|3rd Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis|
18 February 2015
|Governor General||Edmund Lawrence
|Preceded by||Denzil Douglas|
|Born||(1964-12-06) 6 December 1964
Tabernacle, Saint Kitts and
|Political party||Labour Party (Before 2013)
People’s Labour Party
|Team Unity (2013–present)|
|Alma mater||University of the West
Timothy Sylvester Harris is the current Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, in office since 2015. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 10 August 2001 to 25 January 2008, as Minister for Finance from 2008 to 2010, and Senior Minister and Minister for Agriculture from 2010 to 2013.
Life and career
Harris was born and grew up in the rural village of Tabernacle, Saint Kitts, in 1964. He attended the Cayon High School and Basseterre High School before going to six university campuses, two in the Caribbean and four in Canada. In 1988, Harris graduated from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies with a B.Sc. degree with a First Class Honours in Accounting. The only graduate of the B.Sc. Accounting programme to obtain this distinction. He also received the Victor Crooke Prize for Best Accounting Student. He returned home and worked for two years at managerial level with S. L. Horsfords and Co Ltd.
In 1990-92 he pursued his M.Sc. degree in Accounting at the St. Augustine Campus of UWI in Trinidad and Tobago. He graduated top of the class with an M.Sc. degree with a Distinction in Accounting.
In 2001 Harris successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The doctoral programme is a joint Ph.D. programme involving Concordia University, McGill and two francophone universities: H.E.C. and UQAM. Harris holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Administration majoring in Accounting.
Harris participated in elective politics in 1993 and was elected as a Member of Parliament on the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party ticket in parliamentary elections held in 1995, 2000, 2004, and 2010. He held various cabinet posts, including Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Housing, Minister of Education, Labour and Social Security, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Education and Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. He has published several works and received several awards, including the St. Kitts Youth Council Award for Excellence in Education, the FESTAB Community Award for outstanding contribution to FESTAB and a certificate for outstanding contribution to the Cayon High School.
In 2013 Prime Minister Denzil Douglas fired Harris from the cabinet. Harris established the People’s Labour Party (PLP) later in the year. In the buildup to the 2015 general elections the PLP formed the Team Unity alliance with the People’s Action Movement and the Concerned Citizens’ Movement. The alliance won the elections, and although the PLP won only one seat, Harris became the third Prime Minister of independent St. Kitts and Nevis on 16 February. He succeeded the incumbent, Denzil Douglas, who served a historic near 20 year tenure.