Zahra Joseph Fx
Joseph FX Zahra B.A. (Hons) Econ., M.A., F.C.I.M., M.M.R.S.(b. 1955) graduated with a first class honours degree in economics in 1976 from the University of Malta, and a masters degree in economics in 1979. For over ten years he held the position of visiting lecturer in economics at the University of Malta, and since 2000 he has been visiting the Universita’ degli Studi di Messina as lecturer in managerial economics. He is a regular speaker on economic, financial and management topics in conferences and seminars in Europe, North America and North Africa.
He is a Chartered Marketer (U.K.), a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Marketing and a Member of the Market Research Society (U.K.), and the Gruppo di Studio per il Bilancio Sociale (Milan, Italy).
Joe Zahra is co-founder of Misco (Market Intelligence Services Co. Ltd., and Misco International Ltd.) and Impetus Europe Consulting Ltd. He has been Chairman of the Bank of Valletta plc (1998-2004) and Maltacom plc (2003) and their subsidiaries, besides a board director of the Central Bank of Malta (1992 – 1996) and the Malta Development Corporation (1995 – 1996). He is today board member of a number of public and private local and international companies based in Malta and overseas.
He has a strong personal interest in the arts and culture, having held the Chairmanship of the first Malta Council for Culture and the Arts (2002 – 2003), and a member of the Committee for the Guarantee of Maltese Heritage and Arts (2002 – 2005). Joe Zahra is a writer of poetry and plays. He published his first book of verse “Jien” in 1973. Two of his plays were produced at the University of Malta theatres in the 1970s. He is also a keen follower of Maltese visual arts.
He is at present also Chairman of the National Euro Changeover Committee. He is married to Lucienne (nee Naudi) since 1980 and has a son, David (b. 1982) and a daughter, Maria (b. 1986).
(The biography was referred to the period when the Gold Medal was awarded)