Masters in Economics and Finance, Warwick University, United Kingdom

Bachelor of Science in Economics, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados


English, Kweyol

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America and the Caribbean by reinforcing economic ties amongst the countries in this region, and with the rest of the world. I am a Research Assistant in the Economic Development Unit at ECLAC’s Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago. My main duties and responsibilities include collecting and analyzing economic data and monitoring economic developments in the countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. I contribute to our office’s two major publications, the Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean and the Preliminary Overview of Latin America and the Caribbean. I also collaborate with other staff on research papers, conduct research on various economic and policy issues, and assist in organising conferences and meetings.

Prior to joining the Organization I worked as a Credit Analyst at the National Bank of Dominica, where I analysed the business plans of commercial clients, and made recommendations for financing. But after being with the bank for 10 years I wanted a role that would allow me to use my full intellectual potential as an economist. So after pursuing a Masters degree in the United Kingdom, I applied to the United Nations because of the vast scope of its work. I have been working here for nearly four years now, and have discovered that it is truly a diverse and supportive environment. I highly value the people that I work with because they make my work experience all the more fulfilling. Trinidad and Tobago is a very vibrant and culturally diverse country with great cuisine, so it’s wonderful when I get a chance to experience these. The physical landscape of the country also allows for great outdoor activities, such as hiking and water sports.

One of the best things about working for the United Nations is that staff have the opportunity to travel to different countries and regions, and hence experience a diversity of cultures. We are also afforded the opportunity to learn about and contribute to important issues in the regions were we are based. For example, I am a member of the United Nations Learning Strategy Team on HIV/AIDS. The main responsibility of this team is to keep the staff at our Duty Station informed about the United Nations Policy on HIV/AIDS, prevention methods and the health services available to them.

I love working as an economist with ECLAC because a strong economy contributes to a better standard of living. The formulation and enforcement of good economic policies can have lasting benefits for both present and future generations, so conducting research and providing stakeholders and policy makers with the information necessary to influence policies and behavior is very gratifying work.

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