The Hon. Dr. Gale Tracy Christiane Rigobert
Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Saint Lucia
Gale Tracy Christiane Rigobert is a Saint Lucian politician who represents Micoud North constituency in the House of Assembly. She is deputy political leader of the United Workers Party and a Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Dr. Gale T C Rigobert was born in 1972 in the village of Micoud to Andrew ‘Rigo’ Rigobert, an agriculturist and farmer, and Veronica Rigobert, a popular local teacher.
Dr. Rigobert received her primary education in Micoud before attending St. Joseph's Convent in St. Lucia. Upon her graduation she pursued her tertiary education at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Thereafter, she taught for two years at the Corinth Secondary School before moving to Trinidad & Tobago in 1993 to read for a first degree in government at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, graduating with first class honours.
In 1996, she was awarded a Swiss scholarship which allowed her to pursue a post graduate diploma in international relations at the Institute of International Relations at St. Augustine. It was within that period she won a National Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship which afforded her the distinguished opportunity to pursue a master of philosophy in international relations at the University of Cambridge (1998), where she was awarded the title of Sir Patrick Sheehy Scholar. In 2007 she received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations from UWI St. Augustine (2007).
Rigobert who lectured at the University of the West Indies, previously served as a member of the Senate, and advisor to the National Development in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and National Development.
She won her Micoud North seat in the 2011 general election, and was elected deputy political leader of the UWP in July 2013. Rigobert has also been an Ambassador for Peace with Universal Peace Federation since July 2013.
On 1 February 2014, Rigobert was appointed Leader of the Opposition in parliament, replacing former Prime Minister Stephenson King. In so doing, she made history by becoming the youngest and the first female Leader of the Opposition in Saint Lucia.
On 14 June 2016, Rigobert was appointed Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, following the victory of the UWP in the 6 June 2016 general elections.
Dr. Rigobert is author of the book Bridging the Digital Divide? Prospects for Caribbean Development in the New Techno-economic Paradigm.