He is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI), the Caribbean’s leading think tank, which focuses on public policy issues affecting the Caribbean region. He is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics
at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in introductory economics, macroeconomic theory, and international trade and finance.
His research has been in the areas of debt, poverty and distribution, and international trade, and has been published in international economics journals and also in edited collections. He is the author and editor (with David Tennant) of Debt
and Development in Small Island Developing States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). In the corporate world, Damien has served on the boards of companies, including Desnoes & Geddes, the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica, Dyoll Insurance
Company, Mutual Life Assurance Company, and Bitt, Inc. (Barbados).
He earned a B.A. from York University (Canada), an M.Sc. from UWI (Jamaica), and a Ph.D. from New York University (USA), all in economics.