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New Executive Director for UWI’s International Consulting Company

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, March 31, 2016

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Lisa Cummins to the post of Executive Director of The UWI Consulting Company (UWIC) effective March 1, 2016.

UWIC, which is chaired by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, is The University’s business unit that provides international and regional advisory services. In welcoming Ms Cummins to the regional team, Vice-Chancellor Beckles said, “This is a defining moment in our Caribbean development. Here at The UWI, we have been investing in our own capacity to help navigate and define our regional development trajectory though strong intellectual leadership. In this vein, The University has taken the decision to recruit a leader for our consultancy company who has a strong background in Caribbean regional development, trade, international relations, public policy, private sector development and well established ties to the University community.

Ms Cummins has served as a diplomat and as Executive Director of the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries. During her 10-year diplomatic career, she worked at the Headquarters of the Barbados Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade as well as in the Barbados Embassy in Washington D.C. She also served as Trade Adviser for the Commonwealth Secretariat to the Government of Uganda and the wider East African region, as Uganda’s lead technical adviser on trade in services. In that capacity, she was a member of the negotiating team for services in the East African Community trade talks with Europe and the EAC Common Market and has worked on projects in East and Southern Africa for several development partners including the World Bank, UNCTAD, the European Union and Trade Mark East Africa. She also serves on multiple boards regionally and internationally, in Barbados and across the region. Ms Cummins is the current Chairman of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Civil Society Consultative Committee and President Elect of the Rotary Club of Barbados.

Vice-Chancellor Beckles further contextualised the appointment: “The University will play a leading role in charting a path for our region on to our next development phase. We need to have someone who understands both the regional landscape and has an international outlook to lead our advisory services company. She brings a strong mix of skills, experience, qualifications, relationships and networks that will allow us to blend industry and market experience with the knowledge, skills and experience of University professionals in service of our Caribbean community. Later this year, we will announce others who will be joining us in the areas of strategy, advisory services, and policy and enterprise development.


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