His Excellency Joseph Zammit Tabona is Malta’s non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland. He presented his Letters of Credence to the President of Ireland Mary McAleese on 29 June 2009. Ambassador Zammit Tabona also serves as resident High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and is accredited to the Court of St. James’s.
Ambassador Zammit Tabona was born in Malta on 2 March 1944 and educated at St Edwards College, Malta. He was articled with Turquand Youngs & Co. in London and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1971. A year later he became partner of the local branch of Turquand Youngs & Co. and was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers until his retirement from active practice in 2000.
HE Joseph Zammit Tabona is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; a Fellow of the Malta Institute of Accountants; a Fellow Member of the Institute of Taxation and also has a warrant to practice as a Certified Public Accountant. He acted as Chairman of the Malta Accountancy Board from January 2001 to April 2009.
In January 2006, Mr Zammit Tabona was appointed Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange. In May 2007, he was appointed Chairman of FinanceMalta and two months later, Chairman of Viset Malta plc, which operates the Cruise Liner Terminal in Valletta.
Mr Zammit Tabona became Executive Director of the Malta Enterprise Board in January 2002. In August 2003, he was appointed Chairman of the Malta Development Corporation, the Malta External Trade Corporation and the Institute for the Promotion of Small Enterprise – which became absorbed by Malta Enterprise Corporation in the same month and of which he served as Chairman until January 2006.
Between 1990 and 1992, and more recently, between 2000 and 2003, Mr Zammit Tabona served as President of the Malta Federation of Industry.
Mr Zammit Tabona was a Member of the Board of Directors of Bank of Valletta Limited plc. between May 1992 and December 1997 and Director of HSBC Life Assurance (Malta) Limited between 2001 and 2005. During the same period, he also served on the Board of the Malta Council for Arts, Science and Technology.
He was President of the Association of Round Tables (Malta) in 1978/79 and eventually became President of the World Council of Young Men’s Service Clubs in 1983/84.
In August 1997 Mr Zammit Tabona was conferred the honour of a knighthood of Magistral Grace by the Sovereign Military Hospitalier Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.
Ambassador Zammit Tabona is a Jaguar enthusiast and in 2007 was instrumental in setting up the Malta Jaguar Enthusiast Club – of which he also serves as its first Chairman.
HE Joseph Zammit Tabona is married to Susan nee Lee Watson and has two children, Nicola and Justin.