Cover Story : Yesu Persaud

A lasting handprint on Guyana’s landscape

In late October, the University of West Indies (UWI), Trinidad and Tobago, conferred an LLD on Yesu Persaud for his entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavours. In August 2008, he had been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Warwick in the U.K. for his exemplary achievements as an entrepreneur. In July 1997 he was appointed chairman of the Caribbean Council for Europe. The list runs long, and the man is compelling says Leonard Gildarie
—By Leonard Gildarie

“Broadly speaking, Yesu, with his pioneering role in reshaping the economic destiny of Guyana, proved himself to be the economic messiah of his country. The direction that he provided to the economy of his country has, in fact, paved the way for the multi-dimensional development of the whole Caribbean region. This is what makes Yesu a distinct personality among the diasporic community.”

The description, which was included in an in-depth feature of one of Guyana’s top executive, Dr. Yesu Persaud, in the September 2007 edition of People of Indian Origin, possibly sums it all up for this week’s choice of our Special Person. He has left a lasting handprint on the landscape of Guyana.

At 81 years, there seems no stopping Yesu, as he is affectionately known, especially in light of the fact that many persons around that age prefer to take it a little light. 

November 2009

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