Cletus Springer

Director of the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD), Organization of American States

Mr. Cletus Springer has been Director of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States based in Washington D.C since February 2008.

A national of Saint Lucia, Mr. Springer is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Public Administration and Mass Communications respectively); Oxford Brooks University (Urban Planning Studies); and the Centre for Environmental Management and Planning (CEMP) of Aberdeen University (Environmental Impact Assessment). 

In 2001, Mr. Springer completed a 20 year tour of national and regional public service which included stints in Saint Lucia’s Public Service as: Permanent Secretary (Deputy Minister) in the Ministry of Tourism, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and National Mobilization (1992-94); Permanent Secretary (Deputy Minister) in the Ministry of Planning, Development, Environment and Housing (1994-97); and as Adviser in Policy and Strategy Development with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, based in Saint Lucia (1998-2001).

Mr. Springer served as his country’s Alternate Governor of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He also headed Saint Lucia’s delegation at the Preparatory Meetings for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the United Nations General Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States in Barbados.

Prior to joining the OAS, Mr. Springer ran a consulting practice that served a broad clientele including Governments in the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific regions as well as inter-governmental entities such as CARICOM, UNDP, UNECLAC, the Commonwealth Secretariat World Bank, PAHO, and the OAS, among others.

He currently serves as: Chairman of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) based in Trinidad and Tobago; member of the CARICOM Task Force on Climate Change and Development; member of the Board of PANOS Caribbean; member of UNEP’s Scientific Advisory Group on Water; member of the Board of the Cropper Foundation and member of the UNDP Experts Group on Vulnerability and Resilience in Small Island Developing States. 

Mr. Springer is a part-time Journalist, Musician and Broadcaster. He is also published writer and has authored numerous papers on development issues in Small Island Developing States. He is the winner of 4 Awards for Creative Writing in his native Saint Lucia.

Mr. Springer is married to Saint Lucian, Bernadette Springer and is father to Cleisha-Bernise.

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