Carla Natalie Barnett PhD CBE is the 8th Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). She assumed office on August 15, 2021.
Dr. Barnett is an economist who has worked across the Caribbean including at the Caribbean Development Bank, as a Country Economist (1989-1990), and later as Vice President, Operations (2012-2014). She was also Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM (1997-2002).
Dr. Barnett has also provided advisory services to a range of multilateral and bilateral agencies working across CARICOM through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada), United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
In her native Belize she was Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Belize (1991-1996) and Financial Secretary (2004-2007).
Dr Barnett also served as Vice-President of the Belizean Senate and a Minister of State in the Government (2015-20).
A member of the Caribbean Institute of Women in Leadership (CIWiL) Belize Chapter, Dr Barnett is a past president of the Belize YWCA and has also served on the Board of Haven House, which is a shelter for battered women.
Dr. Barnett has received several notable awards, including the Insignia of the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for distinguished public service (2005), the Alumnae Achievement Awards by her schools in Belize, St Catherine Academy (2008) and St John’s College (2007); and the UWI Belize Alumnae Association Award for excellence in Economics and Development (2011).