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.