Dr. Matthew Camilleri, Ph.D.
Dr Matthew Camilleri, graduated in fisheries science and ocean science from the University of Plymouth (UK) where he went on to obtain a Ph.D. in fisheries management.
Dr Camilleri served as consultant to the Maltese government on fisheries management and as Head of the Malta Centre for Fisheries Sciences between 1998 and 2007. During that period, he played a key role in developing the Maltese fisheries sector and in building Malta’s capacity to monitor and manage its fisheries in line with the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy. He also acted as national focal point for regional scientific projects of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and for scientific programmes of the European Union.
Dr Camilleri joined FAO in 2007 and currently occupies the position of Leader of the Fisheries Global and Regional Processes Team within the Organization. His responsibilities include the promotion and monitoring of the implementation of the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and other international fisheries instruments, especially those aiming to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Dr Camilleri served as Technical Secretary for the FAO Technical Consultations which adopted the international Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance and Voluntary Guidelines for the Marking of Fishing Gear. He also serves as Technical Secretary to the meetings of the Parties to the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures and leads FAO’s capacity‑development programme on the implementation of the Agreement and complementary instruments.