The Permanent Representative

Contact Information:

Permanent Mission of Malta to the United Nations
249 East 35th Street
New York, N.Y. 10016
001 (212) 725 2345
001 (212) 779 7097
 Emergency Number
001 917 602 3302

The Permanent Representative

Ambassador Frazier joined the Diplomatic Corps in 1992 as a student diplomat and was confirmed into the post of First Secretary in 1994.  She served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as desk officer for the US and the Americas and later in the Mediterranean Department.  She was posted to the Maltese embassies in Washington, twice in Rome, London, Brussels, and New York.

During her tenure in London she served as the Head of the Political Unit in the Malta High Commission in London, where she handled all Malta-UK bilateral relations as well as relations with the International Maritime Organisation and the Commonwealth.  In fact, during the two years leading to the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in Malta in 2005, she represented the CHOGM 2005 Taskforce in London handling all aspects of that Meeting.

For six years Ambassador Frazier held the post of Director of the Defence Matters Directorate within the Office of the Prime Minister.  Here, as Head of the Defence Ministry, she was responsible for a wide range of international security issues, from European defence policy, Mediterranean defence and security issues, and the integrity of Malta’s sovereignty.  She was also responsible for Malta’s involvement in crises management operations overseas, and advised and supported the Prime Minister in the management and direction of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) and acted as the civilian oversight of the AFM.

Whilst at the helm of the Defence Directorate Ambassador Frazier and her team consolidated Malta’s response to the Arab Spring and most particularly the crises in Libya.  Her Directorate also created the Humanitarian Hub in Malta which proved one of the most important contributions of Malta to the Libyan crises.  Ambassador Frazier was praised for her direction on this strategy by a number of world leaders who applauded her for her “twenty-four hour availability and can do attitude to solving problems” which was attributed as being the driving force behind Malta’s success in supporting the UN Resolutions on Libya. 

She was appointed Ambassador for Migration and later Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  She served in Brussels as Ambassador of Malta to Belgium, Luxembourg and NATO before being appointed Malta’s Ambassador to Italy in October 2013, where she was also accredited to San Marino and the Rome-based UN bodies.

In January 2020 Ambassador Frazier was appointed Permanent Representative of Malta to the United Nations in New York.

In 2013 Ambassador Frazier was selected as a “Woman Inspiring Europe” by the European Institute for Gender Equality and the French Government awarded her the honour of Knight in the National Order of Merit for her work during the Libyan revolution.  Ambassador Frazier was also recently awarded the Gran Croce of the Italian Medal of Honor as well as the Gran Croce Medal of Honour from the Brazilian government.  She has received various other awards from local governments and entities during her postings attesting to her work to the promotion of culture and the advancement of bilateral relations with these states.  In 2019 Ambassador Frazier also received the Ambassador Alfred Zarb Ambassadorial Award for lifelong diplomatic achievement, the highest award conferred by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta onto its Ambassadors.

Ambassador Frazier has lectured at the University of Malta on Euromed issues to students reading an MA in Human Rights, and is an external examiner and advisor on CSDP and humanitarian issues for students reading BAs and MAs in European Studies, Governance, International Relations, Humanitarian Action, and Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Ambassador Vanessa Frazier studied at Luther College, USA, obtaining a BA in Business Management and French, and subsequently obtained her Masters in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Malta, with a major in International Law. In 2019 her alma mater, Luther College conferred a Doctorate Degree Honoris Causa onto her in recognition of her career achievements.

She volunteered with the Red Cross in Washington DC as well as the Mentor Foundation and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in London.  She also represented Malta in several national and international Judo competitions, a sport which she practiced for over 35 years and for which she was national champion in her weight category for much of that time.

She is married to Marco and they have two children, Julian and Nicole.​