• Global Affairs Advisor of the BDA

Fields of specialization:

  • Geopolitics.
  • China’s Rise.
  • EU-Africa/ACP Relations.
  • Trans-Atlantic Relations.
  • Small Island Developing States

Short bio:

Ambassador, Dr. Len Ishmael is the Global Affairs Advisor of the BDA and visiting Professor at VUB. She is a Senior Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the German Marshall Fund USA and of the Policy Center for the New South. She is the former Ambassador of the Eastern Caribbean States to Belgium and the EU and past President of the 79-member African, Caribbean & Pacific Committee of Ambassadors, Brussels. She is a former Director & Head of the Regional Headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean; Director General of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Director of the Rockefeller’s Leadership for Environment & Development Foundation. She is the Fletcher School Tufts University GMAP Endowment Fellow and Advisory Council member. She provided expert testimony to the House of Lord’s inquiry into Commonwealth efforts to lift countries out of poverty through trade post Brexit. She is an international speaker and author of several publications on geopolitics and international relations.  Dr. Ishmael holds a Doctoral Degree in Development Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and Global Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds Master and Bachelor Degrees from the City University of New York (Urban Planning) and University of the West Indies (Economics). Dr. Ishmael was conferred the Order of Merit by King Carlos in March 2010 for contributions to the Spanish-Caribbean relationship.


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