Len Ishmael
Senior Fellow

Ambassador, Dr. Len Ishmael is a Senior Fellow of the Policy Center for the New South and a Senior Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She is the Global Affairs Advisor of the Brussels Diplomatic Academy and visiting Professor of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Mohammed 6 University, Morocco. Dr. Ishmael is a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on COVID-19’s Regional Task Force for Latin America. She is the former Ambassador of the Eastern Caribbean States to the Kingdom of Belgium and European Union, and past President of the 79-member African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels. She is a former Director & Head of the Regional Headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean; Director General for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Director for the Foundation Leadership for Environment & Development (New York) of the Rockefeller Foundation. She is The Fletcher School Tufts University GMAP Endowment Fellow and member of The Fletcher School GMAP Advisory Council. She is the author of several publications and books on the Global South, Geopolitics, Africa-EU relations, China, and the Trans-Atlantic relationship. Her most recent publication as Editor and co-author: Aftermath of War in Europe: The West versus The Global South? will be released in December 2022. Dr. Ishmael was conferred a Doctoral Degree in Development Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and Global Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. She received a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the City University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography from the University of the West Indies. She was recognized by King Carlos with the Order of Merit of the Kingdom of Spain in March 2010 for her contributions to the Spanish-Caribbean relationship