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Jason Micallef – Chairman, Valletta Cultural Agency 

Jason Micallef is the Chairman of the Valletta Cultural Agency. He established himself in the local media sector from a young age, producing popular cultural and social TV programmes over many years on TVM, the station of the national broadcaster PBS. Mr Micallef has had a very active political career. He entered public life at the age of 30 when he contested the first-ever round of Local Government elections in 1994 and was elected as a Local Councillor on the first Mosta Local Council, a post he held for 10 consecutive years. 

He was voted to the post of Secretary General of the Malta Labour Party (PL), a post he held between 2003 and 2009. He was later appointed Executive Chairman of ONE Productions Ltd. Under his tenure, ONE Radio and Television underwent a process of restructuring, establishing both stations as the most popular private radio and TV station with Maltese audiences. 

In May 2013 he was appointed Chairman of the Valletta 2018 Foundation responsible for holding the European Capital of Culture 2018 in Malta, a role he occupied until the end of the European Capital of Culture project. Under his Chairmanship, the Foundation developed the country’s most varied and extensive Cultural Programme consisting of over 100 projects and 400 events from a variety of disciplines. He was instrumental in the completion of various cultural heritage sites to regenerate the capital city for Valletta 2018. The Valletta Cultural Agency is part of the legacy of the Valletta 2018 Foundation. ​




Catherine Tabone – CEO, Valletta Cultural Agency 

Catherine Tabone is the Chief Executive Officer of the Valletta Cultural Agency. A graduate of the Universities of Malta and Cambridge, over the years she occupied various managerial positions within the Public Administration of Malta and was also curator of the National Museum of Ethnography. 

Ms Tabone was appointed Director for Culture in 2013 with the responsibility of providing policy, direction and advice on the arts, heritage, and audio-visuals. In this role, she was directly involved in all meetings relating to these areas held as part of Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Moreover, she spearheaded Malta’s ratification of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and led high-level, historic collaboration initiatives between Malta and the Holy See. More recently, she held the position of Executive Director at the Valletta 2018 Foundation, being responsible for the implementation of the European Capital of Culture initiative in Malta. 

Ms Tabone is a published researcher and was, for many years, a member of the Board of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta. She currently sits on various Boards and Committees related to citizenship as well as cultural and natural heritage. Ms Tabone is also active in a local NGO promoting the valorisation of historic sites.

Marc Buhagiar - Communications Department Head​

Marc Buhagiar has been working in the cultural sector for the past five years and is currently the Head of Communications at the Valletta Cultural Agency. Previously, he worked as the Marketing and Communications Officer at the Valletta 2018 Foundation and was Acting Communications Coordinator for some time, including during the European Capital of Culture opening. Marc holds a BA (General) in English and Philosophy and a Masters degree in English and the Media.



Marouska Formosa - HR Management Department Head​

Marouska Formosa has been working in the cultural sector for the past seven years. She currently holds the position of Head of HR Management within the Valletta Cultural Agency. Marouska holds a Masters degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Chester and also a first degree in Arts from the University of Malta.



Alison Bone - Operations Department Head 

Alison Bone is the Head of Operations at the Valletta Cultural Agency. For the past years she held a number of administrative roles, giving her a sound background in office operations. She received a BSc (Hons) from the Open University with a focus on community organization and change.



Joanne Attard Mallia - Programming & Production Department Head​

Joanne Attard Mallia has been working in the fields of arts, culture and cultural heritage since 2003 on various topics ranging from site curation and management, conservation education, contemporary art and research. After coordinating the implementation of the Cultural Programme for Valletta 2018, she is now leading the team working on the development of the annual cultural programme for the Valletta Cultural Agency.



Caldon Mercieca - Valletta Design Cluster Manager​

Caldon has been coordinating the work on the Valletta Design Cluster since its earliest stages. He has worked on the National Cultural Policy (2011) and on the National Strategy for the Cultural and Creative Industries (2013), and on the European Capital of Culture in Valletta, as well as on the development and implementation of several public funding initiatives related to culture and the arts. Caldon holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Malta, where he contributes to courses on policy and on critical perspectives relating to artistic practice and culture under a number of faculties and institutes in the Humanities.
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