Sir Manuel Esquivel, KCMG, PC
Former Prime Minister of Belize
As leader of the United Democratic Party, Manuel Esquivel served as Prime Minister from 1984 to 1989, and then again from 1993 to 1998.
Early life and education
Manuel Esquivel, born in Belize City when it was still the colony's capital, studied a Bachelor of Science in physics at Loyola University New Orleans; he subsequently pursued post-graduate studies in physics at Bristol University, England.
After the UDP won the February 2008 election, Esquivel was appointed by Prime Minister Dean Barrow as senior advisor to government with the rank of minister on February 12, 2008.
Honours and Awards
He was appointed to Her Majesty's Privy Council by Queen Elizabeth II. This life-time appointment confers the title "Right Honourable". He also holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Loyola University.
He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2010 New Year Honours.
Esquivel is married to wife Kathleen (Kathy), with three children. Daughter Laura has followed in her father's footsteps as City Councillor under the UDP since March 2006.