Merina Jessamy is an economist by profession who joined the Grenada Public Service in April 2003 as Policy Development Officer attached to the Cabinet Office. She served in that position for ten years and was appointed to act in the position of Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Lands and the Environment in December 2013.
She was confirmed as Permanent Secretary in 2017 and is now managing the portfolios of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment. Mrs. Jessamy has held leadership positions in various organizations as member of the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining the Grenada Public Service, Mrs. Jessamy served in the following capacities in the Republic of Suriname: Planning Officer at the Ministry of Finance; Lecturer in Economics at a Community College and the University of Suriname and Senior Project Specialist at a Project Management and Consulting Firm.
Mrs. Jessamy holds a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Suriname (1996) and a Masters Degree in Policy and Reforms for Economic Development from the Catholic University of Santo Domingo (1999). She completed postgraduate training in the areas of Policy Development, Strategic and Corporate Planning, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation. She is an alumni of the Caribbean Leadership Programme.
Mrs. Jessamy is the Chair of Caribbean Challenge Initiative which is an alliance of over 10 islands aiming at protecting at least 20% of the marine and coastal environment and also establishing fully functioning sustainable finance mechanisms by 2020. The tangible results from this initiative is the establishment of the Grenada Sustainable Development Trust Fund and the declaration of the Grand Anse MPA. As CCI Chair and PS Environment she played an instrumental role in hosting the Grenada Blue Week in May 2016. Mrs. Jessamy is married with two children (daughters).