EMBASSY OF THE SOVEREIGN ORDER OF MALTA
H.E. Mr. Alberto Di LUCA
He graduated with honors in Political Science at the University of Milan, sociopolitical address. He was managing director in the field of luxury goods and, at association level, general manager of the Italian Consortium for Haute Horlogerie. At the end of 1993, he abandoned his business to devote himself to politics.
In October of 2006 he returns to play its role as a manager, entering as a vice president in ATM services and taking, shortly after, the role of commercial director.
Enters in 2008 to the board of Covenant Partners, Executive Search and Advisory Board Company (http://www.covenantpartners.it). He was a member of the Foundation Board Value Italy. In October 2010 he was appointed director of CLP, the Poste Group Italian companies – SDA Express Courier. 6 May 2011 GSE S.p.A. (National Energy Services Operator) the appointment of RSE SpA board member.
In October 2010 he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta SMOM for Belgrade Stationery (Serbia).
The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta (Latin: Supremus Ordo Militaris Hospitalis Sancti Ioannis Hierosolymitani Rhodius et Melitensis), also known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM) or Order of Malta, is a Catholic lay religious order traditionally of military, chivalrous and noble nature, founded as the Knights Hospitaller circa 1099 in Jerusalem, Kingdom of Jerusalem, by Gerard Thom, as the world’s oldest surviving order of chivalry. Headquartered in Palazzo Malta in Rome, widely considered a sovereign subject of international law, its mission is summed up in its motto: “Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum”; protecting the Catholic faith and serving those in need.
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is the modern Rome-based continuation of the medieval Knights Hospitaller, with origins in the Fraternitas Hospitalaria hospital founded circa 1048 by Amalfitan merchants in the Muristan district of Jerusalem, Fatimid Caliphate, to provide medical care for pilgrims to the Holy Land. Following the conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 during the First Crusade and the loss of the Kingdom of Jerusalem to the Mamluk Sultanate, it became chartered as a military order to protect against Islamic persecution of Christians, recognised as sovereign in 1113 by Pope Paschal II. It operated from Cyprus (1291-1310), Rhodes (1310–1523), Malta (1530–1798), over which it was sovereign until its French occupation, and from Palazzo Malta in Rome from 1834 until present day, subsequently known under its current name. The order venerates as patronessBlessed Virgin Mary under the title of “Our Lady of Mount Philermos”.
The entity retains sovereignty under international law, including permanent observer status at the United Nations, issuing its own passports, currency and postal stamps with the Maltese cross insignia. The order’s military corps, three brigades, are stationed throughout Italy, liaisoned with the Italian Armed Forces.
The order, with 13,500 Knights, Dames and auxiliary members, employs about 25,000 doctors, nurses, auxiliaries andparamedics assisted by 80,000 volunteers in more than 120 countries, assisting children, homeless, handicapped, refugeed, elders, terminally ill and lepers around the world without distinction of ethnicity or religion.Through its worldwide relief corps, Malteser International, the order aids victims of natural disasters, epidemics and armed conflicts. In several countries, including France, Germany and Ireland, local associations of the order are important providers of medical emergency services and training.