Department of Sustainable Development
Organization of American States
1889 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: +(202) 370-9084
Fax: +(202) 370-3560
Mr. Cletus Springer
has been Director
of the Department of Sustainable Development of the
Organization of American States based in
D.C since February 2008.
A national of Saint Lucia, Mr.
Springer is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Public
Administration and Mass Communications respectively); Oxford Brooks
University (Urban Planning Studies); and the Centre for Environmental
Management and Planning (CEMP) of Aberdeen University (Environmental Impact
In 2001, Mr. Springer completed a 20 year tour of national
and regional public service which included stints in Saint Luciaís Public
Service as: Permanent Secretary (Deputy Minister) in the Ministry of
Tourism, Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and National Mobilization
(1992-94); Permanent Secretary (Deputy Minister) in the Ministry of
Planning, Development, Environment and Housing (1994-97); and as Adviser in
Policy and Strategy Development with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean
States (OECS) Secretariat, based in Saint Lucia (1998-2001).
Mr. Springer served as his countryís Alternate Governor of
the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He also headed
Saint Luciaís delegation at the Preparatory Meetings
for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and
the United Nations General Conference on the Sustainable Development of
Small Island Developing States in Barbados.
Prior to joining the OAS, Mr. Springer ran a consulting
practice that served a broad clientele including Governments in the
Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific regions as well as inter-governmental
entities such as CARICOM, UNDP, UNECLAC, the Commonwealth Secretariat World
Bank, PAHO, and the OAS, among others
He currently serves as: Chairman of the Caribbean Natural
Resources Institute (CANARI) based in Trinidad and Tobago; member of the
CARICOM Task Force on Climate Change and Development; member of the Board of
PANOS Caribbean; member of UNEPís Scientific Advisory Group on Water; member
of the Board of the Cropper Foundation and member of the UNDP Experts Group
on Vulnerability and Resilience in Small Island Developing States.
Mr. Springer is a part-time
Journalist, Musician and Broadcaster. He is also published writer and has
authored numerous papers on development issues in Small Island Developing
States. He is the winner of 4 Awards for Creative Writing in his native Saint Lucia.
Mr. Springer is married to Saint Lucian, Bernadette
Springer and is father to Cleisha-Bernise.