Professor Compton Bourne is a graduate of the University of London, the University of Birmingham and the University of the West Indies and was President of the Caribbean Development Bank from 1 May, 2001 to 30 April 2011.
Prior to the last appointment, he was Principal of the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies from 1996-2001, Pro Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development 1990-1996 and Deputy Principal of the St. Augustine Campus from 1990-1993. He held an appointment as Professor of Economics from 1981-2001 and is now Professor Emeritus of Economics. Professor Bourne served as a Director of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago from 1987-2000 and is a Fellow of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences, past President of the Caribbean Studies Association, and past Vice-President of the Caribbean Agro-Economic Society.
Professor Bourne has been an active contributor to public economic policy in the Caribbean, Africa and the Philippines since 1975. He has advised CARICOM Governments, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and USAID on monetary and financial market policy, including contributions to the reform of rural financial markets in the Caribbean, restructuring of the Zambian agricultural credit system, agricultural credit and central banking policy in Nigeria and restructuring of the Central Bank of the Philippines. He is a Member of the Order of Excellence, the highest honour of the Republic of Guyana, and is a recipient of many other prestigious awards for his outstanding contribution to the Caribbean.
Professor Bourne is the editor of seven books and special issues of journals; and author of three books, 58 published technical papers as well as more than 50 research reports and advisory memoranda for Caribbean Governments, foreign governments and international development institutions and agencies.
Within the private sector, Professor Bourne served as a Director of the Trinidad Publishing Company which owns a daily newspaper and several radio stations.