President Coleiro Preca served in politics for 45 years and was a Member of Parliament for 16 years. She was the very first elected female General Secretary of one of the two main political parties in Malta. Coleiro Preca also served at the Council of Europe. As Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity, she initiated numerous social reforms. The Maltese Parliament unanimously elected Ms Coleiro Preca as President of Malta in 2014. Coleiro Preca founded and chairs The Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, The Malta Trust Foundation and The Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation Malta. President Coleiro Preca is President of Eurochild, UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador for Equality, Member of the Council of World Women Leaders, and Member of the WPL Global Forum Advisory Board.
Marie Louise Coleiro Preca is a Bachelor in Legal and Humanistic Studies, a Notary Public, Honorary Professor of the University of Warwick, Honorary Doctor of Laws from University of Leicester (UK), and Honorary Doctor of Literature from the University of Malta.
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is deeply passionate and vociferous about improving the lives of the most vulnerable in society, continuing to be so throughout Her Presidency, and beyond. She is a strong advocate and avid speaker on a number of social issues including poverty and social inclusion, equality and equity, children’s participation and children’s rights, gender equality and women’s rights, peace and justice, interfaith and trans culturalism, and mental health.