Sir Hilary Beckles, eighth Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, is a distinguished academic, international thought leader, United Nations committee official, and global public activist in the field of social justice and minority empowerment.
Sir Hilary received his higher education in the United Kingdom and is Professor of Economic History. He has lectured extensively in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed essays in scholarly journals and over 13 books on subjects ranging from Atlantic and Caribbean history to gender relations in the Caribbean, sport development, and popular culture.
Sir Hilary is president of Universities Caribbean, chair of the Caribbean Examinations Council, chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, and advisor on sustainable development to former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He has been globally recognized for his academic achievements and leadership expertise and was knighted by the government of Barbados. Sir Hilary has received numerous honorary doctorates from around the world and recently received the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Freedom Award.