Mark Miceli, Malta’s ambassador to the United States, told students at Neumann University about the history, economy and culture of the Mediterranean archipelago in a visit to campus on November 4. Ambassador Miceli spoke to a group of approximately 40 people, including students majoring in international business, and indicated that nursing and information technology are professions in which students can find jobs in the island nation.
Malta already has partnerships with three American universities, and Miceli hinted that a similar collaboration with Neumann might be of interest. The ambassador also emphasized opportunities for entrepreneurship, describing Malta as “welcoming to business and investment.” One of the smallest and most densely populated countries in the world, Malta has a total area of 121 square miles with a population of 400,000. It is located 60 miles south of Sicily and 180 miles north of Africa.
Ambassador Miceli chats with NU presidential ambassadors Christine Mulhern,
Jacqueline Herrington and Tom Dillard
during his visit to campus
Its location is what interests former Congressman Curt Weldon, who arranged Miceli’s visit to Neumann. Weldon, who introduced Miceli, said that Libya, the closest African nation to Malta, will be a “major player in the development of Africa” and envisioned a Neumann link with the University of Malta to educate nurses for jobs in Libya.
Ambassador Miceli has served on the board of the Malta Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise and was president of AmCham Malta (the Maltese-American Chamber of Commerce) from 2005 to 2007. He has been ambassador to the United States since 2007. He also serves as high commissioner-designate of Malta to Canada and the Bahamas.
Miceli discovered diplomacy from a business perspective. After graduating with a master’s degree in management studies from the London School of Economics, he pursued a career marketing beverages in Malta, Canada and Italy. He created Meridiana Wine Estate, Malta’s first vineyard, in 1994 and launched Leila, a carob-based digestive liqueur, in 2004. At the same time, he pursued his interest in diplomacy. In 1992, Miceli graduated from the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies and, in 2002, was appointed Malta’s ambassador to the Baltic Republics of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
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