Sonya Sammut

Sonya Sammut

Director for Food Systems, Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Animal Rights

Sonya Sammut is a visionary and highly respected individual known for her integrity and expertise in natural, behavioural, and business sciences. With an impressive track record of 30 years in senior and top management roles across the public sector, private business, and social enterprise, Sonya is passionate about working with people and helping them achieve their aspirations.

Currently, Sonya holds the position of Director for Food Systems in the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, and Animal Rights. In this role, she is dedicated to championing the transition to healthier food systems and leading the national strategy for food security and sustainability. Additionally, Sonya serves as the national Ambassador for Organic and Sustainable Food, actively promoting the organic food sector and coordinating the implementation of the national action plan.

Notably, Sonya plays a pivotal role in Malta's participation in the United Nations Food Systems Summit as the National Convenor and coordinates the summit's process and coordination hub. She is also a valued member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, contributing her expertise to advance agricultural practices.

Beyond her professional commitments, Sonya shares her knowledge and teachings as a faculty member at the University of Malta's Centre for Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Earth Systems. She further engages with a wider audience through her insightful writing on the Biology of Things blog hosted on Sonya's active involvement in events and voluntary organisations, such as her committee membership in the Women Directors in Malta, and her contribution to projects like She Can STEM under the World Capital for Women and Girls in Science and Technology, exemplify her commitment to inspiring young girls and boys towards building a kinder and more sustainable society.

All Sessions by Sonya Sammut

1:50 pm - 2:35 pm
MFCC, Ta'Qali

Food Security - local vs. global: who has the answer?