Dr Stacy Richards-Kennedy has been appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
She assumed leadership of the regional university’s global engagement portfolio effective August 1.
The two-year appointment will see Dr. Richards-Kennedy leading the coordination of internationalization and strategic global initiatives through the UWI system.
The post was previously held by Ambassador Dr Richard Bernal. He was appointed in April to the Board of Directors of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
Dr Richards-Kennedy has over 20 years of experience in multilateral negotiations, development management and international finance. Prior to joining UWI, she was Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, CuraÃ§ao and Saint Martin; Senior Technical Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Consultant, World Bank and Program Specialist, UNESCO.
Since 2016, Dr Richards-Kennedy held the portfolio of Director of the University Office for Development and then the University Office for Global Partnerships and Sustainable Futures (OGPSF) at UWI. She has played a central role in deepening UWI’s collaborations with multilateral development partners, international foundations and academic consortia.
In addition to spearheading the mobilization of significant funding for UWI, Dr. Richards-Kennedy has successfully led several flagship initiatives that have helped strengthen UWI’s global positioning as a committed university. in the SDGs.
These include the SDG Youth Advocacy Campaign; the establishment of the Global University Consortium on SDG-13; the UWI-UNDP Public Policy Think Tank for a Blue Economy; the Leading climate action Special report; a BBC StoryWorks film on UWI Addressing the Effects of Climate Change and the Global Institute for Climate Smart and Resilient Development (GICSRD). In the 2020 Times Higher Education Impact Ranking, UWI ranked among the top 2.5% of international universities working to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Dr Richards-Kennedy co-chairs the International Steering Committee of the Center of Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue Economy at the UWI Five Island Campus and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the SUNY-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development at New York. .
A national of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Richards-Kennedy is fluent in Spanish, French and English. During her career, she has built a vast network of international partners on all geographic continents.
She holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Sheffield, an MA in Development Management from American University (Washington DC), an MBA in International Finance from American University (Washington DC). ) as well as a postgraduate diploma (international relations) and a bachelor’s degree. of Arts in Foreign Languages, both from the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine, Trinidad). His research interests include the impact of academic research on development, knowledge brokering, and development effectiveness.