Dylan Vernon

Dylan Vernon has worked in international development and governance reform for over 30 years. He was the Ambassador of Belize to the European Union, the World Trade Organization, the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific Sates, and seven European states, from 2013 to 2020. Before diplomacy, his active career in the development and civil society sectors included directing the Society for the Promotion of Education and Research, chairing the Association of National Development Agencies, managing the Belize-UNDP Office, founding the Katalyst Institute for Public Policy and serving on boards of regional civil society networks in the Caribbean and Central America.

As an agent for change, Vernon has contributed to the formulation of social and governance policies, designed and managed numerous development projects and influenced amendments to the Constitution of Belize. A long-time governance reform advocate, activist and independent, he led Belize’s first post-independence constitutional review as chairperson of the Political Reform Commission (1999-2000). He was also an Adviser to the current People’s Constitution Commission in Belize during its establishment. His PhD is in Caribbean and Latin American Politics (University College London), and he has authored several academic publications, including a 2022 book: Political Clientelism and Democracy in Belize: From My Hand to Yours, University of the West Indies Press, 2022.

Currently, besides his on-going research on political history and events, he is the Owner and Manager of D-GoV Consulting Limited. He is Belizean and lives in Belize City.

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