AMB. Claudia Barnes
Member of Board
MBA, International Politics, Université Libre de Bruxelles  (ULB)

Claudia Cecile Barnes served as Jamaican Ambassador to Japan  over the period March 2009  to July 2013. Based in Tokyo, she also served as  non-resident  High Commissioner  to  Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand  and non-resident  Ambassador to  the Republic of Indonesia,  Republic of Korea, and  the  Republic of the Philippines.

Ms. Barnes  spent most of her  career working on foreign policy, dealing with Jamaicas relations  with the European Union, Africa, Asia and the Pacific,  bilateral relations with Venezuela and Jamaicas responses to the issue of climate change.

She joined the Jamaican Foreign service in 1980  and  has had wide experience.  Prior to being posted to Japan, her  other overseas    postings and placements  in the  Ministry of Foreign affairs and Foreign Trade include: Director, Economic Affairs Department (2002- 2009); Minister  Counsellor, Jamaican Mission to the European Union , Brussels, (1996-2000); Deputy Director, European Affairs Department,   Counsellor, Embassy of Jamaica, Caracas, ,Venezuela, (1988- 1992); First Secretary, Jamaican Embassy, Brussels(1982-1988); and Foreign Service Officer, Foreign Trade Department ( (1980-82).

On her return from Tokyo, she headed the Foreign Policy Implementation Unit (2013 – 2015) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Ms. Barnes was born and grew up in Montego Bay.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts (second class honours) from the University of the West Indies, Mona.

She also holds a Master s in International Politics (Distinction) from the Université Libre de Bruxelles  (ULB), Belgium. She speaks Spanish and French and has a very basic knowledge of Japanese. Ambassador Barnes enjoys art, reading and gardening.

She is currently a member of the International Proxy Parents (IPP). Their mission is to relieve poverty among the less privileged children in Jamaica and to provide financial assistance for their education.

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