Din l-Art Helwa appoints Professor Alex Torpiano as its new Head
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Din l-Art Helwa has appointed Professor Alex Torpiano as the new Executive President.
Professor Alex Torpiano, former president of the Kamra tal-Periti till last year and Dean of the Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta, is the 8th Executive President of Din l-Art Helwa since it was founded by Judge Maurice Caruana Curran in 1965 to “protect Malta’s rich cultural heritage and the natural environment.”
Commenting on his appointment Prof Torpiano said, “it is an honour to take up the reins at Din l-Art Helwa,’ stated Professor Torpiano, especially at a time when the country faces so many challenges in the protection of its heritage and in particular, the natural environment.”
He added that, “I hope to continue to drive Din l-Art Helwa’s mission forward and to bring new energy and innovation to an organisation which has already achieved so much.”
DLH members elected the new Council and the officials who are to lead the voluntary heritage and environment NGO into 2021, during the recent Annual General Meeting.
Simone Mizzi has been appointed Secretary General, and Martin Scicluna, former head of Wealth Management at HSBC, has been reappointed as Treasurer.
New council members are Joseph Attard, Professor Anthony Bonanno, George Camilleri, Maria Grazia Cassar, Cettina Caruana Curran, Dr Petra Caruana Dingli, Elizabeth Cremona, Josie Ellul Mercer, Cathy Farrugia, Joseph Philip Farrugia, Dr Stanley Farrugia Randon, Martin Galea, Ann Gingell Littlejohn, Kenneth B. Micallef, Professor Luciano Mule’ Stagno, Perit Joanna Spiteri Staines.
During the AGM members voiced their concerns unanimously about the “rampant development and unbridled construction which were taking their toll negatively on our natural environment,” creating what was described as, “unpleasing visual amenities and having a negative effect on the quality of life.”
Photo: Professor Alex Torpiano, the new Executive President of Din l-Art Helwa