BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 5, CMC – Former St. Lucia government minister, Dr. James Fletcher, has been named as one of 35 global Chevening Changemakers.
The British High Commission here said that James, a former energy, science, sustainable development and technology minister, was chosen from among 50,000 Chevening Alumni worldwide.
“These 35 leading men and women are a showcase for the broad range of achievements of Chevening Alumni since the inception of the scholarship scheme 35 years ago,” it said.
Fletcher, who served as a government minister between 2011 and 2016, is credited with playing a pivotal role in the adoption of the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change in December 2015, serving as one of the chief high-level negotiators for the Caribbean and the Association of Small Island States in international climate change negotiations.
The High Commission said that to mark Chevening’s 35 years, the 35 Changemakers are being featured at a photography exhibition at London’s Noho Showrooms from March 14.
“Images are accompanied by reflections on their time studying in the UK, demonstrating the UK’s commitment to welcoming and nurturing talent from around the world,” it said, adding that also in the exhibition is alumnus Jerome Cowans, Jamaica House Fellow for the Office of the Prime Minister, who has been helping adolescents from an early age through LEAD – the association he founded for teen development in Jamaica.
Other leaders featured in the exhibition include the current President of Costa Rica; Botswana’s youngest ever government minister; a Sundance and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker; the first female judge in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan; and a winner of the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year award.
The Chevening Scholarship Programme, which began as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Award Scheme in 1983, is an international scholarship scheme which enables students with leadership qualities from over 160 countries and territories to undertake postgraduate study or courses in universities in the United Kingdom.
It is funded by the FCO and its partner organisations.