Ambassador Dr. Richard Bernal

Research Fellow, P.J. Patterson Institute for Africa-Caribbean Advocacy

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Global Affairs, University of the West Indies (2016-2020).

Member of the Broad of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (2008-2016).

Chief Trade Negotiator for CARICOM and Director General for the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (2001-2008) responsible for negotiations with the European Union, the Free Area of the Americas, and the World Trade Organization.

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS) for 10 ½ years, May, 1991 to August, 2001.

Given testimonies to several Committees of Congress (House and Senate) and the US International Trade Commission on issues of concern to the Caribbean.

Prior to his diplomatic posting, he was Chief Executive Officer of a commercial bank. He has also worked in the Bank of Jamaica, the National Planning Institute/Agency of Jamaica, and the Ministry of Finance.

Lecturer in International Economics and Development Economics at the University of the West Indies (1979-1985).

Author of 5 books, over 100 articles in scholarly journals, books, and monographs (some available at as well as opinion editorials in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and the Miami Herald. Books:

Globalization, Trade and Economic Development. The CARIFORM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Dragon in the Caribbean. China’s Global Re-Positioning. Challenges and Opportunities for the Caribbean (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2014, revised 2nd edition 2016).

The Influence of Small States on Superpowers: Jamaica and U.S. Foreign Policy (Kingston: University of the West Indies Press, 2017).

With Henry Lowe, Medical and Wellness Tourism. The Potential for Jamaica (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2019).

Corporate Versus National Interest in U.S. Trade Policy. Chiquita and Caribbean Bananas (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, November 2020).

He has been quoted in the Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Miami Herald and Washington Times and appeared on the McNeil-Lehrer Report, CNN (2020), PBS and BBC radio, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.                                                                         

Dr. Bernal, a professional economist and diplomat with over 40 years of experience was educated at the University of the West Indies, University of Pennsylvania, New School for Social Research and the School for Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He holds the degrees of B.Sc., MA, Ph.D. (Economics), and MIPP (International Public Policy).

Professor of Practice, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC.


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