Dr. the Honourable Keith Christopher Rowley, M.P. , Prime Minister for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was sworn into office on September 9th 2015.
Dr. Rowley was born on October 24th 1949 in Mason Hall, Tobago, and was raised by his grandparents, who were prominent Tobago farmers. He completed his secondary schooling at Bishop’s High School, (BHS) Tobago and his sterling academic performance saw him capture the prestigious Sylvan Bowles Scholarship at Bishop’s High School. He then commenced his studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, from where he graduated with a BSc. Geology (First Class Honours), Geography (First Class Honours); MSc in Volcanic Stratigraphy, UWI, St.Augustine. He is a Volcanologist who obtained his Doctorate in Geology, specialising in Geochemistry and is a known nature lover, who enjoys gardening, hiking and is an avid golfer.
As a Research Scientist he held the positions of Research Fellow and later Head of the Seismic Research Unit at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He was also the General Manager of State-owned National Quarries Company Limited.
He first ran for political office in 1981, where he contested the Tobago West seat. To date, the Hon. Dr. Keith Rowley has the distinction of being the only PNM candidate to have contested a seat in a General Election in both Tobago and Trinidad.
The Hon. Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley is the Member of the House of Representatives for Diego Martin West in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, where he has represented that area since 1991 having been re-elected in 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007 , 2010 and 2015.
The Hon. Dr. Rowley first served in Parliament as an Opposition Senator from 1987-1990. He later served at Cabinet level holding, at various times, the portfolios of Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Marine Resources, Minister of Planning and Development, Minister of Housing and as Minister of Trade and Industry.
He also served as Trinidad and Tobago’s representative Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Governor of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
The Hon. Dr. Rowley is married to attorney -at- law Sharon Rowley, they have two daughters Tonya (attorney-at-law) and Sonel (post graduate student) both of whom won national scholarships.