The Ombudsman

Biography of Mr. Lionel Arzu, the Ombudsman of Belize

The Governor General, Sir Colville N. Young, acting in accordance with recommendations of both houses of the National Assembly, appointed Mr. Lionel Arzu to the post of Ombudsman of Belize. His appointment took effect January 1, 2013 and that made him the third and youngest Ombudsman to be appointed to such high office. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Arzu was an English and Business teacher and Head of Business Department at Julian Cho Technical High School, Dump Area, Toledo District. During the time he worked at this high school, Mr. Arzu was a teachers’ representative on the Julian Cho Technical High School Board of Governors and a parent representative on Toledo Community College Board of Governors. He was also an Adjunct Lecturer (Intro. to Economics and International Business), University of Belize, Toledo Campus. The Ombudsman spent more than ten years working as an Agricultural Extension Officer in the Toledo, Belize and Stann Creek Districts for the Ministry of Agriculture and the Citrus Growers Association respectively.

Mr. Arzu earned a Bachelor of Science in Management and Computer Science (Summa Cum Laude) from Knoxville College, Knoxville Tennessee, USA and a Master of Science in International Commerce and Policy, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana, USA. The Ombudsman is also a proud graduate of Belize College of Agriculture, Central Farm, Cayo District and Toledo Community College, Punta Gorda Town, Toledo District.