(Barbados Nation) Zubin Deyal is the latest Commonwealth Caribbean Rhodes Scholar.
The 20-year-old University of the West Indies graduate says his focus is on improving the economies of Caribbean countries after he completes his dual masters in economics and development, and financial economics.
The announcement was made by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, who is also chairman of the Commonwealth Rhodes selection committee, on Tuesday at Government House.
While hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Deyal was born to a Trinidadian father – NATION columnist Tony Deyal – and a Guyanese mother, journalist Indranie Deolall, in Barbados.
He spent one year here before moving to other Caribbean countries such as Belize and Antigua and Barbuda, before returning to Barbados for school.
Deyal said these experiences gave him a greater understanding and appreciation of Caribbean cultures.
“In the future, I hope to work on developing the capital markets of the Caribbean,” he said. “So that we may actually have well-functioning economies that encourage growth within our countries and our region.”
Corporate secretary of the Commonwealth Carib-bean Rhodes Trust, Peter Goldson, said this year’s ten candidates came from Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, Barbados and Jamaica.