PRESIDENT,DUNLOP CORBIN COMMUNICATION, MENTOR
He is the President of Dunlop Corbin Communications (DCC) the JWT Advertising Agency in Jamaica. He sits on the Board of the Corbin Group of Agencies across the Caribbean. His area of specialty is in strategic marketing, communication planning & development. He has wide experience in airlines, telecoms, alcohol and with specific interest in social marketing programs. Leading the team at DCC he developed highly successful behaviour change communication programs in the following areas: (Family Planning, Nutrition Education, Contraceptive Marketing, Adolescent Reproductive Health, HIV – Awareness & Prevention, Mental Health Awareness & Stigma Reduction). He is a past President of the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica (AAAJ), Chairman - RISE Life Management Services, and is a Founding Director - Jamaica Library Service Foundation.
Programme Coordinator, Youth LeadIs the President of Dunlop Corbin Communications (DCC) the JWT Advertising Agency in Jamaica. He sits on the Board of the Corbin Group of Agencies across the Caribbean. His area of specialty is in strategic marketing, communication planning & development. He has wide experience in airlines, telecoms, alcohol and with specific interest in social marketing programs. Leading the team at DCC he developed highly successful behaviour change communication programs in the following areas: (Family Planning, Nutrition Education, Contraceptive Marketing, Adolescent Reproductive Health, HIV – Awareness & Prevention, Mental Health Awareness & Stigma Reduction). He is a past President of the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica (AAAJ), Chairman - RISE Life Management Services, and is a Founding Director - Jamaica Library Service Foundation.
Ms. Kayanne E. Anderson is an International Legal and Regulatory Counsel and consultant who has functioned primarily in the areas of corporate governance, private sector development, intellectual property advocacy and reform, international cross border transactions as well as policy, legal & regulatory analysis and reform throughout the Caribbean. The former Senior Legal Counsel of the O.U.R. Jamaica and Policy Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica, and Kayanne is now considered one of the premier subject matter experts on Caribbean Intellectual Property Law. In 2009, she was responsible for opening the first intellectual property office in any Commonwealth Caribbean university, the University of Technology Jamaica. This, after developing the University’s intellectual property policy, a policy which promotes increased use of research and research results, increase of patent applications and development of new IP through research and innovation, technology transfer and invention. In 2010 – 2011, she served as the Key IP Expert in an EU funded project to strengthen the institutional framework and management of IP in the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office (CAIPO) of Barbados. She is currently in the process of supporting commercialization strategies for research and university inventions throughout the region. As a lawyer and consultant, Kayanne’s practice areas extend to international trade and corporate law, regulatory approvals processes, joint venture & deal structuring, transactional and policy aspects of intellectual property, competitive identity (nation branding), public policy development & analysis, and diplomacy. Over the past 20 years, she has worked extensively throughout the Caribbean on assignments funded by IFIs including the European Union, UNDP, IDB, and regional governments in these areas. As a cutting edge thinker, Kayanne’s track record boasts a unique depth of inquiry, in her research and policy portfolio:- in creative industries enterprise, SME business development, telecommunications law and regulation, global market access, international standards as well as competitiveness, reduction of bureaucracy, power relations and accountability. In 2014, as Senior Associate in LeySmith Lawyers (Kingston), Kayanne worked with Douglas Leys Q.C. to develop the standardized documents and templates for Jamaica’s venture capital industry based on global best practice and provide support to the JVCP in Jamaica’s venture capital ecosystem structuring.
Programme Coordinator, Youth Lead Brian Wright is a founding director of New Leaf Power and Conservation Solutions Limited (NLP). NLP is a regional renewable energy company that is focused on both clean energy generation (Solar, Hydro and Geo-thermal) and energy conservation. The company was one of eleven winners in the regional proof of concept (PoC) grant competition put on by the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre and InfoDev/World Bank. Prior to NLP, he was the founding director of a property Development and Construction Company that specialised in introducing innovative building systems to the Jamaican market. Brian is a graduate of the University of The West Indies (Mona Campus, Jamaica) and the Gansu Natural Energy Research Institute (Lanzhou Campus, China).
Robert is the managing director of New Leaf Power, a Jamaican power and conservation Solutions Company, and one of the 11 winners of the Proof of Concept competition organized by the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center, an InfoDev project that supports innovative entrepreneurship in climate technology. Robert's project New Leaf Power (NLP), a solar lantern charging station at Pedro Banks in Jamaica, would be the island's first.
Wayne Stewart is the current V.P. Chairman Advisory Committee on Labelling at the Bureau of Standards and operates drylandtouristja.com. He is the past president of Advertisers Association of Jamaica, Past President Advertising Agency Association of Jamaica. He attended the Sue Sue school, Campion college , St. Georges, Marquette University BSc., an UWI Mona School of Business EMBA Work : His positions of increasing responsibility included selling a variety of fast moving consumer products for Wray & Nephew, Beecham Products in the Caribbean, Beecham Inc. in the USA and Grace Kennedy in Jamaica. Stewart Joined Dunlop Corbin 1988 as V.P. Marketing and since worked on wide variety of Clients including consumer goods, autos, financial services, behaviour change and marketing consultancy.
Adil is a digital nomad, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at MAQTOOB a UK/Singapore based startup, w hich aids entrepreneurs in finding the best available apps, provide and share feedback, improve their productivity, save time, and slash the costs. Prior to co-founding MAQTOOB, he worked as a quality control expert, startup operations & SaaS sales manager, an architect and business developer for GapBuster Worldwide, TripAdvisor and Oyster.
A passionate proponent of people empowerment, A. Cecile Watson is instigating, motivating & inspiring change in financial literacy and financial empowerment of women entrepreneurs and leaders, especially in the Caribbean. She is an engineer and a former senior regional banker with private and public sector executive leadership experience who is innovating around improving access to capital for businesses in the Caribbean. A Speaker, a Certified Financial Education Instructor and a Certified Facilitator for the InfoDev WINC Acceleration Program, Cecile is also the Founder of Pitch & Choose, a crowdfunding platform for the Caribbean, and Gr8Way Consulting, through which she supports entrepreneurs, from pre-startups to large brands, to build businesses for breakthrough performance. She recently had the distinction of having been invited by President Obama to address the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya on crowdfunding. Cecile is the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) Caribbean Region Leader for WED, a global movement that celebrates, supports, and empowers women entrepreneurs and which is recognized annually on November 19th. She also serves as the WED World Ambassador for Jamaica. Cecile is a woman of faith and a Caribbean enthusiast.
Kristyna is the Co-Founder & CEO at MAQTOOB. After spending a few years in emerging countries of the Middle East and Asia, Kristyna decided to build MAQTOOB, an easy-to-use business app discovery platform to encourage financial self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship. She is on a mission to help aspiring entrepreneurs find the necessary and affordable tools needed to start and grow their businesses. From April 2015, MAQTOOB team set off on a tour around the world of 12 countries in 12 months, to introduce local entrepreneurs to affordable and simple tools that can help them stay competitive. Morocco is their 2nd stop before heading to Iran
Judith Ramlogan is the Chief Executive Officer at the Registrar of Companies and an Attorney-at-law. She graduated from the University of the West Indies in 1985 and obtained the Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School in 1987. She was called to the Bar in that same year. Later that year she relocated to the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She was called to the Trinidadian Bar in 1988. While in Trinidad she was engaged in private commercial practice. In 1991 she returned to Jamaica permanently. Prior to 1999 she was employed to the Ministry of Housing as Legal Officer and then Senior Legal Officer where she was primarily engaged in overseeing the transfer of lands to purchasers of land/homes in Government housing schemes. In 1999 when the Office of the Registrar of Companies (ORC) now the Companies Office of Jamaica was conferred with Executive Agency status she accepted the position of Deputy CEO and Director of Operations there. As Deputy CEO and Director of Operations she was responsible for overseeing the Business Registration, Compliance and Customer Service Units. In April 2002 she was appointed Chief Executive Officer. Her vision for the COJ is a public sector organization, which, with the use of cutting edge technology, delivers to its customers all over the world exceptional service every time, all the time. During her tenure as CEO she has overseen the implementation of the Companies Act 2004 and the Business Registration (Amendment) Act 2006 as well as the upgrade of the Agency’s Website. More recently she has overseen the implementation of the Business Registration Form and National Security Interests in Personal Property Registry. The Agency is presently working on the amendments to the Companies Act and the further upgrade of the COJ Website as well as the electronic Business Registration Form to facilitate online registration of companies and Business names documents. Mrs. Ramlogan possesses a Master’s degree in Business Administration (General Management), which she received from the University of the West Indies in 2001.
Ria Grant is a TB expert and a trained nurse in TB prevention and care. She has been working in the field for decades and has served as Director of the TB/HIV Care Association until her retirement in 2010. She now provides technical advice on operational matters and assists in resource mobilisation.
Ria is an ambassador for TB issues and represents TB/HIV Care as the African Regional Representative to the Developing Country NGO. She was trained as a professional nurse at Groote Schuur Hospital and completed her midwifery training at Peninsula Maternity Hospital in District Six, Cape Town. Her first full-time employment was with the City of Cape Town’s Health Department as a nurse in the TB clinic at Athlone. She then joined TB/HIV Care Association as a caseworker in order to continue working with TB patients. Ria previously served as communications focal point to the delegation until 2013. She is also a Regional Communications Focal Point for Africa.
Is the President of Dunlop Corbin Communications (DCC) the JWT Advertising Agency in Jamaica. He sits on the Board of the Corbin Group of Agencies across the Caribbean. His area of specialty is in strategic marketing, communication planning & development.
He has wide experience in airlines, telecoms, alcohol and with specific interest in social marketing programs. Leading the team at DCC he developed highly successful behaviour change communication programs in the following areas: (Family Planning, Nutrition Education, Contraceptive Marketing, Adolescent Reproductive Health, HIV – Awareness & Prevention, Mental Health Awareness & Stigma Reduction).
He is a past President of the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica (AAAJ), Chairman - RISE Life Management Services, and is a Founding Director - Jamaica Library Service Foundation.
Prior to taking up her appointment as General Manager of Marketech Ltd. (SRC subsidiary) she was the Communications Manager for the Scientific Research Council (SRC) and as senior marketing executive for entities involved in the .She has over 15 years’ experience in marketing and communications having worked at senior levels in private and public entities in the travel, finance and Science and Technology sectors.
As General Manager, Marketech Ltd., she has direct responsibility for the business development, technology transfer and commercialization, and the marketing and communications activities of the SRC.
In executing her functions as GM Marketech, she forges strategic alliances between Marketech Limited, stakeholders and the SRC’s technological base. She utilizes innovative concepts to forge sustainable linkages between the marketplace and resource base, including any newly acquired or adapted scientific and technological advances of the SRC. Marketech among other things, tracks market trends to guide research and development activities of the SRC. The Marketech team under her guidance facilitates the establishment and growth of viable industries and businesses through the strategic application of science, technology and innovation, positively impacting national development.
Ms. Fisher has made presentations at local and international conferences and to various stakeholders on topics such as “Technology Transfer for Profit”; “Business Opportunities available via SRC”; Impacting your Bottom Line through Efficient use of Technologies”; ‘Technology Driven Agriculture’ and “Strategic Marketing”. She engages in the planning and execution of activities to impact innovation as a member of the steering committee for the National Innovation Awards; a government of Jamaica initiative to encourage innovation; recognize outstanding innovators and contribute to fostering a culture of innovation among Jamaicans.
Her personal dynamism, training and experience, have contributed to her successful development and implementation of - marketing and public relations programmes; establishing management information systems; events planning, coordination and implementation; and the development and launch of new, innovative products.
Dr. Manhertz has an extensive professional career covering a period of over 35 years. His terminal degree is a doctorate in economics with specialization in econometrics, from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in the United States.
His professional career began as a researcher in macro-economic modelling and strategic planning at the National Planning Association in Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Later he joined academia, serving at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of the West Indies, respectively. Subsequently, he was recruited by the Government of Jamaica, in the Ministry of Finance, where he served as Deputy Financial Secretary. The Government of Jamaica later engaged him as an adviser on strategic planning and for the analysis and implementation of several public policy initiatives, including domestic savings mobilization and the development of rural financial services.
His professional interests and expertise cover areas of economic policy research and implementation, rural finance and sustainable development planning, strategic planning, public finance, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes and the development of results-based programme management support systems. He has also worked extensively in the development and implementation of taxation policy and served on the board of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) Since 1980, he has been working as an international consultant providing high level management consulting services to a wide cross-section of clients worldwide. These include the European Union, World Bank, USAID, UNDP, Caribbean Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), and many other national and multi-lateral institutions. During his career, Dr. Manhertz has worked extensively throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa, including Rwanda, Lesotho. Namibia, Kenya and Ghana respectively.
For many years he served on several boards of directors for public as well as private sector organizations in Jamaica and the Caribbean, as well as on such international bodies as the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA, earlier mentioned) and the International Savings Banks Institute (ISBI) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was a member of the Development Aid Coordination Committee.He is also a Blue Mountain coffee farmer.
Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee is the Director of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute at the University of the West Indies, which functions as the geographic information systems (GIS) hub of the Mona campus. He is responsible for overseeing all commercial and research and development activities at the operation, which is one of the university’s premier units, responsible for, among other things, the development of the region’s first GPS navigation system, JAMNAV.
He is also the former Head of the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of the West Indies.
He sits on over a dozen Boards and committees, including serving as the Chairman of the Water Resources Authority and the National Works Agency. He sits on the Board of Grace Kennedy Ltd, including its Corporate Governance and Audit Committees, as well as its Grace Foods and Services Ltd subsidiary company. He also sits on the National Council for Science and Technology. He also previously served on the Board of the National Housing Trust, including chairing its Human Resources and Policy Committee, and on its Technical Committee.
He is also a member of the Crime Observatory and Violence Prevention Alliance, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (USA), the International Association of Crime Analysts, the Chinese Benevolent Association, the Geological Society of Jamaica and the Jamaica Geographical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Unit for Disaster Studies.
His interests span fields in science, technology and business, seeking synergies between all three areas. His active research includes natural hazards analyses, crime modelling, Martian rock breakdown analyses, transport systems modelling, karst geomorphology, terrain signature diagnoses, geocomputational modelling, and geospatial planning for businesses, data analytics, GPS systems, virtual-reality modelling, and web mapping.
He is the author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed books, papers, book chapters, magazine articles and consultancy technical reports in fields as varied as business, crime, geology, planetary science, archaeology, GPS technology, and education.
He is a former Jamaica Exhibition and United Kingdom Commonwealth Scholar, receiving a First Class Honours BSc in Earth Sciences from UWI, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Geography from the University of Oxford, which he completed in 2 ½ years, at the age of 23.
He is the recipient of the 2004 Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Academia, the 2005 Youth Musgrave Medal, the 2006 Governor-General’s Youth Award for Excellence, and the EduVision 2009 Award for Excellence in innovation. In 2012, he was named one of Jamaica’s top business leaders under the age of 50 by the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica.
He is also the recipient of the 2014 Eisenhower Fellowship.
Dr. Ruth Potopsingh is Associate Vice President–Sustainable Energy, at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) and heads the Caribbean Sustainable Energy and Innovation Institute (CSEII) where she has responsibility for the university's energy portfolio including advancing applied research in energy, developing consultancy services in energy and promoting sustainable energy education at the post graduate level and in continuing professional education. She also engages in independent consultancy in energy and environmental management. A graduate of the University of the West Indies and the University of London, she holds a PhD in Sustainable Development, an MBA (Marketing) and an MSc in Urban Development Planning. With over twenty five years’ experience in the fields of energy, environment and development planning at the local and Caribbean regional levels she is a strong advocate of energy efficiency and conservation and commercial renewable energy development for Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s energy future. She spent over thirty years in corporate Jamaica and moved full time into academia in 2010 and plans to deliver a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change at UTech by January 2016. A Commonwealth scholar, she has a passion for sustainable development and knowledge transfer and is confident that inter-generational transformation is possible through visionary leadership and the process of engagement. In line with her beliefs she has worked with Christian women’s groups and initiated a student movement for energy conservation through peer education and monitoring of energy use.
Mr. Kenyatta Campbell is the Head of Energy Solutions at the Jamaica public service; he is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies for providing: renewable energy solutions, energy efficient equipment, and energy management and energy conservation services for customers in Jamaica. Mr. Campbell has over eleven years of experience in the utility industry at JPS in multiple roles such as material specifications engineer, operations engineer, operations manager and parish manager. He has experience in distribution systems design, developing procedures and specifications, customer service, strategic planning, budgeting, leadership, market and customer analysis, loss reduction and electrical energy losses.
Mr. Lewis Lakeman has over fifteen (15) years’ experience in engineering, feasibility studies, project formulation & planning, strategic planning, regulatory practices, project finance, project management, project development and evaluation in the urban works/infrastructure, water, sanitation, aviation & airport sectors. Mr. Lewis Lakeman is currently the Assistant Vice President - Systems Planning and Development for the National Water Commission (NWC) with responsibility for the master planning, systems and infrastructure development planning, project development, sourcing and structuring of finance for technical cooperation, water supply and sewerage systems development projects financed by private, bi-lateral and multi-lateral funding institutions. His early engineering career began at the West Indies Home Contractors Limited and National Works Agency (NWA) formerly the Ministry of Construction and Works. Prior to joining the National Water Commission (NWC), Mr. Lakeman also served at the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and had responsibility for physical infrastructural planning, contract and project management of some of the Authority’s major Land and Air side infrastructure and facilities at its two (2) international Airports, Norman Manley and Sangster (MBJ) International Airports and its four (4) Aerodromes. He also lectured Airport Engineering and Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, University of Technology (Jamaica). He is Past Vice President of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE). Mr. Lakeman is a Registered Professional Engineer, (P.E.) in Jamaica & a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the West Indies and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Banking & Finance from the University of Manchester (MBA), United Kingdom (UK) and a pending Masters of Science Degree (MSc.) in Water & Waste Engineering, from the Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
Mr. Baugh is the current Principal Director of Agricultural Planning and policy at The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. He is the former Director of Corporate planning Monitoring and Evaluation Planning and EU Projects Coordinator at the Rural Development Authority, (RADA). He has Master’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of the West Indies.
Ms. Sandra Shirley is a Financial & Business Consultant, Mentor and Independent Board Director with extensive experience in financial and strategic planning and implementation, business and financial consulting, wealth management and trust banking. A former licensed securities dealer she has extensive experience in the financial services sector, including entrepreneurship and SME development. She currently serves on Boards of Directors, including Victoria Mutual Building Society, Prime Asset Management, British Caribbean Insurance Company, and is an approved Pension Fund Trustee and Commissioner on the Anti-Dumping and Subsidies Commission, among others. Ms. Shirley served has served in various capacities on numerous technical assistance and training project teams funded by private sector and multilateral agencies
Renee Johnson is an aspiring creative writer of West Indian and young adult fiction. She is a final year student at the University of the West Indies where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications with a specialization in Social Marketing, a discipline that adopts marketing techniques to change or influence behaviour. Her love for public health and the environment lead her to serve an internship at the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center. She is one of three recipients from the University of the West Indies for the Martin Luther King Scholarship for the academic year 2015/2016.
Tameka Lee currently has responsibility for administration, monitoring and evaluation at the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center. Before taking up that position at CCIC she was the former Registrar at the Scientific Research Council where she formulated and implemented the SRC Records and Information Policy as well as improving its records management system. She served as deputy Chair as well as Public Relations Officer for the LIAJA Records and Archives Management section. Tameka holds a certification in Graphic Design, Rights-based Project Design and Evaluation, ISO 9001:2000 Quality Auditing and Community Development. She has a wealth of experience in organizing and executing regional workshops and events and monitoring start-up companies. She is an Australian Development Award Scholar and a part of the Caribbean Australia Award alumni. She currently serves as a Director for the Clarendon Past Student Association- Kingston Chapter. She is the Founder/Owner of KreativeLee Designz. She holds a Master’s of Science in Public Policy from the University of New South Wales.
Everton is an Executive with expertise in General Management, Financial Management, Accounting and Entrepreneurship. He is a Jamaican national and graduated from Georgia State University, USA, with an MBA in Finance and from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science degree. He has also attended Harvard University, where he successfully completed the Project Finance course. He is an accomplished accountant, having completed all sections of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examinations. He previously worked with the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), a London based international financial institutions where he led efforts in the Caribbean for six (6) years with the CDC’s project financing initiatives. A past General Manager of Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB), he managed the bank’s overall daily operations and provided strategic leadership that produced significant results including substantial growth in the profitability of the JMB. He was also a Lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica where he taught finance, investment, accounting, business mathematics and economics. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC), one of seven Climate Innovation Centres being established by the World Bank across the globe.
Mike Lightman began his career in Morocco, where he started two clean tech companies as a Peace Corps volunteer. He has worked in venture capital, wind energy, and recently ran a clean tech focused incubator in New York City. Mike is currently with the World Bank, helping them grow their global clean tech program.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me is the philosophy that guides the life of 21 year old Shanique Amanda Gordon. She is a Virgo by birth and her personal traits shows that she represents her sign well. She is described as a force to reckon with as she is an intelligent young woman who strives to be the best that she can be. Shanique is currently a final year student at the UWI, Mona pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and is expected to graduate in November 2016. Her interests include event planning, volunteerism and travelling.
Cashyaka currently serves as the Marketing Officer at the CCIC; offering dynamic perspectives on creative & logical thinking, she has the ability to think both inside & outside the box coupled with vast experience on content creation, development for marketing initiatives and result oriented startups. She is a vibrant, professional, business savvy individual with an adept knowledge of innovative marketing and project management. Previously, she served as the marketing and project coordinator at the Mona Business support services, UWI and collaborated through the Business incubator as the project coordinator in the Free and Open Software pilot project which is a part of the national development plan vision 2030 for Jamaica. The aim of the FOSS project was to provide the Government of Jamaica with a viable and sustainable alternative to proprietary software products, thereby reducing costing of procurement and management of software licenses. As a result, she ventured to develop her own leading edge, innovative marketing consultancy startup.
Dr. Hansel Beckford is a Crop Physiologist who has extensive experience working in agricultural research, commercial venture start-ups, restructuring enterprises, management and agricultural production systems in the Caribbean Region and the United States of America. He is a principal and Senior Consultant of Agrisystems Consulting Associates; with over 35 years’ experience in management, international business/trade and agricultural development in the public and private sectors. He is very knowledgeable in international business development, financial management, economic evaluation, and business/trade research, agricultural research in the areas of soil, water and crop management systems, sustainable agriculture and the quality of the natural environment. Dr. Beckford has worked in management positions with the Jamaica Agricultural Development Corporation (JADC), the Jamaica Development Bank (JDB), and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). He has also worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded International Human Assistance Programme and has served in teaching/research positions and consultancies with South Carolina State University (SCSU), the University of the West Indies (UWI), the CDB/World Bank, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), University of Maryland, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He holds a B.Sc. in Agronomy and a Ph.D. in Crop Physiology from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate in Senior Management from the Jamaica Institute of Management/University of Western Ontario. He is an Affiliate of the University of the West Indies Consulting, Inc. and has certificates in Food Safety and Quality, Organic Production and Export, and specialized training in Programme and Utilization-Focused Evaluation.
Aura Watson-Bereaux is a graduate of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business with a Master of Science Degree in Marketing (MSc) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics & Management from the University of the West Indies. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Planning, Appraisal& Management from the University of Bradford. She has solid experience in a dynamic retailing environment and the public sector. Her employ has canvassed private-sector financial organisations through her tenure at RBC Trinidad Limited, dynamic retailing environments while at the Neal & Massy Group of Companies, the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute as well as the public sector. She is proficient in managing marketing activities and skilled in researching competitive markets in order to help develop just the right product based on strategic objectives. Throughout her career she has acquired a multitude of skills including customer relationship management, sales, product & market analysis, procurement and negotiation. Her experience has also brought her into contact with a network of individuals and organisations, both locally and internationally. A highly motivated results-focused professional with solid business acumen, she brings to the fore more than 17 years’ experience assisting organisations in expanding its operations as well as cultivating and maintaining positive client relationships. Aura is currently the Coordinator of CARIRI’s Business Incubator
Dave D Muir is a registered professional engineer, community service and Industrial work experience coordinator, subject leader in the Engineering School at University of Technology, Jamaica. Other fulltime experience includes prior work with Cable and Wireless (FLOW) Jamaica Engineering department. Interests are in the areas of Robotics and Automation, Controls (Both Expert level), Energy (EE and RE), Sustainability, STEM education, Electrical Maintenance. His first MSc with distinction is in Automation from Newcastle University UK and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), USA with a Mechanical minor. Dave is a Senior Member and the past Chair of the Jamaica Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest Technical Professional society in the world. He has a growing publishing cadre and has being asked to speak at a number of events. Dave continues to serve on boards in the public sector and is a partner in the Kimroy Bailey group which engages in STEM, energy and robotics pursuits. A Fulbright scholar, he has a passion for sustainable living, energy efficiency and conservation efforts. He is a member of the Electrical practices and Products committee at the bureau of standards and engages in independent consultancy in automation and energy management. Dave is a certified energy manager and a licensed electrician. His wider interests include sound systems and nondestructive testing.
Dr. Ventura is a well-known international authority on the development and application of science and technology for socio-economic development. He has assisted a number of African, Asian, Latin American and Caribbean Countries to re-examine, strengthen and apply their scientific and technological capabilities to changing local and international demands. Dr. Ventura has had over forty years’ experience in research and development, the commercial application of research results, technological assessments and techno-economic evaluations and surveys as well as the teaching of these topics at the tertiary levels. He was one of the first to suggest the use of science and technology for the reduction of poverty. He was also the Science and Technology adviser to four Jamaican Prime Ministers from 1989 to 2009 and the instigator and drafter of Jamaica’s first science policies and strategic plans. Dr Ventura represented his country in many debates in multilateral and bilateral fora. He began his research career as a virologist but soon became an avid student of the use of science to accelerate socio-economic development, especially in small states. He has been a consultant and team leader on a number of multi-lateral missions, including those of the UNDP, UNIDO, UNESCO, FAO and OAS. He has been lauded for his science and technology policy and planning work in the Caribbean. Dr. Ventura was the first Caribbean professionals to preside over the United Nations Commission on Science and technology for Development (UNCSTD), in Geneva; and the first person to head at the same time both the UNCSTD and the Inter-American Committee on Science and Technology (COMCYT) of the OAS, in Washington. Dr. Ventura was a founding member of a number of scientific and technological initiatives and institutions including the National Commission on Science and Technology at the Office of the Prime Minister in Jamaica, and the CARICOM Science and Technology Committee, headed by Prime Minister of Grenada. He now serves as the Secretary and Chairman of the Implementation Committee of this regional body. He also headed a number of Jamaican institutions including being the Executive Chairman of the Scientific Research Council ad Chairman of the Water Resources Authority. Dr. Ventura is a significant contributor to the world’s literature on the use of science and technology for development and a well-known local and international speaker on the subject. He has written books and contributed book chapters concerning science for development the best known books are the “Dilemma of Science” written in 2002 and Elements of the Scientific Research Method in 1993. The most widely read chapter was his “Technology Creating Competitive Advantage in Production” in “Jamaica Preparing for the Twenty First Century. He possesses expertise in a number of areas, including science, technology and innovation policy, planning and implantation and the application of modern technological solutions to agriculture, small businesses, industrial and sustainable development. Dr. Ventura has also managed research and testing institutions, as well as, contributed to global debates and work that has led to improved ways in which science and technology can be used to reduce poverty and assist socio-economic development in developing countries. Dr. Ventura has received many awards for his work and has been proclaimed an Icon of Science in the Caribbean. He was awarded the National Medal for Science and Technology, the Silver Musgrave Medal, the Order of Distinction in Jamaica’s National Honours, the Wyndham Visionary Achievement Citation and the Centennial Medal of the Institute of Jamaica. Dr. Ventura is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of the West Indies, and has lectured and conducted research in five Universities across the Americas. He presently is the Chief Technology Officer at Tambourine Innovation Ventures, Washington DC.
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