History of The Secretaries General of the ACS

August 2020
August 2016
Dr. June Soomer

Dr. June Soomer holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of the West Indies and she has lectured at the University of North Carolina (Wilmington) and the University of the West Indies. She worked at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank from 1996-2006.  She served as Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and CARICOM with responsibility for Diaspora Affairs. A position she has held from 2008-2016.  She is the current Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).

April 2012
Secretary General Ambassador Alfonso Múnera Cavadía

Alfonso David Múnera Cavadía took up the position of Secretary General of the ACS in April 2012 following his election by the Ministerial Council.

The Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States is elected by the Ministerial Council for a four-year term, on the basis of rotation, from among the principal groupings that comprise the ACS: CARICOM, Central America, G-3 and the Non-Grouped countries.

As Chief Administrative Officer of the Association and the highest ranking authority within the Secretariat, the Secretary General is responsible mainly for developing and maintaining political and co-operation relations with Member Countries and Observers and strengthening institutional and cooperation relationships between the ACS and other third parties.

He has long served in the field of diplomacy within the Greater Caribbean.

Having functioned as Special Advisor to the Caribbean during the period 2009-2010, and Ambassador of Colombia in Jamaica (1999 -2003), the current Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States, has without doubt, been an influential figure in the thrust for growth, development and cooperation within the region.

Married, Múnera is a graduate of the University of Cartagena, in his native, Colombia, where he studied Law and Political Science (1981). Following this, he went on to pursue his masters at the University of Connecticut in the United States, 1993. At this same institution, he completed his doctorate in Latin American and United States History in 1995, with his Thesis entitled “Failing To Construct The Colombian Nation: Race And Class In The Andean-Caribbean Conflict, 1717-1816.”

With such diversity of experiences, Alfonso David Múnera Cavadía exemplifies what it means to be a true regional stalwart.

January 2012
January 2008
Luis Fernando Andrade Falla

Luis Fernando Andrade Falla took up the position of Secretary General of the ACS in March 2008 following his election by the Ministerial Council.

The Secretary General of the Association of Caribbean States is elected by the Ministerial Council for a four-year term, on the basis of rotation, from among the principal groupings that comprise the ACS: CARICOM, Central America, G-3 and the Non-Grouped countries.

As Chief Administrative Officer of the Association and the highest ranking authority within the Secretariat, the Secretary General is responsible mainly for developing and maintaining political and co-operation relations with Member Countries and Observers and strengthening institutional and cooperation relationships between the ACS and other third parties.

March 2008
March 2004
Dr. Rubén Silié Valdez

Dr. Rubén Silié Valdez was elected by consensus at the 3rd Extraordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Council in Panama City, Panama, on February 12, 2004. His tenure in office began on March 1st 2004 and will end in February 2008.