Head of the Physical Oceanography Research Group. He set up the PO-Unit in the early 90s and later obtained his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Southampton, SOC in 1999. His initial engagement was with the Malta Council for Science and Technology in 1991, where he conducted a number of programmes and initiatives both locally and internationally, and served as the Coordinator of the Marine Sciences Network. He has served as the Maltese delegate to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) and to the International Commission for the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean (CIESM), the National Representative for the Committee on the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE/IOC), and Malta's lead delegate on the European Earth Monitoring Programme (GMES) User Forum. From 1998 to 2013, he served as the Executive Secretary of MedGOOS (the Global Ocean Observing System for the Mediterranean) with office in Malta. He is currently the national delegate on the BlueMed Group of Senior Officials (GSO) Board, presided by the European Commission and with representatives from EU and non-EU countries in the Mediterranean region, national pivot in the BlueMed initiative for Blue Growth, and the vice-chair of the University Maritime Platform. He is also an expert on the COPERNICUS Champion User Advisory Board and leads the PO-Res.Grp participation in the COPERNICUS Academy network.