Businessman Aziz Hadeed appointed Chair of The UWI Five Islands Campus Council

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Council Chairman Aziz Hadeed

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) announces the appointment of Mr Aziz Hadeed, CBE, as the Campus Council Chair of its newest campus at Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda.

Each Campus of The UWI is governed by a Campus Council—vested by the University Council—to manage all matters as prescribed in the University’s Statute 21 and subject to The UWI’s Charter. As Campus Council Chair, Mr Hadeed will sit at the helm of the governing and executive body of The UWI Five Islands Campus which officially began operations in August. His appointment is for a period of five years and took effect on August 1.

Mr Hadeed is an Antiguan and Barbudan businessman whose success is well known across the Eastern Caribbean. Described as one of the Chief Architects of the Hadeed Group of Companies, his business acumen has been shaped since his teen years. He joined in managing his family’s businesses in 1965 after completing his secondary school education and pursued studies and training in accounting and business through business correspondences during his career.

In 1980, he ascended to the Chair of the Hadeed Group of Companies and, through his vision and sound management, the corporation expanded into a multi-million-dollar enterprise. Under his stewardship, the Group invested in entities such as the regional airline LIAT (1974) Limited, on which board he served as chairman from 1995 to 1998. He is credited with leading the Hadeed Group’s decision to establish a power generation facility which became the Antigua Power Company in 1996. He currently serves on the boards of the Antigua Power Company as well as on several businesses within the Hadeed Group.

Mr Hadeed has enjoyed a distinguished career as an Independent Senator, appointed in 1994 and serving for two terms. He then served as a Cabinet Minister from 2004 to 2006 before resigning from government service.

Ernst & Young named him “Master of the Year for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Awards Scheme” in 1995. In 2016, he received the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Mr Hadeed’s expertise and experience will be instrumental in leading the new Five Islands Campus which was established to serve the specific development needs of Antigua and Barbuda while providing a hub to enable the greater participation by The UWI in the development agendas of the OECS.

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  1. Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! “There is, in Barbados, (Antigua and Barbuda) a division of labour which says that the black community will occupy and control the politics and the white (Arab and Chinese) elite will control the economy … All of us as citizens of Barbados (Antigua and Barbuda) have to examine this model and transform it. It has to be transformed in order to fulfill the vision if our ancestors in General Bussa’s (King Court) time, General Greene(Hannibal) and Clement Payne (VC Bird),” – Prof. Dr. Hilary Beckles, Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI)!

    Why No Comment to GoAB’s Nomination and UWI’s Appointment! Why No Congratulations! Why The Big Yawn!

    This, The International Decade For People of African Descent 2015 – 2024! Oh Gad! Have Mercy Pon Us! Notwithstanding the impressive Financial Success of the Arab recipient to rise to the level of First Chair of the UWI Five Islands Campus, and his signature status as Antigua and Barbuda’s Senior Diplomat, what is the historical and socio-cultural referent point that GoAB knows, with this unprecedented, momentous nomination, it has raised for future generations of people of African Descent, that while “Pushing ahead with a self-emancipatory (and reparatory) agenda is critical, but we must do so fully conscious of this broader context of our development efforts.” – Dr. Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor, UWI! Don’t for one moment think that this is going unnoticed by Academia all around the Globe!

    in 2014 The Rose reminded all who wished to listen, even though for a brief short period of two months before he retreated to the Sanhedrin Court, that the face of Antigua and Barbuda was not as being shown in the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Tourism! Our largest and most steadfast benefactor, as Bilay sadly noted that “Yen-su done tell us, when you caught between the devil and the deep sea is China – to God!” – Edgar O Lake The Devil’s Bridge, was not amused at the UNGA 2014 to see the reintroduction of the Senior Diplomat as titular head of the Diplomatic Corps and Delegation recognizing that as stated by Frantz Fanon, “Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.” as GoAB looks to overcome “the questions of location, control of the hegemonic global economy, marginalization, and power positions as keys to understand the underdevelopment of African people(resident on Antigua and Barbuda and the OECS).” – Dr. Molefi Asante!

    UWI’s Antigua and Barbuda’s Five Islands Campus, was Established to provide a development platform for Antigua and Barbuda to function as a hub for the OECS and serve to expand The UWI’s regional capacity in the delivery of higher education for the 21st century! It begins with three schools—the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the School of Management, Sciences and Technology, and the School of Humanities and Education! Self-emancipatory, Reparatory and Education Philanthropy Agenda! Please disabuse the people of African Descent that the Don’s Self-Indulgence and Self Gratification has not been practiced from the Old Army Post at High Point to Marble Hill to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour!

    LEST WE REMEMBER! THE UWI TRIPLE A STRATEGY!
    The Triple A Strategy is grounded in the vision that The UWI needs to facilitate an access revolution in higher education in the Caribbean region given the low level of enrolment at the tertiary level, regionally and also among members of the Caribbean diaspora. Similarly, while access is critical, The UWI also sees the alignment with industry as an important element of its mandate, to help to strengthen the innovation capacity and capabilities of regional economies and lead to higher levels of growth. Further, while The UWI recognizes the anaemic growth of Caribbean economies, it sees potential opportunities in the international marketplace and as such, has to become more agile in order to take advantage of these opportunities. It is these three concepts (access, alignment, agility) which ground The UWI’s strategic response to the challenges and opportunities in its operating environment.

    “An endless task, the cataloging of reality. We accumulate facts, we discuss them, but with every line that is written, with every statement that is made, one has the feeling of incompleteness.”
    ― Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks!

    Neither Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition nor Her Majesty’s Government will raise the political contribution stakes to Bilay’s question of Yen-Su! “How come, Yen-Su, I find me-self in an awful stream. For years, I wrestling cattle to death’s floor. It was my will against theirs, till I decide to wrestle my own people. It look easy, but it not the same. I mean, who you go home to? I going back. Ah leaving you fellas to find you’ way. I forgot what we come here to do. but I find me mission.” – Edgar O Lake: The Devil’s Bridge!

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