Executive Director – Dr Karsten Xuereb is the executive director of the Valletta 2018 Foundation. He is responsible for overseeing the smooth operation of the Valletta 2018 Foundation.
The Programming Department at the Valletta 2018 Foundation is responsible for the implementation and development of the Cultural Programme. The department performs a coordinator and curatorial role thanks to its three creatives: Margerita Pulé, Programming Coordinator, and Joanne Attard Mallia and Pawlu Mizzi, Programming Officers. The Programming Administration Officers Sarah Borg, Charles Bennett and Paola Prinzis cater for the Programming Department’s daily needs and ensure that everything runs efficiently while our Accounts Officer Klara Grech aids in managing the Foundation’s finances. The Programming Department also includes Chris Cassar as our Production Manager for the Opening Week.
To focus on the Cultural Programme’s European dimension, Programming also works closely with International Artistic Advisor Airan Berg. The programming department also includes an International Officer Giuliana Barbaro-Sant who works on international projects.
To include all of Malta and Gozo in the European Capital of Culture celebrations, Programming also works closely with five Regional Coordinators who actively broker the Cultural Programme in the areas they operate in by engaging resident communities. These are Marcia Grima (Valletta), Victoria-Martha Pace (Gozo), Marcon Caruana (North), Joan Mangion (Centre), Tania Belfiore (South) and Emanuel Vella (South-East).
Giuliana Barbaro Sant
Joanne Attard Mallia
Programming Administration Officer
Regional Coordinator - Valletta
Regional Coordinator - South East
Regional Coordinator - South
Regional Coordinator - Centre
Regional Coordinator - North
Victoria Martha Pace
Regional Coordinator - Gozo
Exile and Conflict Strand Coordinator
Education Strand Coordinator
Meetings Points Strand Coordinator
Music Strand Coordinator
Literature Strand Coordinator
The Communications Department is tasked with delivering Valletta 2018’s message and Cultural Programme across various platforms and media. The department is made up of: Annaliza Borg – Communications Coordinator, Marc Buhagiar – Marketing and Communications officer, Alex Arrue Usoz – Programming-Communications Liaison Officer, Maria Mizzi – Social Media Specialist, Jessica Muscat – Communications Administration Officer, Lara Schembri – Content Writer and Publication Editor, Samwel Mallia – Graphic Designer, Daniela Cordina – Website Content Writer and Administrator and Sefora Mannino – Administration Officer.
Social Media Specialist
Programming-Communications Liasions Officer
Communications Administration Officer
Content Writer and Publication Editor
The Research Department at the Valletta 2018 Foundation is responsible for the documentation of European Capital of Culture impacts through an evaluation and monitoring research process as well as the organisation of various seminars and conferences. It consists of three people: Graziella Vella – the Research Coordinator, Neville Borg – Research Officer, Glen Farrugia who manages the Valletta 2018 – University of Malta secretariat and Aidan Celeste – Administration Officer.
Research Administration Officer
Valletta 2018 Secretariat of the University of Malta
Administration caters for the office’s daily needs and ensures that everything runs efficiently. Administration consists of three people: Marouska Formosa – the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and the Executive Director, Alison Bone, secretary, and Albert Dimech, who handles logistics.
The Finance Department handles budgetary matters for the Valletta 2018 Foundation. It is made up of three people: Dion Borg – Accountant, Jason Griscti – Accounts Clerk, and Nathalie Cardona – Accounts Support Officer.
Accounts Support Officer
The Tal-Kultura Volunteers Programme is run by Volunteers Programme Manager JD Farrugia and Volunteers Programme Officer Christabel Catania. The Tal-Kultura programme, which is managed by SOS Malta on behalf of the Foundation, engages active citizens and stakeholders in participating in Valletta 2018’s projects and events.