At the age of 55, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca was the youngest person to be elected President of Malta and the second female Head of State after 32 years. The House of Representatives unanimously approved a parliamentary resolution nominating her as President.
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca was active in politics for forty years, and a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives between 1998 and 2014. Within the Labour Party, she served as a member of the National Executive, Assistant General Secretary and General Secretary, between 1982 and 1991. Coleiro Preca is the first-ever, and only woman who, to date, occupied this important elected position at the highest echelon of a Maltese political party. Coleiro Preca was President of the Socialist Women’s Group, member of the National Bureau of Socialist Youths (now the Labour Youth Forum), founder member of the Ġużè Ellul Mercer Foundation, and editor of the newspaper ‘Il-Ħelsien’. As a Member of Parliament in Opposition, she served as Shadow Minister for Social Policy, Tourism, the National Airline, and Health. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca was a member of the Parliamentary Committee for Social Affairs, the Parliamentary Committee for the Family, and the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee. She served in the Parliamentary delegation to the Council of Europe. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca graduated as B.A. (Legal and Humanities) and as Notary Public at 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 transculturalism. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca presides over a number of entities, where she continues to strive to be a voice for the voiceless and a lobby for change. Coleiro Preca is the President of Eurochild, a European network of organisations and individuals working with and for children in Europe, especially those affected by poverty and disadvantage. She is founder and President of the Malta Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, which aims to create a safe space for dialogue on social wellbeing, bridging popular wisdom with academic research. Coleiro Preca is also Chair of the Malta Trust Foundation, which supports vulnerable young people experiencing unemployment, or being at risk of poverty or social exclusion, to improve their lives through education and training, and President of the Emanuele Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit cancer research organisation in Malta. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Women Political Leaders Global Forum.
Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is married and has a daughter.