After first sending him on leave and later requiring that he maintains regular checks with the Office of the President after his leave was up, the Government today fired Dr. Vincent Adams as Head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Adams was hired under the previous government in 2018 and was credited with several improvements at the EPA especially in putting together various requirements as Guyana moved to start oil production.
After he was sent on leave just after the new government took office, President Irfaan Ali had indicated that the government would have been looking at various areas that the skills of the EPA Head could have been utilised.
Dr. Adams possesses over 40 years of experience in both the public and private sectors in environmental, petroleum, and geological engineering, and geohydrology, as well as executive leadership and management.
He has a PhD in Environmental Engineering, is a PhD Candidate in Petroleum and Geological Engineering, MS in Petroleum and Geological Engineering, MS in Geohydrology, BS in Civil/Public Health Engineering, and Diploma in Executive Leadership and Management from MIT Sloan School of Business.
Dr. Adams acquired 30 years of service in the US Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management including 10 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service Corps (highest ranking civilians equivalent to the military Generals running the daily operations of Government) heading Offices in both Headquarters and the Field.
He previously worked as one of 11 engineers who worked with the then Guyana Water Authority as a Well Drilling Engineer from 1972-1977, where he managed and supervised drilling crews and drilling activities, designing and drilling wells up to 2,400 ft. deep.
While at the EPA, Dr. Adams was involved in reviewing, preparing and recommending to the Board of Directors new or modified environmental policies, laws, regulations and standards for the fulfillment of EPA’s statutory mandate, among others.