Sir Shridath Ramphal - Chairman
Chancellor Emeritus, UWI

A native of Guyana, Sir Shridath is Chancellor Emeritus of The University of the West Indies, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth from 1975-1990 and previous to this, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Justice of Guyana. He has been the Caribbean’s Chief Negotiator for international economic negotiations, Chairman of the West Indian Commission, Chancellor of The University of the West Indies from 1989-2003, Chancellor of the University of Guyana (1988-92) and Chancellor of the University of Warwick (1989-2001).

A lawyer, Sir Shridath studied at King’s College London (currently a Fellow), Gray’s Inn (currently an Honorary Master of the Bench), and the Harvard Law School. He was awarded the 2002 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development

Dr. Beverley Pereira - Secretary

Dr. Alwin Bully

Dr. Carlton Davis

The Most Honourable P.J. Patterson

Dr. Karl Rodney

Dr. Cezley Sampson

Dr. Cezley Sampson is an Advisor on Energy and Public Sector Rationalization in the Cabinet Office Government of Jamaica. He is also Part- Time Lecturer in the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, where he lectures Regulation of Utilities and Financial Markets and Competition. He has worked as Senior Economist, Oxford Policy Management, Oxford England; UK Government DFID contracted Lead Adviser to   the Government of Tanzania on Privatisation and Regulation; Head of the Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies; Special Adviser to the Prime Minister P. J. Patterson of Jamaica.   He has also served as Chairman of the Jamaica Institute of Management and Chairman Several SOEs in Jamaica.  He has consulted for Commonwealth Secretariat, the World Bank, the IADB, USAID and ADB on reforming, privatizing and regulating utilities. He has a PhD from The University of the West Indies and a MA from Lancaster University, England  and is a Fellow of the Jamaica Institute of Management.

Professor Gordon Shirley

Professor Shirley was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona Campus on August 1, 2007.

He has had a distinguished career as a diplomat, educator and as an administrator in higher education.  He is a graduate of the UWI, St. Augustine Campus with a BSc in Engineering; Harvard University with a MBA in Operations and Finance, and Doctorate in Business Administration in Operations Management.

Professor Shirley started his professional career with Alcan Jamaica Company Limited as a Mechanical Engineer in the late 1970s to early 1980s.  He then served as Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) until 1991.

In 1991, Professor Shirley joined the staff of the UWI, Mona Campus first as the Carlton Alexander Professor of Management and Head of the Department of Management Studies, then as Executive Director Mona School of Business. He also served concurrently as Executive Chairman of the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited. In 2001 he was seconded to the Government of Jamaica as Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA and Permanent Representative to the OAS.

He has served on several public sector and private sector boards and committees in Jamaica, USA and Canada. The honour of the Order of Jamaica was conferred on him on August 6, 2009.


Professor E. Nigel Harris
Vice Chancellor, UWI

Guyanese by birth, Professor Harris is currently the Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University with a degree in Chemistry and proceeded on to a fellowship at Yale University where he received a Master of Philosophy in Biochemistry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded a post-graduate degree, Doctor of Medicine at The University of the West Indies.

He is world renowned for his work in Rheumatology. He received the Ceiba-Geigy Prize which he shared with two other doctors who helped to define a disorder called Antiphospholipid Syndrome, and a diagnostic test devised for the disorder. He was the Dean and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Morehouse School of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Rheuma tology at the University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Sir Alister McIntyre
Chancellor Emeritus, UWI

Born in Grenada, Sir Alister graduated from the London School of Economics and from Oxford University. He is Vice Chancellor Emeritus of The University of the West Indies. He was Head of the Regional Negotiating Machinery, Secretary-General of CARICOM and Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations. Sir Alister has had visiting academic appointments at Princeton and Columbia University and several consultancies for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

He is the author of several publications dealing with international trade. He received the Cacique’s Crown of Honour from the Government of Guyana, Honorary Doctor of Laws from UWI, the Order of Merit from the Government of Jamaica and he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II in 1992.