Christal P. Austin, Pg. Dip., BSc. is a trusted public relations advisor with over 18 years of experience in the tourism, finance, agriculture and international development sectors. She is presently employed as a Senior Public Affairs Officer – Media Relations in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs.

An avid creative, she won the Richard Stoute Teen Talent contest in 2001, copped the UNESCO award for prose during NIFCA 2004 and is the self-published author of the poetic anthology, Lyrical Lava – Igniting the Fire Within (2005). She was top scorer in the Honey Jam all-female artiste showcase in 2011 and a semi-finalist in the NCF’s Sweet Soca Competition in 2013. 2021 marked her 22nd year as a singer on the local hotel circuit.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Sector Management (Honours) from the University of the West Indies (UWI), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Merit) from the University of Surrey and is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Governance and Public Policy at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies of the UWI.