The Central Bank of Barbados Distinguished Visiting Fellowship programme exposes Barbadians and Caribbean nationals to eminent international economists. Through this programme, these economists share their latest research, and bring attention to imminent developments in the areas of economics and finance.

Programme Objectives

  • To provide an avenue for the Fellows to share their research and exchange ideas on finance and economic matters
  • To connect Barbadians with economic and finance luminaries
  • To encourage local and regional discussion on international economic developments
  • To bring attention to global developments in economics and finance

Activities

The flagship event of the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Programme is the Caribbean Economic Forum, a 90-minute discussion guided by an experienced regional journalist that is broadcast on television and radio stations across the region as well as livestreamed.

In addition to the forum, the fellow delivers lectures, gives presentations, and conducts seminars and workshops with the Central Bank’s staff as well as with its key stakeholders and partners, including regional central banks; the Financial Services Commission (FSC); the Barbados Deposit Insurance Corporation (BDIC); commercial banks; credit unions; the University of the West Indies; government officials; and private sector leaders.

Distinguished Visiting Fellows

2018 – Professor Andrew K. Rose

Professor Andrew K. Rose Professor Rose is the Distinguished Teaching Fellow at The Haas School of Economic Analysis & Policy Group in Berkley, California. He holds a PhD in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); an MPhil from Nuffield College, University of Oxford; and a BA from Trinity College, University of Toronto at the Bernard T. Rocca, Jr. Chair in International Business & Trade.

Caribbean Economic Forum

Topic: “Looking Forward: How Caribbean Nations can Respond to Global Developments”

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2017 – Dr. Patrick Honohan

Dr Patrick Honohan Patrick Honohan is a former Governor of Central Bank of Ireland. He served as Governor and as a member of the governing council of the European Central Bank from September 2009 to November 2015. He joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics in March 2016 as a nonresident senior fellow.


Caribbean Economic Forum

Topic: “What Policy Course for a Small Open Economy in Today’s Global Macroeconomic Environment?”

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2016 – Dr. Simon Johnson

Dr Simon Johnson Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is also head of the Global Economics and Management group, a member of the Executive Personnel Committee, and chair of the Sloan Fellows MBA Program Committee. He cofounded and currently leads the popular Global Entrepreneurship Lab (GLAB) course, working with startup companies around the world.

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Topic: “What’s Next for the Global Economy?”

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2015 – Dr. Peter Blair Henry

Dr Peter Blair HenryPeter Blair Henry is Dean Emeritus of New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. The youngest person to hold the position, he assumed the Deanship in January 2010 and joined the NYU Stern Faculty as the William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Finance. An expert on the global economy, Henry led the external economics advisory group for then-Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008. Following the historic victory on November 4, Henry was chosen to lead the Presidential Transition Team's review of international lending agencies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

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Topic: 2nd Caribbean Economic Forum

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2014 – Dr. C. Fred Bergsten

Dr C Fred BergstenC. Fred Bergsten, is the senior fellow and director emeritus of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), formerly the Institute for International Economics. He was PIIE’s founding director from 1981 through 2012. He was assistant secretary for international affairs of the US Treasury during 1977–81.

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Topic: 1st Caribbean Economic Forum

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The Central Bank instituted the programme in 2014 and fellows have included

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