Hon. Dr. Gale T C Rigobert
Dr. Gale T C Rigobert serves as Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development in Saint Lucia. She made history by becoming the youngest and first female Leader of the Opposition in Saint Lucia in 2014. Following the success of her party in the 2016 election, she was appointed to her current Minister position. She obtained her first degree in Government with first class honours from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. In 2007 she received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations from UWI St. Augustine and is the author of the book, Bridging the Digital Divide? Prospects for Caribbean Development in the New Techno-economic Paradigm. Dr. Rigobert previously lectured at the University of the West Indies, served as member of the Senate, and as an adviser on National Development to the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and National Development. Dr. Rigobert is passionate about infusing formal curriculum with gender sensitive learning, with the view to raising a new generation of citizens who have a heightened sense of gender awareness, gender appropriate behaviours and the importance for the healthy co-existence of the genders. Dr. Rigobert is very cognizant of the overarching goal of sustainable development and what that means especially for small islands states (SIDS) such as Saint Lucia. In that regard, Education, Gender Relations and Innovation are intimately interwoven and strategic to the quest to leverage science, technology and critical thinking to devise creative and innovative ways to improve the Saint Lucian economy and the well-being of the people.