JAMAICA, Kingston (24 August 2016) – –  Her Excellency, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith, presented her credentials  to the Secretary-General on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 as the new Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the International Seabed Authority.

Ambassador Monteith is currently the Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Kingston. She carries some thirty years of work experience in the theory and practice of diplomacy at bilateral, regional and international levels and is actively involved in human resource management, policy-making and implementation.

Prior to her appointment as Acting Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Monteith has represented her country as High Commissioner to Canada, Acting Deputy Permanent representative to the United Nations and Jamaica’s Representative to the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Her awards and recognition include the Solomon Lutchman Award for the Theory and Practice of Diplomacy (1985); Conferment with the Order of the Aztec Eagle (2012) the highest award to non-nationals by the Government of Mexico and long service award as a member of the Civil Service of Jamaica (2013).