The Hon. Lawrence Gonzi is the former Prime Minister of Malta, a post he held from 2004 to 2013.
In 1975 he graduated from the University of Malta with a degree in Law. After his degree his practiced law in a private firm and followed with a position of a company lawyer with the Mizzi Organization. Here he served as Group Chairman from 1989 to 1997.
Mr. Gonzi was the leader of the Nationalist Party. Prior to his prime ministerial position he served as speaker of the House from 1988 to 1996 and Minister of Social Policy from 1998 to 2004 and was Deputy Prime Minister from 1999 until 2004, when he was elected Prime Minister.
During his premiership Gonzi achieved many things for Malta; he transformed Malta into a modern and dynamic European country and led Malta through her first years of EU membership. Gonzi guided Malta through a process of economic restructuring, for instance with Malta’s adoption of the Euro. He also successfully steered the economy during the most severe global economic crisis and made various improvements in the fields of public finances. He also represented Malta not only on a European level but on an international level and is renowned for his leading role in the handling of the Libyan crisis
Although he has been politically active, he has also been involved in the voluntary sector, specifically in relation to the disability rights movement and mental health sector. He was appointed as the first Chairman of the National Commission for the Disabled in 1987, and held this position until 1994.