Dr. Hughes currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PDF).
He was a member of the Board of Directors from 2005-2009 and served as Chairman during the period 2009-2012. Dr. Hughes earned a D. Phil. (Economics) from the University of Sussex, UK and a M.Sc. and B. Sc. (Economics) degrees from UWI, Mona. The government of Jamaica conferred the Order of Distinction, Commander Class in 2005 for his outstanding contribution in the field of planning and development.