Permanent Secretary - Ambassador Alison Stone Roofe


With more than 30 years of experience in the public sector, Ambassador Alison Stone Roofe has a wealth of expertise in managing teams and multi-stakeholder relationships, building strategic partnerships, and cultivating global alliances.

Ambassador Stone Roofe has held several key positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, where she played a vital role in establishing relationships with partners both domestically and abroad. She has served as Ambassador and Head of Mission to the Embassy of Jamaica in Brazil, Director of the Caribbean and Americas Department, Under-Secretary for Bilateral, Regional and Hemispheric Affairs, Under Secretary for Multilateral Affairs and Acting Chief Technical Director of the Foreign Ministry. Her appointment in 2021, as Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the International Seabed Authority is also a testament to her capabilities and the confidence placed in her leadership.

Ambassador Stone Roofe holds an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford, an MSc. in Social Sciences (with Distinction), and a BSc. in International Relations (First Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She is a former recipient of the Sir Laurence Lindo Prize for the best student in International Relations (1988) and a Commonwealth Scholarship recipient (M.Phil) at the University of Oxford (1993-1997). Her education, training and vast experience have equipped her with an understanding of the complex issues facing Jamaica's national security.

She has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the field of international relations, public administration and diplomacy. She was selected for the US International Visitor Leadership Programme (2008) and awarded the Order of the Rio Branco by the Brazilian Government in 2019. She previously served on the Boards of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and the CARICOM Inter-Governmental Task Force on the review of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.

Her ability to manage teams, negotiate complex agreements, and develop strong relationships with local and international stakeholders has been well established throughout her career.