The Ambassador​

André Spiteri is the non-resident Ambassador of Malta to Japan since December 2013. He presented his letters of credence to His Majesty the Emperor of Japan on the 8th of July, 2014, in Tokyo.

Mr Spiteri graduated in International Relations at the University of Malta in 2005 and in 2007 he was awarded a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT) to continue his postgraduate studies in Japan. In 2010, Mr Spiteri completed his Masters in International Relations at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. His academic area of interest is International Trade and EU-Japan relations. His Masters dissertation dealt with European strategies for the harmonization of regional trade agreements in East Asia.

Returning to Malta after this post-graduate studies in Japan, Mr Spiteri joined the Malta Employers Association (MEA) on a European Social Fund (ESF) project to create awareness for the employers of small enterprises. His main tasks were research on the capacity and needs of micro business employers and general project administration. After successfully closing this project, Spiteri subsequently joined the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality on a project to promote gender balance representation in decision-making positions.

Ambassador Spiteri continues to nurture a keen interest in strengthening closer EU-Japan relations. In 2013, Mr. Spiteri started a blog on international trade focusing on Free Trade Agreements particularly the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. He also lectured at the University of Malta on Japanese foreign policy and Japanese business culture from 2010 to 2015. Mr. Spiteri was instrumental to form the Committee of the Malta - Japan Association and assisted in the founding of the Malta – Japan Chamber of Commerce in September 2017.

Ambassador Spiteri continues to enrich his Japanese literary knowledge by following language studies and other traditional and modern cultural and economic trends of Japan.