Senator, The Honourable Audrey Joy Grant
Senator, Hon. A. Joy Grant serves as the first Minister of Energy, Science & Technology and Public Utilities of Belize. She provides leadership and direction to a Ministry whose goal is to strategically integrate energy, science and technology into national development planning and decision making and to improve policy and regulatory framework for public utilities to improve service delivery to Belizeans.
Minister Grant was tasked by the Prime Minister to lead a small team to design and establish the National Bank of Belize Ltd., where she currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. Hon. A. Joy Grant also serves as an Alternate Member on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board for Latin America and the Caribbean having served as a member of the Board, member of the Board Committee to select the first Executive Director of the GCF, and the Chairman of the committee to recommend sites for the Secretariat of the GCF.
Prior to her appointment as Senator, Minister Grant served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belize to the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Commission and non-resident Ambassador to the Netherlands, France, Spain, and Germany, as well as Belize’s Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization. She also served in the Diplomatic Corps as Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Belize in Washington D.C. While employed at The Nature Conservancy in Arlington VA, USA, she was a member of the Executive Leadership Team and Managing Director of the Atlantic Conservation and Management Region. She was the first Executive Director of Programme for Belize, a Belizean conservation organization that owns and manages in excess of 300,000 acres of tropical moist forest, representing 4% of Belize’s land area.
Minister Grant has an MBA in International Finance from the University of Alberta, Canada. She is an expert in innovative financial mechanisms and fundraising initiatives that promote conservation and sustainable development in developing countries, including climate change finance and debt for nature swaps. Minister Grant is a strategist with considerable experience in institutional development, including capacity building and project management with a commitment to excellence in all her endeavors. With strong leadership and management skills, Minister Grant has successfully worked with individuals, communities, and other stakeholders to build consensus on matters of importance. Minister Grant is the recipient of numerous national and international awards.
CEO, Dr. Colin Young
Dr. Colin Young is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in the Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology and Public Utilities. Dr. Young holds both a Masters and Ph.D., in ecology from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Ethnobotany from Marlboro College. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Dr. Young served as the Director the National Protected Areas Secretariat in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. From 2005-2010, he served as the Director of the Environmental Science Program/MBA program at Galen University where he developed and taught numerous courses in natural and social sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Young remains an adjunct professor in the department of anthropology at the University of Calgary, Canada as well as at Arkansas State University. His research interests are diverse and include plant diversity and distribution, conservation, tropical biology, and community conservation and development and policy.