|H.E. Ambassador Dr. Clyde Mascoll
Clyde Mascoll is a Barbadian economist, politician, and former parliamentarian.
Early life and education
Clyde Mascoll was born on 15 December 1959 into an average working-class family in Barbados. His parents Kenneth Harris and Sheila Mascoll, like many other Barbadians of that era held firmly to the twin concept of hard work and self-sacrifice. They passed these ideals on to their young and to his six brothers and nine sisters.. He received his primary education at Wesley Hall Primary before moving on to Combermere school.
From Combermere he went to the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, graduating in 1984 with a First Class Honors Degree in Economics. The award of a Commonwealth Scholarship took him to Queen’s University, Canada in 1987. There he earned a Master’s Degree in Public Finance. He received his Doctorate in Economics from the University of the West Indies in 2014.
He worked for the Central Bank of Barbados for 15 years from 1979 to 1994. His main area of focus was in direct and indirect taxation polices and he was instrumental in formulating the tax initiatives of the early 90’s. He has published papers in the area of Taxation, Government Expenditure and Labour Productivity.
Clyde Mascoll was first appointed to the Senate in 1994 and was elected to the House of Assembly in 1996, as representative for the constituency of St. Michael North West where he served until January 1999. He was again appointed to the Senate after the elections of that year and served until April 2003. He was elected as President of the Democratic Labour Party in November 2001, re-elected in August 2002 and led the party into general elections in May 2003. He regained his seat in the House of Assembly as representative for St. Michael North West and became Leader of the Opposition. However, after internal disagreement within the DLP, Mascoll "crossed the floor" to become a member of the ruling BLP in 2006, becoming Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance.
He was defeated in his St. Michael North West constituency by the DLP's Christopher Sinckler in the January 2008 general election, receiving 44% of the vote.
On 27 May 2018, Mascoll was appointed Chief Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs, and Investment in the Mia Mottley Admnistration.
Clyde Mascoll has two children and is married to Attorney-at-Law Cyrillene Thomas-Mascoll with whom he shares two other children. Clyde is also involved in several community projects and is an avid sports fan, but holds the deepest passion for cricket and has represented Combermere, the UWI (Cave Hill) and Central Bank in local competitions.