Dr. Kevin Greenidge has been appointed as the new Governor of the Central Bank, with effect from March 1, 2023.
He succeeds Cleviston Haynes, a lifelong Central Banker, who demitted office on January 31, 2023, after six years at the helm.
Dr. Greenidge was most recently a Senior Economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but from 2018 until 2022, he took a leave of absence to act as Senior Economic Advisor to the Government of Barbados.
In that position, he was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) programme.
Dr. Greenidge also previously spent 17 years at the Central Bank of Barbados, where he rose through the ranks to become the Bank’s Director of Research and Economic Analysis from 2009 until 2011.
His more than 25-year career spans economics, finance and public policy. Dr. Greenidge is also a member of the International Atlantic Economic Society, the Western Economic Association, and a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society. He is also a referee for a number of journals, and has published over 200 papers in regional and international journals on a range of topics.
He holds a B.Sc. in Economics with first class honours from the University of the West Indies, a Masters in Economics from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and a Ph.D. from the University of
Nottingham, also in the UK. He also holds an associate degree in Business Management from Columbia University.
Dr. Greenidge’s six-year term will follow a short transition period, during which Acting Governor Alwyn Jordan will continue to oversee the Bank’s day-to-day operations. Mr. Jordan will then revert to his
substantive role as Deputy Governor.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Jordan said “I am delighted that Dr. Greenidge is taking up the post of Governor. He is an accomplished economist, with a vast range of experience in economic research, management and policy making. We look forward to working with him, as we seek to support the country’s economic recovery, while ensuring that we fulfil our mandate”.
In addition to Mr. Haynes, the Bank’s previous Governors include Dr. DeLisle Worrell (2009-2017), Dr. Marion Williams (1999-2009), Mr. Winston Cox (1997-1999), Mr. Calvin Springer (1992-1997), the late Dr. Kurleigh King (1987-1992), and the late Dr. Courtney Blackman (1972-1987).