Paul Issa

Paul Issa was born in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of the Hon. Abe Issa, and Lorraine Shaouy Issa. He attended St. George’s College, in Kingston, and, later, Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York. He studied drama at Tulane University in New Orleans and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York. As a young man he taught drama and speech, worked in radio broadcasting, journalism and publishing, as well as directing and acting in theatrical productions.

After earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami, he began working in the family business, the House of Issa Group of companies.

He is currently Deputy Chairman of House of Issa, and its subsidiary Issa Hotels & Resorts Ltd. which owns and operates Couples Resorts.

He is Chairman of the Issa Foundation, the Edna Manley College of the Visual and performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, and Paul Issa Publications.

He is a director of the Independent Radio Company Ltd (Power 106 and Music 99), and a member of the Council of the Institute of Jamaica; the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation Advisory Board; the Issa Scholarship Selection Committee; the Consular Corps of Jamaica; Visual & Performing Arts Jamaica (VPAJ); the University Players; and the Issa Trust Foundation.

With a long standing love for philanthropy, theatre, literature, and art in general, he has been part of the Jamaican cultural scene since the early 1970s. He is married to Spanish painter Oriente Davila Issa and they live in Kingston with their five children.