Alfred Sant studied physics and maths at the University of Malta, diplomacy at the Institut International d’Administration Publique (now amalgamated with the ENA) in Paris, and business administration at Boston and Harvard Universities. He worked as a diplomat at Malta’s Mission to the then EEC in Brussels (1970 – 1975), as executive deputy chairman of the Malta Development Corporation (now Malta Enterprise) during the late seventies/early eighties, as a management consultant in between and later. He was chairman of the Labour Party’s information department (1982 – 1984), President of the Party (1984 – 1988), a Labour M.P. (1987 – 2013), Labour Leader and Leader of the Opposition (1992 -2008) and Prime Minister (1996 – 1998).

Over the years Sant wrote plays for the theatre, radio and TV, as well as novels and short stories in the Maltese language; was editor of three magazines and for thirteen years a correspondent of the Economist Intelligence Unit; and he wrote extensively in English and Maltese for the political and economic press.

Alfred Sant was elected Member of the European Parliament in May 2014 and again in May 2019.