His Excellency Ambassador Mr. Wendell E Lawrence

Mr. Wendell E Lawrence, who is currently a Financial Consultant and the CEO of Caribbean Governance Consultants Inc, was the Financial Secretary of St. Kitts and Nevis for sixteen years until his retirement from that position at the end of April 2005. Moreover, for five years until April 2005 he was the Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Regional Debt Coordinating Committee, which is the entity established by the Governments of Eastern Caribbean Currency Union to supervise the Regional Government Securities Market.

He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Kitts-Nevis Cable Communications Ltd., a major provider of cable television and internet services in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, and he holds Board positions in a number of other organizations including the Caribbean Financial Services Corporation, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and the St. Kitts Urban Development Corporation. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank for over 15 years. He has held a number of other senior positions including Director of Audit (Auditor General) of St. Kitts and Nevis, Assistant Comptroller of Inland Revenue, Assistant Economic Planning Officer and has worked as an Accountant at Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) in Jamaica.

As Financial Secretary, Mr. Lawrence played a leading role in financial and economic management in the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. He was also actively involved in regional integration issues and played a significant role in implementing the decisions of regional and international bodies (including CARICOM, OECS, ACS and WTO, the World Bank and the IMF) as they pertain to finance, customs, taxation and economic cooperation in St. Kitts and Nevis. In this regard, he served as the St. Kitts and Nevis Governor and Alternate Governor to the IMF and World Bank respectively throughout much of the 16-year period that he served as Financial Secretary.