Chelston W. D. Brathwaite
Chelston Whitley Da Costa Brathwaite is a national of Barbados. He is a graduate of St. Matthew's Elementary School and the Modern High School, Barbados and holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Agricultural Science from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. He was the "Student of the Year" on the St. Augustine Campus of the University in 1965. He subsequently earned the Master of Science degree (M.Sc.) and a Doctorate (Ph. D) in Plant Pathology
from Cornell University in the United States of America. He holds a Diploma in Agricultural Development with Distinction from the University of London. He has also completed courses in Executive Management at the Central American School of Management (INCAE) and pursued a course in Leadership for Senior Executives at Harvard Business School.
He was a lecturer and Senior lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of the West Indies from 1971 to 1981. Dr. Brathwaite joined the InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) of the Organization of American States in 1981 as Regional Agricultural specialist for the Caribbean and became Director General of the Institute in 2001 and served in that capacity until 2010. He is the first and only person from the English speaking Caribbean to serve as Director General of this 70-year-old institution based in San Jose", Costa Rica, which provides technical and policy advice to the 34 countries of the Organization of American States in food and agricultural development.
He served as JICA Representative in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Executive Secretary of a program to foster cooperation in agriculture among Caribbean and Latin American Countries (CARILAC). Since retirement from IICA in 2010, he served as Interim Director of the Faculty of Food and Agriculture at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies and Chairman of the National Agricultural Commission of Barbados.
Dr. Brathwaite is recognized for his administrative, technical and institutional leadership in international agricultural development, having worked in the U.S.A, Italy, Kenya, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico.
He is a team player who achieves success by building consensus. His satisfaction comes from a job done well, on time and under budget. He is able to motivate others to excellence and to get the job done despite obstacles. He thrives on challenges and tough assignments and believes that work should be fulfilling and rewarding. He is married and has five children. His first book "Reaching for the Top - The eleven keys to success" has been widely distributed.