This week GOFAD shines its light on Professor Paloma Mohamed Martin and offer warmest congratulations on her recent appointment as the 11th Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana. The new Vice Chancellor brings to the position some spectacular attributes as an academic and a proponent of the dynamics of the arts and culture of the Caribbean. She was educated at the University of Guyana, Harvard and the University of the West Indies and has published extensively in the fields of social and behavioral change, communications strategy, and education policy and practice. Her 11 books and numerous articles in academic journals in addition to a wide range of children’s books and collections of poetry fully demonstrate her talents and productivity. What is more, she comes to the position with a highly rated reputation of academic leadership at the University of Guyana: as Director of the Centre of Communications Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Engagement and over the past year, Chair of UG’s Transitional Management Team. She is also Adjunct Professor of Cultural Diplomatics at Trent University, Canada.
Professor Mohamed Martin has also made significant contributions to the film and theatre industries, especially in Guyana, but also in the Caribbean region and the Diaspora. Her playwriting prowess and theatre productions are highly acclaimed. They include such recognition as a three-time winner of the Guyana Prize for Literature, the City of New York Award for Culture in 2013 and the first woman Caribbean Laurette for Excellence in the Arts and Letters in 2015.
GOFAD is grateful the ANSA Caribbean Awards for Excellence Committee for allowing us to use its video biography to provide a glimpse of the abounding creative talent of UG’s first woman Vice Chancellor.
Edward and Auriol Greene Directors, GOFAD.