Scholar Profile: David Fitzgerald Tennant

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Prof. David Fitzgerald Tennant

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Professor David Tennant is a Professor of Development Finance. He was previously Head of the Department of Economics since 2016, an associate dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and also served as an economist in the Financial Regulations Division of the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Jamaica.

Also an alumnus of The UWI Mona campus, he holds a BSc degree (first class honours) with a double major in Economics and Management. He is also the holder of an MA (with distinction) in Development Finance and a PhD in Public Policy Management, both from the University of Manchester.

Professor Tennant has a strong background in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and has won numerous awards for his research output. His areas of specialisation include financing development in emerging markets; financial crises; and micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development. He has several publications in international refereed journals, and two refereed books — Sovereign Debt and Credit Rating Bias and Debt and Development in Small Island Developing States.

Over the past 15 years, Professor Tennant has worked on many high-level projects on fiscal management, financial crisis management, financial sector development, financing the growth and development of the MSME sector in Jamaica, and National Intellectual Property Strategies. Professor Tennant had served on the Board of Commissioners for the Financial Services Commission for over five years. He is now a member of the Supervisory Committee of the Bank of Jamaica, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

Among his other professional activities, he currently participates as a member of the Editorial Committee for Social and Economic Studies since 2010. Outside The UWI, he also has served as a short-term consultant for numerous regional and international organisations, including, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Caribbean Export Development Agency, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank. He has provided policy advice for a number of Caribbean governments, including Jamaica, Dominica, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

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  1. financial crises
  2. micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development

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