Matthew Pajares Yngson, KCR, DProf, FRSA
Trade and Commerce Liaison / Deputy to the Consul

Dr. Matthew Pajares Yngson works with Consul D'Oliveira in furthering the economic and cultural relations of Guyana.

He is concurrently the Representative Councillor of the Caribbean ASEAN Council, and the Diplomatic Affairs Envoy of the Eastern Caribbean-Southeast Asia Chamber, an inter-regional non-government organization recognized by the United Nations under the UN-OHRLLS. Dr. Yngson is a national of both the Republic of the Philippines and the Commonwealth of Dominica and a multidisciplinary professional with three decades of experience in various fields including information technology, journalism, broadcast media, entertainment, and international business.

Dr. Yngson holds a Doctorate in Professional Studies in International Relations and Diplomacy (DProf) from the American Management University - California, USA, a Master of Arts in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy (MA) from Charisma University - Turks and Caicos Islands, UK, and has taken two Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration, with one focused on Computer Applications. His academic background also includes receiving education from institutions such as the University of Virginia, University of the West Indies, McGill University, University of Geneva, and the University of London among others. He has also accomplished subject matter courses from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the International Trade Centre, a multilateral agency under the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. He is currently pursuing his second doctoral degree from Euclid University (Pôle Universitaire Euclide), an intergovernmental educational institution established by a United Nations Treaty. Dr. Yngson has met with Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, as the only Filipino-Dominican alumnus of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences since its establishment in 1956. 

In 2019, for his strong advocacy in developing peace and economic growth for the underprivileged Tausug people of Sulu, His Majesty Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram, the 35th Sultan of Sulu, and head of the subnational monarchy of Sulu, raised Dr. Yngson to the nobility and conferred upon him the customary noble title of “Datu Sadja”. This title is comparable to that of a marquess or earl in European monarchies. In appreciation of his continued altruistic service, he was further granted in 2021 the princely title of “Rajah of Tambulian” as the first traditional ruler of Tambulian Island, an island owned by the Sultan. The Royal Sultanate of Sulu has existed for more than 600 years and is currently part of an autonomous region in the southern Philippines. Its status, titles, and indigenous customs are protected by Philippine legislation.

For his exceptional services to the Rwandan diaspora, Datu Sadja Dr. Yngson has been honoured with the "Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Lion of Rwanda" (GCLR) by His Majesty Yuhi VI Emmanuel Bushayija, titular Mwami (King) of the Royal House of Rwanda. For its part, the Most Serene Society of Saint Marc-Haiti also presented him with a title of honour for his charitable services to Haiti and the Caribbean region. Dr. Yngson has been admitted as a Knight Commander in the Order of the Knights of Rizal (KCR), the patriotic order of chivalry of the Philippines and a chartered award of the republic. For his other humanitarian efforts, he has also been accepted as a Knight in the Order of Saint George (KStG), a chivalrous order founded in the Kingdom of Hungary in 1326 and presently has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Dr. Yngson is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (FRAS), and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London (FLS).

In between his global activities, he shuttles between North America, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean to be with his daughter, life partner, and family.

On the photo is Dr. Yngson with Her Excellency Elisabeth Harper, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and former Ambassador to CARICOM.


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