Mere days after a new Republican administration was elected in the United States (US), Barbados has announced the appointment of a new US ambassador.
Selwin Hart, who previously served as a senior foreign service officer in the Barbados Foreign Service, takes over from John Beale as the island’s top diplomat in Washington, which is currently transitioning from the leadership of Barack Obama into the Donald Trump presidency. Beale, a former banking executive, held the post for seven years.
Hart, who has already taken up duties, will also serve as permanent representative to the Organisation of the American States.
A foreign service officer with 21 years experience, Hart has served in several capacities both at home and abroad.
Apart from economic and financial matters, one of his major areas of focus has been climate change.
In addition to serving as the Chief Climate Change Negotiator for Barbados, Hart was a member of the Kyoto Protocol Adaptation Fund Board from 2009 to 2010. He was also seconded to the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) from 2012 to 2014 in the capacity of the Climate Finance Advisor in the Office of the Vice-President (Operations). From 2014 to 2016, he served as the Director of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team (CCST).