President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
Born in Georgetown Guyana, David Granger attended Queen’s College. After leaving Queen’s College, where he was a member of the Queen’s College Cadet Corps, Granger joined the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) as an officer cadet in 1965, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1966. He received his military training at the Mons Officer Cadet School, and the School of Infantry in the United Kingdom; the Jungle Warfare Instruction Centre in Brazil, and the Army Command and Staff College in Nigeria
He was appointed Commander of the Guyana Defence Force in 1979; he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier. Granger was appointed as National Security Advisor to the late President Desmond Hoyte in 1990 and retired from the military service in 1992.
David Granger is a graduate of the University of Guyana, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees; the University of the West Indies, where he received his post-graduate Diploma in International Relations; and the University of Maryland, where he was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow.
He also attended the Urban Policy Development Workshop at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Defense Planning and Resource Management course at the National Defense University, Washington DC; and the Counter-Terrorism Educators’ Workshop at the Joint Special Operations, University, Florida, USA.
Granger founded the Guyana Review news magazine in 1992 and served as its Managing Editor. He has researched and published on military, historical and media themes, and is also the author of Guyana’s state media: the quest for control, and A Preliminary Study of Women Soldiers in the Anglophone Caribbean. David A. Granger spent the 1995–1996 academic year as a Hubert H. Humphrey/Fulbright Fellow at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Brigadier Granger has written extensively on national defence and public security issues. He is the author of National Defence: A Brief History of the Guyana Defence Force, 1965 – 2005; Public Security: Criminal Violence and Policing in Guyana; and Public Policy: The Crisis of Governance in Guyana.[ci
He has also written several monographs, including Five Thousand Day War: The Struggle for Haiti’s Independence, 1789 – 1804; The British Guiana Volunteer Force, 1948 – 1966; The Guyana National Service, 1974 – 2000; The Guyana People’s Militia, 1976 – 1997; The Queen’s College Cadet Corps, 1889 – 1975; Guyana’s Coinage, 1808 – 2008; The Era of Enslavement, 1638 – 1838; and The Village Movement, 1839 – 1889.
He is co-editor, with Winston McGowan and James Rose, of Themes in African–Guyanese History.
David Granger has received several academic awards, including the President’s Medal for the best graduating student; Dennis Irvine Prize for the student who has made the greatest contribution to the cultural life of the University; Council of the University Prize; Elsa Goveia Medal of Excellence; Guy de Weever History Prize; Earl Attlee History Prize; Mary Noel Menezes Award for History; Department of History Prize and others, from the University of Guyana.
He also holds three national awards: The Military Efficiency Medal (1976), the Military Service Medal (1981), and the Military Service Star (1985) for distinguished military service.
Granger is married to Sandra Granger (née Chan-A-Sue) and has two daughters.
In 2010, he made a successful bid to be elected as the presidential candidate of the People’s National Congress–Reform for the November 2011 general election. He was later selected as the Presidential Candidate of the six-Party Coalition- A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
APNU was defeated by Donald Ramotar’s Peoples Progressive Party/ Civic at the November 28, 2011 General and Regional elections. Brigadier David Granger was unanimously elected as Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly on January 16, 2012.
Granger stood again as the presidential candidate of the Opposition coalition, this time leading a seven member coalition that included the Alliance for Change- APNU + AFC, in the May 11, 2015 general election. The coalition secured the majority of votes, and Granger was sworn in as the 8th Executive President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on May 16, 2015.