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Principal of the Cave Hill CampusProfessor Sir Hilary Beckles is Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.  He is a distinguished University administrator, economic historian and specialist in higher education and development thinking and practice; and an internationally reputed historian. 


He is Vice President of the International Task Force for the UNESCO Slave Route Project; a consultant for the UNESCO Cities for Peace Global Programme; an advisor to the UN World Culture Report; and member of Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, Science Advisory Board on sustainable development.

Sir Hilary has received numerous awards including Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Glasgow, University of Hull, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, in recognition of his major contribution to academic research into   transatlantic slavery, popular culture, and sport. He is an editor of the UNESCO General History of Africa series.

He has lectured extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas and has published more than ten academic books including:


  1. Britain’s Black Debt: Reparations for Slavery in the Caribbean (2013);
  2. Centering Woman: Gender Discourses in Caribbean Slave Society (1999);
  3. White Servitude and Black Slavery in Barbados 1627-1715 (1990);
  4. The History of Barbados (1990);
  5. Natural Rebels: A History of Enslaved Black Women in the Caribbean (1989);
  6. The Development of West Indies Cricket: Volume One, The Age of Nationalism; and Volume Two, The Age of Globalisation, (1999);
  7. A Nation Imagined: The First West Indies Test Team: The 1928 Tour (2003). 


He is Chairman of the Caribbean Community [CARICOM] Commission on Reparation and Social Justice.

Sir Hilary is founder and Director of the CLR James Centre for Cricket Research at Cave Hill Campus, and a former member of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).  He is founder and inaugural Chairman of the High Performance Cricket Academy of the WICB. 


He is also Vice President of the Commonwealth Sports Ministers advisory body on Sport and Development.