I am a Citizen of Saint Lucia, in the Caribbean, and an Economist with interest in
international trade policy, theory and negotiations. Specifically, I am interested in
negotiating free trade agreements (FTAs) to secure outcomes that will benefit
developing countries and help them better integrate in the world economy. Much of
my technical work rests on modeling, including strategic behavior in international
trade. I also have an intense interest in financial economics and the microeconomic
theory of the firm, hence I lecture MBA students and supervise research work within
I have worked extensively on external trade negotiations in all major theatres in
which the Caribbean has been involved, namely: the World Trade Organization
(WTO); the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and the Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) between the Caribbean Region (CARIFORUM) and the European
Union (EU). I have also worked on other bi-lateral FTAs in the Western Hemisphere
including the possibility of an FTA between CARICOM and the USA and CARICOM
My work experience has expanded significantly beyond the Caribbean in the last
fifteen years with several long-term and short-term assignments in Africa and the
Pacific. Countries include: Ethiopia; Seychelles; Fiji; Papua New Guinea; Tonga;
Vanuatu; Solomon Islands; Cook Islands; Botswana; Samoa, South Africa; Zambia;
Lesotho, among others. The scope of my work includes: trade negotiations; trade
policy; investment climate; export strategy; services sector policy, among others.
I hold a Ph.D. from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, The
Netherlands. My thesis is entitled Trade Liberalization under Imperfect Competition
and is published by Shaker, BV. I also hold a Masters Degree in economics from
the ISS and a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and Physics from the
University of the West Indies.
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trade negotiations, policy research and consulting
Additionally, I regularly participate in training programs and workshops on trade
policy organized by key multilateral institutions such as the WTO, UNCTAD, IDB,
OAS and the World Bank.