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DeLisle Worrell
(1945 - )
Dr. DeLisle Worrell
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados

Dr. DeLisle Worrell was appointed as Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados on 1 November 2009.

Dr. Worrell, an Economist, worked at the Bank previously between 1973 and 1998, serving as Manager of the Research Department, then Divisional Director of Research and Information, before assuming the post of Deputy Governor with responsibilities for research, management informations systems and banking supervision, from 1990. 

Early life and education

Dr. Worrell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies (1967) and a PhD in the same discipline from McGill University (1975).  He is Professor of Economics at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES).


Between 1998 and 2008 Dr. Worrell worked with the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund and, more recently, he served as the Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance (CCMF). 

Dr. Worrell is the author of the book Small Island Economies, and author or editor of several other books on Caribbean and South Pacific economies.  He has also published articles on money, banking, exchange rates, and economic modelling and forecasting, in books and journals in the U.S., U.K., Mexico and the Caribbean. 

Dr. Worrell has held research fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, the Peterson Institute and the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, at Yale University, Princeton University and the University of the West Indies.  He has been consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, the Foundation for Development Cooperation in Brisbane, Australia, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the UN Economic and Social Council and the Caribbean Community Secretariat.  He was general chairperson of the International Symposium on Forecasting 1997, and a member of the programme committee of the International Economic Association Moscow congress of 1992.

Personal life

Dr. Worrell is married to Monica Drayton. His enthusiasms, apart from economics, include photography, swimming and Caribbean festival arts.

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DeLisle Worrell
Occupation Economist
Date of Birth 1945
Place of Birth Barbados
Notable Accomplishments
Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados: 1 November 2009 - February 2017
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