Bishnodat Persaud, Guyanese economist, Died at 82

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Prof The Honourable Bishnodat Persaud was born in 1933, and died on July 24, 2016.

He was a Guyanese economist.

Bishnodat Persaud served as Alcan Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies, and Director of Economic Affairs, Commonwealth Secretariat.

During November 2013 he was awarded The Companion of Honour in the Barbados Independence Day Honours List for distinguished national achievement and merit for his outstanding contribution to the regional and international public service.

He spent 18 years of his life in the service of the Commonwealth Secretariat (1974–1992); for the last eleven, he was Director and Head of the Economic Affairs Division.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth Secretariat, he was Research Fellow at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Barbados and served for a period as head of the Eastern Caribbean branch of the Institute of Social and Economic Research in Barbados.

Bishnodat Persaud has written a number of articles and reviews in journals, chapters in books and technical reports.

Bishnodat received a first degree in Economics from Queens University, Belfast and a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading, UK.

Bishnodat served as external examiner for post-graduate degrees for Universities in the UK and Malta.

Bishnodat Persaud was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK.

He was the husband of award-winning Caribbean novelist Lakshmi Persaud.

Bishnodat Persaud passed away at 82 years old.