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Michael O'Neal
Works at Island Resources Foundation
Lives in Tortola, Virgin Islands
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Senior Research Fellow
  • Island Resources Foundation
    Senior Research Fellow, present
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Michael E. O’Neal, Ph.D. is Senior Research Fellow at Island Resources Foundation, an organization with offices in Washington, D.C. and the Caribbean, whose central mission is to assist small islands to meet the challenges of social, economic and institutional growth while protecting and enhancing their environments.

Dr. O’Neal served as third President of the H. L. Stoutt Community College (British Virgin Islands), having previously also served as Vice President of the institution, a tenure, altogether, of some fifteen years (1993-2008). Before joining the College, Dr. O’Neal served as the first Resident Tutor/Head of the University of the West Indies, BVI Centre. In addition, from 1997-2004, he held appointment as Core Professor at the Graduate College of the Union Institute in Ohio, where he supervised Ph.D. students in interdisciplinary studies.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. O’Neal was a managing director of the business enterprises of J.R. O’Neal Ltd (BVI). He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Public Service Commission, the Development Bank of the Virgin Islands, and as Chairman of the BVI National Parks Trust. He is currently a director of JOMA Ltd, a closely-held, family-owned real estate management and development company in the Virgin Islands.

A social scientist by training, Dr. O’Neal holds postgraduate degrees in anthropology (Ph.D., Union; MA, Goddard) and an undergraduate degree in economics and business administration (BA, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico). He is also an alumnus of the higher education leadership programme of Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management.

Dr. O’Neal’s primary area of academic research is concerned with the political economy of development. His other research interests include medical anthropology and family business studies. He is a member of the Family Firm Institute and holds its Certificate in Family Business Advising. Dr. O’Neal is a member of several professional associations and learned societies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (U.K.) and of the American Anthropological Association.

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