Winston Dookeran: Bio

Who is Winston Dookeran?

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Winston Dookeran was born in Rio Claro, Trinidad, and attended Naparima College, San Fernando. He then went to the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada and The London School of Economics and Political Science, Univeristy of London. Today, he is one of the leading economists in the Caribbean, and also the political leader of The Congress of The People - a new political party that was established in Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 with the express purpose of getting the politics right. In his career, he has been a teacher, a university professor and Central Bank governor, and has always followed the dicto that learning is action. In addition to a strong academic career Winston Dookeran has held many governmental positions including that of Acting Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.




University of Manitoba, Canada.

Awarded for distinguished public service.
Was awarded this degree at his alumni where he received his early training.

1991: Doctor of Laws Degree (honoris causa)
1966: BA (Hons) Economics and Mathematics


London School of Economics & Political Science,
University of London, U.K.

1969: MSc Economics








Founder and Trustee of The Foundation for Politics and Leadership - a new direction.

2008 Visiting Scholar at The World Institute for Economic Development Research (WIDER)
United Nations University - Helsinki, Finland.

Lecturer: University of the West Indies.
During the period 1971-86 he was a Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, where he taught a wide range of courses, including Mathematical Economics, International Economic Relations and Advanced Macroeconomic Theory in the post graduate programme.




Governor of the Central Bank, Trinidad and Tobago.
Served as Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago from July 1997 to July 2002.:

Acting Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

Acted as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, on several occasions during the period 1988-91

Planning and Mobilization Minister, Trinidad and Tobago.

Served as Planning and Mobilization Minister in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago during the year 1986-91.




Visiting Scholar, Weather Center for International Affairs WCFIA, Harvard University. (2002-2003)
He was a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affair, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Alternate Governor for Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Development Bank during the period 2002 - 1997

Alternate Governor for Trinidad and Tobago, I
nternational Monetary Fund during the period 2002 - 1997

Member, Board of the Leadership Council for Inter-American Summitry during the period 2000-2003.

Chairman of Negotiating Committee on Investment, FTAA.
Participated in many international negotiations, which included the 2000 - 2001 negotiating cycle of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in which he was Chairman of the Negotiating Committee on Investment that comprised all members of the FTAA.

Senior Economist at the United Nations. (1996-1997)
Previously held the post of Senior Economist at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC).

Fellow, WCFIA, Harvard University. (1993-1994)
Former Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.




Political Leader, Congress of the People (2006-Present)
A Political Party in Trinidad and Tobago -

President of The University of Manitoba Students Union
Winnipeg, Canada

Member of Parliament for St. Augustine, Trinidad, W.I.

Member of Parliament for Chaguanas, Trinidad, W.I.









Copies of the book are available at
Systematics Studies Limited,
Emerald Plaza, Unit 2, 11 Eastern Main Road,
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
Tel: 868-645-8466, Fax: 868-645-8467
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Leadership and Governance in Small States - Getting Development Right

Edited by Winston Dookeran and Akhil Malaki





Uncertainty, Stability and Challenges: Economic and Monetary Policy, Small State Perspective

by Winston Dookeran published by LEXICON TRINIDAD LTD., 2006


The Caribbean Quest: Directions for Structural Reforms in a Global Economy

edited by Winston Dookeran and Ramesh Ramsaran published by Nordic Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies the Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University, 1998



Choices and Change: Reflections on the Caribbean

edited by Winston Dookeran published by the Inter- American Development Bank, 1996




2008 - UNESCO Forum Global Research Seminar
Building a Knowledge Economy: Issues on Financing Higher Education
UNESCO Forum on Highter Research and Knowledge
UNESCO - Paris

2008 - Intnl. Conf. on Development, Freedom and Welfare
in Honour of Professor Amartya Sen
Dec 2008 - New Delhi

2008 - Conflict, Chaos and Courage - Leadership in the 21st Century
The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
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