Clarke, Trevor

Geneva, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the UN


C. Trevor Clarke has recently completed a highly successful career in the British multinational corporation Cable & Wireless, providing 41 years of service in telecommunications engineering and management. He played a key role in the telecommunications liberalization negotiations with Governments both in Barbados and in the OECS. An Engineer by profession, Mr. Clarke held his first management position in 1974 after completing an engineering degree - BSc (Hons) in the UK. He subsequently held the positions of Chief Engineer BET, General Manager BET and then Chief Executive of Bartel. For the last three years of his career Mr. Clarke was Cable & Wireless’s Executive Vice President for Barbados and the Windward Islands. During his career, Mr. Clarke has undergone a wide range of business training. He is currently undertaking an on-line Masters degree in the Law of Information Technology, covering the legal and regulatory issues relevant to the Internet, intellectual property, e-commerce and multilateral trade in services. Mr. Clarke was a director of several Cable & Wireless companies in the region. He also sat on the board of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) from 1988 to 1999 – the last five years as Chairman of the Corporation. He was until recently a non-executive director of the Barbados National Bank Inc., Barbados Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd. and the Barbados Water Authority.  Towards the end 2002 he undertook an assignment to establish the Private Sector Trade Team, a project that represents the interests of the private sector in the ongoing regional, hemispheric and multilateral trade negotiations, and remained in the voluntary post of Trade Representative, coordinating the work of the team. In October 2003, Mr. Clarke was appointed Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, and Special Representative to the World Trade Organisation at the level of Ambassador. Mr. Clarke was a recipient of the year 2000 Barbados Centennial Honours (BCH), as well as the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM), (national honour) in 2003 for his work in telecommunications and investment promotion. He is currently chairing the Committee on Trade and Development in the WTO.