Keith Azzopardi Tanti is the Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Research and Innovation within the Ministry for Education, Sports, Youths, Research and Innovation since March 2022.
Born on the 17th March 1984 in Pietà to John and Josette Tanti née Theuma, Keith is the elder amongst two brothers. He married his wife Alexia née’ Azzopardi and they have two sons, Alessandro and Gianluca. He attended the Santa Venera Primary School and received his secondary education at St Elias College in the same town. He read for his degree in Economy and Management from the University of Malta, whilst also achieving his ACCA qualification. Keith started his professional career as an accountant with one of the local commercial banks, following which he joined the Business Statistics Unit within the National Statistics Office. He also served as Financial Controller at the Malta Financial Services Authority where he specialised in International Taxation.
Keith’s political career in the ranks of the Labour Party started at a very young age as a volunteer within ‘Assistenza Ċittadin’ – the customer care section of the party. He later became a member of the local committee in Pietà, and was elected on the National Executive Committee of Forum Żgħażagħ Laburisti – the party’s youth section. In 2013 he accepted the Party’s invitation to contest the Local Council’s election in Pietà, resulting in an elected Mayor with 685 votes. In the 2019 election, Keith confirmed and strengthen his position by doubling his votes from the previous election, gaining a total of 1,452 votes.
Keith Azzopardi Tanti accepted Dr Robert Abela’s request to contest the 2022 General Elections on the Labour Party ticket for the First District, thus making use of the experience acquired on a local level to a national stage. Keith managed to get elected on the first count with 3,774 votes at his first attempt in contesting the general elections, achieving the feat of being the only candidate on the first electoral district to garner more votes than the required quota. Newly elected Prime Minister Dr Robert Abela selected Keith Azzopardi Tanti to serve as Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Research and Innovation, taking the oath in front of the President of Malta, His Excellency Dr George Vella.
Keith started his political career at an early age and in 2013, he accepted the Labour Party’s invitation to run for the Local Council election in Tal-Pieta. He later on contested and was elected as a mayor in this first election and was again confirmed mayor after the 2019 election.
Keith Azzopardi Tanti looks forward to implementing his experience, young energy and academic work in his role as a Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Research and Innovation.