President

PROF.GEORGE CASSAR

Commendatore Prof. George Cassar is presently a member of the Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture of the University of Malta where he teaches heritage and cultural tourism. Prof. Cassar has authored or edited numerous books and other publications related to various research areas: History, Education, Social Studies, Sociology, Culture, Heritage, and Tourism. He has also attended and presented his research in international and national conferences and has been involved in several EU and local projects dealing with cultural heritage and tourism. Since 2017 he has formed part of the MHS committee and is co-editor of the last three Proceedings of History Week publications. Awards conferred on Prof. Cassar are: ‘Ġieħ il-Mosta’ (Mosta Local Council); ‘Grazzi Badge’ (The Scouts Association of Malta); ‘Commendatore pro Merito Melitensi’ (Sovereign Military Order of Malta); and, ‘Rikonoxximent’ (Ħamrun Local Council). He has been a member of the MHS Commitee since 2017 and he is currently the President of the Society, editor of proceeding of History Week and involved in the organisation of history week.
Senior Vice-President

DR DAVID MALLIA

Dr David Mallia is a conservation architect with a strong interest in traditional Maltese architecture, which he strives to conserve in his work. He has a doctorate in the conservation of buildings. Over the years he has published numerous research papers on this and related topics, including links between Malta's neighbours. He is the senior vice president and the editor of Melita Historica.
Second Vice-President

DR NOEL BUTTIGIEG

Noel Buttigieg is a senior lecturer and an academic researcher at the Institute for Tourism, Travel & Culture of the University of Malta specializing in cultural heritage with a particular interest in food culture. He is the co-editor of three Malta Historical Society Proceedings Publications: Food as 'Voice' (2020), Victorian and Edwardian Malta (2021) and Ruptures (2023). His most recent publication is Food and the Pilgrim: Nourishment for Pilgrims and Faith-Based Tourists (Peter Lang AG International Academic Publishers, 2023). He has been a member of the MHS committee since 2013 and he is the second vice-president, the editor of proceedings of History Week and involved in the organisation of History Week.
Secretary

MR CHRIS VELLA

Christopher Vella is the current Secretary of the MHS and a member of the Committee for the past six years. A teacher and historian, currently Senior Lecturer II at the Junior College and Assistant Secretary General of the MUT. His research interests include Church-State relations, gender, sexuality and Religion in Early Modern and Modern Malta.
Treasurer

MR VINCENT PERESSO

Mr Vince Peresso was born in Cospicua in 1948. After receiving his tertiary education, he then spent 39 years working as an educator, teacher, assistant Head of School, Head of School and finally as a Principal Education Officer. For the past 36 years he has conducted research in various archives ranging from the National Library, the National Archives, the Notarial Archives and several ecclesiastical Archives. His main interest is the nineteenth century with a focus on the various epidemics and the petitions to the Governor. He has been a member of the MHS committee since 2017 and he is currently the Treasurer and overseas the memberships of the society.
Asst.Treasurer

MS SUZANNE GATT

Suzanne Gatt is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Malta Junior College. She studied History and Archaeology at Bachelor’s Degree, followed by a postgraduate course in History teaching, a Masters in Baroque Studies, all from the University of Malta and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester. She taught history at secondary level for over twenty years and served as Deputy Head of school for ten years. Her interests centre around European art history, education, and 19th and 20th century Maltese history. She has been a member of the MHS committee since 2021 and she is currently the assistant treasurer and overseas the memberships of the society.
Asst.Secretary

MR JAMES HAMBERGER

James Hamberger graduated from the University of Malta in 2019 with a BA (Hons) in European and Global History and an MA in History in 2023. His studies have focused on the British Mediterranean Fleet from the last decade of the nineteenth century to the outbreak of the First World War. During his time at university he was an active member of the Malta University Historical Society, serving the roles of International Officer and Secretary. He worked with Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna as the Valletta Senior Site Keeper and now works as the Cultural Manager for the Eastern Regional Council. His main interests relate to twentieth century political and social history. He is deeply interested in political philosophy and psychology. He wishes to take an active role in the Malta Historical Society in order to broaden his horizons, meet and engage with new people, and further contribute to Malta's heritage based community. In 2023 he joined the MHS committee and he is the assistant secretary and involved in the management of the IT/Website of the society.
Member

MR MATTHEW CARUANA

Matthew Caruana holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in History and a Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies. He has studied aspects of social life in late 18th century Malta, and Malta’s Cultural Diplomacy. He has been a member of the MHS Committee since 2021 and coordinates the lecture/events programme together with the management of the IT/Website of the society.
Member

MS RAKELE FIOTT

Rakele Fiott holds a B.A. (Hons) and an M.A first class in History from the University of Malta. Her studies are focusing mainly on the socio-economic perspectives aspects in eighteenth century Malta, namely children, women, Foundations and social interactions. Rakele has also served as an executive member of the Malta University Historical Society for the past five years, holding the role of Public Relations Officer and Secretary General, respectively. In 2023 she joined the MHS Committee and is involved in public relations and the coordinates of the lecture/events programme.
Member

MR CARMEL SPITERI

Mr Carmel Spiteri is an Interior Designer by profession and is very passionate about Malta's cultural heritage. He obtained a certificate and a diploma from the Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta and also holds a Bachelor's Degree in History of Art and was recently awarded a Master's degree in the same discipline from the same university. He has served in the Committee since 2013 and involved in the coordination of the lecture/events programme.
Member

DR SERGIO GRECH

Dr Sergio Grech was born in Żejtun in 1975. He is the editor of the series of books Bejn Storja u Miti of which ten volumes were published so far. He also wrote five biographies. In 2022, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Malta. Grech regularly publishes his researched articles in Il-Malti, Melita Historica, Arkivju and L-Imnara. He also published U tisbaħ Missier and Ħallejtna bħall-Erbgħa fost il-Ġimgħa. He works as an Assistant Head of School. Sergio is also a regular broadcaster with Radju Malta and Campus FM. In 2023 he joined the MHS committee and he is involved in the editing of proceedings of History Week, the organisation of History Week and public relations.