Born on February 28, 1948, Dr Alfred Sant, M.Sc., M.B.A., D.B.A.
(HARVARD), M.P., graduated as Bachelor of Science in Physics and
Mathematics at the
in 1967 and as Master of Science in Physics in the following year. In
1970, he read for a Diploma of the Institute International
d'Amministration Publique in Paris. In the same year, he served as Second and then as First Secretary at the
Mission to the European Community in Brussels
resigned from the Maltese diplomatic service early in 1975 to undertake
full-time studies at
where he graduated with High Honours as Master of Business Administration
in 1976. He was awarded a
research fellowship and graduated Doctor of Business Administration at
1977-78, Dr Sant served as adviser on general and financial management at
the Ministry of Parastatal and Peoples Industries in
and for the following two years he was Managing Director of Medina
Consulting Group, a unit formed to provide business consultancy services
and 1982, Dr Sant was Executive Deputy Chairman of the Malta Development
Corporation. Towards the end of 1982, he started to work as consultant in
the public and private sectors.
and 1988, Dr Sant served as Chairman of the Guze Ellul Mercer Foundation,
an educational joint venture between the Malta Labour Party and the
General Workers Union. During 1988 and 1989, he chaired a Malta Labour
Party working group evaluating the options for future relations between
and the European Community from the economic and social perspectives. The
report of the working group was published in book form in Maltese and in
Dr Sant is an
established writer and playwright and has published several books.
In 1995, Dr
Sant published a study, entitled "
's European Challenge" focusing on the need for
to establish the best possible relations with the European Union
's special position at the centre of the
political career started in 1982 when he was appointed Chairman of the
Information branch of the Malta Labour Party, an office he held until
In 1984, he
was elected President of the Malta Labour Party and served in that
position until 1988. In 1987, he was elected Member of Parliament and was
elected Leader of the Malta Labour Party in 1992.
Dr Sant led
the Malta Labour Party to electoral victory in the General Elections of
October 1996. He was sworn in as
's Prime Minister on October 28, 1996. Following the electoral defeat in
the General Elections of 1998, he was appointed Leader of the Opposition.
He remained as Leader of the Opposition after the General Elections of
the electoral defeat in the General Elections of 2008 he tendered
his resignation from the Malta Labour Party Leadership. However when
Parliament was convened again on 10th May 2008 he was appointed Leader of
the Opposition. He resigned from this post on 5th June 2008 but
remained a member of Parliament.