The Honourable Sir K Dwight Venner, CBE, KBE
Former Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
The Honourable Sir K Dwight Venner was an economist and the longest serving Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, a position he has held from December 1989 to November 2015.
Early life and education
The Honourable Sir K Dwight Venner was born in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 21 January 1946. His father, Noel Venner, was an Economist in the West Indies Federation, Financial Secretary in Grenada and St Lucia, Chief Administrative Officer in CARIFTA which preceded CARICOM and the first Secretary of the Caribbean Development Bank.
The Hon Sir Dwight was educated at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica where he obtained both a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Economics.
He served as a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies and then as a Lecturer in Economics from 1974 to 1981. Sir Dwight took up office as St Lucia’s Director of Finance and Planning in Prime Minister, Sir John Compton’s second term, during the period 1981 to 1989.
In December 1989 he was appointed as Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.
Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, and a member of the Commission for Growth and Development, World Bank. He is also Chairman of the OECS Economic Union Task Force Committee, and the UWI Open Campus Council.
Honours and awards
The Hon Sir Dwight received the award of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1996 in St Lucia and was recognised as a Distinguished Graduate of the University of the West Indies on its 50th Anniversary in July 1998.
In June 2001 he was awarded Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) in St Vincent and the Grenadines for services to the financial sector.
In October 2003, the Hon Sir Dwight was recipient of an honorary degree, the Doctor of Laws from the University of the West Indies.
In December 2011, he was awarded the Saint Lucia Cross for distinguished and outstanding service of national importance to Saint Lucia.
The Hon Sir Dwight was married to Lynda Arnolde Winville Venner nee St Rose and they have seven children.
His hobbies include cricket, racquet ball, netball, pistol shooting, hiking, jogging, music, reading, collecting paintings, crystals, miniature boats and coins, travel and photography.
He has written and published extensively in the areas of Monetary and International Economics, Central Banking, Public Finance, Economic Development, Political Economy and International Economic Relations.
Selected publications include Monetary Policy and a Stable EC Dollar, 1996; Surmounting the Barriers to Development, 1996; The Prospects for a Unified Caribbean in the New International Economic Order, 1996; Prospects and Policy Options for the ECCB Area, 1997; Economic Theory and Development Options For The Caribbean: The Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lectures 1996-2005, 2007.
Sir Dwight Venner passed away at the age of 70 on 22 December 2016 at Tapion Hospital in St. Lucia. He will be accorded an Official Funeral on Wednesday, 4 January 2017 at 2 PM at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Micoud Street in Castries.