COMMISSIONER FOR ENVIRONMENT, MARITIME AFFAIRS AND FISHERIES
In 1976 Karmenu Vella was elected to the Maltese Parliament. He continued to be elected in the nine consecutive elections that followed. In 1981 he was appointed as the Maltese minister for public works, and in 1984 he was appointed as minister for industry. He served as minister for tourism in 1996–98, and was again appointed as minister for tourism in March 2013.
In 1973 he started his own private practice as an architect and civil engineer. In that year he was also appointed director of Mid-Med Bank, and in 1974 he became managing director of the Libyan Maltese Holding Company. In 2001 he was appointed executive chairman of Corinthia Hotels International. In 2009 and 2010 he served as executive chairman of the Mediterranean Construction. In 2010 he was also appointed chairman of Orange Travel Group; a foundation member of Vodafone Malta Foundation; and board director of Betfair Group. He was also the founding chairman of the Maltese-Turkish Business Council.
He graduated with a degree in architecture and civil engineering from the University of Malta and later obtained his master of science in tourism management from Sheffield Hallam University.