Professor Juanito Camilleri took up the post of Rector in July 2006. Prior to this, he was the Group Chief Executive Officer of Melita Cable plc, and the founding Chief Executive Officer of go mobile.
Professor Camilleri read a Bachelors degree in Computer Science at the University of Kent at Canterbury, obtaining First Class Honours with distinction. He then moved to Cambridge, to pursue a doctorate in Theoretical Computer Science which he completed in 1990, at the age of 23. He started his working career as a Research Fellow at the Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, and at the time also worked as a Research Consultant. Following this, in 1992, he moved back to Malta and founded the Department of Computer Science and AI at the University of Malta where he worked until 1999. During this time, he was commissioned by the Government of Malta to formulate Malta’s first National Strategy for Information Technology which was published in 1994.
Since then Professor Camilleri served as a director on the board of a number of public and private entities. He has also served as Malta’s representative on the European Union Joint Research Council.
In 2007, Professor Camilleri was commissioned as an Honorary Texan under the laws of the State of Texas; in 2009 he received the title Illustrisimo Señor as a newly appointed Commander of the Order of Civil Merit of Spain; and in 2011 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Professor Camilleri is also a Fellow of the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. He now serves as a director on the Board of HSBC Malta plc and Chairman of the bank’s Risk Committee, as Chairman of PTL International and its subsidiaries, and as Professor at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation at the University of Malta.