Merina Jessamy is a Permanent Secretary with 5 years of work experience as a public service manager in the sectors of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment. Mrs. Jessamy was appointed as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Climate Resilience et al in March of 2018 and managed the additional portfolios of Disaster Management and Information for eleven (11) months following assumption of duties at the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Implementation as of February 25th, 2019. As the Permanent Secretary with responsibility for the Environment, she also served as National Focal Point for portfolio related conventions and as Chair of the Secretariat of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI)) and Chair of the National Climate Change Committee.
Mrs. Jessamy is an economist by profession (graduate from the University of Suriname (1996) and the Catholic University of Santo Domingo (1999 - magna cum laude) with post-graduate level training in the areas of Strategic Planning; Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation; and Economic Policies and Public Sector Reform.
Mrs. Jessamy served as Director on the Boards of the Grenada Food and Nutrition Council and the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority and gave support to various Committees within the Public Service. She also served as a member of the Supervisory and Compliance Committee of ARIZA Credit Union for 6 years of which 4 years as Chair.
Prior to the appointment as Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Jessamy served as Policy Development Officer, Cabinet Office for 10 years and contributed to the implementation of the Public Service Management Improvement project funded by DFID, UK.
Mrs. Jessamy commenced her public service career in 1991 as Planning Officer at the Ministry of Finance (Republic of Suriname). She was appointed as Lecturer in Economics at the University of Suriname in 1996. In 2000, she assumed duties as a Senior Project Officer in a private sector based Project Management and Consultancy firm NIKOS prior to migration to Grenada in December 2002.