Appointed: November 2015
High Commissioner, Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill served as the Managing Director of Trium Bank & Trust Ltd. for eight years. Previously, High Commissioner Hill was employed with the Antigua and Barbuda Financial Services Regulatory Commission, the Jersey Financial Services Commission in the Channel Islands and the ABI Financial Group and has developed a wealth of experience in financial services regulation and management. She is a qualified English barrister having completed pupillage at 3 Verulam Buildings, a leading commercial chamber in London and was called to the Eastern Caribbean Bar in 2010. She has worked as a senior lecturer in business law at the Antigua State College and taught 5th form French at the Pares Secondary School and the Antigua Grammar School entirely as a community service.
High Commissioner Hill holds a Bachelor of Law with French Law and Language (LLB) degree with Honours from the University of Leicester, UK. She also holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, England. She is a Rhodes Scholar, Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn Prince of Wales Scholar and an Antigua and Barbuda Scholar.
High Commissioner Hill is an accomplished classical pianist and speaks fluent French. She has intermediate knowledge of Spanish. She was the co-founder and music director of the Potters Youth Group, a group of young people drawn from the community of Potters who share a passion for the performing arts. Ms Hill also served on the UNDP SGP GEF National Committee and continues to serve as the focal point for youths; a position she has held for the past four (4) years.
High Commissioner Hill has also acted as a mentor to a group of Antiguan and Barbudan Youths selected to participate in the inaugural Youth Ambassadors programme sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She remains a youth leader and provides support to several groups and charities located in Antigua and Barbuda even while serving as High Commissioner.
Much of her work has centred youth, education, performing arts, climate change, gender and equality, trade and investment, and
High Commissioner Hill’s work has covered mass sensitisation to the threat of climate change for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as Antigua and Barbuda as well as exposing youths from non-privileged backgrounds to life-changing information on opportunities for social, physical and mental development. She is also an advocate for green technology and its implementation as a strategic plan to become less reliant on fossil fuels and harness abundant resource of renewable energy sources.
Also of deep interest to High Commissioner Hill is re-engaging in discussions on the role and relevance of the Commonwealth to Antigua and Barbuda. According to Her Excellency, the Commonwealth member states have a shared history and one which should play a greater role in uniting peoples across the Commonwealth. Being a SIDS provides unique opportunities to be more strategic in how policies are developed and developmental goals achieved and to learn from each other. As High Commissioner, Her Excellency sits as a member of the Commonwealth’s Board of Governors which oversees the programmes and plans of the Secretariat and other organs of the Commonwealth.
High Commissioner Hill is also an advocate in relation to the issue of de-risking in the banking sector which is adversely affecting the financial services sector of Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean. A fallout from derisking is the stigmatisation of the financial sector as higher risk than counterparts in developed countries is unsubstantiated. The Antigua and Barbuda High Commissioner has been asked to play a leadership role by her CARICOM partners in raising this issue for discussion among major partners in Europe, including the Commonwealth.
Recently, Her Excellency was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (non-resident Ambassador) of Antigua and Barbuda to the Republic of Estonia.