Ms. Therese Turner-Jones, a Bahamian national, is an economist who graduated from the
University of Toronto and holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of East
Anglia, United Kingdom. She is a United World Colleges graduate (Lester Pearson).
She has more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of macroeconomics and economic
development, with particular emphasis on the Caribbean and small states. She started her
career in the Research Department for the Central Bank of The Bahamas. She has served in
key positions in the International Monetary Fund (IMF), leading missions to Trinidad and
Tobago, Barbados and several Eastern Caribbean countries. She headed the IMF’s technical
assistance center, CARTAC in Barbados for three years .before returning to the Western
Hemisphere Department, and also served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for
Canada, Ireland, and the Caribbean.
Therese joined the Inter-American Development Bank in 2013 as the Country Representative in
Jamaica. On April 16, 2016, she became the General Manager of the Caribbean Country
Department (CCB), which oversees the Bank’s operations in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica,
Suriname, The Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago. While serving as the new General
Manager, she will continue to carry out the functions of Country Representative for Jamaica.
Ms. Turner-Jones’ vision is that the IDB will continue to strive to improve lives in the Caribbean
by creating vibrant economies where people are safe, productive, and happy. She believes in
deepening client relations and sees the interactions in the countries as being the heart of the
Bank’s work. She has many interests outside of work including family, women’s development,
meditation and tennis.