The Hon. Karl Samuda is a businessman, farmer and a technocrat and, is best known as a veteran politician. He attended Ardenne High School and received tertiary education in Canada, where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Ottowa.
Steeped in the discipline of Business Administration, he returned to Jamaica and was employed to Alcan Jamaica Limited and Industrial Gases Limited before venturing into furniture manufacturing and later farming, vocations which still occupy his interest, if and when his Ministerial duties and political activities allow. He also served on the Electoral Commission, having previously served an eight year stint as a member of the Electoral Advisory Committee.
Former General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party, Minister Samuda is the Member of Parliament for St. Andrew, North Central since 1980 and has the distinction of representing both major political parties in that constituency. Having served as Minister of State in successive political administrations, he has also served as Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce and Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. He was recently appointed Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.
He has been described as a no-nonsense individual with a passion for hard work and an insatiable appetite for success.