Stacy Richards-Kennedy is currently the Director of Development in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at The University of the West Indies. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten, where she served as Head of Agency for UNDP on the UN Country Team and UN Security Management Team between 2014 and 2016. As Assistant Resident Representative, Mrs. Richards-Kennedy provided strategic direction to the UNDP Country Office on programme formulation, implementation, project assurance and resource mobilization. She was responsible for the technical coordination of several UNDP publications and also led the preparation of the new Country Programme Document for Trinidad and Tobago 2017-2021.
Mrs. Richards-Kennedy has over 20 years’ experience in development management and development financing. Her previous appointments include Senior Programme Manager, UWI St. Augustine Campus; Chief Technical Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Washington DC, Consultant, The World Bank, Washington DC and Programme Specialist, UNESCO, Paris. Over the course of her career, Mrs. Richards-Kennedy has made significant contributions to policy formulation, project design, evaluation and execution as well as the management of development trust funds, working in collaboration with a wide range of development partners in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.
Mrs. Richards-Kennedy holds an M.B.A. (International Finance) and M.Sc. (Development Management) from American University, Washington DC, USA where she received the Ernest M. Aiken Award for the most Outstanding International Scholar (2002). She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations (Distinction) and a Bachelor’s degree (Hons.) in Foreign Languages from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.