H.E. Ms. Paulette A. Bethel
Chef de Cabinet
Her Excellency Ms. Paulette A. Bethel began her career in the international arena in 1980 when she was employed by the United Nations as Assistant Social Affairs Officer in the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs (CSDHA) in Vienna, Austria. As a national of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas she later joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of her country and served as Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of The Bahamas to the United Nations, after which she was transferred to the Embassy of The Bahamas in Washington D.C, where she simultaneously represented her country at the Organization of American States (OAS). After many years in the Foreign Service of her country, Ambassador Bethel continued her work in the international arena, taking on the post of Director of the Department of Fellowships at the OAS and becoming the first Bahamian national to hold a senior-level position in that Organization. She was subsequently employed in the private sector in the area of international financial and corporate services, dealing with risk management and compliance matters.
In 2003, Ambassador Bethel was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of her country to the United Nations, a post she held for 10 years up to the end of March, 2013. She is the first female Ambassador of The Bahamas to the United Nations.
Ambassador Bethel received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1980 and obtained her M.A. and B.A. from Howard University and the University of Toronto, respectively. Ambassador Bethel also holds a Certificate in Creative Processes Facilitation and a Certificate in International Negotiations. She has a wide range of experience not only as an international civil servant, diplomat and negotiator, but also as an educator, having begun her work life as a lecturer in Sociology at the College of The Bahamas where she later assumed the post of Chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences.