Kamla Persad-Bissessar: Prime Minister, Trinidad and Tobago, 2010-2015
Kamla Persad-Bissessar is the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar began her career as a teacher. While in England pursuing studies, she worked as a social worker with the Church of England Children’s Society of London. She also taught at various institutions including the St. Andrew High School in Kingston, Jamaica, the Mona Campus in Jamaica, the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies in Trinida, at the Jamaica College of Insurance as a Consultant Lecturer, and at a Tertiary Education institution. After lecturing for a total of six years, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar then became a full-time Attorney-at-Law. In 1987, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar entered the political arena. From 1987 until 1991, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar served as an alderman for St. Patrick County Council. Representing the United National Congress in Opposition, she took the Oath of Allegiance at a sitting of the Senate on November 1, 1994. Since 1995 she has been the Member of Parliament for Siparia, serving as Attorney General, Minister of Legal Affairs and Minister of Education between 1995 and 2001. The United National Congress returned to the Opposition benches in 2002 and on April 26th, 2006, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar was appointed Leader of the Opposition, the first woman to ever hold that position in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar was appointed Leader of the Opposition a second time on February 25, 2010, almost one month after she was elected political leader of the United National Congress. On Tuesday May 26, 2010, two days after a victory at the polls, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar created history yet again, becoming the first woman to hold the office of Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She studied at the University of the West Indies, Norwood Technical College (England,) and the Hugh Wooding Law School. Consequently, she was awarded a B.A. (Hons.), a Diploma in Education, a B.A. of Laws (Hons.) and a Legal Education Certificate. In 2006 she obtained an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business, Trinidad. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar is married to Dr. Gregory Bissessar and has one son.
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