Ambassador Richard L. Bernal is the alternative executive director for the Caribbean in the Inter-American Development Bank.

He was lead trade negotiator on behalf of CARICOM and CARIFORUM countries in the FTAA, EU-CARIFORUM Economic Partnership Agreement and the WTO.

Between 2001 and 2008, he was Director General of the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery. He was Jamaica's Ambassador to the US and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States during 1991-2001. Earlier in his career, Amb. Bernal was CEO of a commercial bank and previously worked in Jamaica's central bank and Ministry of Finance. He taught international economics and development economics at the University of the West Indies.

He holds a BSc in economics from the University of the West Indies, an MA and PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research, and a MIPP from the School for Advanced and International Studies, Johns Hopkins university.

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