Profile of H.E. Rodney Charles
His Excellency Rodney Charles, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations
Ambassador Rodney Charles holds bachelors’ degrees in geography (distinction) and in journalism (first class honors). In 1978 he obtained a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to that, in 1970 he graduated from Mausica Teachers’ College.
A committed teacher, he has taught at all levels of the country’s education sector. At the tertiary level he served as an adjunct faculty with the University of New Brunswick and the Sir Wilfred Laurier University. He was also chair of the Business Department at ROYTEC – a tertiary level institution established by one of the country’s largest indigenous banks. In 2002 he became chair of the School of Journalism and Communication at the nation’s largest Community College - COSTAATT. He resigned from COSTAATT 2010 as senior policy adviser to the College’s President to assume the position as Trinidad and Tobago’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Prior to this appointment, Ambassador Charles had also worked, for nearly two decades, in the country’s important energy sector with state owned National Petroleum Marketing Company from which he retired as Retail Marketing Manager. That company was responsible for operating the largest network of service stations in the country inherited from the multinationals. As marketing manager he was responsible not only for ensuring modest increases annually in revenues but also for initiating a major upgrade of the retail network which included the establishment of a network of convenience stores to diversify revenues.
In addition he has done consultancy work for a number of credit unions, private sector businesses and regional political parties where he has served as a consultant in messaging and strategy development and implementation.