Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, 8th Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is a distinguished academic, international thought leader, United Nations committee official, and global public activist in the field of social justice and minority empowerment.
Sir Hilary received his higher education in the United Kingdom. He has lectured extensively in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed essays in scholarly journals, and over 13 books on subjects ranging from Atlantic and Caribbean History, gender relations in the Caribbean, sport development, and popular culture.
Sir Hilary has had widespread Caribbean and global recognition for his academic achievements and leadership expertise. He was called upon by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to serve as an inaugural member of his Science Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. He also served as an advisor to UNESCO’s Cities for Peace Global Program, and was an advisor to the UN World Culture Report. He is also a consultant for the UNESCO Cities for Peace Global Programme.
As Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary conceptualized the university’s Triple A Strategy which is committed to leveraging the resources and capabilities of the university in the quest for the revitalization of Caribbean development.