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The Consul General

Dr Raymond XERRI

Ph.D (Australia), M.A.(Dip.St.)(Malta), D.D.S., E.U.Sch.(E.U.Law)(Germany), B.A.(Hons.)(U.S.A.) 

Consul General 




Dr Raymond Xerri joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Malta in 1994 after following a Master of Arts in Diplomatic Studies; previously a Diploma in Diplomatic Studies in 1993 and Certicate in Diplomatic Studies in 1991 at the Mediterranean Academy for Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) at the University of Malta He focused on European Union environment legislation with respect to the Mediterranean Region.

A son of a Gozitan migrant family in the United States where he was born, Dr Xerri continued his post-secondary education at the Jesuit Brothers’ Manhattan College (1986-1990).  In 1989, Raymond was awarded the European Community Scholarship to study European Community Law at the Institute for European Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, in then West Germany.  In 1990, he graduated with honours and was awarded the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations.  In 1991, Raymond returned to Malta where he obtained dual citizenship – American and Maltese citizenships. 

In March 1994, Raymond was appointed as First Secretary and Consul General in the Diplomatic Corps of Malta and served his country at the Malta High Commission in Canberra, Australia (July 1995-1998), also accredited to New Zealand and The Philippines. In 1998, he became the first Policy Co-ordinator and E.U. Office Co-ordinator at the Ministry of Gozo till 2001.  Between 2001-2005 he served Malta as Counsellor and Consul General at the Malta High Commission in London, in the United Kingdom where he co-founded the Malta-Day UK event still celebrated today.                                                                                              

In 2002, Raymond Xerri was admitted to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia becoming the first student from Malta ever to graduate in Diaspora Studies from any university in the world and the first student of Maltese extract to graduate at doctoral level at the same university. 

From 2006 to 2012, Dr Xerri headed the International Office and the Office for Local and Regional Education as part of the Education Department within the Ministry for Gozo and for five years was elected and served as il-Qala’s Deputy Mayor.

From December 2012 to April 2019, he served as the first Director of the newly established Directorate for Maltese Living Abroad in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, in Valletta. In 2015, Dr Xerri was responsible for organising the IV Convention for Maltese Living Abroad.  Between July 2013 and February 2016, he represented the Council for Maltese Living Abroad (CMLA) as one of the vice-presidents on the Governing Board, Assembly and the European Diaspora Policy Working Group of The European Throughout The World (E.T.T.W.) in Brussels, Belgium and in February 2016 became the eight president of ETTW – Europe’s largest non-government organisation represented over 350 million European world-wide. Dr Xerri served as president ETTW until 30th June 2019.

On 1st July 2019, he was appointed Consul General of the Republic of Malta to the Commonwealth of Canada based in Toronto.

Dr Raymond Xerri has addressed, chaired and mentored many local, national, continental, regional and international conferences, seminars and gatherings related to politics, diplomacy, international relations, the environment and particularly in the area of diaspora studies.  He is an author, editor and producer of numerous publications, multimedia and multilingual productions.  He is also a founder, co-founder and active member of a number of Gozitan, Maltese and internationally-based Maltese diaspora organisations.  Dr Xerri was the main organizer of twenty-eight editions of the Gozo International Celebration in Gozo (Malta) with attendance and audience from 51 different countries. He has received numerous international awards and is the initiator and editor of the production series, Gozo and the Gozitans

Dr Xerri has been a guest lecture in political science, international relations and diaspora affairs for over a decade at various colleges, institutes and universities in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Malta, the Russian Federation, Portugal, Slovenia, Tunisia, United Kingdom and in the United States of America.

Dr Raymond Xerri is married to Marlene and has a son and a daughter, Armando Antonio and Felicity Ann.​