HONORING FLORIDA'S MOST IMPACTFUL AND INFLUENTIAL MEN
2023 GLOBAL IMPACT LEADER OF THE YEAR HONOREE
THE HONORABLE PHILIP DAVIS
PRIME MINISTER THE BAHAMAS
PHILIP EDWARD ‘BRAVE’ DAVIS is perhaps best known now as a politician, serving as Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party and Member of Parliament for CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY AND SAN SALVADOR. What many may not know is that he entered politics late in life.
Professionally, he is known both locally and internationally as an acclaimed Corporate and Human Rights lawyer, a highly distinguished legal educator, a passionate sportsperson, a sponsor of many sporting activities, and a Toastmaster. His appointment as Queen"s Counsel, the highest possible honour which is conferred on those practicing law in the English legal system anywhere in the world, came in recognition of both his highly successful legal practice but also his contribution to legal education. A leading litigation lawyer, Philip ‘Brave’ Davis has an impressive record in the Courts of Appeal, with perhaps more appearances before the UK Privy Council than any other Bahamian lawyer.
During his first term in parliament, Mr. Davis chaired the National Insurance Board for a number of years, which is why he can speak so authoritatively on the country's economic affairs. During his tenure there, he introduced a number of fundamental reforms, which put the National Insurance Board in the position it is today, where it is currently providing support to thousands of Bahamians. During the last administration of the Progressive Liberal Party, from 2012-2017, Mr. Davis ran a super-ministry, the Ministry of Works. His portfolio covered everything relating to the physical infrastructure of The Bahamas, as well as oversight of Bahamasair, BEC, and the Water & Sewerage Corporation. In no small way, this is why he has a reputation for getting things done. Since May 2017, he has been the Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party. On September 16th, he was Elected the fifth Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, where he also serves as Minister of Finance.
Prime Minister Davis has become a leading voice for Small Island Development States on matters of Climate Change and sustainability. As Prime Minister, he has repositioned The Bahamas as a global leader in Digital Assets with the launch of the country's White Paper on the Future of Digital Assets. Mr. Davis is also recognised for his government's bold initiatives in laying the framework for the Administration's policy on the launch of its Carbon Credits Exchange regime.
“The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.”
– Barack Obama