Saint Lucian national Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon will serve as the next President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
The CDB made the announcement of his election by its Board of Governors in a statement Tuesday.
As a result, Leon’s appointment will become effective on May 1, 2021.
“I am deeply honored by the trust that the Board of Governors has demonstrated in my experience and ability,” the incoming CDB President said.
“The CDB remains an instrumental partner in regional development. I look forward to working with all Member States and a tremendous staff with zeal and unrelenting commitment,” Leon stated.
He will succeed Dr. Warren Smith who has been at the helm of the regional financial institution for the last 10 years.
Leon has over 30 years of experience in economic development.
He has worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for over two decades.
At the IMF, he served as Mission Chief for the Gulf States of Oman, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates as well as The Bahamas, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.
The Saint Lucian national was also an Associate Professor at State University of New York at Old Westbury in the United States.
In addition he served as Director of Research at the Central Bank of Barbados and Country Economist at CDB.
Leon holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom (UK).
He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) in Economics from the University of London.
Headline photo caption: Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon