Mr. Poyotte holds a BSc in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill, Barbados and an MSc in Public Administration from the University of Columbia, Missouri in the USA.
He also holds Qualified Teachers Certificate, which he obtained from the St. Lucia Teachers’ College, a Certificate in Strategic Planning from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Centre for Development, Cave Hill, Barbados and a Diploma in the Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Projects with External Financing.
BIOGRAPHY | Victor Poyotte
Victor Poyotte is a regional management specialist with over thirty-six (36) years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He specializes in human resource management, project management, management training, module preparation, strategic planning, public policy analysis, proposal preparation and organization audits.
Mr. Poyotte served as Cabinet Secretary to the Government of Saint Lucia from June 2000 to January 2003 when he rejoined CARILEC and served as its Executive Director from 2003 to 2005. From August 2005, Mr. Poyotte worked as an independent consultant until he joined the Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association (CAWASA) in January 2008 as Executive Director.
In January 2014, Mr. Poyotte accepted a two (2) year contract to serve as the Senior Human Resource Manager at the East Caribbean Financial Holdings (ECFH), an OECS financial institution based in Saint Lucia. At the end of May 2016, he returned to professional consulting working with WWWS.
As Regional Director of the Eastern Caribbean Economic Management Program (ECEMP) Mr. Poyotte played a lead role in designing ECEMP Phase 2 and mobilizing funds from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to extend the project for a further six (6) years. With the support of officials of the Executing Agency CRC Sogema of Montreal, Canada, Mr. Poyotte also spare headed an initiative to design the Caribbean Overseas Territories Government Accounting Reform (COTGAR) Project for Anguilla, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands and the Turks & Caicos Islands. He participated in the mobilization of funding from the British Department for International Development (DFID) and successfully managed implementation of the project.
As Executive Director of the Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association (CAWASA), Mr. Poyotte designed and implemented program for hosting a Caribbean Drought Management Conference in the aftermath of the 2010 drought which affecter the entire region. He was able to secure funding from the Caribbean Development Bank, the World Bank, and obtain technical support from the Caribbean Climate Change Center (CCCCC), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the University of the West Indies, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Mr. Poyotte spearheaded the establishment of the Caribbean Water Operator’s Partnership (CARIWOP) hosted jointly by the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) and CAWASA. He also served as the first Chairman of CARIWOP and represented the organization on the Steering Committee of the Global Water Operator’s Partnership (GWOPA).
With institutional and financial support from GWOPA, Mr. Poyotte negotiated twinning and training programs for the benefit of Caribbean Water Operators and their international counterparts. Funding for the implementation of twinning and training programs was also provided by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the international Water Association (IWA). Notable regional water utilities taking early advantage of twinning initiatives were the Belize Water Services (BWS), Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and Saint Lucia Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO).
While at CARILEC, Mr. Poyotte also worked closely with the CARICOM Secretariat and the German Development Agency (GIZ) on the implementation of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Project (CREDP). He also served as Chairman of a CARILEC Task Force on Renewable Energy. Mr. Poyotte was also instrumental in securing sponsorship from manufacturers, suppliers and other service providers for the hosting of the Annual Chief Executive Officer’s Conference of the corporation.
Over the years, Mr. Poyotte has been a member of a number of national voluntary organizations and served in the following capacities:
- President of the Civil Service Credit Union from 1992 to 1994
- Treasurer of the Civil Service Association and the St. Lucia Teachers Union
- Member of the Disaster Preparedness Committee of the Castries South-East area
- Co-ordinator, 1980 Hurricane Allen Assistance Distribution in Castries South-East
- Initiated and Facilitator, Ti. Rocher Community, Adult Literacy Programme in 1976
- Chairman, Member and Director of the Folk Research Centre (FRC) 2002 to present
- Deputy Chairman, Saint Lucia National Development Corporation (NDC) 2001-06
- Chairman, Saint Lucia National Archives 2001-06
- Member, Saint Lucia National Trust 2008 to present
- Member, Police Complaints Commission, 2013 to present
- Chairman, National Utility Regulatory Commission, 2016 to present