Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has appointed Loreen Bannis-Roberts as the country’s new United Nations (UN) Ambassador.
Bannis-Roberts replaced Dr. Vince Henderson who served as UN Ambassador from March 2010.
Dr. Henderson is now Dominica’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS).
According to an article published on the UN website: (http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/bio4872.doc.htm) Bannis-Roberts presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on August 22, 2016.
Prior to her appointment, Bannis-Roberts was Diaspora Liaison Officer with the Ministry of Employment, Trade and Diaspora Affairs from 2010, as well as a justice of the peace.
“Between 2007 and 2009 she was Minister for Community Development, Culture, Gender Affairs and Information, having previously served as a Minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Private Sector Relations between 2005 and 2007 and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education between 2000 and 2005,” the article noted.
The article stated, “From 2000 to 2009, she was a Member of Parliament for the Castle Bruce constituency. A school teacher and bank supervisor prior to entering the public sector, Ms. Bannis-Roberts has been a member of several civil society organizations, including the Dominica Disaster Relief Committee, which she has chaired since 2015.”
She’s a graduate of Convent High School in Dominica and has attended the Executive Education Centre of the Schulich School of Business at York University in Canada.
“Born on 19 September 1966, she is married and has three children,” the article concluded.