The Ambassador
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The Ambassador

H.E. Godfrey Carmel Xuereb

Dr Godfrey C. Xuereb presented his credentials to President Biden in April 2023 to become the 15th Maltese Ambassador for the United States of America. He is currently also non-resident Ambassador to Mexico and High Commissioner to The Bahamas.

Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Dr Xuereb spent twenty-two years working for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) having held several senior positions in different countries. During his tenure with WHO/PAHO he became the first Maltese citizen to be appointed to the position of Head of Country Office within the organization.

He is specialized in public health with a focus on nutrition, physical activity, and public health diplomacy. He has experiences in Small Island Developing States, having worked closely with both the Caribbean and Pacific islands as well as in his native Malta, with special emphasis on public health and disease prevention.

During his tenure at WHO he developed guidance for the nutritional management of persons living with HIV, as well as the nutritional management of obesity and non-communicable disease prevention in the Caribbean. He also led the team that developed the first WHO global physical activity guidelines and the global recommendations on marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children. Dr Xuereb served as UN Resident Coordinator i.a. where he led the UN Country team to launch the Barbados Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Gallery and has also served as a member of the Reference Group for the UN Transition Team Multi-country Office (MCO) Review.

Before joining WHO, Dr Xuereb served in different posts within the Maltese health system, with his final appointment being that of a/Director of Health Promotion and International Health within the Ministry of Health.

Dr Xuereb has a PhD in Public Health and is specialized in Global Health Diplomacy, having gained his university education at the University of Malta, University of London (Kings College) UK and the University of the West Indies (Mona). During his professional career he has presented at several international scientific fora and is the main author of a number of publications in peer reviewed journals as well as publications for patient education and continuing professional development for health care professionals. He has served as Vice-President and Secretary of the European Diabetes Education Study Group and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (UK).

Dr Xuereb is married to Kay, who has a PhD in Education and works as a social researcher mainly in the context of small island states. They have one adult son.