Alistair Buttigieg Vella

Chief Executive Officer

Universal Import & Export Ltd


Universal Import & Export Ltd


"Listen, learn and keep walking"

Business Profile

Coming from a scientific and engineering background, then over time progressing toward the business side of the picture, I was given the opportunity to take on the position of Chief Operations Officer of Universal Import & Export in September 2018, and then Chief Executive Officer in December 2019. Despite being at the helm of the company for a relatively short period, the company has internally been restructured and re-focused to provide consultancy for the manufacturing industry and then following up with the material or machinery required, rather than focus solely on the products we supply. We are shifting the mentality to focus on adding value through our 40 years plus of industrial experience and by working more with our clients as partners and extensions of their purchasing and manufacturing departments. As a result, a second company, Jetho Ltd, was set up in 2020 offering servicing support, which gives more flexibility and resilience in what we can offer to any client that is producing a tangible product.

Business Activities

  • January 2019: Member, The Chamber of Commerce
  • December 2019: CEO, Universal Import & Export Ltd
  • January 2020: CEO, Jetho Ltd


  • July 2011-May 2013: R&D Executive
  • May 2013-July 2015: Operations Manager
  • August 2015-December 2015: Technical Consultant and Sales Representative
  • December 2015-September 2018: Business Manager
  • September 2018-December 2019: Chief Operating Officer


  • 2011: BSc (Hons.) Chemistry with Materials
  • 2014: MSc Meta-Materials


Official Partners

  • Trade Malta
  • OZO
  • Fino
  • GO Business
  • Imovo
  • Laferla Insurance
  • WFDM
  • St James Hospital
  • Elcol
  • PTL
  • Evolve
  • Clentec