Born in Panama City, Panama, Dr. Melida Harris-Barrow is the Universal Peace Ambassador for Panama. She is an author, international bestseller, motivational speaker, life coach and talk show host. As the CEO of Love, Truth and Peace Global initiative, the World Trade investment foundation and the Harris business enterprise, she has devoted twenty-six years of her life to the social and economic development of people in Africa, Latin America and the United States of America. As a specialist in international economic trade and investment, she has helped nations develop sustainable economic development through youth entrepreneurship programs.

As a partner to many international government bodies, Dr. Barrow has been successful in building long standing relationships in the private and public sectors.


  • Afrique Magazine for Promoting the African Culture and Continuing to Serve and Support people of African Descent.
  • Chicago Carifette Committee Award for Leadership – Contribution in Promoting Caribbean Culture.• iChange Nations Great Leader Award.
  • Women Add Value Recognition “Women Leadership” Award.
  • Distinguished Leadership Recognition Official Medallion Winner.


  • Appointed the Golden Rule Goodwill Ambassador.
  • Presidential Award from the former President of Ethiopia GirmaWolde – Giorge.
  • Award as a Human Conservation Solucionist.•African Network of Southwest Florida – Keynote Speaker Award.
  • USA Africa Bridge Builder Award.
  • COESI. Dynamic Youths Grenada Business Hub Sustainable Development Through.
  • Entrepreneurship Conference Partnership Award.
  • Youth Add Value – Sculpting Excellence and Advancing Leadership Award.
  • National Statesmen Degree (non – academic degree) for the governing body of iChange.
  • Global Humanitarian Award by Love International from Trinidad & Tobago.
  • She was recently awarded for her valuable contribution to society as a permanent and high representative of the Afro-Descendant Culture in Panama from the organizers of the 5th International African Festival of Panama.
  • The President of Costa Rica, The Honorable, Luis Guillermo Solís presented the Limón roots Award to Dr. Melida A. Harris Barrow for her important philanthropic work and promotion of business development of the Afro-descendant community at an international level.
  • Congressional Award “Woman of the Year Award” by Congressman Danny K. Davis Multi ethnic Advisory Task Force.