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Paul Bayly

Chief Executive Officer
Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency

Paul is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency. The Agency is a statutory authority that was established in April 2018 to implement the British Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Plan in response to the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017, which caused an estimated US$3.6bn in damages.

Prior to taking up this role Paul was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport that played a leading role in the recovery of Fiji’s infrastructure following the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston that hit Fiji in early 2016, which caused over US$3.5bn in damages.

Paul commenced his career as a banker and has extensive international experience with Citibank and Midland Montague before jointly establishing a private investment bank with offices in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. 

Paul has worked for a number of United Nations agencies, including FAO, UNDP and was a member of UNOPS infrastructure advisory panel.  
Paul is a retired Colonel in the New Zealand Army and has undertaken operational tours in Syria, South Lebanon and Timor Leste.

Paul has completed the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellowship Programme in Public Administration and Management and has degrees from the London School of Economics and Massey University.

Paul is an experienced explorer and is currently involved in planning the Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition 2019 that involves sailing a reconstructed 600BC boat across the Atlantic. He is the author of David Livingstone, Africa's Greatest Explorer and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London.

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