party (1984-1988). He entered Parliament in 1987, and was elected Labour leader (1992-2008) and Leader of the Opposition. Between 1996 and 1998, he served as Prime Minister of Malta, and is now a Labour M.P.

Over the years, Sant was extensively involved in journalism, literature and the theatre. He edited Ferment magazine in the sixties; Tomorrow, a monthly (1982-1984); the quarterly magazine Society (1989-1992); and was a contributing editor to the Maltese language literary quarterly NEO (1989-1991). Between 1978 and 1992, Sant was the Economist Intelligence Unit’s correspondent for Malta, and between 1986 and 1992, correspondent for The European Review. Besides contributing papers and articles to a number of periodicals, he wrote a regular weekly column in the now defunct Malta News (1979-1988), It-Torca (1983-1988, and again 1996-2008), and in The (Malta) Times (1999-2008).

Sant was a founding member of the experimental drama group Xsenuru (1967-1968), having in 1966, won first prize in Malta’s first-ever TV play writing competition and a year later, first prize in a national radio play competition. He has published four Maltese language novels, as well as books of plays, short stories and essays.

Between 1984 and 1988, Sant was married to Mary Darmanin and he has a daughter Marta.