Chevening Alumnus Matthew Wilson presentation to Alumni Group
Alumni of the UK’s prestigious Chevening Scholarship came together to listen to one of their number present on his wide experience and varied career.
Matthew Wilson, trade and development expert currently at the International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint United Nations and World Trade Organisation (WTO) development agency based in Geneva, spoke of the importance of his post-graduate Chevening award at the University of Bath, and the impact it had on his career, which started at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Barbados.
Matthew described his career path from working with the government to working at the WTO and now in his current position as Chief of Staff to the Executive Director of the ITC. Stressing the importance of diversity in the workplace, Matthew highlighted how the UN was continuing to advocate for a more inclusive agenda and seeking to have a workforce that ‘reflected the universal nature of the United Nations’.
He further said, “We at the ITC have taken many decisions to increase diversity, gender equality, visibility of marginalized groups, and to ensure a zero tolerance policy to discrimination of all forms.”
Also attending the evening event at the British High Commissioner’s official Residence were Dame Billie Miller, present and former Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and graduate students of the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade, Law, Policy and Services at UWI. Students from St Michael’s School – Matthew’s alma mater – attended, as well as family and friends.
Acting High Commissioner Craig Fulton said, “Matthew’s stellar career to date is a clear indication of the importance of achieving post-graduate qualifications at premier universities. We are glad that following his Chevening award, he was able to make such excellent use of his Masters in Development Studies from the University of Bath.”