Dr. Vince Henderson served as the Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United States of America and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States for the last four years. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Science and Law, a Master’s Degree in Law and a Doctorate in Law and Public Policy.
He is a former science educator and served two consecutive terms as cabinet minister and Member of Parliament in the Commonwealth of Dominica from February 2000 to December 2009. His ministerial portfolios included Housing and Physical Planning; Agriculture, the Environment, Fisheries and Parks; Education, Human Resource Development, Sports and Youth Affairs; and Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Labour. He served as Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United Nations from 2010 to 2016.
Henderson is the co-founder and the first chair of the SIDS Dock, a sustainable energy initiative of 31 Small Island Developing States. He is also the co-founder and first chair of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), an organisation of Caribbean States dedicated to enhancing the deployment of renewable energy technologies in the Caribbean. He headed his country’s disaster relief and response programme following Hurricane Maria in 2017 and is a senior advisor to the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Dominica Geothermal Energy Development Company.
Over the past 20 years he has represented his country at several regional, hemispheric and international conferences, meetings, negotiations and summits with heads of state and government. He has been recognised as a leader in renewable energy policy and development in the Caribbean and internationally. He is well known for his role as moderator, panelist, speaker, opinion leader in his field.