THE HONOURABLE SIR JULIAN ROBERT HUNTE
SLC, KCMG, OBE, LittD. (HON), LL.D (HON), JP
Born on 14 March 1940, in Castries, St Lucia, Sir Julian is married to Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Jennifer Hunte (nee Clarke) and they have four children Jonathan, Adrian, Christopher and Jenna and five grandchildren Christe-Anne, Jaye, Jada, Julian and Jasmine.
A self-established entrepreneur and businessman, Sir Julian was educated in Saint Lucia and the Caribbean, completing extensive studies in Business Administration and Accounting. In January 2005, Sir Julian received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. In 2013, he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of the West Indies.
The Honorable Sir Julian Robert Hunte is an accomplished statesman, diplomat, business executive, philanthropist, sportsman and community activist, on whom Her Majesty the Queen conferred the Order of St Michael and Saint George KCMG for service to the Public and Private Sectors and to the Commonwealth Caribbean and Community in January 2014. Sir Julian is Chairman and Chief Executive of the Julian R. Hunte Group of Companies, a network of agencies dealing with insurance, real estate, packaging and storage in St Lucia and the Caribbean.
From 1998-2002, Sir Julian served as his country’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Sir Julian was, from 2003-2004, the President of the Fifty-Eighth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Sir Julian was again appointed to the position of Ambassador and Permanent Representative of his country to the United Nations from 2005-2006. In 2006 he was also appointed Non-Resident Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the People’s Republic of China.
An avid sports enthusiast, Sir Julian has been player and administrator of the game of cricket at the national, regional and international levels. For more than two decades, he served as President of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association and of the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control. From 1970 to 1998 he served as a member of the West Indies Cricket Board and again from 2007-2013, when he was elected President of the Board. He was a Director of the ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 and served as a Director of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the organization responsible for international governance of the game from 2007 to 2013.
In 2005, Sir Julian was awarded his country’s highest honor, The St Lucia Cross (SLC), for distinguished and outstanding service. Also in 2005, The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies honored him as a Caribbean Luminary, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the global community, and in particular, to the Caribbean. His Holiness Pope John Paul II conferred the Papal Honour of the Knight of Grand Cross Pian on Sir Julian in September 2004, in appreciation of his inclusive approach to the work of the United Nations General Assembly. Sir Julian was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 1979, in recognition of his dedicated service to the Government and people of Saint Lucia.