Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural transformation, St Vincent and the Grenadines
Governor, Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
Director General, OECS Commission
Country Director, Latin America and Caribbean Region, World Bank
Inventor, Entrepreneur, International Business Executive and Founding Managing Partner, WRVI Capital
Executive Director, Helen’s Daughters
Global Chief Information Officer, Deloitte
Senior Digital Financial Services and Innovation specialist at International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Food Science and Technology/Programme Coordinator, Department of Chemical Engineering, UWI, St. Augustine
Director of Academic Affairs, UWI Five Island Campus
Associate Professor (retired), Department of Animal Science, McGill University, Canada
Chief Executive Officer, Justin Ram Advisory Services & GSEC
Architectural designer, entrepreneur/ founder of the Infiniti Partnership Inc., Tech Beach Retreat
Managing Director & Developer, Jungle Bay Resort, Dominica
Chief Risk Officer/Chairperson,FinTech Working Group, ECCB
Research Technology Manager, Chemical Division at Daikin America, Decatur, USA
Principal Consultant and Interim Head, CARICOM Private Sector Organisation (CPSO)
Strategic Advisor, OECS Commission
Global Lead, Data Driven Digital Agriculture, World Bank Group
Legal Officer, Office of the Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD
Management Officer, UNCTAD
Senior Regional Labour Mobility and Human Development Specialist, International Organisation for Migration
Technology and Development Strategist/Advisor, OECS Commission
Agriculture Economist, World Bank Group
Executive Director, Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute
Lead Agriculture Economist, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank
Director, ICT Pulse Consulting – Jamaica
Global Director for 5G and Wireless, Daikin, USA
Lead Economist - Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation unit of the Latin American and Caribbean Region, World Bank
CEO,Norway Registers Development AS
Scientific Support Officer CITES
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Entrepreneurs and business owners
Public and private sector officials and officers
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High school, college and university students
Teachers and lecturers
Innovators and thought leaders
Youth and community leaders
Barton Clarke was appointed Executive Director for the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) on 12th May, 2015. Mr Clarke is a national of Barbados and has a wealth of professional experience in agricultural development and a deep understanding and knowledge of the Region’s political and socio-economic systems.
In his position Mr Clarke is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Institute’s work programme inclusive of donor funded projects. He also leads resource mobilisation activities, so as to increase scientific and technological research, innovation and partnerships critical to boosting the Region’s agricultural sector.
Mr Clarke has held many senior managerial positions including the position of Chief Agricultural Officer in his native Barbados. He served as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Representative for Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname at the FAO Office in Trinidad and Tobago. He also held various positions previously at CARDI including Country Representative for Barbados, Dominica and St Lucia, Deputy Director Technical Programmes for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Project Manager for European Union (EU) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded projects
His Excellency, Dr Didacus Jules assumed the post of Director General, of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in May 2014. In this capacity he is responsible for driving the regional integration thrust towards a single economic and social space involving eleven Eastern Caribbean States.
His Excellency, Dr Didacus Jules assumed the post of Director General, of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in May 2014. In this capacity he is responsible for driving the regional integration thrust towards a single economic and social space involving eleven Eastern Caribbean States
Dr. Jules has had extensive regional and international experience, most of it focused on education, social policy and organizational transformation. He served as Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council (2008-2014) leading a thorough modernization of the Council. He has also served as Vice President Human Resources Cable and Wireless St, Lucia (2005-2008); Permanent Secretary for Education & Human Resource Development St. Lucia (1997-2008) as well as Permanent Secretary for Education and Chief Education Officer in revolutionary Grenada from 1981-1983.
He has provided consultancy services to national governments, regional and international organizations in the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and North America. He chaired the World Bank’s Vision 2020 Committee on Education in the Caribbean and has served on many private sector, educational, and philanthropic boards. He holds a BA (hons) from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, an MSc in Curriculum & Instruction and a PhD in Educational Policy and Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a MBA from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill.
He has authored numerous articles on educational policy, educational reform and adult education in the Caribbean and in small island states as well as other publications on public sector reform, organizational transformation and cultural studies. His work includes chapters in several books published by Routledge (1991, 1994, 2010), SUNY Press (1993), Nova Publications (2006).
Mr. Timothy N. J. Antoine, a national of Grenada, assumed duties as the third Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) on 1 February 2016.
Mr. Antoine is an economist and development practitioner by training, experience and passion. He holds a BSc Degree in Economics with Management from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) and a MSc Degree in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics.
Before assuming the office of Governor, Mr. Antoine had a 22-year distinguished career with the Government of Grenada. Much of that time (14 years), he served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.
From November 2005 to November 2007, Mr. Antoine served as Advisor to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean in the World Bank Group and was based in Washington D.C.
He is the recipient of The Order of Grenada Gold Award for Excellence (2016). He has also been conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by St. George’s University for services to Grenada and St. George’s University (2018).
Mr. Antoine has contributed to the development of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and wider Caribbean by serving on several regional and international boards and committees. At present, he is Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Home Mortgage Bank, Chairman of the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange and Chairman of CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility).
Mr. Bevil Wooding is the Director of Caribbean Affairs with the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), a US-based non-profit agency responsible for the administration of Internet number resources in the Caribbean. He serves in an advisory capacity to several Caribbean governments and regional institutions, including the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on technology, education, cybersecurity and the digital economy.
He also leads the Caribbean Agency for Justice Solutions, APEX and is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Congress WBN, a Caribbean-birthed, faith-based non-profit organization that operates in over 110 countries and advocates for values-based leadership and human development.
Mr. Wooding's work touches many fields from technology and telecommunications to education and youth development. His education programs on mobile app development and digital content creation have exposed over 1,500 Caribbean youth to the opportunities in the digital economy and became the seed for CXC’s CAPE Digital Media Syllabus and CXC’s first digitally administered examination. He has been in instrumental in transforming Internet education, governance and interconnection in the Caribbean to better facilitate development of the region’s digital economy.
In 2010, Mr. Wooding was designated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) as a Trusted Community Representative and entrusted, as now serves as one of seven Recovery Key Share Holders who can be called upon in the event of critical compromise to the global internet.
In 2011, Mr. Wooding was selected as one of 50 distinguished UWI Alumni of the St Augustine Campus for his leadership, advocacy efforts, and contributions in the field of Information and Communications Technology. In 2014, he was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latin America and the Caribbean Internet Registry (LACNIC) for his contribution to the development and security of the Global Internet and in 2019, he was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union for his contribution to the development and Caribbean Internet Governance.
Nicholas Brathwaite is Founding Managing Partner of WRVI Capital a leading venture capital firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs and disruptive technologies that help shape the future.
In addition to WRVI Capital, Dr. Brathwaite also co-founded Riverwood Capital a private equity firm focused on investments in high growth technology and related companies.
Prior to starting Riverwood Capital, Nicholas spent over 25 years developing technology and building technology-oriented businesses. He was Chairman and CEO of Aptina Imaging a semiconductor company that was a leader in developing CMOS image sensors for mobile phones, automotive applications, medical devices and industrial applications.
Dr. Brathwaite spent 12 years at Flextronics where, as the Chief Technology Officer, he oversaw the launch and growth of several of Flextronics’ largest business units including an innovative push into product development.
He started his career at Intel before leaving to become a founding member of nChip where he was responsible for the development of industry-leading advanced multi-chip module assembly processes.
Dr. Brathwaite earned a M.Sc. Degree in Polymer Science from the University of Waterloo, Canada and a B.Sc. (Honors) Degree in Applied Chemistry from McMaster University, Canada. He was granted honorary doctorates by McMaster University and The University of the West Indies and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Waterloo.
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton is an architectural designer turned entrepreneur, investor, community curator and founder of the Infiniti Partnership Inc., Tech Beach Retreat and The Destination Experience. He is on a mission to build a new global business ecosystem for the Caribbean with platforms designed to attract investment, innovation, influence and big media to the region with an aim to catalyze new enterprise and wealth creation opportunities. Participants in his knowledge and opportunity exchange platforms collectively control in excess of US$140 billion in equity and investment capital and to date they have seeded over US$300 million in investments across various sectors. In May of 2015 he was celebrated as one of 75 Emerging Global Entrepreneurs by President Obama at the White House and in January of 2016 serving as curator of the Global Shapers Kingston Hub he was selected as one of 50 Global Shapers to participate in the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum. His work and profile have been featured in publications including Forbes, the Wallstreet Journal, Essence and the New York Times. Kirk-Anthony possess a Professional Master of Architecture Degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Michele Marius has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and ICT fields, particularly, in policy and regulation, regulatory administration, technology and governance, which has been gained through positions in both the public and private sectors in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. She has served in senior policy, consulting, regulatory and implementing positions in the Government of Saint Lucia, the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Saint Lucia, the Government of Samoa, and the Jamaica Promotions Corporation, and in private firms, EMPAC Services Limited (Saint Lucia) and Network Strategies (New Zealand).
Michele has held Chief Executive positions in the telecommunications regulatory offices of Saint Lucia (Caribbean) and Samoa (South Pacific). As an experienced Regulator and Consultant, she has advised governments, along with regional and international agencies, on a wide range of regulatory issues to facilitate telecommunications liberation and the introduction of regulation. She has also advised on the content of legislative amendments and new legal instruments, and has drafted sample provisions and laws, especially Regulations, to improve existing regulatory environments.
Currently, Michele is the Director of ICT Pulse Consulting Limited, a research and advisory firm that specialises in a broad range of ICT and telecommunications issues. Since January 2011, has been the Publisher, Editor and Primary Contributor of ICT Pulse (www.ict-pulse.com), a well-respected online publication that discusses topical telecommunications and ICT issues from a Caribbean perspective, which has wide readership across the region and internationally. In 2018, she has been the Host and Producer of the ICT Pulse Podcast, a platform through which to deep dive into important ICT/technology issues occurring in the Caribbean region, and to hear from key experts and other resource people on those issues, thus enriching the conversation we, in the region, could be having.
Michele is also the Founder of Project Calls (www.projectcalls.com), an online platform that collates Caribbean tender opportunities.
Through ICT Pulse’s visibility in particular, Michele has had speaking opportunities at events organised by regional organisations, such as the Caribbean Telecommunications Union and the Caribbean Development Bank, and by global organisations, such as the international Telecommunications Union, Avaya and Paladion Networks. In 2011, the DiploFoundation elected her an Emerging Leader in Internet Governance.
Michele has a LLB from the University of London, a MSc in Communications, Controls and Digital Signal Processing from the University of Strathclyde, and a BSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies.
Nuria is an accomplished investment banking professional with over 20 years of experience in developed (BBVA) and developing markets (International Finance Corporation, World Bank and InterAmerican Development Bank). Her experience spans corporate finance (M&A, ECM, DCM), private equity/VC, impact investing, Fintech equity/debt transactions, and digital strategy. She has focused primarily on digital transformation of the financial services industry, supporting traditional financial services providers with their digital strategies, investing in Fintechs and supporting tech firms to launch or reinforce their financial services offer. Nuria has also worked with regulators and supervisory bodies to understand how they should approach digital transformation and promote sustained innovation in their ecosystems.
David Vivas Eugui, Legal Officer at Officer of the Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities, UNCTAD. He is an attorney with more than 25 years of experience on trade, environment, oceans economy, intellectual property, and sustainable development. He possesses a strong managerial, leadership and negotiations skills and more than 15 years of experience in strategic planning, programmatic design, implementation, team building, fundraising and setting of impact assessment systems.
He was also Senior Economic Affairs Officer and Legal Officer, at the Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy and at the Trade and Environmental Branches at UNCTAD, Deputy Programmes Director at ICTSD; Senior Attorney at CIEL; Attaché for Legal Affairs at the Mission of Venezuela to the WTO and Staff Attorney at the Venezuelan Institute of Foreign Trade. He has a J.D. at the Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela, a L.L.M. at Georgetown University in the United States and Master on Transnational Business at Universidad Externado, Colombia.
He has worked as an advisor and consultant for various institutions, international and national organizations such as WTO, WHO, UNCTAD, WIPO, IDLO, European Patent Office, GIZ, South Centre, ACP Group of Countries, ACP MTS, Rockefeller Foundation, the Development Bank of Latin America, Enabling Environments, CUTS International, Saana Consulting, QUNO, AITIC, , SPDA; ALIFAR, Ministry of Science and Technology of Venezuela, and. Constant participation in teaching and academic activities have been carried out at Strasbourg University, WIPO DL Academy (Geneva), University of Business and International Studies (Geneva), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), and Universidad Católica del Peru.
Dr. Arthur Martin is a Research Technology Manager, in the Chemical Division at Daikin America, Decatur, Alabama, and is responsible for leading the development of Technology Platforms to create novel materials in areas of 5G (5th Generation Telecommunication), Electric Vehicle (EV) and Insulation for Aerospace Wire & Cable. Daikin Inc. Is a global company with $21 billion annual revenue. Daikin specializes in air conditioning, refrigeration products for residential and industrial as well as fluorochemicals. Previously, Arthur directed the integration of Global Application Development Samsung group into Corning during Corning acquisition of Corning-Samsung Display Glass business where he led the development of sealing technology for OLED flat screen television. He successfully led a team to develop abrasion resistant (gorilla glass) used in cell phones to protect the glass from breaking. This technology was implemented in Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone. Prior to this, Arthur led the innovation and commercializing program of Corning Synthemax® polymer surface for harvesting adult and embryonic stem cells for therapeutic applications. Arthur worked at IBM as an Advisory Engineer leading the efforts for implementing polymer insulation for high-speed chips (semi-conductors) and at Bausch & Lomb as a Senior Development Scientist creating technology platforms for continuous wear contact lens. Arthur has over 20 patents granted, trade secrets, filed over 40 patents and has several patents pending.
Dr. Martin holds a Ph.D. in Material Chemistry for NYU Tandon School of Engineering, M.S. in Polymer Science & Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from City College of New York. In addition, he received a certificate from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School, “Strategies for Emerging Leadership” program. Dr. Martin is on the Industrial Board for the University Alabama Huntsville (UAH), a member of the National Organization for the Advancement of Black Chemist & Chemical Engineers (NOBCCHE) Executive Board, Board of Directors for Children of the Caribbean (COC) and non-profit group in Beverly Hills California. Dr. Martin received the Emerald Honors in Research Leadership from the USBE (United States Black Engineers) in 2012.
Lika Sasaki is a Programme Management Officer at the Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch of UNCTAD. She is passionate about helping organizations, businesses, and governments to become more sustainable and biodiversity-friendly which can have positive impacts to local communities, ecosystems, and the planet. She has over 15 years’ experience in working in diverse sectors including finance, education, non-profit and international organizations. She has been working with UNCTAD since 2016, specializing in areas of biodiversity, trade, voluntary sustainability standards, non-tariff measures, and sustainable development. Prior to UNCTAD she was a hedge fund trader at Credit Suisse Securities. Lika holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of California in Davis and a master’s degree in Standardization and Sustainable Development from the University of Geneva. Native of San Francisco, she currently resides in Geneva Switzerland.
Parmesh Shah is the Global Lead for Data Driven Digital Agriculture at the World Bank. He provides leadership to Bank’s work in these areas and supports the development of global knowledge and learning in these areas to offer solutions to clients and other development partners. His current areas of interest are making markets and public services work for the poor, social entrepreneurship, digital and data-based innovations in agriculture and rural development, climate smart agriculture, Agriculture and technology enabled start-ups, venture and patient capital for innovation, promotion of on-farm, off-farm and digital jobs and public-private and people partnerships for rural poverty reduction. He is currently involved in developing a global program on scaling up data driven digital agriculture involving data platforms and establishing ecosystems for innovation, entrepreneurship and incubation. He holds a D Phil in Development Studies from Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and B Tech degree in Agricultural Engineering from Pantnagar in India.
Roberto Gil Cancel Comas has been working with migrants and members of various diaspora groups for over a decade with a focus on civil participation and migration and development; a diverse experience spanning from East Asia to Europe and North Africa to the Americas. Before taking up responsibilities in the Regional Office for South America, he covered the Middle East and North Africa (2017-2019) from IOM’s Regional Office in Cairo after arriving to the region as Head of Project Coordination in IOM’s country office in Egypt (2014-2017). Prior to this he served as project manager in the field of diaspora engagement at IOM Kosovo (2012-2014) as well as Head of Project Development (2010-2012). This work built on his work with Latin American migrant communities in Belgium on how they contribute to their countries of origin through the NGO Service d'Information et de Formation Amérique Latine (2009-2010). That in turn was informed by his engagement with Latin American migrants in the US to promote their participation in the civil and political sphere of their new home country under the auspices of the National Council of La Raza (2008-2009).
Mr Cancel has a master’s degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Cultures and Development Studies where his thesis focused on migration and development, as well as a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Anthropology from the Florida State University. In addition, he is a practised project development and implementation trainer with experience also in workshop facilitation and strategic planning.
As a migrant and part of the Puerto Rican diaspora, Mr Cancel plans to continue his work strengthening the positive link between migration and development by empowering migrants to be actors for social change and economic growth.
Samuel “Sam” Raphael Managing Director & Developer Jungle Bay Dominica. Sam Raphael is recognized as one of the Caribbean’s leading entrepreneurs with successful ventures in aviation, tourism and real estate development. Sam Raphael is the Managing Director & Developer of Dominica’s Jungle Bay, which has been one of the Caribbean’s most successful luxury eco-resorts. He lectures university students on sustainable tourism and also mentors a number of young emerging entrepreneurs. Sam was born on the island of Dominica and migrated to the USVI as a child in the late 60’s. Over the past four decades he has established and operated a number of ventures ranging from construction to real estate development to commercial aviation. Sam’s passion for empowering Caribbean people through a more sustainable approach to tourism has led him to devote significant time and energy to inspiring a new generation of Caribbean entrepreneurs. Jungle Bay’s philosophy is based on the progressive concept of promoting Caribbean Tourism that aligns with preservation of the natural environment and fostering the social and economic empowerment of local people and communities. Sam Raphael is a recognized leader in the fast-growing eco-wellness-adventure tourism niche. Jungle Bay showcases a best practice model for sustainable tourism that provides a first-rate adventure tourism experience to high end vacationers from North America, Europe other Caribbean source markets and beyond. Trip Advisor, Islands, Outside, Forbes and Modern Bride Magazines among others have recognized Jungle Bay as one of the world’s top ten luxury resort brands. Sam Raphael’s pioneering role in tourism has earned him personally a number of coveted international awards including the Conde Nast Traveler’s World Saver Award and the 2010 Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel Award for “Best Personal Contribution to Responsible Travel”.
Rohanie Maharaj is a Professor of Food Science and Technology and Programme Coordinator in the department of Chemical Engineering at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad. She is also a graduate of the UWI in Natural Sciences (B.Sc.) and Food Technology (M.Sc. & M. Phil). She holds a Ph.D. degree in Food Science and Technology specializing in Postharvest Biology and Technology from the Université Laval in Québec, Canada. She is a senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a Professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and also a current board member of the Caribbean Food Crops Society (CFCS).
Professor Maharaj embarked on a career in the manufacturing sector and has fourteen (14) years of post-Ph.D. industrial experience, with twelve (12) in a leading global organization Johnson & Johnson at the senior management level, where she has worked not only in Trinidad and Tobago but in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico as a former Process Excellence and Compliance Director for the Johnson & Johnson Caribbean Companies.
She joined the staff of The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) in 2009 as an Associate Professor and Programme Leader in the Food Science and Technology unit, having built the programmes from inception and was promoted to Professor Food Science and Technology in 2018. She has also served in the capacity of Vice-Provost Undergraduate Studies during the period 2017 to 2019 where she made significant contributions to the leadership and administration at the UTT.
Professor Maharaj is well trained in building quality at the international level and has also served in the capacities of Team Chair and Evaluator for external accreditations on behalf of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT). In 2013, Professor Maharaj received the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) award for “Excellence in Science and Technology. A listing of her publications can be found on google scholar.
Dr. Justin Ram CEO of Justin Ram Advisory Associates and GSEC. He has over twenty-five years of practical, advisory, research, and management experience. He has worked as an economist in over 32 countries across the Caribbean, Central Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Justin has a Diploma in Executive Management from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds an M.Sc. in Economics from University College, London, a B.Sc. from The University of the West Indies, and a post-graduate certificate in sustainable environmental management from The University of California, Berkeley.
Dr Patrick Antoine is a renowned Caribbean Intellectual and Regional Thinker with a wealth of experience in both the public and private spheres. Dr. Patrick Antoine is an Economist by profession, and holds over thirty (30) years of experience working throughout the Caribbean, North America and Latin America; having consulted with major multinational corporations and having worked for several Latin American and Caribbean Governments on trade and macro-policy issues. He has also authored a number of Technical Studies and Academic Papers.
Dr. Antoine has served as Ambassador to the World Trade Organization; Ambassador to CARICOM; Ambassador to the OECS; Ambassador with responsibility for External Negotiations, and Chief Economic and Policy Advisor to the Government of Grenada. He also served as Lead Technical Adviser for the Regional Negotiating Machinery (RNM), as well as Lead Negotiator on Agriculture.
He has served as Head of Multinational Projects Trade and Investment for the Inter-American Institute on Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) for ten (10) years, as well as Special Adviser to the Director General of IICA from 2018-2019;
He sits as a Director on several regional boards, and serves as Lecturer in the Masters in International Trade Policy Programme of University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
Dr. Antoine’s current professional responsibilities include:
His most recent academic works include, Twenty-Five by 2025: Reducing CARICOM’s Agri-Food Imports, Opportunities for CPSO Participation”, (November, 2019); the Study “Developing a Macro-Economic Model for Grenada”; "Evaluating CARICOM Agriculture Trade: An Analytical Study of Patterns and Tendencies 2012-2015", Study of March, 2017; "The Development of Business Facilitation Mechanisms in CARICOM". Study prepared for the 'Caribbean Action under the Programme entitled Intra-ACP Agriculture Policy Programme (APP) with focus on the Caribbean and Pacific' of December 2016; the chapter An Assessment of the Original Jurisdiction, published in the book The Caribbean Court of Justice: The First Ten Years of 2016; and the Grenada Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Larry Quinlan is a principal at Deloitte and serves as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO). He sits on the Global Operating Committee and chairs the Global CIO Council.
Quinlan has responsibility for all facets of technology including strategy, applications, infrastructure, support, and execution. He spends significant time working with major clients discussing technology strategy, trends, and leadership. Additionally, he serves as dean of the Next Generation CIO Academy, Deloitte’s CIO leadership development program for client executives.
Quinlan is also the global lead client service partner for a large hospitality client, as well as the advisory partner for a large cloud-based software organization.
He has been with Deloitte since 1988 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including US Firms CIO from 2003 to 2020. He also previously served as National Managing Principal for Process Excellence, leading the enterprise-wide effort to increase margins and effectiveness using the Lean Six Sigma methodology.
Quinlan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Baruch College, City University of New York and a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of the West Indies.
He has been quoted in major publications including CIO.com, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and InformationWeek and has spoken at major industry events, including the World Economic Forum in Davos. Additionally, he has been honored by institutions and publications including STEMconnector's 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM, the Nashville Business Journal (2014 CIO Award), American Foundation for the University of The West Indies (Vice Chancellor's Award), CARAH (Outstanding Contribution to Corporate America), and CIO.com (2012 CIO 100 Award). In 2018, Larry was inducted by CIO.com into their CIO Hall of Fame.
He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from The University of the West Indies in 2018.
Quinlan currently serves or has recently served on the advisory boards of the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI), NPower, the Executive Leadership Council, the National Initiative for Cyber Education, and Miami Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). He is chair of the Information Technology Committee of the United Way of Miami-Dade.
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Dr. Charles is a native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Dr. Charles has a diverse and extensive background in Accreditation, Higher Education Administration, Digital Transformation, Corporate Business Strategy and Change, and Data Science. Dr. Charles’ career spans across state systems of higher education and private universities. For 25+years, Dr. Charles has held increasingly complex positions in higher education, from faculty, to Undergraduate and Graduate Department Chair, to Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education, to Senior Academic Officer for Program Development and Services, to Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Transformation, to University President. In his role as the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Transformation at Fayetteville State University, Dr. Charles stood-up the 22-Faculty- Interdisciplinary Center for Defense and Homeland Security (CDHS), that focused on increasing R&D contracts revenue in areas of compelling interest such as: Cybersecurity Threats; National Security Challenges; Man-Made & Natural Catastrophic Disasters & K-20 STEM Education Outreach. Dr. Charles is a tireless advocate for student success.
Most recently, Dr. Charles served as a Solution Architect and Predictive Insights Lead at Microsoft Services where he worked with University Leadership teams on the application of Cloud Computing; Big Data Analytics; Artificial Intelligence; and the Internet of Things (IoT) as a force-multiplier to strengthen operations and financial performance. In addition, Dr. Charles has served as the Vice President for Research, Development, and Innovation at RLM Communications (DoD Contractor), where he oversaw design, development and innovation of new products and services for Big Data Analytics; Artificial Intelligence (AI); Machine Learning; Biometrics and Cybersecurity. To add, Dr. Charles has served as a Senior Business Strategy and Change engagement lead at IBM Global Services – conducting strategy customer engagements in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Charles is an academic entrepreneur to his core and believes that in collaboration with regional companies, the UWI Five Island Campus can be an engine of innovation to democratize 4th Industrial Revolution start-up industries throughout the Eastern Caribbean States – resulting in the “Silicon Islands of the Caribbean.”
Dr. Charles is a graduate of Howard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Morgan State University, Northwestern University, Harvard’s Institute for Education Management, MIT’s Big Data and Social Analytics certification program, Harvard’s Performance Assessment in Higher Education certification program, MIT’s Building, Leading, and Sustaining the Innovative Organization certification program, and the American Council on Education Institute for new Presidents. Dr. Charles’ college degrees are in Higher Education Administration, Predictive Data Analytics, and Architecture/Smart Buildings Technology. With the Presidents. Dr. Charles’ college degrees are in Higher Education Administration, Predictive Data Analytics, and Architecture/Smart Buildings Technology. With the urgent need that the world's food production must be increased by 70%, by 2050, Dr. Charles research (IMPACT 2050-70) is a compelling arbitrage opportunity which will significantly increase production of sustainability marketed food products in renewable energy aquaculture and hydroponic controlled environments @ Sea.
Rhea Yaw Ching is the CEO of Covela Consulting, a consulting firm that serves private and public sector organizations with a focus on transformation through strategy, design and innovation practices. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Covela Foundation, a US-based non- profit focused on building a resilient, innovation-based infrastructure in the Caribbean as well as the use of technology to promote economic diversification and civic participation.
Ms. Yaw Ching advises several organisations across the region on matters related to ICT and transformation. She is currently a strategic advisor to the Director General of the OECS Commission, on the Eastern Caribbean Payments Council of the ECCB and Caribbean Advisor to Facebook.
She holds a BSc Management Studies from the University of the West Indies, an MBA from Warwick Business School and Executive Certification in Social Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.
Leroy Phillip is a native of St. Kitts and retired Associate Professor of nutrition in the Department of Animal Science of McGill University, Canada. During his 30-year academic career at McGill, he served in key academic positions including, Associate Director of McGill Nutrition and Food Science Centre and member of McGill’s Senate. He has extensive experience in animal nutrition research, teaching and graduate student training, and has published extensively in areas dealing with nutritional strategies to improve production efficiency and reduce environmental pollution from ruminant animals. He has private sector experience as Field Marketing Manager and has served as a consultant to North American companies and international development agencies. He has broad experience in global food security and international development and has played lead roles in international, multidisciplinary research projects and workshops dealing with food and nutrition security in the Caribbean, Kenya, and the Philippines. He is a graduate of McGill University and holds a PhD from the University of Guelph.
A rural woman, first and foremost, Keithlin Caroo is an advocate and changemaker in the fields of gender equity in agriculture and rural development in St. Lucia. She is also the founder of ‘Helen’s Daughters’ a regionally recognized and award-winning nonprofit organization that focuses on rural women’s economic empowerment through advocacy, capacity development and improved market access. Structured as a self-help group, Helen’s Daughters, pays special attention to the training of rural communities (particularly women) in the area of sustainable agriculture, agri-business and overall self-development. The organization focuses on four strategic pillars: highlighting the role that women play in agriculture and food security, creating linkages for more women farmers to earn sustainable incomes, introducing women farmers to free or low-cost educational opportunities in the realm of sustainable agriculture, agri-tech and climate resilient farming and empowering women from rural communities to become leaders and decision-makers, in and outside of the agricultural sphere. The organization started in 2016, when it was selected as one of the winners of UN Women’s Empower Women Champions for Change Program.
While her academic background lay in the field of International Relations and Political Science, having served the last five years at the United Nations Secretariat in New York in the areas of Peacekeeping and Political Affairs, she has never forgotten her farming roots, particularly after noticing the vast inequities relating to gender roles in the agricultural sector, which is what led to the creation of Helen’s Daughters, as a means to redefine gender roles in agriculture and to create an enabling environment for women to enter and thrive in the sector.
Ms. Caroo is a One Young World Ambassador, the recipient of the 2018 National Youth Award in Agriculture by the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports in St. Lucia, a Thought for Food Ambassador for the Caribbean, a Forbes Island Innovation feature and most recently the first ever English-speaking Ashoka fellow in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Saboto Scofield Caesar is a young, brilliant, energetic community activist advocate and Politician. A lawyer by profession, Caesar was born and raised in the constituency of South Central Windward. He is a devout Christian and a family oriented young man.
He holds a Master of Laws degree (specialization in Banking and Finance Law) from the University of London; a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies and a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School.
The former Island Scholar and Banana Growers Association scholarship recipient is a graduate of the Diamonds Village Government School, St. Martins Secondary and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College.
His wide-ranging professional experience was garnered from his work as a Community Worker, Teacher, Lawyer Government Senator and Minister.
He has worked with numerous sporting and cultural groups and maintains an active interest in Football, Basketball, Cricket and Netball. His work with the farming community, primary, secondary and tertiary level students have been exemplary.
He has served as Junior Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries;, Minister of Housing, Lands and Survey, Physical Planning, Informal Human Settlement and Local Government, Minister of Tourism and Industry and currently he is the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Rural transformation.
Aira Htenas is an Agriculture Economist and nutrition focal point with the Agriculture and Food Global Practice (GP) of the World Bank Group, which she joined in March 2013. Before this assignment, she was working for the World Bank Group’s Poverty team on food security and food prices. Prior to joining the Bank, she served as a Food Security Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya and Rome, Italy. Aira has an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Tahseen Sayed is the World Bank Country Director for all Caribbean countries except Haiti. Ms. Sayed, a Pakistani national, is responsible for maintaining a strong partnership with the countries to address their development and financial challenges. Prior to this, she has served in management positions in Europe and Central Asia Region, and the South Asia Region of the World Bank. In her previous country management assignments, she led the team in tripling the World Bank financed portfolio. Her extensive operational experience includes management of a country portfolio of over US$6 billion.
Ms. Sayed is a seasoned development professional with over 25 years of policy, operational and leadership experience at the World Bank. Having developed and led several country strategies and complex operations, she has a deep knowledge of Bank policies and instruments, country programs and a track record of strong delivery and innovation. She has demonstrated skills in client engagement and fostering partnerships. Her pre-Bank experience includes assignments in North America (Canada and the USA) and the Middle East Region (United Arab Emirates). She holds a Master's degree in Law and Diplomacy specializing in Development Studies from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, USA and has completed Executive Development Program training at the Harvard Business School.
Madhur Gautam is a Lead Agriculture Economist with the Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank. He has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and a Masters in Economics. He currently leads the Agriculture Public Policy and Expenditures Team at the World Bank and is the Coordinator of the World Bank Group’s multi-sector team on COVID-19 and Food Security at the Global Engagements Unit of the Agriculture and Food Global Practice. Over the course of his career, he has worked in many parts of the World Bank, including the Development Research Group, Agricultural Policies Division, African and South Asia Operations, and the Independent Evaluation Group. His main research interests are agriculture policy, productivity growth, structural transformation, food security, risk management, agricultural markets and price analysis, public expenditure analysis, and broadly rural development strategy. In addition to leading major evaluations, he has authored and contributed to numerous country and sector development strategies, sector and topical analytical and diagnostic reports, journal papers, and books.
Ms Sharmyn Powell has been employed at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank for the past 24 years and currently holds the position of Chief Risk Officer. She leads the Office of Corporate Strategy and Risk Management with responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management, Compliance, Strategic Plan development and monitoring and Business Continuity Management. Prior to assuming this role, she served in various capacities at the Bank including, Deputy Director, Accounting Department, Director, Currency Management Department and Director, Support Services Management Department. She is the Chairperson of the Bank’s internal Fintech Working Group, which is leading the implementation of the pilot project for the issuance of a block-chain based digital version of the EC Currency.
Ms Powell is a Certified Accountant (ACCA), and also carries the designations of Chartered Director (C. Dir) and Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C).
Tim is the Global Director for 5G and Wireless, working for Daikin America. Before joining Daikin in 2019, Tim had worked in the telecommunications infrastructure industry for 25 years, on both Enterprise and Service Provider networks. He began his career in Sydney Australia after studying Industrial and Mechanical Engineering at Sydney Institute of Technology. He has worked in R&D, Marketing, Project Management and Field Application Engineering throughout Asia Pacific and North America. He is the author of several industry white papers, application reports, holder of several patents and a frequent speaker at industry events. Tim is an active member of BICSI and holder of the RCDD industry credential. He also contributed back to the industry as the Vice Chair for South East Asia for several years. His most recent position, as Global Director for 5G and Wireless at Daikin, sees Tim leads a team in market development, looking after future high speed network technologies related to electronics, cabling, user interface and wireless transmission, that will shape the material performance needs over the next decade.
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Since 2017, Karen Gaynor has worked at the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES) in Geneva as the Scientific Support Officer for fauna, although her involvement in CITES goes back a lot further. She holds a PhD in Botany from the University of Ireland, Dublin and a Masters’ degree in “Management and conservation of species in trade: the international framework” from the University of Andalucia. Prior to joining the CITES Secretariat, she worked for 14 years as the coastal ecologist in the National Parks and Wildlife Service in Ireland and was also the CITES Scientific Authority for Ireland during that period. During a career break in 2014, she worked as the CITES Scientific Officer at DG Environment of the European Commission, where she chaired the Scientific Review Group (SRG). At the 17th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP17), she was the chair of Committee I.
Mindaugas Glodas is the CEO of NRD Companies. Previously he has been working in International Corporations and held various sales positions at IBM and later led the Microsoft subsidiary in Lithuania and the Baltics. While successfully driving subsidiaries’ primary responsibilities, consistently meeting annual and quarterly growth and organizational development targets he has been involved in a number of corporate working groups as an executive member to design new regional organisation structure, regional Partner network strategy and Talent development. Has been responsible for Microsoft Healthcare Solutions business in Central and Eastern Europe.
In 2013 co-founded an early stage venture capital firm and incubator Nextury Ventures focused on early stage investments in innovative startups. He actively engaged with the startup, academic and aspiring entrepreneur community to involve them in early stage companies and promote innovation culture. Worked closely with local authorities to help them improve investment and entrepreneurship climate as well as International Corporations to start local corporate venturing practices and successfully drive innovation.
Currently serves as an independent board member of Telia Lietuva - the largest fixed and mobile operator in the Baltics. Has previously served as an independent board member of Lithuanian Energy Company ESCO and Kaunas Technical University.
Being an active member of business community he serves as the President of the Board of the Knowledge Economy Forum, is a member of Advisory Boards of MITA (Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology) and MTEPI (Strategic Government Committee on Science, R&D and Innovation chaired by Prime Minister). He is a former Board member of Invest Lithuania, Infobalt, AmCham and Lithuanian Business Confederation.
Mindaugas is a guest lecturer at International School of Management ISM on Executive MBA Program where he introduces executives to business planning and innovation funding methodologies most used by startups and how they can be applied in well-established enterprises. Mindaugas is a graduate of Vilnius University, Faculty of Economics, has completed his MBA at University of Antwerp and attended an INSEAD Leadership Development program.