The Commissioners

Article 172 of Chapter VIII of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, requires, inter alia, that collectively, the members of the Commission possess expertise or experience in commerce, finance, economics, law, Competition Policy and practice, international trade and such other areas of expertise or experience as may be necessary. Commissioners are appointed for a term of five years, renewable for a further period of not more than five years, as shall be determined by the RJLSC.

The following seven-member team of part-time Commissioners took the oath of Office on the date of inauguration: Kusha Haraksingh PhD as Chairman; Mr. Patterson Cheltenham G.C.M., Q.C; Mr. Hans Lim A Po ; Dr. Maureen Paul; Ambassador A.B. Stewart Stephenson;Barton Scotland PhD and Dr. Trevor Farrel. Appointments were made by the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission, (RJLSC).

January 2008 - Present: Dr Haraksingh, an economist, historian and lawyer, was formerly the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Law, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus. He holds a BA in History, an LLB from the University of London and a PhD in Economic History. Dr Haraksingh was the Lead Negotiator for Legal and Institutional Issues during the recently concluded negotiations between the Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) and the European Union for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). He is also the Lead Consultant, Sugar Association of the Caribbean and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of International Relations, UWI.

The other Commissioners are:

  • January 2008 - Present: Attorney-at-law, Patterson Keith Herman Cheltenham, G.C.M., Q.C of Barbados, who possesses extensive experience in Insurance, Administrative and Labour Laws as well as the Law of Trust. He has also had the benefit of specialised training in Taxation, Company Law and Insurance Law. Mr. Cheltenham holds the Master of Laws and is a member of the Bars of Barbados, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

  • January 2008 - Present: Mr. Hans Rudolf Lim A Po of Suriname, who is the Rector-Dean of the FHR Lim A Po Institute for Social Studies. His expertise includes economics, law, competition policy and practice, management and governance. He holds the Master of Laws degree from the University of Leyden in the Netherlands, and has lectured in law at the University of Suriname. Mr. Lim A Po’s majors were Civil and Corporate Law and Corporate Finance.

 

  • October 2015 – Present: Attorney-at-Law, DeCourcey Eversley, is the former Director of Fair Competition at the Barbados Fair Trading Commission, where he was advisor to the Commission on Competition Law and Policy for over ten years. He is currently in private practice specialising in Civil and Company Law and is a Non-Governmental Advisor with the International Competition Network (ICN). He holds a BSc. Degree in Economics and a MSc. Degree in Industrialisation, Trade and Economic Policy. He also holds a LLB Degree, and a MA. Degree in EC Competition Law from King’s College – University of London.

 

 

  • October 2015 - Present: Nestor Alfred is a Financial/Management Consultant. He has had extensive experience within the financial services sector in areas ranging from auditing; banking (offshore/domestic); taxation and financial regulation/supervision. He has also acquired expertise in the area of Anti Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism. He is a trained AML/CFT Mutual Evaluator (IMF/World Bank) and served as the financial expert for Guyana’s first Mutual Evaluation conducted by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force.  
    Prior to being a Consultant, he served as an Executive within the East Caribbean Financial Holding Group;  a former Director of St. Lucia Financial Sector Supervision and Registrar of Insurance; former Assistant Comptroller of Inland Revenue- St. Lucia and former banker. He holds a BSC. (Management Studies) from University of The West Indies and MBA from Henley Management College/Brunel University (UK).

 

  • January 2017- Present: Professor Andrew Downes was appointed to the Barbados Fair Trading Commission at its inception in 2001, and became Deputy Chairman in 2006. He served as a member of the telecommunications and fair competition/consumer protection panels. An economist and academic by profession, Professor Downes was the Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), at the University of the West Indies(UWI), Cave Hill Campus, Barbados and  Pro Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development at the UWI.   He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Barbados, where he attained both a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Science in Economics. He is also a graduate of the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom where he attained a Doctorate in Economics. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science and a Research Associate of the Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance. Professor Downes was an Advisor to the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery. He has also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, as well as the Chairman of the Cave Hill Campus Research Fund. He has been a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Barbados, a director of the Barbados Port Authority and Chairman of the National Productivity Council. He has served as the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Centre for Monetary Studies and a member of the Regional Advisory Group of the Western Hemisphere of the IMF. He is the author of several publications and reports on Caribbean development issues.


  • January 2017- Present: Mrs. Emalene Marcus-Burnett  holds a BSc. in Economics and Accounting from the University of the West Indies, a MSc. in Financial Economics and an LLM in International Trade Law from the University of London. Her areas of study included Competition Law and Investment Law.
    Mrs. Marcus-Burnett has been involved in agriculture policy formulation and analysis, and has extensive experience in trade negotiations, having been involved in, inter alia, the agricultural negotiations under the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and multilateral trade negotiations under the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Mrs. Marcus-Burnett has served as WTO Chair of the Committee on Agriculture (Regular Session) and Rapporteur of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Committee on Youth Unemployment.