Timothy Harris

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Timothy Harris
Timothy Harris 2019.jpg
Harris in 2019
3rd Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis
In office
18 February 2015 – 6 August 2022
MonarchElizabeth II
Governors-GeneralEdmund Lawrence
Tapley Seaton
DeputyShawn Richards (2015–2022)
Eugene Alistair Hamilton (2022)[1]
Preceded byDenzil Douglas
Succeeded byTerrance Drew
Minister of Finance
In office
November 2008 – February 2010
Prime MinisterDenzil Douglas
Preceded byDenzil Douglas
Succeeded byDenzil Douglas
In office
February 2015 – August 2022
Preceded byDenzil Douglas
Succeeded byTerrance Drew
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
10 August 2001 – 25 January 2008
Prime MinisterDenzil Douglas
Preceded bySam Condor
Succeeded byDenzil Douglas
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
ConstituencySaint Christopher #7
Personal details
Born (1964-12-06) 6 December 1964 (age 58)[2]
Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla
Political partyLabour Party (Before 2013)
People's Labour Party
Other political
Team Unity (2013–present)
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies at Cave Hill
University of the West Indies at St. Augustine
McGill University
Concordia University
University of Quebec at Montreal
University of Montreal

Timothy Sylvester Harris (born 6 December 1964)[2] is a Saint Kittitian and Nevisian politician, who served as the third prime minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis from 2015 to 2022. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 10 August 2001 to 25 January 2008, as Minister of Finance from 2008 to 2010,[3] and as Senior Minister and Minister for Agriculture from 2010 to 2013.

Life and career[edit]

Harris was born, in 1964, and grew up in the rural village of Tabernacle, Saint Kitts.[2] 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 University of the West Indies at Cave Hill 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.[2]

In 1990–92 he pursued his M.Sc. degree in accounting at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago. He graduated top of the class with an M.Sc. degree with a Distinction.[4]

In 2001 Harris successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. The doctoral programme is a joint Ph.D. programme involving Concordia University, McGill and two francophone universities: H.E.C. (affiliated to Université de Montréal) and UQAM. Harris holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in administration majoring in accounting.[5]

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.[2] 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.[2]

In 2013 Prime Minister Denzil Douglas fired Harris from the cabinet.[6] 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.



  1. ^ "SKNVibes | PM Harris fires six Government Ministers". www.sknvibes.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "A Profile of Dr Timothy Sylvester Harris Prime Minister - St Kitts and Nevis". OECS Business Focus. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
  3. ^ "St. Kitts and Nevis: Gabinete / Cabinet". pdba.georgetown.edu.
  4. ^ "University of the West Indies honours two Federation officials". The St. Kitts-Nevis Observer. 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2021-01-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Harris, Timothy (2001). Exploring the potentialities of value-for-money audit: an investigation of its impact on management controls, accountability, performance, and a test of legitimacy theory (PhD Thesis). Montreal: John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. OCLC 896681248.
  6. ^ "Prime Minister revokes appointment of Senior Minister". Office of the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis. 2013-01-25. Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2021-01-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ Wen, Yu-chen; Chung, Kuei-hsiang (16 April 2019). "President Tsai decorates St. Christopher and Nevis prime minister". Central News Agency. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  8. ^ Su, Yung-yao; Chung, Jake (16 April 2019). "Saint Kitts prime minister in Taipei to improve ties". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Decorations of the Republic of China (Taiwan)". Office of the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Retrieved 4 April 2020. 2019-4-16 St. Christopher and Nevis Order of Propitious Clouds with Special Grand Cordon Prime Minister Timothy Sylvester Harris

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Timothy Harris at Wikimedia Commons
  • Quotations related to Timothy Harris at Wikiquote
  • St. Kitts & Nevis - Government of St. Kitts and Nevis official website
  • United Nations - Permanent Mission of St. Kitts and Nevis to the United Nations Statement by His Excellency Dr. Timothy Harris
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Succeeded by
Party political offices
New political party Leader of the People's Labour Party