Wendell Mottley

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Wendell Mottley
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Birth nameWendell Adrian Mottley

Wendell Adrian Mottley ORTT (born 2 July 1941 in Port of Spain) is a Trinidad & Tobago economist, politician and athlete. He was the leader of the Citizens' Alliance, a dissolved minor political party in Trinidad and Tobago, which received 5,955 votes (1%) and captured no seats in the 2002 general election.

Mottley was educated at Queen's Royal College and subsequently attended Yale University, where he became a member of St. Anthony Hall.[1] He served as Finance Minister in the People's National Movement government between 1991 and 1995.[2] He was responsible for the flotation of the Trinidad and Tobago dollar.[3]

As a sportsman, he won a silver medal and a bronze medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He also took two gold medals at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, winning in the 440 yards and the 4×440 yards relay events.

Mottley served as a Senior Advisor and investment banker at Credit Suisse in New York,[4] and he is now working with the current government of Trinidad and Tobago in making C.S. First Boston the bank of choice for all international business of the present government. He was a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development, a United States-based think tank, where he contributed "Industrial Policy in Trinidad and Tobago", focused on governance in an oil rich state.[5]


In 2018, Mottley received The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (ORTT) at a private ceremony on 1 November, for his contribution to national development and public service.[6][7]


  1. ^ "ORTT awarded to Wendell Mottley". www.guardian.co.tt. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  2. ^ "Keeping busy with the CCC". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 2019-07-31. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  3. ^ "Mottley: T&T at tipping point like mid-90s". www.guardian.co.tt. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  4. ^ "Diversified Financial Services - People". Bloomberg. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  5. ^ Mottley, Wendell. (2008). Trinidad and Tobago--industrial policy 1959-2008 : a historical and contemporary analysis. Kingston [Jamaica]: Ian Randle Publishers. ISBN 9789766377021. OCLC 854586053.
  6. ^ "Mottley misses ceremony". Trinidad Guardian. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Pan-American Life Insurance Group Celebrates Wendell Mottley for Receiving Trinidad and Tobago's Highest National Award". BusinessWire. 1 November 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2018.

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Flagbearer for  Trinidad and Tobago
Tokyo 1964
Succeeded by
Roger Gibbon