Dr. Ulric Trotz
A Scientist by training, Dr. Trotz commenced his University education in Edinburgh, and attained his Doctorate in Organic Chemistry in Toronto, Canada. His career experiences and achievements are wide and varied. He has worked as Director, Science & Technology Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, 1993 to 1997; as Secretary, Commonwealth Science Council and Science Adviser to the Commonwealth Secretary General, 1991-1997; Secretary-General, National Science Research Council (NSRC), Guyana, 1979-1991; Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Guyana 1976- 1979; Director, Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology in Guyana, 1980-1991.
Since 1997, Dr Trotz, in his capacity as Manager for the GEF-funded CPACC and MACC projects, and the CIDA-funded ACCC project, has given direction to the region’s efforts to build capacity for climate change adaptation. He was part of the team along with George de Romilly, Judi Clarke, and Ottis Joslyn responsible for the implementation of the ECCAC project in the OTs which laid the groundwork for the establishment of the BVI Trust Fund. He has presented several papers/lectures at a range of regional and international fora on Caribbean climate change issues. In 2005 Dr Trotz assumed the post of Deputy Director & Science Adviser to the newly established Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, a post he still holds. He has been publicly recognized in his country of birth, Guyana with the Golden Arrow of Achievement (AA) in National Honours in 1983 for long and distinguished service in Science and Research., and in Barbados, as an Honorary Distinguished Fellow of the University of the West Indies. Dr Trotz served as a member of the group of scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in 2008 in the capacity of a Review Editor for Chapter 16 on Small Island Developing States in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).