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Mr. Winston Cox

Mr. Winston Cox


Mr. Winston Cox served as Governor from September 1997 to April 1999. Before taking up the position of Governor, Mr. Cox was the Alternate to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland, Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and the members of the Organisation of East Caribbean States on the Board of the World Bank, a position in which he served from 1994.

After graduating from the University of the West Indies in 1970 with a Bachelor’s degree in economics, Mr. Cox began his public service career in the Ministry of Health, where he set up the Health Planning Unit. He remained with the Ministry of Health until 1974 when he joined the Research Department of the Bank as an economist after completing his MSc. (Economics) at the Institute of Social Studies in Holland. He remained with the Bank until 1987 and during this period he became the Deputy Director of the Research Department and Adviser to the Governor.

In 1987, Mr. Cox joined the Ministry of Finance and Planning as Director of Finance and Planning (later Director of Finance and Economic Affairs in the renamed Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs). In 1991, he moved to the private sector and served as Chairman of Barbados Sugar Industries Ltd until 1992 when the United Nations Development Programme appointed him as Fiscal Adviser to the Government of Grenada. He served in this capacity until 1994 when he joined the Board of the World Bank.

After leaving the Bank Mr. Cox served for a year as an Adviser in the International Monetary Fund and from September 2000 to June 2006 he was Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. He is currently the Alternate Executive Director for Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Mr. Cox is married to Ms. Sylvia Potvin and they have five children.