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Professor Eudine Barriteau
Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, Cave Hill Campus

Professor Violet Eudine Barriteau is a Caribbean scholar, feminist, and experienced UWI administrator, having worked at the University of the West Indies and throughout the region for over thirty years. She has considerable experience in research, senior administration and coordination of regional projects.

Professor Barriteau has received national, regional and international awards and recognition. In celebration of Barbados' 47th Anniversary of Independence, Professor Barriteau was one of four persons awarded the Gold Crown of Merit by the Government of Barbados on November 30th, 2013, the country's third highest honour. The award was in recognition of her invaluable contribution to gender and development. In July 2011 she was bestowed the Tenth CARICOM Triennial Award for Women at the Opening Ceremony of the Thirty-Second Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, St. Kitts. Professor Barriteau was the President of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) 2009/2010. She was an inaugural International Research Fellow at the Centre for Excellence in Gender Research, GEXCEL, Orebro, Sweden in April 2008, and returned in November 2010 and March 2013 by special invitation. In the year 1997 she had the distinguished honour of being the Inaugural Fellow of the Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Women in Development Visitor Programme at the University of Toronto. She was awarded a Howard University Doctoral Fellowship in 1992 and was a LASPAU/Fellowship scholar at New York University 1982 - 1984. Professor Barriteau was also an American Association of University Women scholar in 1992. She was the first Caribbean scholar to be awarded the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund Scholarship in 1991.  

Professor Barriteau holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University and an MPA in Public Sector Financial Management from New York University. She has written over thirty book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, and delivered over twenty keynote and public lectures nationally, regionally and internationally. Professor Barriteau is the first Head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. She served as the Deputy Principal of the Campus from August 2008 to July 2014. On August 01, 2014 the UWI Open Campus welcomed Professor Barriteau as its second Principal, a position she held for nine months before assuming the Principalship of the Cave Hill Campus on May 01, 2015. Her research interests include: Caribbean Feminist Thought; Erotic Autonomy and Love Power; Economic Analysis; and Theorizing Gender Systems in Caribbean Societies. Professor Barriteau likes to read, debate politics, swim, dance and exercise.

Professor Clement K. Sankat
Pro-Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal, UWI

Professor Clement Sankat is a member of the Executive Management Team of The University of the West Indies (UWI) and is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal of St. Augustine Campus. He is a senior member of the academic staff of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering, UWI, St.Augustine Campus and is a registered professional Mechanical/Agricultural Engineer with the Board of Engineering of Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class Honours) and Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from The UWI and a Doctorate from the University of Guelph’s School of Engineering (Canada). He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (FIAgrE) of the UK and a Fellow of the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (FAPETT).

A graduate of Queen’s College in Georgetown Guyana, he was the recipient of a Government Scholarship for undergraduate engineering education, and was the winner of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Award for best Mechanical Engineering student at the UWI in 1972. He received a UWI post graduate scholarship for Master’s research, a CIDA scholarship for Ph.D studies in Canada and an NSERC Research Associate ship in Food Engineering at Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

For more than thirty years, Professor Sankat has been engaged in Departmental, Faculty, Campus and University administration and leadership at the UWI. He is a former Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Dean, and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2000-2007), Campus Coordinator for Graduate Studies and Research at St. Augustine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies and since January 1st 2008, the Campus Principal, UWI, St. Augustine. He has been steadfast in supporting studentcentredness, research and development, graduate-level training and in building capacity, promoting quality and accreditation for engineering education at the UWI and in the Americas.

His teaching, research and development and professional interests are in the areas of Processing/Storage of Tropical Crops and Food Engineering, Engineering Graphics and Machine Design, and the Management of Innovation. Professor Sankat was the first engineer to be promoted to a Readership in the Faculty of Engineering, UWI and was subsequently promoted to a Personal Chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research and developmental work in the areas of Caribbean Food and Agro-industrial Development has been published in the leading international and regional journals in the field such as: Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineering; Canadian Agricultural Engineering; International Journal of Food Science and Technology; Post Harvest Biology and Technology; Food Research International; West Indian Journal of Engineering; Tropical Agriculture and ASEAN Food Journal.

Professor Sankat has more that a hundred published papers to his credit. Much of this has been achieved through his direction of graduate research students at the Masters and Doctoral levels and through external research grants. Some of his work has gone beyond academia and has been extended and applied in the food and agricultural industries. He is committed to bringing technology and innovation to bear on food and agricultural production in the Caribbean.

Professor Sankat has for many years been actively involved in the application and promotion of Science and Technology (S&T) for national and regional development. He is a long serving member on the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) and has previously served as the Institute’s Chairman. During his tenure as Chairman of CARIRI, Professor Sankat led the drive to re-focus and reengineer the Institute with a strategic vision of business service and self-sufficiency. He was also a previous Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS).

Under his leadership, The Bureau became engaged in a programme of physical and service expansion so as to better meet the needs of the business and manufacturing community. He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST), and was instrumental in the development of a Draft National Policy on S&T for Trinidad & Tobago (T&T). He was appointed as Chairman of the Vision 2020 Sub-committee on Science, Technology and Innovation for Trinidad and Tobago and was the lead author of the Committee’s final Report. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Metal Industries Company Ltd. (MIC), Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) and Chair of the Board of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (ALJGSB) and the UWI School of Business and Applied Studies Limited (ROYTEC).

For his efforts in Public Service, University Service and Research he was awarded in 2001, the UWI Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. His accomplishments were also formally recognized by the University of New Brunswick which conferred on him an Honorary Doctoral Degree in 2010.

Professor Archibald McDonald
Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Mona Campus

Professor McDonald has had an outstanding career as a surgeon in Trauma and Emergency Medicine.  He is a graduate of the UWI and received his postgraduate DM degree in 1987.  He is credited with starting the first Accident and Emergency Department in Jamaica at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).  With colleagues, he established the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Programme in Jamaica and conducted seminal studies that defined the epidemiology of injury in Jamaica which led to development of Jamaica's Injury Surveillance System.  He has published some 125 papers and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals.

Professor McDonald served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery (2002-2005) and then as Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Campus, from 2005 to 2012.  While he was Dean, he led historic changes in the Faculty resulting in a complete restructuring of the MBBS curriculum, a 200% expansion in student intake, accreditation of the medical programme by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority in Medicine and the Health Professions (CAAM-HP) and the effort to create a state of the art building on the Mona Campus - the Faculty of Medical Sciences Teaching and Research Complex.  For his exceptional leadership and scholarship, he was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in 2008.


Professor Brian Copeland
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, UWI St. Augustine

Professor Copeland graduated from The UWI St. Augustine with a BSc in Electrical Engineering in 1978, with an MSc in Electrical Engineering (Control Systems) from the University of Toronto in 1981 and with a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Control Systems) from the University of Southern California in 1990. He has been a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at The University of West Indies from 2007 to 2015. He was Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The UWI from 1997 to 2007. He has lectured in Digital Electronics and Microprocessor Systems Design and Control Systems.

He was Coordinator of the Real Time Systems Group, a UWI unit for developing university/industry liaison through impactful R&D Projects. At the RTSG, Professor Copeland was Project Leader for design and construction of the Electronic Scoreboard at the Queen's Park Oval. He currently co-ordinates the Steelpan Initiatives Project (SIP) which saw the development and patenting of the G-Pan, a re-engineered form of the traditional steelpan, as well as the Percussive Harmonic instrument (P.H.I.), an electronic form of the traditional steelpan. Professor Copeland is Convener of the Steelpan Research Centre, UWI and is a former Member of the Board of Directors, CARIRI.

Professor Copeland has won many prestigious awards. In 2008 he was the first recipient of the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and in 2007 he was joint recipient of the Chaconia Medal Gold as a member of the G-Pan development team. He received the Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award in 2002, the BP/AMOCO Fellowship Award for Senior Academic Staff at The UWI, 2001 and a LASPAU/Fulbright scholarship for Doctoral program at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1987 among others.

Professor Copeland's appointment will be for a period of five years, effective July 1, 2016.


Sir George Alleyne
Chancellor, University of the West Indies

A native of Barbados, Sir George is currently the Chancellor of The University of the West Indies. He became Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB) Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1995 and completed a second four-year term in 2003. In 2003, Mr. Kofi Annan, then Secretary General of the United Nations appointed him as his Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. He was reconfirmed in this position by the current Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, where here served in this capacity until 2010.

He currently holds an Adjunct Professorship at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. Sir George has received numerous awards in recognition of his work including prestigious decorations and national honours from many countries of the Americas. In 1990, he was made Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to Medicine. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of Caribbean Community, the highest honour that can be conferred on a Caribbean national.

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles
Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. Before assuming this office on May 1, 2015, he served the university as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of its Cave Hill Campus in Barbados for thirteen years (2002-15). He has had a distinguished career within the university becoming at age 36 its youngest scholar to be promoted to a personal chair. As professor of Economic and Social history, he won the first Vice Chancellor's Award for excellence in the field of research. He is a distinguished university administrator, internationally reputed historian, an expert thinker and strategist in higher education.

Sir Hilary has had global recognition for his academic achievements and leadership expertise. He serves on many United Nations committees and Advisory panels. He is a founding member of Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon's Science Advisory Board on sustainable development, and has been an advisor to UNESCO's Cities for Peace Global Program. He has served as an advisor to the UN World Culture Report, and is the Vice President of UNESCO's Slave Route Project. He is also an Editor of the 9th volume of UNESCO's General History of Africa Series which he conceptualized around the Global Africa framework.

Sir Hilary received his higher education in the United Kingdom and graduated in 1976 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Economic and Social History from Hull University, and a PhD from the same university in 1980. He has lectured extensively in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, and has published over 100 peer reviewed essays and 14 scholarly books and monographs on subjects ranging from Atlantic and Caribbean History, gender relations in the Caribbean, sport development and popular culture. These include: Centering Woman: Gender Discourses in Caribbean Slave Societies (Randle Publishers,1999); The History of Barbados (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Natural Rebels: A Social History of Enslaved Black Women in the Caribbean (Rutgers University Press, 1989; Britain's Black Debt: Reparations for Slavery and Native Genocide in the Caribbean (UWI Press); and The Development of West Indies Cricket: volume 1: The Age of Nationalism; and Volume 2: The Age of Globalization (Pluto Press, 1999).

Sir Hilary has received numerous awards for his contribution: including the degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters from Brock University in Canada, the University of Glasgow in Scotland, his alma mater Hull University in England, and the Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology in Ghana. In 2015 he was honored by the Borough of Brooklyn, New York, for "extraordinary achievement, outstanding leadership, and contribution to the community". He received in 2015 the Second Global Community Healer Award for humanitarian work from the Community Healer Network, Washington DC, following the legendary Maya Angelou.  In 2007 he was Commander Knight of St. Andrew (KA), the higher national honor of his country, "in recognition of his distinguished service in the fields of Education, Sports and the Arts".

Sir Hilary also serves in multiple roles in the Caribbean private sector, and is a long serving director of Sagicor Financial Corporation - the largest, international financial services conglomerate in the region. He is also a director of British telecom giant Cable and Wireless. He is Chairman of The University of the West Indies Press, and served as a director of the West Indies Cricket Board, and was a director of West Indies Cricket World Cup Inc. He is founder and director of the CLR James Centre for Cricket Research, and was founder director of the Sagicor West Indies Cricket Academy. He is Vice President of the Commonwealth Advisory Body of Sport and Development which advises Sport Ministers on the planning of the Commonwealth Games. Sir Hilary is Chairman of the Caribbean Commission on Reparations, and is a member of United Nations Development Program Advisory Panel of the Caribbean Human Development Report.

Finally, Sir Hilary is an accomplished playwright with six of his staged works receiving popular acclaim.  

Dr. Luz Longsworth
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal (Ag), The UWI Open Campus

Dr Luz Longsworth is a Caribbean national who was born to Venezulean and Jamaican parents and who lived and worked in Belize for many years raising two children. Fluent in Spanish and French, Dr Longsworth also holds a Doctorate in Business Administration in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. She is also a graduate of The University of the West Indies where she earned her BA in French and Spanish and MBA (Marketing) degrees. She is the holder of a Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies from Queen's University, Ontario, Canada.

She has over 25 years of experience in both academia and business in Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Belize. As a senior administrator at The UWI, she has served in various posts at the Mona and Open Campuses, including Director of the School of Continuing Studies, Director of The UWI Open Campus Country Sites, and as Director of The UWI Mona Western Jamaica campus in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Dr Longsworth's research includes leadership development, change management and organisational development and transformation. She is also a certified trainer in leadership courses for the internationally renowned John Maxwell Company and has participated in various consulting projects in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom.