Greg Christie was appointed Jamaica's fourth Contractor General effective December 1, 2005 and has since transformed the Office of the Contractor General into what is now widely regarded as one of Jamaica's most respected State agencies, and its leading anti-corruption institution.
Prior to his appointment as Contractor General, he worked for 13 years as a senior executive with one of the world's then leading integrated aluminum companies, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation, and was responsible for successfully administering a broad range of country and/or business unit portfolios, inclusive of corporate, legal, government, regulatory, fiscal and commercial affairs.
Throughout his entire career with Kaiser, eight (8) years of which saw him being based in the United States, Mr. Christie was also the head of the company's Jamaica corporate office at a time when Kaiser was Jamaica's single largest foreign private investor and tax-payer. His last position with Kaiser was as its Florida based Assistant General Counsel and Global Commodities Business Unit Vice-President for Government Affairs.
Before joining Kaiser, Mr. Christie successfully conceptualized, developed and managed his own start-up credit reporting business in Jamaica, Credit Security Systems Ltd. Previously, he worked extensively in academia as a University of the West Indies (UWI) law programme director and lecturer - an appointment which he assumed when he was only age 24, making him the UWI Faculty of Law's then youngest law director.
He has lectured for ten (10) years on the three (3) main regional campuses of the UWI, in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad, in the disciplines of criminal law, corporate law, public international law, insurance law, aviation law, law of the sea, and the law and legal systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean. He has also served for three (3) years, at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad, as a tutor in insurance, banking, credit and securities law.
Mr. Christie is also a former Caribbean-based commercial and international law attorney and consultant. He has consulted with a wide range of private and public sector organizations, including the United Nations, the European Union and the US-AID, and has worked on professional assignments in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada and St. Lucia.
In his functional capacity as Jamaica's Contractor General, Mr. Christie has developed a broad expertise in anti-corruption and good-governance best practices and operational strategies. He has participated in, or made presentations at, major international anti-corruption, law-enforcement and procurement conferences in Singapore, Athens, Bangkok, London, Washington, Kingston and Port of Spain. He has also addressed a Special Joint Select Committee of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Christie is the holder of the LL.M. Master of Laws Degree in corporate, insurance and international law from the University of London, the LL.B. (Hons.) Degree from the UWI, and the Certificate in Legal Education (CLE) from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad.
He has completed several business executive development programmes, and has attended the Haas Business School, University of California at Berkeley and the Darden Business School, University of Virginia. He is also a United States certified ISO 9002 International Quality Systems Lead Auditor.
Mr. Christie has been admitted into practice as a Barrister-at-Law in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and as an Attorney-at-Law in Jamaica, and is qualified to practice law in all Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions. He is a Government of Jamaica national law scholar and a UWI postgraduate law scholar.
He has previously served as a Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Jamaica, and he is a former Member, Secretary and Director of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew, Jamaica. Mr. Christie's seven (7) year term as Jamaica's Contractor General will come to an end in November 2012.