His Excellency, Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali was sworn in as Guyana’s 9th Executive President on August 2, 2020.
Born on May 25, 1980 into a Muslim, Indo-Guyanese family at Leonora, West Coast Demarara, Dr Ali is one of two sons born to his parents, who are both educators. Dr Ali is a past student of the Leonora Nursery and Primary schools and Cornelia Ida Primary School. He completed his secondary education at St. Stanislaus College in Georgetown.
Dr Ali is the holder of a Doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Arts Degree in Manpower Planning, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business, a Post- Graduate Certificate in Finance from Anglia Ruskin University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Hons.) in Business Management from the University of Sunderland. He is currently pursuing an LLM Degree in International Commercial Law at the University of Salford.
President Ali was a member of the Canadian Institute of Management (up to 2017) and Project Management Professional-PMP (2006).
He has served as Project Manager of the Caribbean Development Bank’s Project Implementation Unit in the Ministry of Finance, and Senior Planner in the State Planning Secretariat. He became a member of the National Assembly of Guyana in 2006, and was subsequently appointed to the portfolios of Minister of Housing and Water and Minister of Tourism Industry and Commerce. During his time at the Ministry of Housing, he implemented the most extensive endowment campaign in the history of the country, backed by a massive distribution of lots to citizens of all social strata and geographic regions.
In the National Assembly, Dr Ali was also a leading spokesperson on the economy and finance. He served as chair of one of the most important committees, the Public Accounts Committee, and co-chair of the Economic Services Committee of the Parliament of Guyana. Dr Ali is married and is a father.
Mr. Vickram Bharrat was born in Berbice, Region 6 and attended the New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary School. His academic achievement includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Guyana and is qualified in the area of Public Management with a wealth of experience in governance and managerial competencies.
Most noteworthy, Minster Bharrat has been an educator, mentor and entrepreneur for over fifteen years as the owner of Xenon Academy (Primary and Secondary) located at Grove, East Bank Demerara. His acquired skills of patience and listening to youths will be transferred to his new responsibilities as Minister of Natural Resources to engage stakeholders.
Minister Bharrat’s professional life commenced with him serving in the capacity of Technical Officer at the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Health. He also held the post of Project Manager with the United Nations Development Programme. Additionally, at the local level, Bharrat also provided sterling service as the Chairman of the Grove/Diamond Neighbourhood Democratic Council to improve services and enhance the aesthetics of local communities.
Following his appointment as the Minister of Natural Resources and a Member of Guyana’s Twelfth Parliament on August 06, 2020 and September 01, 2020 respectively, he has been assigned oversight of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Guyana Forestry Commission, Guyana Gold Board and the Department of Energy. Further, he previously served in the Eleventh Parliament as a Parliamentarian for the period 2016-2019.
Minister Bharrat has been with the People’s Progressive Party since he was a teenager, having joined the Progressive Youth Organisation at the age of 14, resulting in his unwavering commitment and service to Guyana. He is also a Member to the Central and Executive Committee of the People’s Progressive Party.
He is married with two children, both teenagers.