Chief Representative, Caribbean
About Gerard Johnson
Gerard has extensive experience in economic development in the Latin American and Caribbean Region. His knowledge of development finance provides him with a strong foundation from which to provide strategic support to private clients, governments and development agencies. His clients include large private investors, the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Ministry of Finance in Jamaica.
He also serves as a Limited Partner of Global Investment Facilitators, a specialist firm founded to provide support to overseas investors in the Caribbean Region.
Gerard has conceptualized, negotiated and managed projects and programs to promote financial inclusion throughout the region. This included multiple credit programs, regulatory reforms, training initiatives, and credit rating pilots.
Gerard has navigated the multi-layered procedures and methodologies of the development finance. His understanding of the challenges to effective trade relationships includes a focus on the process of increased transition from the informal- to the formal sector in the Caribbean.
- Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance and the Public Service.
- General Manager at Inter-American Development Bank: managed the bank’s Caribbean program – the largest development program for lending to sovereign states in the region.
- Country Representative: led the IDB’s programs in Haiti, Guatemala, and Jamaica.
- Project Manager, University of the West Indies.
Languages: English (native), Spanish (very good), French (very good), Portuguese (good).
Education: MA Economics, University of Kent, Canterbury); Diploma in Economics University of Kent, Canterbury; BA Economics (Georgetown University, Washington DC).