Jaime Saleh

Former Governor-General of the Netherlands Antilles and Minister of State

Bluecrown Passionflower

(Passiflora caerulea)

Photo credit: © Hans Smulders

Jaime Saleh, former Governor-General of the Netherlands Antilles and Minister of State, was born on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire in 1941.

A law degree at the University of Utrecht and experience as a Public Prosecutor in the Netherlands led to his appointment as Deputy Public Prosecutor for the six Dutch Caribbean islands when he returned home in 1968. He practiced law in the private sector from 1971 to 1973. Then in 1974 he was appointed Judge in the Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles. His appointment to Chief Justice of the same Court followed in 1979.

Mr. Saleh served as Governor-General of the Netherlands Antilles from 1990 to 2002. Still active in social and state affairs, he was made an honorary Minister of State of the Netherlands Antilles in 2004 and appointed visiting Professor in Constitutional Kingdom Law at the University of Utrecht, Holland in 2005. Mr. Saleh is married to Marguerite Saleh-Halabi and has four children and four grandchildren.

‘I am very happy to be a patron of DCNA,’ says Mr. Saleh, ‘I will do my utmost to promote their objectives and wake the consciousness of our administrators and our people to the importance of the protection of nature on our islands.’