Alejandro "Jandie" Felipe Paula was born in Curaçao on the 2nd of May 1937.
He received his secondary and higher education in Trinidad and Tobago, in the Dominican Republic, The Netherlands and Rome. In 1966 he obtained his doctorate degree “cum laude” at the Saint Thomas of Aquinas University in Rome, defending a thesis titled from Objective to Subjective Social Barriers.
From 1969 to 1988 he was the director of the National Historical Archives of the Netherlands Antilles.
In 1989, he was appointed lecturer of sociology and philosophy of law at the University of the Netherlands Antilles, followed by his appointment in 1990 as professor.
In 1992, he was admitted to the degree of doctor in the social sciences at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, defending a thesis titled “Free-slaves”.
End 1993 to the beginning of 1994, he was Prime Minister of the provisional government of the Netherlands Antilles.
Subsequently he was member of the Advisory Counsel of the Netherlands Antilles up to 1998. During the period 1997 until 2000, he was Rector Magnificus of the University of the Netherlands Antilles.
He was decorated knight in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands(1995) and Knight in the order of Saint Silvester(2004)
In 2011 the Peter Stuivesant secondary school was renamed after him, i.e. Kolegio Alejandro Felipe Paula.
On October 5th 2001, he received the Harold Silvano Integrity Recognition from the ‘Plataforma Wishi/ Marchena’.
In 1966 Paula contracted matrimony with Monica Beddoe. They have two children and five grand children
From Objective to Subjective Social Barriers. (1966)
1917 – 1937 Problemen rondom de emigratie van arbeiders uit de kolonie Curaçao naar Cuba (1973)
De slavenopstand op Curaçao; een bronnenstudie van de desbetreffende originele overheidsdocumenten. (1974)
Slavery in a Nutshell. (1987)
Hoofdmomenten uit de staatkundige ontwikkeling van de Nederlandse Antillen. (1988)
Vrije slaven. (1992)
The Cry of My Life; Bitterzoete herinneringen aan een levensweg vol kronkels. (2005)
Pensamentunan djayera resonando den aktualidat (2012)
Resurekshon Un speransa nobo pa humanidat (2013)
Breve Historia di Kas Real Hulandes (2013)