Karelle Samuda


Dr Karelle Samuda, PhD, is a member of the SLB Council since December 2018. She is currently an advisor in the office of the Minister of Finance and the Public Service and has done extensive research in the areas of Public Policy, Political Economy, Latin American and Caribbean Politics, African Politics, Comparative Political Institutions and Development.

Dr Samuda’s major research areas are the political economy of distributive politics in the Caribbean and Africa, and the relationship between African countries and international financial institutions. Dr Samuda holds a PhD in Public Policy at George Mason University (Virginia) after receiving her Bachelor of Arts at Washington & Lee University (Virginia), and a Master of Public Policy at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University (Washington, DC).

In 2014, she was selected as an Africa Junior Fellow at the World Bank where she co-authored a regional study on the link between natural resource wealth and investing in human development in sub-Saharan Africa, From Mines and Wells to Well-Built Minds.” Dr Samuda’s other recent publications include a book chapter in African Foreign Policies in International Institutions (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018), where she examines the evolution of the relationship between sub-Saharan African countries and the Bank. Dr Samuda also worked at the Center for Global Development, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States.