Ambassador Dr. Richard L. Bernal, OJ Professor of Practice Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Global Affairs, The University of the West Indies.
Ambassador Bernal 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).
Prior to assuming the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor at The UWI he was a member of the Broad of Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) 2008-2016.
Previous to the IADB, he was Chief Trade Negotiator at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). As the Director-General of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM) for eight years he had responsibility for trade negotiations for CARICOM.
Dr. Bernal was Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS) for the period May 6, 1991 to August 31, 2001. He demitted office after 10 ½ years.
Ambassador Bernal has 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 Planning Institute/Agency of Jamaica and the Ministry of Finance.
For seven years he taught international economics and development economics at The University of the West Indies.
Dr. Bernal has published over 100 articles in scholarly journals, books, and monographs (some available at richardbernal.org) as well as opinion editorials in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and the Miami Herald.
He has published four books:
Globalization, Trade and Economic Development. A Study of 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, April, 2014, revised 2nd edition, August, 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).
He has been quoted in the Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times and Washington Times and has appeeared on the McNeil-Lehrer Report, CNN, PBS and BBC radio, and most recently (2019) on the CBC.