IDB Country Office

  Astrid H. Wynter

IDB Representative -- Bahamas Country Office

Ms. Astrid Wynter holds a post-graduate degree in Law from Georgetown University, a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s in Sociology, from Warwick University, England.

She first joined the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the highly competitive Junior Professionals Program.  During her career at the IDB she has occupied several positions of increasing responsibility in the area of operations and has served in several countries in the region including Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Barbados and Jamaica.   Ms. Wynter has led and participated in teams in the design and implementation of development projects in areas such as Social Investment Funds, Citizen Security and Justice, Education, National Procurement Systems, Public Financial Management, E-Government, SME development, among others.  She has collaborated in the elaboration of numerous Country Strategies between the Bank and its member countries.   In addition to her experience in the operational areas of the institution, Ms. Wynter has also held various positions at Headquarters in Washington, D.C., including serving as Advisor to the President of the IDB.  In 1996, the IDB Administration appointed her to lead the implementation of the recommendations of the IDB’s Task Force on Women to improve gender equity within the institution. 

Ms. Wynter spent the early years of her career at the United Nations.  She also acquired private sector experience when she practiced as an attorney in the United States.  In this role, Ms. Wynter collaborated in the establishment of Foreign Trade Zones, as well as designed and advised clients on programs to support regulatory compliance of financial institutions operating in national and international markets.  For several years, Ms. Wynter also taught legal research, writing and analysis to students in both the Juris Doctor and Master’s of Law programs at Georgetown University.

Ms. Wynter is a citizen of Jamaica and grew up in several countries in the Caribbean and in Europe. In addition to English, she is fluent in French and Spanish